Six Nations – Round 2

After last week’s confident performance an unchanged Ireland travel to Rome and should, if their form holds, secure a win tomorrow away from home against Italy – although it’s worth noting that Bergamasco will not be scrum-off this time [or ever again? – Ed]. Today sees Scotland take on last week’s impressive French side at Stade de France [kick-off 3pm] and Wales welcome England to Cardiff [kick-off 5.30pm]. RTÉ’s Brendan Cole predicts a very likely French win and he thinks that the Wales/England game “is becoming a tighter match by the minute and with England possibly having a mental edge, they may just be able to take advantage of that.” Possibly.. Half Time In Paris France 6 – 3 Scotland. A ragged game so far with penalties the difference, but France have yet to introduce the talismanic Chabal. 60mins in, Chabal joins the fray. Final France 22 – 13 Scotland. An unconvincing French win over an error-prone Scottish side. Next Wales v England. Half Time Wales 9 – 8 England. Looking to be by far the better game today. Both teams look dangerous in attack. Wales had the majority of possession but the English defence has performed well and they have the only try. 2nd Half 42mins another English sin-binning. Final Wales 23 – 15 England. Great game from both teams. Wales edging it due to penalties and two ten minute sin-binnings.

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  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Suprised last night to see Rory Best playing the piano on the Jonathas Ross show – perhaps he is joining the team later.

    France are playing very poorly, thought the game would be over by now – half an hour gone 3-0 – very poor game.

  • blinding

    After the Bergamasco experiment was brought to an end the Italians were by far the better team against England.
    I hope Ireland do not underestimate them.I reckon that it could be a tough battle especially in the forwards.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    so far so good for the scots. france look clueless in attack. no structure at all.

    I thought italy were poor with no scrum half – scotland have no 2nd rows…

    Come on the Scots!

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    loads of heart from the scots but their error count is horrific and can offer nothing in attack. Couple of early decisions went against them but france deserve the win – although not great themselves so far.

    Tonights game should be more interesting…

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Poor game – Scoltand look much better than last week – France look much worse – hopefully that is not an indication of the relative strengths of last weeks teams.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Game on. Crazy decision by Hadden not to play Evans Bros last week now in sharp relief.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Two good teams and a really good game – perhaps the gentle hissing sound of hot air being released form the over inflated red baloon.

    Heart says Wales – head says Wales – but only just.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Very good game – the intensity of the play was another level from what we’ve seen before – huge defences with massive hits. England really stepped up to the mark and were hard done by the ref – like their neighbours up north.

    Wales did really well to secure the victory – not at their best but just about deserved the win.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Wales good but not great (as they would have us believe) and their fowards played really well. Wazza’s slagging England off very nearly backfired. Phillips, Robinson and Powell far too predictable Lee Byrne was average and of course they missed Shane. England should have played Flood from the start and unfortunately they will just get better. Italy will be improved from last week but hopefully the same thing can be said of France when they play Wales. Wales still favorites to win the championship – suit us just fine.

  • dewi

    Strange game this Rugby – Welsh lineout brilliant – I swear we are on the verge of ripping someone apart (Ireland maybe Sammy!) – but England showed resiliance and some pretty effective spoiling – Was their try the only time in first half in our 22? Cardiff fairly subdued tonight but there’s satisfaction from 3 consecutive wins over England… And 8 consecutive 6 nations wins…bring on France…with Shane back mehopes..

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    Wazza told us England were shite and yet Wales just squeeze home? He must have been sweating at 20-15 as he would have been rightly crucified by Johnson for shouting his chops off.

    “4 Best half backs in 6 Nations” Dewi. Certainly the most predicatable scrum half.

    Pack wuz good. Backs avaerge – talked up far too much.

  • dewi

    Sammy – Shane does make a difference, but Halfpenny super (and there for the next decade!) – a little disappointed but I was never really worried! (Lying through clenched teeth) – What does annoy me a bit though is so many English people in the crowd – bloke behind kept on singing tha Chariot nonsense – which is all well and good like in Worcester – but we have 2 many English supporters at the Millenium for a home game – not at all racist but crowd should be an advantage.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    re. English in the crowd – Land borders are not a good idea.

    “Halfpenny super (and there for the next decade” -I agree. He reminds me of Earls who unfortunately is not on the bench for Ireland.

  • dewi

    I forgot my best line – Halfpenny super – you won’t get any change out of him…..sorry…

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Dewi,

    good player, super even, but nowhere near the full shilling.

  • dewi

    Sammy – highlights on S4c in a mo