Just in time for the penultimate round of the 2014 RBS Six Nations, look who’s back with a round three recap! I’ve got you covered with my Six Nations round up in 300 words or less*.
* Not legally binding.
Wales 27 – 6 France
France and Wales faced off in front of the always lively Welsh crowd in Cardiff. With the roof closed, Wales managed to lay a beating on a French side with Grand Slam aspirations after their 2-0 start. An early try from George North and 17 points from fullback Leigh Halfpenny ensured that Les Bleus never had a shot in this one.
Welsh Captain Sam Warburton crawled over the line for a second half try, but the damage had been done, as Wales had played themselves back into the title race.
Next up for Wales: @ England
Next up for France: @ Scotland
Italy 20 – 21 Scotland
In what may very have been the match of the weekend, the Scots marched into Rome for a battle of the basement dwellers of this tournament, and came out with a second half come back victory.
The first half of this one saw Italy and Scotland play some quality back and forth rugby. The Italians were the beneficiaries of 10 Scottish penalties in the half, scoring six points and a try to end the first 40 minutes ahead 13-3.
Much to my disbelief, Scotland came out roaring in the second half. Winning 67% of the possession in the final 40 minutes, the Scots hardly played in their own end to finish the game.
The two teams swapped leads after two tries (and Scotland’s first of the tournament) from outside centre Alex Dunbar. A 71st minute try from Italian second row Joshua Furno put Italy ahead 20-18 before Duncan Weir took the lead back for good with a drop goal on the very last play of the game to win.
Next up for Italy: @ Ireland
Next up for Scotland: v France
England 13 – 10 Ireland
England and Ireland also played to a nail biting finish, but lacked much of the gusto that unfolded in Rome. Two penalties from Owen Farrell ultimately sealed the win for England as the teams traded tries from Rob Kearney and Danny Care. Irish fly half Johnny Sexton only managed a conversion and a penalty kick in the loss.
The match was over after the Danny Care try, as nothing happened in the final 20 minutes of this one.
So, with two rounds remaining in this years Championship, Ireland, Wales, England and France are all tied at four points while Ireland maintains first place on point differential. Each of these four teams has a shot to win the tournament in the last two weeks.
Next week, Wales and England face off in what could potentially be a tournament deciding match as England look to earn a Triple Crown,* while Wales look to take the Championship lead and earn their Threepeat*.
Next up for England: v Wales
Next up for Ireland: v Italy
* The Triple Crown is awarded between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. If any team earns three wins against the others, that team is the Triple Crown winner.
* Riley, Pat (1989).
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