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02-06-2010, 09:37 PM
OK, so the first round isn't completed yet (Scotland play France tomorrow), but Ireland won today albeit a bit scrappily. More worrying is the injuries to O'Gara and O'Connell.
Obviously as I was travelling back home from Dublin I didn't see any of the England-Wales match, so I don't really know what to make of it yet in terms of impact on the championship.
Mrs. JR Ewing
02-06-2010, 10:19 PM
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6 February 2010, 4:17 pm ::Match Report by SportsbeatO'Gara steers champions Ireland to victory
Ronan O'Gara turned in a perfect kicking display as Ireland brushed aside Italy 29-11 in the opening fixture of the RBS 6 Nations at Croke Park.
It was a far from vintage performance from last year’s Grand Slam winners, but O’Gara – back in the No.10 shirt following the autumn tests – contributed 16 points while lock Leo Cullen destroyed the Italian lineout.
Tries from No.8 Jamie Heaslip and scrum-half Tomas O’Leary in the first half helped put Ireland in the driving seat but Declan Kidney will be worried both by his team’s lack of a cutting edge and by the manner in which Munster’s O’Gara limped off in the second half.
After an Italian offence at the scrum, O’Gara made no mistake with a tenth-minute penalty to pass the 500-point barrier in the Championship.
Worse was to follow for the visitors as O’Gara demonstrated his gifts with the ball in hand whipping a perfect flat pass for Andrew Trimble to run onto.
The Ulster winger broke down the line and the ball was superbly worked wide for Heaslip to run over with O’Gara adding the extras.
Neither side were really able to find their rhythm but on 26 minutes the Azzurri scrum exacted some revenge by forcing Ireland into conceding a penalty and Six Nations debutant Craig Gower stepped up to land a huge 45m penalty.
But no sooner had they got on the board than lock Carlo Del Fava was pinged for holding on and O’Gara restored Ireland’s ten-point lead.
Things went from bad to worse on 33 minutes when centre Gonzalo Garcia was sinbinned for a spear tackle on Brian O’Driscoll and Ireland would take advantage of the extra man.
Lock Cullen, making his first Six Nations start in seven years, once again stole Italy lineout ball and from the resulting ruck O’Leary needed no second invitation to dive over with O’Gara’s conversion giving them a commanding 23-3 lead.
But Ireland’s first half was blotted when Rob Kearney gathered a difficult bouncing ball only to fire his clearance straight at Kaine Robertson who gleefully dived over. Mirco Bergamasco took on the kicking duties from Gower but was off target with the conversion.
Bergamasco did though did split the posts with a penalty just after halftime but just like they did in the first half Ireland responded immediate through O’Gara to make it 26-11.
After O’Gara made exited the fray on 66 minutes and his replacement Paddy Wallace immediately added another penalty.
There were no fireworks in a turgid ending and the result will give both coaches plenty to ponder.
Ronan O'Gara kicked six from six for Ireland
Match FactsAttendance: Referee: Poite, RomainHT Score: Ire 23, Ita 8Ireland Score Card
Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Jamie Heaslip 1 5
Ronan O'Gara 2 4 16
Tomas O'Leary 1 5
Paddy Wallace 1 3
Total 2 2 5 29
Italy Score Card
Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Mirco Bergamasco 1 3
Kaine Robertson 1 5
Craig Gower 1 3
Total 1 2 11
Other ResultsDate Team Score Team Att
6/2/10 Eng v Wal
7/2/10 Sco v Fra
02-07-2010, 09:36 AM
They definitely need to make major improvements for the trip to Paris next weekend.
Mrs. JR Ewing
02-07-2010, 05:38 PM
England vs Wales
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6 February 2010, 7:07 pm ::Match Report by SportsbeatHaskell double steers England past Wales
James Haskell grabbed a try in each half as England held off another famous Welsh RBS 6 Nations fightback at Twickenham in their 30-17 win.
England turned the screw when lock Alun-Wyn Jones was sent to the sinbin racking up 17 points to establish a 20-3 lead.
Two years ago Wales overturned a 13-point deficit to earn their first win at Twickenham in 20 years and they threatened to do the same when tries from Adam Jones and James Hook made it 20-17.
However Haskell’s try with four minutes remaining saw England home after Delon Armitage had intercepted a desperate Wales attack.
A bright opening by England soon gave way to a disjointed display from both sides in the first half.
Hook missed with a long-range penalty on six minutes before Jonny Wilkinson dissected the posts with a kick of his own after Wales were caught offside.
On 19 minutes Nick Easter at the back of a maul was held up by determined Welsh defence and that allowed Stephen Jones to get the visitors back on level terms nine minutes later with a penalty when Toby Flood was penalised for holding on.
With both teams struggling to generate any sort of momentum England were given a gift by Wales when lock Jones deliberately tripped Dylan Hartley on the run. Rolland duly sent Jones to the bin and Wilkinson knocked over the resulting penalty.
His punishment was not to end there for the British and Irish Lion as England dominated the end of the half with the extra man.
Twice they were held up on the line before Haskell finally found a gap past a desperate Welsh defence.
Wilkinson converted to give England a 13-3 halftime advantage and they remained on the front foot after the break.
And just seconds before Jones was due out of the bin, England struck again.
Captain Steve Borthwick won a turnover and from there the ball was carried upfield by Ugo Monye and Nick Easter before Danny Care darted through a gap to touch down. Wilkinson added the extras.
Yet Wales’ response was immediate on 48 minutes when captain Ryan Jones opted to take a scrum rather than a kick in front of the posts.
His decision paid dividends as England’s defence was stretched left and right allowing prop Jones to barrel his way over. Stephen Jones’ conversion was on target but soon after he missed a long-range penalty attempted that would have got Wales to within a converted try.
Welsh winger Tom James failed to gather an offload with the tryline at his mercy but with eight minutes left Hook handed off Tim Payne for a brilliant individual try.
But when Armitage picked off Stephen Jones’ pass, Tait broke down field and Haskell was there to apply the coup de grace with Wilkinson adding a conversion and then a penalty to make the game safe.
02-07-2010, 06:28 PM
You're getting to be quite a fan of rugby! Sadly Scotland lost at home to France today (18-9 the scoreline in France's favour). A weak front row was the cause of most of their problems.
Mrs. JR Ewing
02-07-2010, 06:57 PM
Thank you, Ol Mighty Swami!! :wiggle:
Mrs. JR Ewing
02-07-2010, 07:00 PM
France vs Scotland
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7 February 2010, 4:47 pm ::Match Report by SportsbeatBastareaud helps France ease past Scotland
Mathieu Bastareaud scored two-first half tries as France laid down an impressive statement of intent with their 18-9 victory over Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at Murrayfield.
Powerhouse centre Bastareaud, back in the side for the first time since being involved in a controversial incident in New Zealand, went over in the 14th and 33rd minute while Morgan Parra added eight points with the boot.
France’s backplay was at times excellent while they dominated Scotland in the scrum and in the end Andy Robinson’s men did well to keep the score down with all their points coming from the boot of Chris Paterson.
Aurelien Rougerie paid the price for administering two big hits going off injured after just four minutes and they conceded the first points when Imanol Harinordoquy was penalised for hands in the ruck.
Paterson continued his phenomenal Six Nations kicking record to make it 3-0 to the home side but French continued their attacking intent.
Only a combination of a tap tackle by Kelly Brown and some terrific work by winger Thom Evans stopped Rougerie’s replacement Vincent Clerc grounding the ball past the tryline.
But the reprieve was temporary. After putting on the squeeze at a series of scrums that seemed destined to result in a penalty try, France opted to move the ball and brilliant hands by fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc put Bastareaud over for his first try for France. Morgan Parra missed a difficult conversion.
Scotland nearly found an instant response when Johnnie Beattie drove towards the French line and just failed to find captain Chris Cusiter while another last-ditch tackle, this time from Sean Lamont, stopped Trinh-Duc from capitalising on a charge-down.
After Paterson and Parra exchanged a penalty apiece, Bastareaud got his second try on 33 minutes.
In a fine move sweeping from left to right, Harinordoquy drew his man before feeding Bastareaud who powered through Brown’s tackle en-route to the corner.
Parra slotted a terrific conversion and things could have got much worse for Scotland just before halftime when Paterson had his kick charged down but France failed to capitalise when camped on the home tryline.
Things did not improve after the break when Phil Godman’s restart when straight out of play and Parra added a penalty for an 18-6 advantage.
Paterson responded on 52 minutes and nearly the rest of the match was concentrated inside Scotland’s half.
Only some terrifically committed defence from Scotland and occasionally poor decision making stopped France adding to their advantage.
02-07-2010, 07:14 PM
Scotland were very lucky to escape with only a 18-9 defeat.
02-09-2010, 07:14 PM
Round 2 this weekend, Italy v England, Wales v Scotland, France v Ireland. Hopefully we'll get an Italy win, a Scotland win and an Ireland win.
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