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Ireland 19 – England 9
It can be said, “Irish eyes are smiling.” Ireland won its tenth consecutive test match, along the way defeating two of the three southern hemisphere superpowers, South Africa and Australia. This past Sunday, they avenged last year’s only Six Nation loss by beating England handily 19-9 in Dublin.
The win puts the Irish clear on top of the table at 3-0, making the next match against 2-1 Wales in Cardiff, probably the determining game to decide the 2015 Championship.
The Irish have mastered the kicking game, the up and unders and the grub kick ahead, weapons that attempt to break up the defensive strategies in the tight trenches of modern day rugby.
Fly-Half Jonathan Sexton smartly booted these Gary Owens hoping for the opportune bounce. He also recorded 14-points from four penalties and one conversion
The home win broke a four-match losing streak to the Red Roses. England, at 2-1, still maintain an outside chance of securing the championship. But their sluggish performance without flair will not generate confidence among fans.
Scotland 19 – Italy 22
Italy had not won a Six Nations match since 2013, but prevailed in only their second away win since joining the Six Nations in 2000. The Italians scored three tires, the most of the weekend’s three matches.
The win boosted Italy to 1-2, and dropped Scotland to 0-3, on track to take the wooden spoon for the last place finish. Of interest is that the winning score game on a penalty try, when Scotland, playing with 14 men, crashed down the scrum in an attempt to prevent a push over try.
France 13 – Wales 20
Wales continued its dominance over France, winning its fourth successive Six Nation’s victory. The Welsh stand 2-1, and would need to defeat Ireland to have a chance for the championship in a game to be played in Cardiff.
The Taffies benefitted from the accurate toe of Leigh Halfpenny who booted fine penalties for 15 points. Wales enjoyed an 11 point lead at the break, which Les Bleus narrowed to four, until the visiting side added a late penalty.
France will play Italy away next.
Scotland away at England in the Calcutta Cup game.
Wales host Ireland.