Sorry to say it, but I think Italy are going to be in for a long, hard tournament. Seven tries against, a disallowed try from an obvious forward pass in what looked like a set-piece move which didn’t execute; an obvious foul that would certainly have been a penalty try if it hadn’t been given anyway, and not one, but two consecutive muffed short kicks. It’s not promising.
Looking forward to Wales at Twickenham. England by 7 to 10, I think. Can’t fancy Scotland against France, although home advantage might swing it (especially if they opt for experience at 9) and I certainly won’t be putting any money on Italy in Dublin.
Meanwhile, SNRL are to hold an enquiry into the HIA procedure, which is probably just as well.