Tissot #TopMoment – Jim Hamilton looks ahead to Super Saturday

Tissot, Official Timekeeper of the NatWest 6 Nations, has invited some rugby experts and legends to share their views on the games and the teams throughout the Championship.

Tissot, Official Timekeeper of the NatWest 6 Nations, has invited some rugby experts and legends to share their views on the games and the teams throughout the Championship.

Next up is former Scotland lock Jim Hamilton giving his views and predictions ahead of Round Five.

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Italy v Scotland   I will be there at the game on Saturday in Rome with front-row seats, and I think that the time has come for Scotland to go there and win well.

Italy would always traditionally see Scotland in Rome as a winnable game, and rightly so because we have seen in years gone by they have claimed some victories.

And Conor O’Shea and his side will be desperate to end the Championship with a win.

But for me Scotland are on an upward curve and they are further along it than Italy are.

If the conditions are decent as we think they might be, then that will suit Scotland and I think they will win.

I think it might be easy for Scotland, they have the players to do it, guys who can score out of nothing if it gets a bit disjointed and that is how the Italians play, they have got a lot of mistakes in them.

They give away a lot of penalties and I think Scotland will win comfortably.

But more importantly I want to see a dominant forward performance from Scotland, around the scrum and lineouts.

I hope they can score some good tries and put together a full performance.   England v Ireland   I can’t see England losing this one.

Moving forward and planning for the World Cup has been a huge part of what Eddie Jones is creating and, with that in mind, I think it would almost be a disaster if England lost to Ireland.

They are not playing well but Ireland have not been properly tested yet.

England will win because they have to, they don’t have a choice. This game means everything to the nation, the supporters.

We have seen some changes, Kyle Sinckler is in, Owen Farrell has gone to ten, Dylan Hartley is back and will provide this leadership that everyone is talking about.

Eddie has made the tough decisions, he is a very loyal coach which I love about him, he backs players and gives them chances.

But now it was time for change, if they play the same game they have for the last two rounds, they are not going to beat Ireland. Ireland have too much in their armoury.

Can you imagine winning a Grand Slam though if you are Irish, on St Patrick’s Day, at Twickenham? I mean, you talk about sporting immortality – you can see it in Rory Best’s eyes when he is asked about it.

He knows that this is one of – if not the biggest day in Irish rugby history.

But I can’t see England being embarrassed at home, on Paddy’s day, they will be right up for it and I think they will just about have enough.

Wales v France    I just can’t see France winning again this weekend.

I think they put so much emotion into that England game in Paris last weekend that will be very hard to replicate a week later.

The celebrations will have been massive – and deservedly so because they were very impressive in surprising England.

Meanwhile Wales just went through the formalities against Italy, made a lot of changes and will be fresh for this game and can put everything into it.

They are too well-coached I think, Cardiff is a tough place to play – France haven’t won there since 2010 and they don’t travel particularly well.

Everything is pointing towards a comfortable Welsh victory and a second-place finish which would be an impressive achievement for Warren Gatland and his coaching team – considering all their injuries.   Make sure you share your favourite moments for every weekend of games in the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship for a chance of winning a Tissot watch.

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