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Six Nations 2018 | Round 1 Review

5th February 2018

The first Natwest Six Nations 2018 weekend is has come and gone, what a fantastic start to the tournament!

Wales vs Scotland

Scotland turned up at The Principality Stadium in jubilant fashion, the media were predicting a very strong showing again Wales in Cardiff. Yet, it was Wales who made the power play and came out all guns blazing to record a very strong victory and head into Round 2 against England at Twickenham looking to build on the fluidity in attack and ballast in defence shown this weekend! Scotland head home to host the French and will want to show the form they had in the Autumn Internationals next weekend.

Check out the BBC’s highlights here 

France vs Ireland

Paris on a wet Saturday was the setting for a slow, physical game of chess between an Ireland team looking to go one better than the last number of years and the French, new coach in charge, trying to translate the strength of their club team’s into the International stage.

A fairly nip and tuck game, came to life when Teddy Thomas scored a final solo effort in the 71st minute. Wiping out the lead that Ireland had held for most of the game. France had to hold on for the next 10 minutes, with a penalty opportunity to seal the win. Said penalty was missed and so set into motion a series of plays that led to a wonderfully struck drop goal from Johnny Sexton to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat.

Check out the BBC’s highlights here

Italy vs England

Italy hosted England in Rome on a bright Sunday afternoon. England came out of the blocks in a haze of accurate, lightning fast attack that stretched the Italians left and right until Anthony Watson showed his finishing prowess with two tries in the corner after George Ford and Owen Farrell convinced the watching crowd that they have an almost telepathic understanding.

Then as the game the Italians bravely fought back with some dangerous attacks, using their outside backs combined with the brute force of their forward carries. Sebastien Negri receiving special praise from the commentators as the game progressed. They fought back with two tries of their own, to one from Owen Farrell in response, to make it a 12 point game with 20 minutes to go. This is where England’s finishers came into their own and their power, pace and precision did not dip one bit in the final moments of the game as they scored 4 unanswered tries.

England welcome Wales next week to HQ in what promises to be a massive clash between two sides who had very good starts to the tournament. Italy travel to Dublin to face Ireland and will want to progress their game again from this week, whilst ensuring they can produce an 80 minute performance.

Check out the BBC’s highlights here

 

 

 

 

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