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Archive for Six Nations

Italy 20-14 Scotland

Scotland look set for the Six Nations wooden spoon after being convincingly outplayed by Italy. Hooker Fabio Ongaro scored Italy’s only try – at the start of the second half – although replays showed he had failed to ground it. Despite that, the scoreline flattered the Scots, who struggled to match the Italians in the set pieces. Simon Webster scored a late consolation try and the remaining points came from Chris Paterson and Roland de Marigny. The game lived up to its reputation as the battle between the Six Nations’ two worst sides from the opening whistle. Neither team showed any invention on the attack, instead generally opting to kick the ball or keep it in the forwards. But Italy… Continue reading »

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

Sweet Chariot Never Thought T’would Be Buried Here At Home

In the Red Corner. England: World Champions and Grand Slam holders, unbeaten and unbeatable in twenty two games; unbeaten by Ireland at Twickenham since ’94; favourites to win this season’s RBS Six Nations championship; supplier of the coach to the 2005 B&I Lions; and favourites to supply the bulk of the 2005 B&I Lions; and in the Green Corner Ireland, Grand Slam runners-up (and by a long way); World Cup also rans; unbeaten since the last game v Wales 9 a fortnight ago); and 8/1 with the bookmakers to beat Sir Clive’s Knights in White Satin. “We were aware they had a great record here but we felt it had to go at some stage so why not let it… Continue reading »

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

Scotland 13-35 England

England secured a second victory in the defence of their Six Nations title over a battling Scotland at Murrayfield. But the world champions failed to find the fluency of their opening win in Italy, despite scoring four tries. Ben Cohen, Iain Balshaw and Josh Lewsey all grabbed soft scores, Danny Grewcock weighing in with a fourth and Paul Grayson adding 15 points with the boot. Chris Paterson landed two penalties and converted Simon Danielli’s second-half try for the Scots. It was Scotland’s first try against England for four years but despite the scoreline, the home side competed admirably with their vaunted visitors. They started bristling with purpose and were rewarded with a well-struck penalty from Paterson after barely two minutes…. Continue reading »

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

France 25-0 Italy

France coasted to a comfortable victory over Italy in the RBS Six Nations in Paris on Saturday. Number eight Imanol Harinordoquy scored tries either side of half-time, while Pepito Elhorga added a late score. Scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde and centre Damien Traille kicked the game’s remaining points. Despite the ease of the win the French did little to worry Clive Woodward’s England in a display marred by a host of handling errors. They never looked in danger of losing, though, and were far the stronger in the opening half, dominating the attacks but lacking any fluency in the process. A missed Elissalde penalty briefly unsettled them before the number nine made amends with a spot kick eight minutes later. While France… Continue reading »

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

Ireland 36-15 Wales

Ireland ignited their own Six Nations campaign as the Welsh revival came to an abrupt halt in Dublin. The anticipated close contest never materialised as the Irish blitzed the visitors by six tries to two. Shane Byrne and Brian O’Driscoll both grabbed a brace, with further scores from Ronan O’Gara and Anthony Foley, O’Gara adding six points with the boot. Replacement Tom Shanklin grabbed two late tries but it was scant consolation for an outclassed Welsh side. With the wind at their backs, Ireland scored four tries before half time, a combination of their attacking spark and the visitors’ defensive frailty. Wales, buoyant after an opening win over Scotland, were deflated within 58 seconds of the kick-off after some woeful… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 21st, 2004 | Irish Rugby, Six Nations | No Comments » |

Italy 9-50 England

World champions England lived up to their billing with a comprehensive victory over Italy in the RBS Six Nations in Rome on Sunday. Elusive centre Jason Robinson scored a hat-trick as England ran in seven tries in their first competitive match since winning the World Cup. Full-back Iain Balshaw, wing Josh Lewsey, fly-half Paul Grayson and replacement Chris Jones also scored. Italy’s Rima Wakarua could only manage two penalties and a drop goal in reply. England were ahead within a minute through a Grayson penalty but Italy soon hit back courtesy of a well struck Wakarua drop goal. England’s early attacks lacked a cutting edge but when Balshaw found himself faced by two props there was only ever going to… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 15th, 2004 | Six Nations | No Comments » |

Wales 23 – 10 Scotland

Wales made a promising start to their RBS Six Nations campaign with a convincing win over Scotland. Wing Rhys Williams bagged a brace of tries, prop Adam Jones also went over and Stephen Jones grabbed eight points. In response, Scotland could only manage a try from Simon Taylor and five points from Chris Paterson. The hosts led 18-3 at the break after some dazzling back play and sealed the win over their shell-shocked visitors early in the second half. Wales, looking to build on an impressive World Cup, assumed control from the outset and took just three minutes to show Scotland they meant business. Iestyn Harris’ half break fed full-back Gareth Thomas before openside Martyn Williams supplied Rhys Williams to… Continue reading »

by Keiron on February 14th, 2004 | Six Nations | No Comments » |