Another week and another weekend of RBS 6 Nations.
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The RBS 6 NATIONS 2017
ITALY v Ireland
On Saturday Ireland bounced back from their opening day defeat to beat Italy 63-10. By half time Ireland were up 28-10 with tries from both Keith Earls and man-of-the-match CJ Stander, with Paddy Jackson converting all four tries to secure the 18 point lead. Carlo Canna scored Italy’s first 3 points with Canna then making it to 10 points after a driving maul was dragged down illegally, forcing the penalty try and conversation.
The second half saw CJ Stander score his third try of the match, and replacement Craig Gilroy then came on to score a hat-trick of his own. Ireland’s win was completed by Garry Ringrose capitalised on a tiring Italian side.
WALES V England
Wasp’s centre Elliot Daly’s late try secured a victory against Wales in Cardiff and maintained England’s unbeaten record of 16 wins.
Saturday’s second RBS 6 Nations game proved to be a nail-biting 80 minutes with England only securing the win in the final 10 minutes of the game. Wales looked as if they were going to take the win with a try from Liam William’s and 11 points from Leigh Halfpenny, however England who had scored an early try from Ben Youngs came back fighting with a penalty from Owen Farrell as replacements began to come on. Farrell then secured another penalty into the final ten minutes with the winning try scored by Daley.
England continue their unbeaten record; and next up face Italy at Twickenham on 25 February, for their third match of the tournament.
FRANCE v sCOTLAND
An early try from Stuart Hogg gave Scotland the lead, however France’s Gael Fickou crashed through Scotland’s defence to score a try and with Lopez converting, France took the lead.
Scotland’s Tim Swinson scored an early try in the second half, however France’s Lopez added three more penalties to France’s score and secured the 22-16 win. This win put an end to France’s three straight losses, however unlucky for Scotland, their hope of a first win in Paris since 1999 was crushed.