As promised, here’s our second dose of the weekly sport roundup for 2017. No prizes for guessing what we’re reporting on this week… The RBS 6 Nations! If you haven’t seen any of the games, what have you been doing?
Like always, feel free to join in the conversation and let us know about your favourite sporting event of the week, or in this case, what your thoughts were on the first weekend’s results.
The RBS 6 NATIONS 2017
Scotland v Ireland
Kicking off the RBS 6 Nations, was a 27-22 win for Scotland against Ireland at BT Murrayfield. The first half saw Glasgow Warriors’, Stuart Hogg score two tries, along with one try from fellow Warriers’ teammate, Alex Dunbar. Ireland scored their first try from Munster’s Keith Earls; bringing the score to 21-8 at half time. The second half saw Ireland make a come-back with a try from Ulster’s Iain Henderson followed by another from fellow Ulster teammate Paddy Jackson, bringing their score to 22 points. However, two late penalties from Captain Greig Laidlaw secured a victory for the Scots; only their second opening game win since the introduction of Italy to the tournament in 2000.
England v France
England made their first game a win on Saturday against France, securing their fifteenth – a record to date for the English team. A very close first half saw both teams battle it out for a level 9-9 score at half time, with France’s Camille Lopez’s three penalties, England’s Owen Farrell’s two and Elliott Daly’s one. France’s Rabah Slimani went over the line to score the first try of the match making it 16-9 to France, however a bold change from Eddie Jones bringing on Ben Te’o for George Ford, had a big impact with Te’o scoring a try on his Championship debut. A conversion from Owen Farrell secured England’s win.
Italy v wales
The Sunday game featured Italy v Wales and saw the home side take the lead in the first half with a try from Edoardo Gori, with only a 36th minute penalty from Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny in response. However, the British & Irish Lion’s Leigh Halfpenny took Wales into the lead at the start of the second half with three penalties, giving them a 12-7 lead. Victory was then secured with tries from Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North after an incredible turnover.
Next weekend is set to be another exciting round of matches, kicking off with Italy v Ireland and Wales v England on Saturday and France v Scotland on Sunday.