Sunday, March 13, 2005

Six Nations Rugby Round-Up III

The Six Nations Rugby Tournament picked up again this weekend after short hiatus and things are getting a bit more interesting. Before the last round of matches, both Ireland and Wales were undefeated and looking towards the Wales-Ireland match on the weekend of the 19th of March to crown the winner. BUT, the French decided to rain on this parade and went to Dublin and won against the Irish, 26 to 19. I tuned into the game when the score was 18-9. Ireland and France traded field goals to bring the score to 12-21 when Ireland scored a try with conversion for 19-21 in the last 10 minutes. All Ireland had to do was get a field goal and win the game when Benoit Baby, playing in his first international match, scored a try that knocked the wind out of Ireland’s sails and won the match. In other games, England outclassed Italy in London, 39 to 7 and Wales manhandled Scotland in Edimbough, 46 to 22. I caught the first half of the Wales-Scotland game and Wales looks really good this year. Although the score at the end of the game was 46 to 22, by the half, Wales was already ahead by over 30 points, so the game wasn’t all that close.

Next week is the final round in this years edition of the Six Nations and France travels to Rome, Ireland travels to Wales and England hosts Scotland. If Wales wins against Ireland, they win the Grand Slam and also the Triple Crown (the winner of the games between the English-speaking teams). France will probably win against Italy and Scotland will probably loose to England. So, the final standings will have Wales first with five wins followed by France and Ireland with four wins and one lost each (France wins on points). England will be next with two wins and three losses followed by Scotland with one win and four losses and Italy with no wins and five losses bring up the rear and “winning” the “wooden spoon”.


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