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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #40 on: February 10, 2008, 12:17:37 PM »
Italy (6) 19
Tries: Picone
Cons: Bortolussi
Pens: Bortolussi 4
England (20) 23
Tries: Sackey, Flood
Cons: Wilkinson 2
Pens: Wilkinson 3

England laboured to their first Six Nations victory of 2008 but did nothing to answer the critics with a far from impressive display in Rome.

First-half tries from Paul Sackey and Toby Flood gave them a dream start while Jonny Wilkinson added 10 points, passing 1,000 points for his country.

Italy were 20-6 down at the break but David Bortolussi kept them in touch as England faded in the second half.

And Simon Picone's late try set up a tense finish but England held on.

The victory was a far from perfect response to the second half capitulation at Twickenham last week, which led to the defeat against Wales.

Coach Brian Ashton, who had described his side as a 'bunch of angry men' following that loss, had lost a host of players in the build-up to the match in Rome and suffered a further blow with the loss of skipper Phil Vickery because of illness on the day of the game.

Steve Borthwick captained England, with Matt Stevens replacing Vickery and Jason Hobson taking his place on the bench.

And early on no-one seemed more angry than Wilkinson, who suffered the most in the face of fierce public criticism.

England's record points scorer needed just three minutes to show exactly why Ashton kept faith in the Newcastle number 10 as he set up the opening try.

England stole line-out ball, the play eventually found its way to Wilkinson who delicately and delightfully chipped over the flat Italian defence before collecting his own kick and releasing wing Sackey with a superb reverse offload.

Wilkinson sent over the conversion from a tight angle, calming any pre-match nerves on and off the pitch.

Italy's response was swift. Two penalties in quick succession from the boot of Bortolussi, following indiscipline from Stevens and Lesley Vainikolo, got the hosts to within a point.

It was Newcastle's trio of Jamie Noon, Wilkinson and Flood who all combined to increase England's lead with their second try.

Noon charged down Bortolussi's kick, Wilkinson offloaded to Flood who had the legs to dive over in the corner for his second try in two games.

 The guys were brilliant to a man, we were fantastic

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Wilkinson sent over the conversion to become the first player to pass 1,000 points for England and put his side 14-6 ahead.

He missed an easier penalty a few moments later and after a bright start, England seemed to lose their way.

James Haskell conceded yet another penalty for foul play and England's forwards struggled to set a decent platform for their backs.

But England continued to chip away at Italy's resilient defence and penalties continued to follow, with two more successful kicks for Wilkinson giving England a comfortable 14-point lead at the break.

The second half was scrappy at best with England struggling for ball and conceding penalty after penalty - Bortolussi sending over a further two kicks to give his side hope.

With England stuttering, Ashton tried to freshen up his side with Sale scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth, making his test debut, and Bath hooker Lee Mears entering the fray.

Wilkinson sent over his third penalty but it failed to galvanise England, who were laboured in their attempts to break Italy down.

Ball retention was also poor and with 15 minutes remaining, Wasps' youngster Danny Cipriani replaced Wilkinson as Ashton continued to make changes.

With time running out, Italy started to open up and only a superb tap tackle from Noon halted a try-scoring opportunity for Kaine Robertson in the corner.

It was one of several fine tackles from the Newcastle centre who was solid in defence throughout and England's best performer behind the scrum.

But there was late drama when Cipriani had his kick charged down by Picone, who collected the ball to score Italy's first try.

Bortolussi sent over the extras to narrow the score to four points with only a couple of minutes remaining.

Italy had late chances to win the game, but poor line-out play, a feature of their game, cost them dear as England held on for a vital victory.

Despite the win, questions will remain about the direction England are heading in after yet another under-par performance from the 2003 world champions.

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #41 on: February 10, 2008, 12:20:44 PM »
Didn't see the match because I was watching the football but saw the result and just read this report and it seemed to go pretty much I expected, England playing very poor indeed but just having a slight too much game for Italy. It will certainly be a relief for the team to get out of this one with the win but the performance once again has left a lot of questions to be answered and an awful lot of improvement needs to be made to seriously thinkn about getting anymore wins in this tournament other than against Scotland.
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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #42 on: February 23, 2008, 01:20:54 PM »
Wales (13) 47
Tries: Byrne (2), Shanklin, S Williams (2)
Con: S Jones (3), Hook (2)
Pens: S Jones (4)

Italy (8) 8
Try: Castrogiovanni
Pens: Marcato


Unbeaten Wales cranked up their Grand Slam charge as they romped to a record Six Nations victory over Italy.

Warren Gatland's revolution continued as Wales put Italy to the sword in Cardiff to set up a potential Triple Crown decider in Ireland in two weeks.

Lee Byrne and Shane Williams both scored twice while Tom Shanklin crowned his 50th Welsh cap with a try.

Stephen Jones enjoyed a 100% record with the boot as he kicked 20 points to guide Wales to a stunning win.

New coach Gatland, enjoying his first Six Nations campaign, inspired Wales to their third successive triumph as his men followed up victories against England and Scotland in style.

The Welsh had previously been guilty of starting slowly but showed instant intent against Italy at the Millennium Stadium as Jones landed two penalties in the opening 10 minutes.

Jones was slightly dazed for his third minute strike as Italian giant Carlo del Fava had cracked the Scarlets star in the head with his knee just as Peel was taken out by the offside Santiago Dellape.

But experienced Jones, replacing fly-half sensation James Hook, made no mistake as Wales capitalised on Italian errors.

Yet it was slack Welsh play that gifted Italy the first try of the afternoon after 12 minutes.

Matthew Rees's line-out throw just 10 metres from his own line was far too long for Ian Gough and Martin Castrogiovanni punished the hosts as the Leicester prop bulldozed his way over for a surprise score.

Gonzalo Canale should have added to Wales' woe just minutes later but after the Italian backline had cut the hosts' defence to shreds, but the centre couldn't do justice to a sublime move.

Great inter-play between Andrea Masi and Ezio Galon created the opening but after Masi set him free, Clermont Auvergne star Canale let the ball slip through his fingers with the try line at his mercy.

And Wales made the visitors pay as within five minutes as after sustained pressure, a long Gavin Henson pass released Byrne to score in the corner.

As the Ospreys full-back celebrated his second try of the Championship, Jones smashed over a tricky touchline conversion.

Andrea Marcato, a controversial selection to replace the injured David Bortolussi, had hit the upright with his first two kicks at goal, a conversion and a penalty.

But on the stroke of half-time, the Italian full-back gave Nick Mallett's side what proved to be false hope with a penalty to reduce their deficit to five points.

But within 60 seconds of the break, Italy's good first-half work was blown apart by one of their own.

Fly-half Andrea Masi was the enemy within as his blind looping pass was intercepted by Shanklin.

The Blues centre gratefully accepted the gift and celebrated his half century of caps with arguably the easiest try of his international career.

Mike Phillips, on for the injured Dwayne Peel, should have helped Wales extend their lead still further.

But the replacement scrum-half failed to offload the ball quick enough to the supporting Mark Jones, who would have cruised over.

Wales were starting to turn the screw and their intense pressure earned Jones another two kicks at goal, despatching both, the latter after Mirco Bergamasco was sin-binned for slowing the ball down at a ruck.

Coach Gatland's decision to pick master Jones ahead of pupil Hook proved an astute decision, the Scarlets fly-half revelling in his 68th cap.

Jones' deft pass released Williams for his third touchdown in two games before Jones added the extras with the boot.

Wales punished another Italian mistake with 12 minutes remaining as Ospreys full-back Byrne claimed his second try.

Williams put the icing on the cake as the Ospreys winger danced over for his 39th Wales try, closing to within one of Gareth Thomas' record of 40 tries.

Hook had replaced the faultless Jones and his late two conversions secured the first Welsh victory over the Italians since Wales' last Grand Slam triumph in 2005.

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #43 on: February 23, 2008, 01:21:43 PM »
Ireland (14) 34
Tries: Wallace, Kearney, Horan, Bowe
Cons: O'Gara 3
Pens: O'Gara
Scotland (6) 13
Try: Webster
Con: Paterson
Pens: Paterson 2

Ireland produced a fine attacking display to comfortably beat Scotland in their RBS Six Nations clash in Dublin.

The visitors dominated early on without scoring and they were dealt a sucker punch by David Wallace's try.

After Chris Paterson's penalty response, Geordan Murphy's spectacular catch helped set up a Rob Kearney try.

Ahead 14-6 at the break, Marcus Horan's try extended Ireland's lead and while Simon Webster's score gave Scotland hope, two Tommy Bowe tries sealed it.

Ireland will now try to spike Wales' guns at Croke Park in a fortnight and set themselves up for a Triple Crown clash with England in the final round of matches. After a slightly nervous start, the hosts moved through the gears to build on the promise of their narrow defeat in Paris a fortnight ago.

Murphy made the most of his late call-up after injury to Girvan Dempsey by producing a man-of-the-match display in his favoured full-back position.

The visitors should have taken the lead in the fifth minute but Paterson opted to take a quick tap in the Irish 22 instead of kicking a straightforward penalty.

As had been the case early on in Paris, the Irish line-out struggled in the opening minutes with two of Bernard Jackman's throws being stolen by the Scots.

The Irish finally began to show fluency in the 14th minute when Eoin Reddan's dart got the three-quarters moving only for Bowe's attempted pass to Andrew Trimble to be intercepted by Ali Hogg.

The Irish pack attempted to burrow their way over the Scottish line in a succession of drives in the 21st minute.

From the resulting scrum, Wallace was given acres of space to score under the posts after Jamie Heaslip's pick-up.

Ronan O'Gara added the extras and suddenly the Irish were 7-0 ahead despite Scotland's early territorial domination.

Paterson replied from a penalty straight after the restart after Jackman had been penalised but it proved a brief respite for the Scots as the Irish responded with a second try on 26 minutes.

Murphy was involved in nearly all Ireland's best attacks and the Leicester man's superb high catch helped set up the Irish score.

O'Gara saw the opportunity after the quick ruck, sending Brian O'Driscoll into space, and the skipper's perfect looping pass enabled Kearney to score in the left corner.

Paterson's second successful penalty reduced Ireland's lead to eight points in the 33rd minute.

The Scots were then held up inches short of the Irish line on two occasions before Nathan Hines' petulance saw a penalty being reversed to ease the pressure on the home side, who went in 14-6 ahead at half-time.

Scotland were dealt a hammer blow after their break when O'Gara's diagonal kick was grasped with ridiculous ease by prop Horan - hovering on the right wing - who ran in unopposed for Ireland's third try.

O'Gara missed the difficult conversion but the Munster fly-half soon knocked over a penalty to extend his team's lead to 22-6.

Scotland were given a glimmer of hope when Simon Webster ended his team's try-scoring famine in the 53rd minute, after Andrew Henderson's pass and some sloppy Irish defence.

Paterson's conversion cut the deficit to 22-13.

Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan responded by introducing fit-again Paul O'Connell for Mick O'Driscoll.

Hooker Rory Best was already on for Jackman, after the Leinster man's initial cut near his left ear.

Webster's try gave Scotland renewed belief as there was a brief lull in the Irish performance.

However, another sensational Irish backs move ended the game as a contest in the 61st minute with O'Gara and Andrew Trimble involved before Bowe's wiry frame enabled the winger to score the try.

Scotland suffered a further blow when replacement Jim Hamilton was carried off with a suspected broken leg.

Right at the finish, Bowe rounded matters off with his second touchdown and Ireland's fifth try.

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #44 on: February 23, 2008, 01:23:13 PM »
France vs. England will kick off in just over half an hour: a re-match of the World Cup semi :cheer:

Congrats to Wales on their 3rd win in 3, on this form a Grand Slam is looking like a genuine possibility, though it depends a lot on whether they play France home or away?

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #45 on: February 23, 2008, 01:26:55 PM »
France vs. England will kick off in just over half an hour: a re-match of the World Cup semi :cheer:

Congrats to Wales on their 3rd win in 3, on this form a Grand Slam is looking like a genuine possibility, though it depends a lot on whether they play France home or away?

Wales have really turned it around well and to have 3 from 3 is a fantastic achievement and just 2 wins away now from a very unlikely Grand Slam. They will play France last match of the tournament at home, but in 2 weeks time away to Ireland- that could be a real good one  :)
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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #46 on: February 23, 2008, 02:14:59 PM »
 :yahoo: Paul Sackey gets an early try and Wilkinson kicks the conversion for 7-0 :yahoo:

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #47 on: February 23, 2008, 02:15:44 PM »
France 0-10 England :yahoo: Indiscipline at the scrum costs France a penalty which Wilko sends straight through the posts :cheer:

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #48 on: February 23, 2008, 02:22:14 PM »
France's lack of a specialist kicker costs them, as Damien Traille misses a tricky penalty which would've got them back within a single score.

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #49 on: February 23, 2008, 02:30:54 PM »
France hit back through a Lionel Nallet try, which is converted  :(

France 7-10 England

So far a much more open encounter than the World Cup semi.

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #50 on: February 23, 2008, 02:32:03 PM »
England have a penalty to get their lead back up to 6 points, from out wide, C'mon Wilko!...Over it goes! :yahoo:

France 7-13 England :cheer:

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #51 on: February 23, 2008, 02:41:26 PM »
Damien Traille is having a stinker with the boot: 2 relatively straightforward penalties missed. Had he made them both, it;d be 13-13, but as it is, it's 13-7 to England.

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #52 on: February 23, 2008, 02:49:24 PM »
 :yahoo: Half Time: France 7-13 England :yahoo:

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #53 on: February 23, 2008, 02:58:28 PM »
Good to see England leading the French in Paris  :) That always leaves a sweet taste  :))
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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #54 on: February 23, 2008, 03:26:56 PM »
19-10 Engalnd after 68 minutes :D hopefully not a collapse this time?

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #55 on: February 23, 2008, 03:29:11 PM »
Now 19-10 to England with just 12 minutes to go and looks like we're going to beat the French in their own backyard again  :)) If only we hadn't thrown that terrible 2nd half performance in vs Wales at Home  :head-smack:
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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #56 on: February 23, 2008, 03:34:00 PM »
Not what was needed, 6 minutes to go and France score the penalty and make this 19-13.
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« Reply #57 on: February 23, 2008, 03:40:49 PM »
Try England with 90 seconds left to ensure the victory for us  :)) 24-13 to England with the Wilkinson conversion to come as he lines it up, and he hits it well but misses, but won't matter as the whistle goes and England beat France 24-13 in Paris  :applause:
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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #58 on: February 23, 2008, 03:43:58 PM »
 :yahoo: Brilliant performance from all the English players, and this new French team just don't look up to scratch. Wigglesworth in particular had an awesome game, while France's lack of a specialist kicker cost them dear.

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Re: Six Nations Rugby 2008
« Reply #59 on: March 09, 2008, 05:06:27 PM »
This weekends 6 Nations Results have moved Wales just 1 match away from a 2nd Grand Slam in 4 years! France are the only team who can stop them now, as well as preventing them winning the Championship itself.

France 25 - 13 Italy
Ireland 12 - 16 Wales
Scotland 15 - 9 England

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 Wales 4 4 0 0 119 54 8
2 France 4 3 0 1 91 64 6
3 Ireland 4 2 0 2 83 66 4
4 England 4 2 0 2 75 73 4
5 Scotland 4 1 0 3 49 100 2
6 Italy 4 0 0 4 51 111 0

If Wales beat France in their final game they will win the Grand Slam for the second time in four seasons.

France need to beat Wales by 20 points or more in Cardiff to win the 2008 championship.

If France were to win by 19 points, the two teams would be level on points difference. The team with the most tries in the tournament would claim overall victory. Currently, the sides are tied on 11 tries each.

If Italy beat Scotland by five points or more, then Scotland will take the wooden spoon for the second year in a row.

If two or more teams finish with the same number of points then match-points difference will decide the title. If there is still no winner the team with the highest number of tries takes the title. If sides still cannot be separated then the title will be shared.
     
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