Ten long years have passed! With a strong comeback in the second half, Scotland managed to win over Wales for the first time after a long drought. Meanwhile, Ireland kept their title hopes alive with a home win and England kept their clean sheet against the tough Italians.
third match day
Scotland – Wales 29:13
tries to: Scotland 2 (Seymour, Visor), Wales 1 (Williams)
increases: Scotland 2 (Russell 2), Wales 1 (Halfpenny)
Penalty Kick: Scotland 5 (Russell 5), Wales 2 (Halfpenny 2)
After a decade of Welsh dominance, the Scots broke the spell and claimed their first victory over their island neighbors at Beatty Murrayfield. Tim Visser’s second half effort sealed the victory for the home team, which last won against Wales in 2007.
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Visser returned after a superb Stuart Hogg flick with 13 minutes on the clock.
Scotland took an early lead with a penalty from Finn Russell, but Wales quickly recovered with a penalty from Leigh Halfpenny and an effort from Liam Williams. After half time, only Scotland played and even after taking the lead, they did not give up.
Ireland – France 19:9
tries to: Ireland 1 (Murray), France 0
increases: Ireland 1 (Sexton), France 0
Penalty Kick: Ireland 2 (Sexton 2), France 3 (Lopez 3)
After going bankrupt twice in a row, Ireland enjoyed home advantage and were not deterred from a good start by France. Two penalties from Camille López gave France the lead and then they were unlucky to miss an attempt by Remy Lamarette. This, in turn, was the opening spark for the home side.
Thanks to an effort from Conor Murray, he took the lead before the break and held it till the end.
The win puts Ireland in contention for the title, which were on the verge after their last two appearances.
England – Italy 36:15
tries to: England 6 (Cole, Care, Daily, Novel 2, T’O), Italy 2 (Venditi, Campagnaro)
increases: England 3 (Farrell), Italy 1 (Allen)
Penalty Kick: England 0, Italy 1 (Allen)
17 consecutive wins! England extended their series against Italy but it had to work hard. The Southern Europeans entered half-time with a 10-5 lead, but five attempts in the second half turned the tide in Britain’s favour.
Student: During the game, the British asked the referee if he could give them a course on the rules. The Italians avoided open scrums altogether and preferred to place their defenders between the English halfbacks. Referee Romain Poit instructed the confused Englishman to question his own coach.
England are now facing a great test of endurance. A second consecutive Grand Slam is possible, but the next opponent is Scotland. North Britons are in excellent form at the moment.
Ludeke column: before the day of the third match: “hardly to be surpassed in terms of horniness”
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