Six Nations: What do Wales need to do against France this weekend to be crowned champions?
For most teams, this weekend will be the conclusion of their 2021 Six Nations campaign. That doesn’t include Scotland and France, as their fixture was postponed earlier in the tournament due to a coronavirus outbreak in Les Bleus’ camp. The rearranged fixture is expected to take place on March 27th, and that could potentially leave the crowning of the champions in limbo!
As we count down the days to a super Saturday of Six Nations action, it’s clear that just two teams are still in with a chance of winning the title, Wales and France. It is the former who are the more fancied side in the Six Nations betting odds, and whilst beating the French at the Stade de France in Paris would confirm a Grand Slam triumph, there is a number of ways Wales could secure the title, and this where it gets a little confusing for the average onlooker.
Not to worry, however, as we have looked at all the potential outcomes and listed them below to save you the hassle of trying to work it out yourself. So, read on to find more.
What happens if Wales win?
Ok, so as already mentioned, this is the most straightforward scenario and certainly the one that head coach Wayne Pivac and his players will be hoping for come Saturday evening. A victory for Wales, no matter what the score, would secure them the Grand Slam and the Six Nations title.
What happens if it’s a draw?
Due to Wales being nine points clear of France in the table heading into the game, a draw would also secure the title for Pivac’s side.
What happens if France win but Wales get a losing bonus point?
So, this is where it begins to get a little bit more complicated. Should France land a victory without a bonus point and Wales nab a losing bonus point, then Pivac’s side are still the Six Nations champions. However, that’s not all. France getting a bonus point victory isn’t the end for Wales either. They can still regain the title should they score four tries against France and lose by seven points or less. This would see them awarded with two losing bonus point and would be enough to see them lift the title.
What happens if France win without either side getting bonus points?
This is another complicated scenario. If this is the case, France must beat Scotland with a bonus point. The title will then go down to points difference. However, if Scotland can keep Les Bleus at bay and stop them for going into free-scoring mode, then Wales will be the champions.
What happens if France win with a bonus point and Wales don’t get anything?
In this case, a bonus point victory over Scotland would secure France the title, whilst a standard victory over Gregor Townsend’s team would again see the tournament go to points difference. Defeat to Scotland would of course see Wales still crowned champions.
It’s set to go down to the wire and at this stage anything can happen. One thing’s for sure, however, we’ll certainly be glued to our television sets come Saturday night!