As the Six Nations is drawing to a close lets see how the teams performed in the penultimate round of matches.
Round 4 Fixtures
Wales VS Ireland
Hopes were high for Ireland going into the game and possibilities of a winning the Grand Slam were high as they had yet to lose a game. It certainly was to be an enthralling encounter with Paul O’Connell gaining his 100th cap and Jonathan Sexton gaining his 50th cap for Ireland. Despite expectations Wales were the side that became victorious with a 23-16 win at the Millennium stadium.
Wales started the game strongly taking a 12-point lead inside the first 13 minutes through 4 penalties scored by Leigh Halfpenny. Ireland tried to get back into the game through Jonathon Sexton who scored all 16 points for Ireland through 3 penalties, a penalty try and a conversion, but the strong Welsh defence and a second-half try from Scott Williams ended Ireland’s unbeaten run and blew the championship wide open. View full match report: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/28096.php
England VS Scotland
It was that time of the year again The Calcutta Cup weekend, which certainly was an unpredictable game with both sides having, failed to capitalise on a number of opportunities. England lifted the Calcutta Cup with a 25-13 victory which also meant they are top of the table. England should have opened the scoring inside 60 seconds but it was inside 4 minutes before Joseph scored the first try of the game.
It didn’t take long for Scotland to respond with a try through Mark Bennett, Greg Laidlaw then responded with a conversion and 2 penalties which seen Scotland take a 13-10 lead going into the second-half. It didn’t take long for England to retain their lead despite a number of pure judgements and miss-handlings throughout the second half, George Ford got himself back on the score sheet and Jack Nowell’s try right at the death of the game made sure the victory was England, much to their supporters relief. Scotland are a much stronger side than they were 12 months ago and I personally think coming into the game England underestimated their ability and expected the game to be easier than it was. View full match report: http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/28104.php
Italy VS France
It was a very one sided affair in the Stadio Olimpico with France getting back to winning ways with a 29-0 victory in Italy. Morale would be low within the French side after suffering consecutive defeats to both Ireland and Wales in earlier games, that didn’t seem to effect them too much with Lopez opening the scoring before going off with a knee injury. His replacement Jules Plisson came on and made an impact scoring 2 penalties and 2 conversions. Mathieu Bastareaud scored a try in added time, which sealed the 29-0 victory. Italy had their chances but it was apparent that their lack of kicking ability is still causing them problems. View full match report:http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/28120.php
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