Womens 6 Nations Round 3 | Highlights
3rd March 2017
Scotland vs Wales – 15 – 14
Scotland beat Wales in the dying minutes of their round 3 Six Nations fixture for their first win in the competition for seven years. A penalty late on from scrumhalf , Law, sealed a remarkable comeback victory for the Scots.
Wales started the game stronger with a lot of possession and territory, turning down several kicks at goal to attack the Scottish try line. This bared fruit early on as they powered over through their powerful pack. A theme that continued as the referee was forced to award them a penalty try. Scotland began to look dangerous through terrific counter attacks from full back, Rollie and strong carries from centre, Thomas. After a long attack in the Welsh half, Scotland were awarded a penalty in the range of their goal kicker, Law, who made no mistake in slotting the penalty in the dying embers of this fixture.
Scotland will go into the next round looking to build on this first win in seven years and Wales will want to get straight back on track after what must be seen as a disappointing result this weekend.
Ireland vs France – 13 – 10
Ireland made it three wins from three this weekend in the Women’s Six Nations with a hard fought win over France in Donnybrook. With tough weather conditions there was only one score in the first half as the two teams went into the break 3 – 0.
France came out of the blocks hard in the second half with an early score as they broke fast from a turnover. Ireland showed great resolve to work their way into a winning position as Leah Lyons later try proved to be the difference with a final score of 13 – 10.
The game was played at a high level with bouts of ill discipline affecting both sides as yellow cards were shown each way, going down a player having a large a effect on proceedings. Territory and possession were largely Ireland’s as they surged deep into their opponents 22 regularly, without finding the final product, whilst they also were able to manage the weather conditions the better of the two sides.
Ireland will look to keep their current form up as they progress into the final fortnight of the competition, setting up a thrilling encounter with England on the final weekend.
England vs Italy – 29 – 15
A historic hat trick for England hooker, Vicky Fleetwood, was the highlight of another commanding performance for the English Ladies this weekend. With three tries coming off the back of rolling mauls, they typified the dominance of England’s pack in this encounter.
Italy started the brighter of the two teams` with a try inside the first 5 minutes where they showed patience and impressive ball retention to score through some swift hands. Italy went on to score another two tries but each time they did the England showed great riposte by scoring a try of their own until they broke away towards the end.
England were able to secure a try bonus point early in the second half and showed enough dominance late on to deny their opponents a try scoring and losing bonus point. They move on to their next fixture against Scotland in two weeks buoyed by their current form and looking to remain on track for the grand slam. They will be without Katy McLean for the rest of the tournament as she has been suspended following her red card for a dangerous tip tackle.