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Last weekend we saw the 2013 RBS Six Nations kick off with some surprising results that shook the whole of Europe.
This year’s Six Nations was looking to be an interesting tournament with some of the big sides such as England, France and Wales facing some injuries to their teams.
The first game to kick off the 2013 RBS Six Nations was last year’s Six Nations and Grand Slam winners, Wales, facing Ireland at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
With Wales coach Warren Gatland coaching the British and Irish Lions; it was time for Rob Howley to step in as Wales’ interim coach.
At 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon Wales playing Ireland, who came third in last year’s tournament.
The first half was well dominated by Ireland as Wales trailed by 20 points to 3. In the second half Wales came out fighting after what must have been a good talking-to in the changing rooms at half time.
Two minutes after half time, Ireland scored another try making it 27 points to 3. Wales were then awarded a penalty which made the score 27 – 6. With Wales still trailing by 21 points it was time for Wales to add more points on to the score with Wales winger, Alex Cuthbert, scoring a fantastic try followed by two more tries by Leigh Halfpenny and Craig Mitchell.
Full time came and despite Wales putting every bit of energy they had left into the second half they lost 30 – 22. Overall, both teams played well, but in my opinion, Wales were the best team out there despite losing against Ireland.
The second game of the 2013 Six Nations was in Twickenham Stadium where England were up against their all-time rivals from up north, Scotland. With an England squad struggling with some injuries, they still came out with a strong squad with some young players and Scotland fielded a strong side with experienced and inexperienced players.
This was looking to be an interesting game. England were dominating the first half as Scotland trailed 18 points to nil. The second half was again dominated by England with Scotland trailing by 30 points to 18. Full time had come and after an exciting second half with Scotland coming back from losing 18 – nil, they suffered a big loss by losing 38 – 18 with England winning the first game of their campaign.
The final game of the first weekend of the 2013 Six Nations was held in Stadio Flaminio where Italy faced 2011 World Cup Runners-Up, France. The game kicked off at 2.30pm GMT, 3.30pm over in Italy. Italy scored the first try of the game through their captain and number 8, Sergio Parisse, but France came fighting back with tries through Louis Picamoles and Benjamin Fall.
Italy were playing really well and went into the second half trailing France by two point at 15-13. In the second half Italy came out fighting for a win against the World Cup Runners Up and surprised everybody by scoring another try and converting kicks at goal, resulting in Italy defeating France 23 – 18.
Overall, this has been the best first weekend of the RBS Six Nations Tournament for a long time with some surprising results, such as Italy beating France and Ireland beating Wales!
Keep an eye on the website for more Six Nations news from this weekend’s games!