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Six Nations 2013 – Week 5

The big game of the weekend was Wales vs England in Cardiff. This would decide the championship.

A win from England would secure the Grand Slam, a win from Wales would upset England’s applecart, and a good win from Wales would take England’s applecart, puree it, and use it to season the hog roast of the Millenium stadium.

The game was, unfortunately, the last of these options. The first half was a fairly tight affair, and though Wales pulled ahead 3-9, there wasn’t much in it. A moment or two could have turned the tables – the second half, though, was an entirely different affair. It was a rout, Wales had soaked up any pressure that England had applied, and then came back strong, making several good runs of play as the scoreline built. A penalty from Leigh Halfpenny at about ten minutes in the second half was followed five minutes later by a try when England lost the ball at the breakdown and Alex Cuthbert ran it in for a try in the corner. The next ten minutes saw a couple of missed kicks, and then a drop goal from Dan Biggar saw the score reach 20-3 with 15 minutes on the clock. 17 points with 15 minutes left is a big ask… and the situation was made more dire almost immediately made worse for England when Cuthbert scores again. A conversion saw Wales 27-3 up.

The penalty with ten minutes left was the final nail in the coffin of England’s grand slam hopes.

It was a thoroughly deserved win for Wales.

The other games of the day saw France avoid the wooden spoon by beating Scotland 23-16, and a good show from Italy as they beat Ireland, 23-15. With Ireland and France in 5th and 6th respectively, we’ve a real mixed results table.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 Wales 5 4 0 1 122 66 8
2 England 5 4 0 1 94 78 8
3 Scotland 5 2 0 3 98 107 4
4 Italy 5 2 0 3 75 111 4
5 Ireland 5 1 1 3 72 81 3
6 France 5 1 1 3 73 91 3
Table Built : 2013, March 17 (Sunday) at 07:03am GMT

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Six Nations – Week 4

Following yesterdays games, the six nations are gearing up for a tight finish. Though England is the only team on for a Grand Slam, the championship is not yet won. Wales have a chance of victory, especially with an Italian win vs England today.

Regardless of the result against Italy today, next week is crunch-time.

Should Italy win today, the Grand Slam dream is over, but a win against Wales will see England raise the cup on the 16th. Gloom is over this week, and a win sees happy faces…. however, by the same token, Wales could get it.

Should England win today against Italy, Wales need to beat England by a margin (yet to be determined) in order to raise the trophy. Should they beat England by a lesser margin, the trophy will be English, but the English will no doubt feel disappointed. Should England beat the welsh, it will be a grand slam.

What do I think will happen?

  1. I expect England to have a tough time against Italy, winning the game, but giving a scare in the process
  2. For the Wales game, I expect this to be a real challenge, no surprises there, and can imagine Wales coming out strong, gaining an early lead, and for England to be under the kosh at the start of the game. I’m hoping for an English win, but I fear that Wales may pip them. If life were a storybook, I’d expect a Welsh win in the game, but an English win in the championship – and thus gloomy faces all round!
Team P W D L F A PTS
1 England 3 3 0 0 73 37 6
2 Wales 4 3 0 1 92 63 6
3 Scotland 4 2 0 2 82 84 4
4 Ireland 4 1 1 2 57 59 3
5 Italy 3 1 0 2 42 78 2
6 France 4 0 1 3 50 75 1
Table Built : 2013, March 10 (Sunday) at 07:03am GMT

Six Nations 2013 – End of Week 3

The Italy-Wales game went much as I expected, a Welsh win. It was a fairly tight affair for much of the first half, but then Wales started to pull away.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 England 2 2 0 0 50 24 4
2 Wales 3 2 0 1 64 45 4
3 Scotland 2 1 0 1 52 48 2
4 Ireland 2 1 0 1 36 34 2
5 Italy 3 1 0 2 42 78 2
6 France 2 0 0 2 24 39 0
Table Built : 2013, February 23 (Saturday) at 17:02pm GMT

Then it was on to the real business of the weekend, England vs. France. After losing their first two games, France came from the hiatus with a determination to do well, as I thought they might. There was a great effort for a French try from Fofana, shaking off several England players, and the French went into half time a point up on England, 9-10.

The second half was scrappy, at one point I thought that England were ‘flocking’ a little bit, though they held onto the ball at this point. Tuilagi got across the line, that was nerve-wracking, as the camera shot made it look as if he’d be caught.

With time to spare, there was a try in hand, and another penalty took England 10 points ahead at 23-13. Phew!

The shots in the locker-room of a dejected France told the whole tail, three losses from three in the six nations…. though I can’t help thinking that the locker-room cam is a little… pervy. I hope it’s obvious to them, and they can easily disable it!

Next up for England is Italy. This one should be more straightforward – and England vs. Wales should decide the grand slam. It’s Scotland vs Ireland tomorrow.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 England 3 3 0 0 73 37 6
2 Wales 3 2 0 1 64 45 4
3 Scotland 2 1 0 1 52 48 2
4 Ireland 2 1 0 1 36 34 2
5 Italy 3 1 0 2 42 78 2
6 France 3 0 0 3 37 62 0
Table Built : 2013, February 23 (Saturday) at 19:02pm GMT

Update: The Ireland/Scotland game was a close run affair, with Scotland up against it for much of the game, but nonetheless, they ground out a 12-8 win, somehow.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 England 3 3 0 0 73 37 6
2 Wales 3 2 0 1 64 45 4
3 Scotland 3 2 0 1 64 56 4
4 Ireland 3 1 0 2 44 46 2
5 Italy 3 1 0 2 42 78 2
6 France 3 0 0 3 37 62 0
Table Built : 2013, February 24 (Sunday) at 15:02pm GMT

Six Nations 2013 – Week 3

England have been doing well in the six nations, and, though I may live to regret saying this, a Grand Slam seems on the cards. The remaining game that really has me worried is Wales.

It’s been an exciting six nations so far, the first weekend was something special with highlights being England smashing Scotland, 38-18 – and then the Italy-France game was great (for Italy) with a 23-18 win. France were not up to scratch, but there was a possibility they might snatch it back at the end.

In the second week, Scotland beat Italy and Wales beat France – with Ireland vs. England being a low scoring, but tense match in the slippery wet.

Today we have Italy vs Wales – I expect Wales to win, though I’ll be hoping for an Italian win, as a strong Italy makes for a better competition, I tend to will Italy on whoever they play (except England, and will do so until they’re contesting for the top slots, when I’ll reassess).

Then, it’s England vs. France. On current French form, I’m expecting an England win – but France will have had two weeks to build up a head of steam, and will come out strong hoping to avoid a whitewash. With that in mind, I have a nasty suspicion it’ll be a lot closer than one might suspect. As long as England don’t let it slip, a close game will be just the slap in the face needed to ensure that the Grand Slam is not taken for granted.

Tomorrow, it’ll be Scotland vs. Ireland. I think Ireland will nab it here.

Right now, the table looks like this.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 England 2 2 0 0 50 24 4
2 Scotland 2 1 0 1 52 48 2
3 Wales 2 1 0 1 38 36 2
4 Ireland 2 1 0 1 36 34 2
5 Italy 2 1 0 1 33 52 2
6 France 2 0 0 2 24 39 0
Table Built : 2013, February 23 (Saturday) at 10:02am GMT

By the end of tomorrow, I expect England to be on top, followed by Wales/Ireland (probably that order), then Scotland, then Italy with France in the wooden spoon slot.

I *hope* to see Italy move up in the rankings though. I *fear* that England might let it slip today and a determined France, eager to save face will nab the win.

I shall be on the edge of my seat!

Kick off today is 2:30pm for Italy/Wales, and the England/France game is 5pm.

In the women’s six nations, the women have suffered their first defeat since 2009 (a 25-0 loss against Ireland), and they’re currently third in the table behind Ireland and Italy. Coverage for England Women against France will be on the red button with kickoff at 7:20pm. It is at Twickenham, immediately after the Men’s game if you’re near Twickenham, the game is free to watch, the gates are open to all.

Six Nations 2011 – Third Week

With matches against Scotland and Ireland to come, England is at the top of the Six Nations table (with Scotland vs. Ireland to play today).

It can still go pear-shaped, the performance against France wasn’t that great – but hopefully it will shake things up a bit before the Calcutta cup match in a fortnight’s time. Ireland’s dodgy start to the championship will have compelled them on to pull their socks up – beating Ireland in Dublin won’t be an easy ask (I hope I’m a little bit wrong about that).

It’s Ireland vs Scotland today, a match which should be of some interest to supporters of England. I’ll have my fingers crossed for an unconvincing Scottish win. Scotland as it’d make Ireland mathematically incapable of passing England – unconvincing as it’d mean both teams are still vulnerable.

Next week, I’ll want to see Ireland beat Wales for the same reason – and who better for Italy to beat than France? (though that’d be surprising).

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 England 3 3 0 0 102 41 6
2 Wales 3 2 0 1 67 48 4
3 France 3 2 0 1 68 60 4
4 Ireland 2 1 0 1 35 36 2
5 Scotland 2 0 0 2 27 58 0
6 Italy 3 0 0 3 40 96 0
Table Built: Sunday, 27 February 2011 08:11 UK