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Six Nations 2010 – Match 15 – France vs. England

Following results elsewhere, by the time this match started it was clear that England were playing for honour, and the possibility of passing Ireland in the table, whereas France were playing for the Grand Slam. France had already won the championship, though.

It’s worth noting that in the Women’s six nations (unfortunately, it was nowhere to be seen on the TV), England won the Grand Slam with a points difference of 141, conceding only 15 points in the championship.

France won three games. The Women’s Rugby world cup is being held in England this summer, with matches in both Guildford and Twickenham, most of the matches are to be played in Guildford.

France opened the scoring with a drop goal from Trinh-duc in the first few minutes. Very soon after England started to apply pressure, with quick hands to and from Ashton allowing Foden to sprint down the line and score. Toby Flood, Johnny Wilkinson’s replacement, kicked the conversion from the touchline. 3-7.

This was to be the last English score of the half. England conceded three penalties before the half was out. 12-7, Morgan Parra kicked all three.

The second half was a scoreless affair, and eventually Flutey was substituted for Wilkinson, who was on the bench. About five to six minutes later, Wilkinson forced a penalty, which he kicked over to bring the score to 12-10 at the 67th minute.

With the Grand Slam in site, France closed the game down, the time ticked away and France secured the victory and their ninth Grand Slam.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 France 5 5 0 0 135 69 10
2 Ireland 5 3 0 2 106 95 6
3 England 5 2 1 2 88 76 5
4 Wales 5 2 0 3 113 117 4
5 Scotland 5 1 1 3 83 100 3
6 Italy 5 1 0 4 69 137 2
Table Built: Sunday, 21 March 2010 09:04 UK

Six Nations 2010 – Match 12 – France vs. Italy

The 12th match of this year’s six nations was the annual Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy between France and Italy. I didn’t catch it on the day, but I remained unspoiled and finally found the chance to watch it today (I wrote this on the 20th, but have backdated it).

The Giuseppe Garibaldi trophy is relatively new to the six nations lineup of single-match trophies, alongside the Calcutta Cup, the Centenary Quaich, and the Millennium Trophy.

The cup was created to celebrate the ties between the countries – Garibaldi himself was born in Nizza in 1807, Nizza later became the French city of Nice in 1860. Garibaldi himself was one of the ‘fathers of Italy’ and was a general in the Franco-Prussian war.

It has been played for since 2007, and Italy have never held the trophy.

The game started with a sense of purpose from France, with the Grand Slam within reach, they weren’t going to take a victory for granted.

Early on, Italy showed aggression, and were on the front foot – but their ascendance didn’t last long.

In the fifth minute, Morgan Parra as acting scrum half dummied a pass and ran straight through the Italian lines, offloading to Harinordoguy, who placed the ball neatly between the posts. Parra converted. 7-0 to France.

A couple of minutes later, Domingo broke free for france, but the Italians dragged him to the ground – and a penalty was conceded for obstruction. Parra kicked it cleanly – 10-0 to Italy.

From the ruck, the Italians seemed overly concerned with the ball being passed out along to the wing – and as a result the French could cut through the gap near the ruck.

In the 15th minute, Andreu followed the French pattern, and broke through on a run. He chipped the ball ahead and was then blocked by Gonzalo Garcia, who was duly sent off for ten minutes. The last thing the Italians needed.

Moments later, the French passed the ball quickly down the line, Trinh-duc found David Marty in a gap, who duly scored just left of the posts. Following the conversion, the score was 17-0 to France in the 17th minute.

In the 25th minute, there was a lovely try as Poitrenaud opted to pass to Harinordoguy rather than kick – as Italy probably expected. Harindordoguy ran through, offloading to David Marty who duly scored. The try was not converted. 22-0 to France.

At the 31st minute, Italy spent some time in the French half, but they lost their lineout to France, who were soon on the offensive again. The French passed the ball down the line, and a chip through threatened a fourth try – but the Italians scrambled a defence, getting to the ball first.

In the 34th minute, Italy were awarded a penalty for illegal binding. Bergamasco kicked the ball over for the first Italian points: 22-3 – and this was the scoreline at half time.

In the second half, France began with less dominance, Parra and Bergamasco each kicked a penalty, 25-6.

In the 49th minute, the French icon, Sebastian Chabal came on. I like Chabal, he’s one of those players with a real presence on the pitch, even when he’s not on top form, you are always aware that he is there. I once arrived late for a Wasps vs. Sale game and found him sitting in my seat, he was not playing and had travelled with the team to watch the game – he came across very well. Sale lost that day, and he wasn’t hanging about at the end, alas, or I would have asked for a photo.

In the 51st minute, Andreu nipped through a gap which opened before the French line, and as the ball went down the line, Andreu changed direction and nipped through to score. Parra again converted. 32-6.

Fifth minutes later, Yannick Jauzion received a pass and made a superb run, he leapt from the grasp of an Italian tackler, and was brought down by an Italian ankle-grabber just before the line – but he had got just far enough that he could reach out and score. 39-6.

In the 66th minute, the French broke through once more, coming from the bench, Lapandry scored the try and Parra converted to score the last points for France – 46-6.

Italy finally had a consolation. In the 69th minute, Craig Gower got the ball to Paul Derbyshire, who in turn got the ball to Del Fava who scored for Italy. Bergamasco converted – Derbyshire did well to draw in the French players with a well-timed dummy, thank goodness that Italy earned something. 46-13

Then the French brought out Bastereaud – but he wasn’t to improve the French score, though he did threaten to be a part of a French score in the 76th minute, but the Italians held the ball centimetres from the line.

Soon after their score, Italy seemed revitalised and went on the attack. Canavosio grabbed the ball from a scrum and shot away to score beneath the posts.

This brought things to the final score of 46-20, keeping the Giuseppe Garibaldi trophy.

France have therefore have all but won the six nations, with a slim possibility of an upset. Ireland are one game from the triple crown.

The remaining games are all played on saturday (given I’m posting late, that’s today!) – starting at 2:30pm GMT with Wales vs. Italy, followed by Ireland vs. Scotland and France vs. England. All times are

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 France 4 4 0 0 123 59 8
2 Ireland 4 3 0 1 86 72 6
3 England 4 2 1 1 78 64 5
4 Wales 4 1 0 3 80 107 2
5 Italy 4 1 0 3 59 104 2
6 Scotland 4 0 1 3 60 80 1
Table Built: Saturday, 20 March 2010 08:38 UK

Six Nations 2010 – Match 7 – Wales vs. France

Another of those Friday fixtures which they’re experimenting with in the six nations (the only one this year). I’m not a great fan of this idea, it has to be said, as the day ensures that many travelling fans simply cannot attend in person. Of course, the powers that be will still get the bums on the seats from the folks who can get the time off work at will, and the TV companies like it – so Friday it is.

For the national anthems, France wore red, and Wales blue – but it was soon off with the jackets and the teams were in their customary colours.

The first score of the match came from an interception, a shockingly telegraphed pass was intercepted by Alexis Palisson who ran and had a clear try. Parra kicked to bring the score to 0-7.

After 20 minutes, a penalty made the score 0-10, and another about 5 minutes later took the score to 0-13.

Wales didn’t put a lot of pressure on, but there was a nice piece of work from Shane Williams (if I recall) – from a lineout, he snuck through with the ball and the French only just managed to stop him.

And then, at the end of the first half, another interception. Trinh-duc took the ball and scored for France. 0-18, then 0-20. Going into half time, the Welsh were not looking in good shape.

After half time, France conceded a penalty, and Wales opted to take the points. Stephen Jones kicked for three points. Three minutes later and another penalty. Another three points. It was 6-20 in favour of France. Wales appeared revitalised at this point, and France began to look threatened. Wales had half an hour left at this point to capitalise.

For a while it looked as if Wales had lost momentum again, but in the 62nd minute there was an excellent sequence of play, resulting in Shane Williams passing to Halfpenny (following an offence from Parra for which he got a yellow card and the referee played advantage). The Welsh came to within a converted try of equalising, with a score of 13-20.

In the 68th minute there was a superb Welsh break, which the French did well to stamp out. It seemed like this was now a different Welsh team facing the French. With just over ten minutes to go, the game could go either way, and Wales had the momentum.

In the 70th minute, Michalak kicked a penalty, apparently putting France clear and dry on a score of 13-23 and the penalty kick from Parra taking things to 13-26 seemed (and proved) to be the nail in the coffin of Wales.

However, there was some last-minute footwork from Shane Williams – skipping over a French player and dodging in to score a try. The conversion took the score to 20-26. It looked like Wales could make a last moment save, if they could restart the game, and if they held on to the ball.

With these circumstances, the conversion was very slow, and though France had to restart, they were able to kick straight to touch. They did the sensible thing, and the final score was 20-26. France is still on course for the Grand Slam.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 France 3 3 0 0 77 39 6
2 England 2 2 0 0 47 29 4
3 Ireland 2 1 0 1 39 44 2
4 Wales 3 1 0 2 68 80 2
5 Scotland 2 0 0 2 33 49 0
6 Italy 2 0 0 2 23 46 0
Table Built: Friday, 26 February 2010 21:50 UK

Tomorrow, we will have Italy vs. Scotland and England vs. Ireland.

Six Nations 2010 – Match 5 – France vs. Ireland

France dominated Ireland to win their second six nations game of the tournament. France was 17-3 up by half time, finishing at 33-10.

Ireland had the better start to the game, winning lineouts and looking dominant, but they couldn’t translate that to the scoreboard. There was a good possibility about a quarter of an hour in for Ireland, with a kick from d’Arcy, but the bounce of the ball was unkind. Ireland began to show indiscipline and Flannery was lucky to remain on the field following a kick.

Bastereaud, who played such an influential role last week, was again important in playing a decoy role for Jauzion’s try.

Just after the second half started, Clerc’s attempt at a try was prevented due to Jamie Heaslip, but the Irish couldn’t come back into the game – Bastereaud drew in players and made a key pass to allow Poitrenaud to score.

Wallace earned a consolation try for Ireland, but by then it was far too late – the score was 27-10. A penalty and drop goal took the score to the final value of 33-10.

Tries were scored for France by Servat, Jauzion and Poitrenaud. For Ireland, Wallace scored a try. There were also the usual collection of penalty kicks and conversions.

Only France and England (playing Sunday) are still in contention for the Grand Slam. Only England can still win the triple crown.

Other reports: The FFR’s match report (in French and in translation), and Irish Rugby’s match report.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 France 2 2 0 0 51 19 4
2 England 1 1 0 0 30 17 2
3 Ireland 2 1 0 1 39 44 2
4 Wales 2 1 0 1 48 54 2
5 Scotland 2 0 0 2 33 49 0
6 Italy 1 0 0 1 11 29 0
Table Built: Saturday, 13 February 2010 22:21 UK

Six Nations 2010 – Match 3 – Scotland vs France

In the states, this is a superbowl weekend. The Americans are settling in for their contest in a game nobody else in the world seriously plays – in Europe at the moment we have the six nations. Five weekends of an annual rugby union tournament between England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy. The third match of the opening weekend was Scotland vs. France – and as with the other games this weekend, there wasn’t a helmet in sight.

The game started with a silence, and then into the anthems. What anthems.

The Marseillaise especially shows what a feeble tune ‘God Save the Queen’ is (GSTQ shouldn’t be used for England games as it’s an anthem for the UK – Wales and Scotland don’t use it). ‘The Flower of Scotland’ (though a bit bland) was well sung, and there were was something about it today that made me sit up. It was, I think, the crowd continuing long after the piper had finished.

Scotland opened the scoring with a penalty following hands in the ruck.

Nigel Owens made a big call in the 10th minute by denying what looked like a messy French try, on the advice of his touch judge he went to the TMO and was vindicated. Good eyes, referee.

There was sustained pressure on the Scottish try line as a result, with several scrum attempts play eventually resumed (Scotland had to be getting close to a penalty try). The ball inched toward the line, with France seeming to try to push it over, then France suddenly went wide and Matthieu Bastareaud got the ball down.

Scotland had a good run of attack following a successful penalty kick from France’s Parra, but the attack broke down due to a knock-on. Fortunately they had advantage and so returned for a penalty. Chris Paterson kicked for three points, bringing the score to 6-8 in favour of France.

With a good piece of running play, Bastereaud came down the wing, sidestepping and threatening to pass to the outside man, he took the ball over the line. Parra converts to bring the score to 6-15.

Minutes remaining in the half and France put pressure on the French once more. Two metres in front of the posts, the Scots stopped the advance. France got the ball out after an extended ruck and went in again. Quick ball, and the ball went left to the wing, then right back toward the posts – the Scots managed to get the turnover and with 15 seconds remaining on the clock they kicked the ball out. The Scots won the line out, and looked like they’d attack – but after that attack died the ball went straight to touch.

At the end of the first half, the stats showed that France had 73% of territory in the first half. Crikey.

There wasn’t a good restart for Scotland. Within four minutes they’d conceded a penalty for being offise at the ruck. Parra converted to bring the score to 6-18.

Benjamin Fall for France made an impressive run following an interception, getting to the line. Unfortunately for him, Nigel Owens had already blown the whistle for a penalty – Paterson kicked it over to bring the score to 9-18.

The rest of the game had some close moments, but no scores went in. France’s win by 9 points understates just how throughly they beat Scotland today.

France remain in contention for the Grand Slam; Scotland are still in contention for the Wooden Spoon and the Whitewash.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 Ireland 1 1 0 0 29 11 2
2 England 1 1 0 0 30 17 2
3 France 1 1 0 0 18 9 2
4 Scotland 1 0 0 1 9 18 0
5 Wales 1 0 0 1 17 30 0
6 Italy 1 0 0 1 11 29 0
Table Built: Sunday, 7 February 2010 16:56 UK

The six nations resumes next weekend – and for Americans, at least some matches are shown on BBC America.