Reflections on Six Nations round two
No surprise results in Round Two of the Six Nations this weekend, but three matches that made for compelling viewing.
Firstly, France laboured past Scotland, without performing half as well as they did last week against the Irish. Scotland looked fairly dangerous at times, particularly with the lively Thom Evans in their ranks, but weren’t quite ruthless enough to take their opportunities.
The Wales / England game was next up, and a very tiring 80 minutes of rugby. The pace was frantic, and the English stifled many of Wales’ weapons and even secured some quick ball of their own – something we haven’t seen for what feels like an eternity. Promising signs for Martin Johnson, but ultimate defeat and Wales march on.
Then on Sunday, Ireland were too good for Italy in Rome, even without Mauro Bergamasco helping them from the base of Italy’s scrum – they now sit top of the table, and the Six Nations appears to be a two-horse race.
We’ll bring you more detailed opinion and analysis as the week progresses, but please let us have your initial thoughts and reaction to the matches.