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Archive for Six Nations

Six Nations Day is Upon Us! Along with St. Patrick!

I’ve got my Ireland shirt, on Em’s in her Wales Womens shirt (maybe they ought to field the Womens side today against England). We’re off to the pub with friends shortly and it’s guaranteed to be a day out, with St. Patricks Day as well, Cheltenham this week – can the luck of the Irish really hold through 3 games, each knowing what they have to do to beat the previous. The table is almost guaranteed to change 3 times today!!! Italy have a fighting chance still, at least my friend tells me so, but he is Italian and delusional! Another tells me England will sneak it, whilst the Welsh contingent will be happy to have a punt at the… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 17th, 2007 | Personal Diary, Six Nations | No Comments » |

France 24-21 England

France survived a late English fightback at the Stade de France to win the Grand Slam on Saturday. The hosts led 21-3 at the break but England hit back through tries from Ben Cohen and Josh Lewsey. It looked briefly as though the visitors would get out of jail, but the home side did enough to hang on. Number eight Imanol Harinordoquy scored France’s first try, with scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili grabbing a second and adding 14 points with the boot. Olly Barkley kicked 11 points for England, but it was not enough to prevent France claiming their fourth Grand Slam in the past eight years. England had the first chance to get on the board but once Barkley’s long-range penalty… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 27th, 2004 | Six Nations | No Comments » |

Scotland 0-31 France

France will head for a Grand Slam clash with England in Paris after comfortably disposing of Scotland. The favourites made light work of their limited opponents as Olivier Magne and Yannick Jauzion, twice, crossed for tries at a subdued Murrayfield. Dimitri Yachvili converted two and added four penalties to finish with a 16-point haul. Scotland barely threatened the French line as they finished scoreless at home for the first time in 26 years. The hosts started brightly but their fragile defence was swiftly undone in France’s first real attack. Jauzion glided unopposed through the home midfield and fed the marauding Magne, who beat Chris Paterson’s weak tackle to score in the left corner. Yachvili narrowly missed the conversion, but was… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 21st, 2004 | Six Nations | No Comments » |

Ireland 19-3 Italy

Ireland maintained their challenge for the RBS Six Nations title with a comfortable victory over Italy. Both sides struggled in the very windy conditions but Ireland’s superior class saw them home. They ran in three tries through Malcolm O’Kelly, Brian O’Driscoll and Shane Horgan, while Italy’s only points came from a Roland de Marigny penalty. Ireland could still win the title, but they have a much worse points difference than England or France. O’Driscoll’s try was his 24th for Ireland and saw him reclaim the Irish try-scoring record from Denis Hickie. The match started in unusual fashion as Italy deliberately failed to send the kick-off the required 10 yards. That gave Ireland, who had the wind at their backs in… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 20th, 2004 | Irish Rugby, Six Nations | No Comments » |

England 31-21 Wales

England revived hopes of retaining their RBS Six Nations title with a gripping victory at Twickenham. But the world champions were given a major scare by a resurgent Welsh outfit which fought back from 16-9 down to take a 21-16 lead. Ben Cohen’s second try levelled matters and Joe Worsley’s late score sealed victory, Olly Barkley adding 16 points. Gareth Thomas and Mark Taylor both crossed for Wales and Stephen Jones kicked 11 points but it was not enough. While the visitors are left with a final home fixture against Italy, England will travel to Paris knowing victory should see them crowned champions. The line-out woes that cost them dearly against Ireland were duly rectified, but the margin of victory… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 20th, 2004 | General, Six Nations | No Comments » |

Wales 22-29 France

France continued on the Grand Slam trail with a hard-fought win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Imanol Harinordoquy’s try on the stroke of half-time gave the visitors control, and scrum-half Jean Baptiste Elissalde stole the show with 24 points. Wales’ weakness at the scrum proved their Achilles heel, with a lost ball in the 56th minute coming to Elissalde who raced in for the clinching 60m try. Martyn Williams got a late consolation try for Wales, but it was not enough. There were early signs of adventure from both sides as Wales started with far more fire than in their last outing in Dublin. But all there was to show for the opening quarter were two penalties apiece… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 7th, 2004 | Six Nations | No Comments » |

England 13-19 Ireland

England suffered their first home loss since 1999 as Ireland stunned the world champions at Twickenham. The home side scored the only try of the first half through Matt Dawson but four penalties from Ronan O’Gara gave Ireland a 12-10 lead at the break. Full-back Girvan Dempsey crossed in the corner to put Ireland further in front although Paul Grayson kept England in the match with a 66th-minute penalty. England pressurised late on but could not come back despite a frantic finish. The tension of the occasion was felt by both sides as they walked out at Twickenham, and the opening exchanges were nervy and scrappy. England, playing their first competitive game at home since winning the World Cup, were… Continue reading »

by Keiron on March 6th, 2004 | General, Irish Rugby, Six Nations | No Comments » |