Get too caught up with Olympic fever this weekend and miss the rugby? Well look no further. I’ve got you covered with my Six Nations round up in 300 words or less°.
° Not legally binding.
Ireland 26 – 3 Wales
The Welsh title defence hit it’s first bump in the road with a big time loss in Dublin. Wales showed almost no life, save for a massive hit on BOD 13 minutes in (take a drink), and were simply out classed by a crisp Irish side.
This game was an early pick for match up of the tournament, as the two most recent champions of the Six Nations squared off. Unfortunately, the result fell short of expectations despite these two teams providing quality entertainment in the recent past.
Ireland continued to impress with their strong mauling and set plays, and Johnny Sexton° had his way with the Welsh back line, increasing his championship leading point total to 27.
Ireland now heads into the bye week undefeated, while Wales hopes for a turn of fortune in their title defence.
° Or maybe it was Eddy Munster HOW CAN WE BE SURE??
Scotland 0 – 20 England
This years Calcutta Cup° was played in the swamplands of Murrayfield in Edinburgh. With both teams coming off of underwhelming performances in round one of the championship, this years Aulde Test looked to be to close to call before kick-off. Then the game started.
England opened the scoring with a drop goal in the fifth minute (finish your drink) from scrum half by Danny Care, and followed up with a 15th minute try from Luther Burrell after a nifty set up by Care.
Scotland continually missed out on points from penalty kicks, so they were never really in this game. On offense, they appeared allergic to the gain line and seemed to lose ground on every ruck. England wasn’t without their misses either, as the conditions were less than ideal at Murrayfield. But, England managed to dictate play and capitalize on their chances to retain the Cup.
° The Calcutta Cup is a trophy Scotland and England compete for each year at the Six Nations. A tradition going back to 1879.
France 30 – 10 Italy
The final match of the weekend left much to be desired, especially in the first half, where there were more kicks missed than made (drink 5), and zero tries.
France eventually broke through with three tries in the span of ten minutes from Picamoles, Fofana and Bonneval to ultimately seal the win. A late try from the delicious sounding Tommaso Iannone almost made it interesting, but I was well into my nap by that point.
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