Rugby Union: Six Nations Fever

February 14, 2018 by

Six Nations And Women’s Six Nations

It’s been an exciting start to Rugby Union’s as well as the Women’s Six Nations tournament. England, Ireland and Scotland all smoked victory pipes in their respective matches in the men’s division, with England running rampant in the Women’s Six Nations match against Wales; a one sided affair that left Wales feeling a bit like a woman in a skirt on a windy day.

Ireland 56 – 19 Italy

Despite Ireland having conceded three tries during the second half of the Dublin match, they still managed to tally up eight converted tries, making it a two out of two so far in this year’s Six Nations Championship tournament.

Ireland implemented a very different strategy to that employed in the match against France, this time running the ball wide and making for sudden breaks in order to weaken Italy’s defence. Ireland may have been up against the tournament’s weakest team, but it doesn’t mean that the men in green did not show pure grit and a healthy dose of tenacity.

England 12 – 6 Wales

England played it smart as they extended their unbeaten home-wins run all the way to 15. It was a kicking game from start to finish, with England being in control of the boot. England now stand at 25 out of 26 games won, further intensifying the general idea that they are well on their way to third championship title in three years.

Woman’s Six Nations: England 52 – 0 Wales

Wales coach Rowland Phillips should be the poster child for keeping cool. Last, year Wales lost by 60 points; this year, Phillips is relieved that the squad wasn’t entirely blown off the park. Phillips must be wearing rose-tinted glasses custom-tweaked for seeing only the silver lining in an otherwise dark and gloomy rugby-sky.

According to Phillips, the most important thing is to believe.

Not much mention of conditioning or training camp or all that insignificant jazz for the Welsh-women, then.

Scotland 3 – 26 France

France, semi-finalists at last year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup, afforded Scotland their second big disappointment in this year’s tournament, having recently suffered defeat at the hands of Wales in Colwyn Bay.

Despite Scotland’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed attempts to hold France at bay, it was all for nought. Scotland did pick up some momentum during the opening minutes of the match, but it was mostly due to having drawn a false sense of confidence from numerous unenforced errors by the French.

Once the French got their acts together, there was no stopping them.

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