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The second week of this year's Six Nation's Championship resembled so far the outcome from last year where Ireland and England battled to 4-1 results, with the former winning the trophy on points differential. Both XVs triumphed last week to go 2-0 and set up the clash in two weeks on March 1 (Sunday) in Dublin.
Wales and France are 1-1, and Italy and Scotland have no wins, setting up - again - the contest for the wooden spoon or last place. These outcomes also paralleled 2014.
England 47 - Italy 17
The Red Roses continued their dominance over Italy with a convincing six try smashing at Twickenham. Italy have beaten the other four countries but never England since the Azzurri joined in 2000.
The English unleashed wave after wave of attacking with Man of the Match, the speedy winger/center Jonathan Joseph, scoring two tries. But poor English tackling allowed Italy three tries. In the end, it was too much experience that determined the outcome.
Ireland 18 - France 11
The game reflected modern rugby, hard hits, collisions, and constant defense. The Irish scored no tries, but benefitted from fly-half Jonathan Sexton's five penalties for 15 points. For Ireland Coach Joe Schmidt, this marked the ninth test match victory in a row since last year's loss to England in this tournament. The bruising game recorded Ireland making 143 tackles to France's 88. These teams will meet again in this year's Rugby World Cup.
Scotland 23 - Wales 26
Wales recorded its eight straight victory against Scotland, a narrow away win, and a chance to keep their hopes alive for a possible Six Nations Championship. Long breakaways, and also two yellow cards marked the first half. Stuart Hogg, Scottish full-back, romped for a 60-meter try to put Scotland up 10-3. But Wales came back in the second half, led by the precise kicking of its full-back Leigh Halfpenny.
Scotland host Italy, Saturday, February 28 at 14:30
France host Wales, Saturday, February 28 at 17:00
Ireland host England, Sunday, March 1 at 15:00