A Week of Sport #10 – 8 February

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RBS 6 Nations round up

France vs Italy: 23–21
With former Toulouse coach, Guy Noves, taking over the French head coach role, many expected a rejuvenated side to emerge. It was Italy, however, that came out fighting and lost by only two points after Italian superstar, Sergio Parrisse, missed a drop-goal in the final play of the game.

Scotland vs England: 9–15
The first game with Eddie Jones as head coach ended with in victory at a packed out Murrayfield. George Krus crossed the white line first with a powerful run and, in doing so, achieved his first international try. With England’s momentum growing in the second half, Jack Nowell scored in the corner to extend their lead.

Ireland vs Wales: 16–16
Both Ireland and Wales were not afraid to play attacking rugby in the weekend’s fiercest game. Ireland won the opening exchanges to set up a 13–0 lead. Just before half-time, the Welsh fought back with an impressive try from Talupe Faletau, reducing the lead to three points before half-time. Both sides refused to give up in the second half and the match ended in a 16–16 tie.

Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50

Even though the Carolina Panthers were favourites to win the title, it was the Broncos that came out on top with a 24–10 victory. The Broncos were hailed for their impressive defensive game, shutting down the Super Bowl’s ‘Most Valuable Player’, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, and forcing him into three turnovers – one which lead to a touchdown.

England 2–0 up against South Africa in the ODI series

After an impressive first match win, where England saw Jos Buttler hit another century; the team went from strength-to-strength and beat South Africa in Port Elizabeth. Alex Hales set up the team for victory by hitting 99, and Jos Buttler continued his impressive one day form by hitting an unbeaten 48. England won with 22 balls to spare.

Katie Swan becomes Great Britain’s youngest Fed Cup player

After illness kept Johanna Konta out of the Fed Cup, Captain Judy Murray had a tough decision as to who would replace her. She opted for 16 year old Katie Swan – Great Britain’s youngest Fed Cup competitor. And what a start she made! Swan won her first two matches, leaving Great Britain at the top of the group.  Unfortunately, in Saturday’s final, the Brits were beaten by a strong Belgian team. With young British women climbing the ranks, there is a lot for tennis fans to get excited about in the coming years.

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