Six Nations Round 5 review

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Original Content, Six Nations on 14 Mar 2011 at 09:21
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This weekend saw the penultimate round of Six Nations matches taking place and we have three close matches to digest on this monday morning.

Italy (22) vs France (21) Rome

Italy had their first ever win against France with a 22-21 triumph in Rome. France had only led 8-6 at half time and Italy stayed in touch with their more fancied foes before Mirco Bergamasco kicked what turned out to be the winning penalty five minutes from time. The loss leaves France’s Six Nations hopes in tatters after losing to England as well. The Italian fans will be delighted and Nick Mallet is likely to be a national hero in Italy after guiding them to this historic win.

For Italy:
Try: Masi
Conversions: Bergamasco
Penalties: Bergamasco 5

For France:
Tries: Clerc, Parra
Conversions: Parra
Penalties: Parra 3

Wales (19) vs Ireland (13) Cardiff

The talking point of this match is the controversial winning try that simply should not have been for Wales. Brian O’Driscoll scored the first try of the match in the third minute and Ireland held a 13-9 lead at half time. After half time came Mike Philips’ try from a quick line out after the ball was kicked into the crowd and even then another ball was used. The touch judge ruled that the same ball was used when quizzed by Jonathan Kaplan and the try stood. Ireland protested in vain and Wales hung on for the win which kept their feint Six Nations hopes alive.

For Wales:
Try: Phillips
Conversion: Hook
Penalties: Hook 3, Halfpenny

For Ireland:
Try: O’Driscoll
Conversion: O’Gara
Penslties: O’Gara 2

England (22) vs Scotland (16) Twickenham

England kept their Grand Slam hopes alive with a hard fought win against Scotland at Twickenham. The teams were deadlocked at nine all at half time. In the second half Scottish flanker John Barclay was sent to the sin bin and this proved to be the catalyst for the English side as they scored ten unanswered points, including a try by Tom Croft, in the time Barclay was in the sin bin. Scotland hit back with a Max Evans try to ensure a tight end to the game, but Jonny Wilkinson kept his nerve as England held on for a 22-16 win which secures them the Calcutta Cup for another year and means that they have to beat Ireland in the next round to win the Grand Slam and the Triple Crown.

For England:
Try: Croft
Conversion: Wilkinson
Penalties: Flood 4, Wilkinson

For Scotland:
Try: Evans
Conversion: Paterson
Penalties: Paterson 2
Drop Goal: Jackson


  • Some assistant referee has just ruined his chances of making the RWC. 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.03.11 09:43:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Didn’t watch this one, but sounds like a poor decision. Kaplan can’t have covered himself in glory either, it has to be the same ball, and have had no out of field influence?

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.03.11 12:22:04 by Greg Reply
  • Thanks to the AR that helped me get the win and margin point. Keep up the good (cough) work 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.03.11 12:33:26 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • How much was this french loss a case of the french being the french?

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.11 12:44:26 by bergshark Reply

  • So the french coach has referred to the team as a group of nice guys,pleasant fellows,but cowards.. Eina!

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.11 12:45:45 by bergshark Reply

  • Ah! Am I the only one who’s picked up the error here. 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.11 15:29:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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