Monday, February 14, 2005

Six Nations Rugby Round-Up

For all of you fans of "a ruffians sport played by gentlemen", here is a recap of this weekends Six Nations Rugby scores.

France travelled to England and beat England at Twickenham, 18 to 17, the first time in eight years that France has won in England. From what I have read, apparently the French kicking game showed up for the match and England's stayed home.

Ireland travelled to Scotland and dominated the Scots at Murrayfield, 40 to 13. Everyone pretty well figured that Ireland would win, but the question was by how much.

Wales travelled to Italy and had their way with the Azzurri at Rome's Flaminio Stadium, 38 to 8. I watched most of thei game on the idiot box and the Azzurri just couldn't get things going. They did score a try when one of the players blocked a kick and picked up the ball and ran it in for a try, but after that, nothing seemed to work. Their kicker could have made it close, but he missed the conversion on the try and two field goals before the half. The Azzurri needed some more practice on tackling.

The next games are on the 26th and 27th of February. England travels to Ireland, France is at home against Wales and the Azzurri travel to Scotland. As it stands now, three teams (Ireland, France and Wales) are undefeated and three teams (Italy, Scotland and England) are still looking for their first win. I was thinking that Ireland would go all the way this year, but the way that Wales man-handled Italy and France going to England and winning, I'm not so sure. I predict that England will loose to Ireland, France will beat Wales and the Azzurri will win in Scotland, the first time for them.


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