A SLIGHT delay in getting this published due to the competition administrator petulantly losing enthusiasm for a few days after his dastardly tactic of betting against Scotland backfired in his face, prompting an overnight drop from top of the table to ninth.
Heriot’s head coach Phil Smith is the big winner this week, climbing to the top of the ladder by picking the correct winner in all three matches, plus getting the right winning margin in the England versus Wales game and being a total of eight points out in the other two encounters.
There are some tricky predictions required this week. Will France, shorn of around half their side as result of an internal disciplinary process, come a cropper on Friday night against an Italian side desperate for something positive to cling on to? Will a sense of injustice drive Wales on as they seek to bounce back from their Twickenham disappointment against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium? Can Scotland pick up a first win over England?
Our panel of know-it-alls will be making their predictions in two days’ time! In the meantime, here is how it stands after two rounds of matches –