With a little break from the tournament last week, it certainly was an exciting lead up to the Round 3 fixtures.
Round 3 Fixtures
Scotland VS Italy
Scotland were sure to be favourites going into this game especially with Italy’s track record, Scotland started the game really strongly taking an early lead through Mark Bennett and Greg Laidlaw this wasn’t to last though as Italy gathered momentum and slowly clawed points back onto the board. The second – half then went from bad to worse for Scotland with Italy being awarded a penalty try at the end of the game, securing a 19-22 win for the Italians, which is only their second win in history. View full match report here: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/27858.php
Despite Scotland’s promising start I feel that this win was crucial to them taking any kind of sentiment from the tournament, they have two tough matches ahead and I have a feeling they may end up with the wooden spoon this year.
France VS Wales
Wales made sure they kept their Six Nations champions hope alive, securing a 13-20 win over France in Paris at the weekend. The game wasn’t the most exciting of encounters that I have previously watched but nevertheless it was a well-deserved win for Wales. France had numerous opportunities throughout the game but both Camille Lopez and Morgan Parra failed to capitalise both missing from the kicking tee. France pushed hard to breakthrough Wales in the second half with Brice Dulin scoring a try but that was soon to be short lived as Leigh Halfpenny scored 2 penalties in the latter stages of the game adding to his tally of 5 penalties throughout the game along with Dan Biggar’s try to seal the win for Wales. View full match report here:http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/27865.php
Ireland VS England
With both teams coming into this game unbeaten, one of them was going to lose their unbeaten status and that was England their Grand Slam hopes being put on hold for another year. Ireland started the game very powerfully soon to be rewarded, with Jonathon Sexton scoring 4 penalties and a conversion throughout the game. England tried to push late on with George Ford scoring 2 late penalties but a previous try for Ireland scored by Robbie Henshaw sealed the 19-9 win for Ireland at the Aviva stadium. View full match report here: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/27883.php
The last two weeks are going to be extremely intense and exciting for the bigger teams with Ireland, England and Wales all title contenders I can’t wait to see what happens, can Italy, Scotland or France cause an upset in the upcoming games? Anything can happen!!For other articles please visit: http://www.roadtorugbyworldcup.co.uk/
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