So here it is as promised the review of the round 4 Six Nations match where Wales Travelled to Twickenham to face England.
The game took place on Sunday 9 March and kicked off at 3 pm. The game started reasonably well for both sides but a penalty in the 4th minute by Wales allowed Danny Care to perform a lovely “tap and go” manoeuvre catching the Welsh defence off guard and score the first try of the game for England. Farrell scored the successful conversion meaning that England were leading 7 points to 0. In the 9th minute Wales were able to capitalise on a penalty awarded to them after Courtney Lawes was penalised for not releasing the Welsh fullback, Lee Halfpenny. The Welsh took the penalty and put 3 points on the board. in the 19th minute England managed to regain their 7 point lead with a successful penalty from Farrell. Then 3 minutes later Wales received a penalty which Halfpenny took from 52 metres out, but still well within his range, was successful and gave Wales another 3 points leaving the score at 10 to England and 6 to Wales. A penalty to England in the 26th minute, kicked home by Farrell gained England another 3 points meaning the score became 13 to England and 6 to Wales. Then 4 minutes later, Wales gained another 3 points from a successful penalty by Halfpenny increasing the Welsh points to 9. Then in the 33rd minute after a beautifully executed grubber kick from Billy Twelvetrees landing in the hands of Luther Burrell and touching down to score a try which was successfully converted by Farrell making the score 20 to England and 9 to Wales. In the 37th minute, Wales gained another penalty which sailed home of the boot of Halfpenny making the score 20 to England and 12 to Wales. A penalty in the 41st minute of the first half for Wales was made successful by the boot to Halfpenny making the score at half time 20 to England and 15 to Wales .The second half began well for England, as an early penalty allowed England to extend their lead to 23 points. In the 53rd minute the Welsh Prop, Gethin Jenkins was sin-binned for not engaging properly in the scrums leaving Wales with only 10 men for 10 minutes, but the penalty in the 54th minute for England allowed them to gain another 3 points, taking England’s total from 23 to 26 and leaving the welsh at 15 points. However 2 minutes later Wales gained another 3 points from another penalty taking their total to 18. Another England penalty in the 59th minute of the game successfully taken by Farrell restoring England’s 11 point lead and leaving the score at England 29 and Wales 18. The game ended with the final score being 29 to England and 18 to Wales. The Man of the Match was awarded to Courtney Lawes.
After this weeks action, the championship is still all to play for and is likely to rely on the final game of Ireland and France, and there will be a full round up of all of the action from the final round of the Six Nations so stay tuned.
So the Six Nations, still all to play for with one week still to go but this year it is likely to rely heavily on the final game of the season which is Ireland against France. But this weekends action still offered plenty of try’s, tackles, and those all important championship points. The weekend saw Ireland play Italy, France play Scotland and Wales play England.
The first game saw Italy travel to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin where the Italian side faced the current leaders of the championship Ireland. The game was a real show of why Ireland are the current leaders as in the first 5 minutes of the game there were 20 phases of play with no try for either team but in the 6th minute, Johnny Sexton scored the first try of the game which he then converted successfully giving Ireland a 7 point lead however there was some discussion of an incident that happened after the try was scored, because as Sexton scored, there was an Italian player standing just in front of him who he ran into. the game then continue with both teams trying to break the other teams defensive line. Italy manage to get some points on the board with a try by Leonardo Sarto which was successfully converted by Luciano Orquera, however this would be Italy only score of the game. In the final minutes of the first half, Ireland score another successful try from Andrew Trimble coupled with another successful conversion by Johnny Sexton finished the half off. The second half started of as a game of attrition from both sides but a try in the 53rd minute for Ireland started the ball rolling and the Irish scored 2 try’s with a successful and unsuccessful conversions, but there was huge cheering and applause from the crowd as Ireland’s most capped player, Brian O’Driscoll was substituted in his final game at the Aviva Stadium. the game then finished with 2 more Irish try’s with a successful and unsuccessful conversions. The Italians put up a strong fight till the end but the Irish showed why they are leading the championship. The final score was 46 to Ireland and 7 to Italy, the man of the match was Brian O’Driscoll.
The second match saw France travel to Murrayfield where they faced Scotland. The game started with Scotland giving away 2 penalties which gave France 6 point lead but Scotland bounced back in the 13th minute with a try from Stuart Hogg and a successful conversion by Greg Laidlaw giving Scotland 7 points and a 1 point lead for Scotland, but the Scottish lead was short lived as the French gained another penalty and gained another 3 points meaning that the French ware leading 9 points to seven. However in the 22nd minute Scotland got their second try of the game scored by Tommy Seymour, it was successfully converted by Greg Laidlaw. Half ended with the French trying an attempt at goal but was unsuccessful ending the half with Scotland in the lead 14 to 9 for France. Second half started with Scotland going on the attack and forced the French back into their own half but the Scottish attack was disrupted by a intercepted pass by Yoann Huget and a storming run the length of the pitch scoring the only French try of the game, and the successful conversion from Machenaud gave France a lead of 16 to 14 for Scotland. In the 61st minute Duncan Weir made a successful penalty which scored Scotland 3 points and gave them the lead by one point. The second half became a fairly slow half and very much a kicking game by the Scottish side. Scotland managed to force France to begin committing offences that resulted in a Scottish penalty and was unsuccessful but a last minute penalty that Scotland gave to France and a chance at 3 points at a penalty attempt that was successful and gave France the lead. The game ended with Scotland 17 to Frances 19. The man of the match was awarded to David Denton.
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