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Six Nations Wrap – Exciting end to 2019 Six Nations

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2019 Guinness Six Nations Championship Round 5, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 16/3/2019 Wales vs Ireland Wales celebrate winning the Grand Slam Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It came down to the last round of test matches to decide who will be lifting the Six Nations trophy this weekend.

There was a few permutations but for all of them to come into play, the Welsh had to loose their test against Ireland at home.

That did not happen as they won the Six Nations and the Grand Slam as well ending a brilliant international season for the the men in red.

The first test of the day was between Italy and France at the Stadio Olimpica in Rome.

Watching the test match one quickly realised why these two teams are at the bottom of the Six Nations log.

There was some good rugby at times but most of the time just plain poor play from both sides. France had the better of the Italians on the scoreboard but can count themselves lucky because of Italy inability to finish.

Italy dominated large periods of the test but paid the price for their inability to convert their chances.

It was not pretty but at the end they got the win and they would most properly be happy with that for now.

Scorers:

Italy – Try: Tito Tebaldi. Penalties: Tommaso Allan (3).
France – Tries: Antoine Dupont, Yoann Huget, Damian Penaud. Conversion: Romain Ntamack. Penalty: Ntamack. Drop goal: Ntamack

 

The big one came from the Principality Stadium where Wales hosted the defending champions Ireland.

It was a test that was build up to have been the test of the series but at the end Wales blew Ireland away.

It took Ireland over 80 minutes to score their first points of the test. Wales led the Irish 16-0 at the break and never looked like loosing this test match.

It was the perfect send-off for their coach Warren Gatland in his last Six Nations test in charge. He became the first coach to win three Grand Slams.

Wales opened the scoring the opening try after just 70 seconds into the match.

Anscombe was the hero on the night as he stepped up when it mattered most in the wind and rain at Principality Stadium.

He created the opening try and then kicked 20 points for his team. But it was not just the points that he added to the scoreboard, he controlled the game to outplay the 2018 World Rugby, Player of the Year, Sexton.

Ireland was woeful to say the least and were outplayed and outsmarted by the Wales.

Scorers:

Italy – Try: Tito Tebaldi. Penalties: Tommaso Allan (3).
France – Tries: Antoine Dupont, Yoann Huget, Damian Penaud. Conversion: Romain Ntamack. Penalty: Ntamack. Drop goal: Ntamack

As if all the excitement was not enough from the Wales v Ireland test the Scots had something special planned for England in the last game of the Championship.

Scotland produced one of the best fight backs we have seen at test level when they were down 31-0 before halftime.

They did score their first try before halftime to go into the break 31-7 behind.

England ran in four tries securing a bonus point before halftime through Jack Nowell, Tom Curry, Joe Launchbury and Jonny May.

What unfolded after the break nobody could believe.

Scotland came roaring back in what one can only call ridiculous style.

Darcy Graham wriggled over for a double before Magnus Bradbury went charging through the middle and Finn Russell picked off Owen Farrell.

The English was stunned, half an hour ago they were 31-0 down and suddenly they were level at 31-31.

Johnson blasted through the English backline to score under the poles with minutes to go. Scotland was in front and they were thinking that a 36-year wait is over in beating England at home.

With Scotland in the lead and the clock in the red, England mounted one last attack and despite valiant Scottish defence, Ford went over and converted to claim a draw in this 11-try thriller.

This still give Scotland to keep the Calcutta Cup and one of the best fight backs we have seen in test rugby.

Nobody really gave the Scots a change throughout the week and England coach even mocked the Scots for their record against England at Twickenham.

Social media did not forget any of the mockery from England fans nor Jones.

Joe Marler made some strong statements in the week about the Scots…

That came back to bite him…..

Scorers:

England – Tries: Jack Nowell, Tom Curry, Joe Launchbury, Johnny May, George Ford. Conversions: Owen Farrell (4), Ford. Penalty: Farrell.
Scotland –
 Tries: Stuart McInally, Darcy Graham (2), Magnus Bradbury, Finn Russell, Sam Johnson. Conversions: Russell (2), Greig Laidlaw (2).

 

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  1. Wow – our rugby is like dinosaur fingerboard compared to this stuff! Anybody still thinks we have a chance at the WC?

  2. For me it is still NZ v the rest. Last year Ireland play a Bok type game with great pack and playing % rugby with brilliant defence. Wales did it this time around.

    That is why you heard Mitch said Ireland is boring. Expect every nations to play boring rugby at WC when it matter excluding the NZ .

    Rassie will play the same game as Wales now and Ireland last year. A dominate 10 with a great pack and set pieces. Tries will only be bonuses when it come to the crunch games.

  3. @Jacques Nortier: The problem is that we do not have the players / game management to play the urgency around rucks and mauls. Just look at Wales how they totally dominated rucks – I think on neutral ground any of England, Wales, Ireland can beat the All Blacks. At the other end of the spectrum we still have 1st gear stampkarre at centre, a flanker on the wing with his hands on his knees, 2 wings that just cannot stay in their channel, a fly-halve that kicks aimlessly downfield, a scrumhalve that takes about 70 seconds and a moerse step backwards to execute a very shaky up-and-udder, and a hooker that has the jibs when a bit of pressure is exercised at the line-outs. So far I have not seen anything different in our SR efforts.

  4. @Bekke: Every WC year we have the same chats about the same things…

    You judge Ireland, England, Wales can beat AB on EOY tour. Funny how they become better than SH when it is the end of our season every year and people believe the shit.

    Bokke have won…wait fo it , wait for it, Ireland, England, France at home the last three years at the end of there season, did not make is world beaters.

    The only time when we can assume anything upon results is when we have a International season for all nations.

    I will just be saying after WC I told you so again

  5. @Bekke:

    I’m with you on this

    Where previously the SH totally dominated world rugby between the big 3, suddenly you’ve had NH countries becoming seriously competitive.

    This is also reflected in the world rugby rankings, with Wales, Ireland and England all competing ferociously for 2nd spot, and they are all closing in on NZ.

    In order to be remotely competitive, Rassie needs to select solely on merit. SA need to decide what is the priority, transformation or being competitive, because they simply can’t select their best team and achieve 50% targets.

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