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RUGBY: The opening weekend of the Six Nations

The Six Nations returned this weekend and it didn’t disappoint with three thrilling games. Here’s a look back at the weekends action.

Frances vs Wales (Friday night):

Well, what a match to kick off the Six Nations with. When you thought Wales were down and out, they came back extraordinarily well from 16-0 down at half time. France only managed to score three points in the second half to Wales’ 24. George North scored two tries in the second half. One was scored from a comical mistake by French winger Huget, who also scored one of Frances’ tries. North took advantage and went over for his first try and Wales’ second of the game.

France dominated the first half and Wales had a lot to do if they wanted to win this match. I hate cliches but it really was a game of two halves. France had the first half, but Wales blew them away in the second.

Scotland vs Italy: Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn scored an impressive hat-trick as Scotland dominated 70 minutes of their Six Nations opener against Italy. The final ten minutes however was all Italy. Scotland were sent down to 14 men after Simon Berghan was shown a yellow card. This allowed Italy to score 17 points in 10 minutes at the end of the match. Not enough to make it a tight affair but still a positive ending for the Italians.

Scotland are the current leaders of the Six Nations after one game on points difference from England.

Ireland vs England:

At the beginning of this match, I don’t think many people expected England to beat reigning champions Ireland especially in Dublin. England have only won once in Dublin in the Six Nations since 2003 and haven’t scored a try there in eight years. This was a shock result.

Both countries put out strong teams for the final match of the weekend. England started brilliantly with Jonny May going over in the third minute. Ireland took the lead for a while after a penalty and a Cian Healy try, the score reading 10-7. However the lead didn’t last long as Jacob Stockdale failed to collect the ball and Elliot Daly pounced to score the try. England went into the half time break with a 17-10 lead.

The second half was almost like the Henry Slade show. He was brilliant in the second half. The pick of his tries was the last where he intercepts a pass from  Johnny Sexton, keeps his composure and goes over. The best try of the game without a doubt. Ireland ended the game with a try, but it didn’t matter as England won 32-20.

This Six Nations is building up to be quite exciting. Who will win? England? With that win I wouldn’t be surprised if they are now the favourites. You can’t out Wales either whose comeback was mightily impressive or Scotland who dominated Italy. Hopefully the rest of the games can live up to the quality of the opening weekend’s action.

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