A Week of Sport – 13 March 2017

This week it’s all about Rugby and we’re focusing on the RBS 6 Nations men’s, RBS 6 Nations women’s and the HSBC Rugby Sevens in Canada.

Like always, feel free to join in the conversation and let us know about your favourite sporting event of the week.

Wales v Ireland, Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Wales v Ireland, Principality Stadium, Cardiff

This week’s opening round of the RBS 6 Nations was at the principality stadium with Wales playing Ireland. Ireland started the stronger side with Johnny Sexton kicking an early penalty. However, the fire in the Welsh hearts helped them to fight back with two tries from George North and a 78th minute charge down resulting in a try for Jamie Roberts. A well fought match from the Welsh side saw any hope of a six nation’s title for Ireland, disappear.

Italy v France, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Italy v France, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Italy’s regular strong start continued against France who were looking for their second win of this year’s 6 Nations campaign. Captain Sergio Parisse scored after only two minutes to put the Azzurri in front, however by half time France were five points ahead. The French side then went on to secure their first bonus point and win 40 – 18.

England v Scotland, Twickenham Stadium

England v Scotland, Twickenham Stadium

England’s 61 – 21 victory over Scotland saw Eddie Jones’ men match a record set by the All Blacks of 18 straight wins. After being left out of last week’s fixture, Jonathan Joseph fires back, linking up great set-piece moves and bagging himself a hat-trick of tries. After lifting the Calcutta Cup, Dylan Hartley revealed they’re “just focusing on the game and the Grand Slam” as England are looking to be the first back-to-back Grand Slam winners of the RBS 6 Nations. This would also set a new test record for a tier one team.

Women’s RBS 6 Nations – England v Scotland, The Stoop

Women’s RBS 6 Nations – England v Scotland – The Stoop

The Red Roses also put on a record breaking performance which saw Kay Wilson become the first women in the RBS 6 Nations to score seven tries in one match. England had the bonus point secured after only 20 minutes and continued their impressive display throughout the game. Leading at half time 40-0, they didn’t let up, adding a further 24 points without conceding, resulting with a 64-0 win and setting themselves up for the Grand Slam next week.

HSBC Rugby Sevens – Canada

Amor’s men have won in Vancouver with the help of tries from Dan Norton, equaling the all-time try record of 244 tries for the team. They found themselves in the final against a dominant South Africa side, securing their place after victories against New Zealand and Fiji. After a tight first half finish at seven points apiece, England went on to score two more tries and secure the victory. This result now leaves them 23 points behind South Africa in second place. Next stage – Hong Kong Sevens.

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