Being a strong believer in negative magic, I can always manage to convince myself that Wales will lose whatever rugby match they are playing next, no matter what the opposition. Admittedly, it's being getting harder to do lately, since they are going for their record-equalling ninth straight Six Nations win. And now Marc Lievremont, the French coach, has finally put the nail in the coffin of this strategy: picking a side to whom Wales can't possibly lose - can they? I mean, Benoit Baby at outside-half, even though he's hardly ever played there at senior level (and is suffering a serious loss of form even in his preferred centre position). I can't get worried about their rather ponderous tight five - Chabal excepted. I'm a bit worried about Bastareaud, since he's a beast, and Morgan Parra is a potentially outstanding talent. But I can't believe this new scrum-half/outside-half/inside-centre combo is going to gel after only a few days working together. And no recognized goalkicker! I'm actually confident of a Welsh victory. And that makes me very, very worried. There - negative magic reingaged!
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