Scotland 27 – 22 Ireland
This was a great game to open the 6 Nations 2017! Scotland started brilliantly with lots of pressure, great attack and strong defence. The in-form Stuart Hogg scored 2 early brilliant tries and dominated the first half. Scotland were one try away from the bonus point and there felt like there was no way back for Ireland.
Ireland went off to a flying start in the second period by getting right back into the game and taking the lead. The score was 22-21 but Scotland fought very hard in the last 10 minutes to secure the victory. The proud Scottish celebrations proved how much this meant to the players and the fans when Greig Laidlaw lifted the Centenary Quaich trophy. Ireland came away with the losing bonus point but this loss was a big push backwards for the title chasing team. This is only the second time in the history of the 6 nations that Scotland have won on the opening weekend.
England 19 – 16 France
England came into this match having won 14 consecutive games and were clear favourites but struggled to do much to beat a resurgent France. The first half was a low scoring half full of penalties and the teams went in at half time with nothing to separate them with scores tied at 9-9.
France put so much pressure on England which made England panic when they had the ball. France scored a try with the massive French players and it started to look like there was an upset on the cards. The last few minutes were very tense but England managed to break through and score a try. France gave it everything they had and got the losing bonus point. England have now broken their national record having won 15 games in a row.
Italy 7 – 33 Wales
This was a very frustrating game for Wales especially in the first half. Italy didn’t give Wales many chances at all and took their big chance to score a try. Wales’ scrum was very weak and that was the thing that led to Italy’s try. Leigh Halfpenny managed to give Wales 3 points through a penalty and went in at half time losing 7-3.
It took a full hour of play before Wales finally woke up and started scoring some tries with Jonathan Davies breaking the Welsh deadlock. Liam Williams scored a few minutes later and they were half way to the bonus point leading 7-26. George North scored an amazing try even with a dead leg with a couple of minutes to go. Wales needed one more try to get the bonus point and nearly got it when Liam Williams got agonisingly close to scoring. Wales have a record of bad starts to tournaments and were left disappointed on Sunday but a win is a win and Wales are now top of the league!
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