I wrote this post on the 19th March 2016. Never got round to posting it! But glad to see I was right. I post it now for interest’s sake — and to clear the massive amount of post “drafts” I have pending!
I reckon it’s time for the Six Nations to introduce bonus points. This year  was first ever when the winner (swing low, sweet chhariot! ;-D) won before last round of fixtures. Although I’m surprised that hasn’t happened before; with only four or five nations, it’s easy to see how things can go to the last round, but the more teams then the less chance of this happening. Maybe the tournament needs freshening up.
Bear in mind that, under a Bonus Point system, it is technically possible for the team that wins a grand slam to not win the championship:
Team A: 5 wins x 4 points = 20 pts
Team B: 4 wins with bonus point = 20 pts, and Bonus Points for tries scored and losing by less than seven = 2 = 22pts!
Unlikely, but mathematically possible. Maybe they can fix that with some kind of bonus points per team beaten.
[Note, they have brought in BPs and said that anyone completing the Gram Slam will get additional Bonus Points]
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