The Six Nations title is still up for grabs

Nearing the half way point of the highly competitive Six Nations and there is no clear indication of who is most likely to win the title, though you would not be jumping any guns were you to eliminate Italy and Scotland from the equation.

Ironically, the two under achievers meet on Saturday both very aware that a defeat in Rome would almost certainly hand them the dreaded wooden spoon.

Home advantage would suggest Italy are firm favourites, especially as they have looked much more aggressive and organised in their two starts against Wales and France, but losing out, albeit only after almighty scraps, displaying a competiveness sadly lacking in the Scots.

So what has gone wrong at Murrayfield, or more likely what has gone right at HQ? Clearly something is amiss, given the two under par performances in Dublin and in Edinburgh where Scotland scarcely managed a whimper against what was in fairness a very good England team who really should have scored more than 
20 points.

A fall-out in the Scotland dressing room seems to be the most likely reason, probably between coach Scott Johnston and former captain Kelly Brown who was unceremoniously dropped after the Ireland match without so much of an explanation from 
his coach.

The removal of the captain must have an unsettling effect, though not fully explain the lack-lustre showing by the boys in blue.

It can only be hoped the team will raise its game and with it the morale of the country by around 3pm on Saturday.

Unusually by which time we shall know the result of the Wales and France game which is being played on Friday night.

The form book suggests France have shaken off their wooden spoon form of last season and could just end up as tournament winners, but writing off the champions on their own patch 
would be folly.

But surely the game of the weekend is at Twickenham where Ireland take their 100% record to meet a very organised England who still have aspirations of going on to lift the title, despite their set back against France in the opener in Paris.

In their first home game of the competition England will be keen to please their demanding supporters who seem to think they have a divine right to win.

The Irish just love playing in London, and will have their own point to make.

Notwithstanding the complications of choice, it is hard to see past three home wins, but you never know.