Sunday, 10 February 2013

Six Nations - round 2

Nobody has expected such beginning of the Six Nations. The French, who before the start of the tournament were the contenders to the Grand Slam, are the only team with no win after two rounds! French players were not only worse than their opponents, their body language suggested that they didn’t want to play. If you look at Frederic Michalak’s game, you will know what I mean. Wales won at the Stade de France 6:16 which is still a great achievement even considering the fact that they played with underperforming hosts. Therefore, the Welsh stopped their bad luck run and still have a chance to defend the title (at least in theory).

 Scottish supporters were very nicely surprised by their team performance. Brave Scotts outplayed Italians in Edinburgh 34:10. The hosts played very well, especially in defense, they were very determined and dominated their rivals. Interesting and effective attacks let them score four tries. The most impressive was the one scored by Stuart Hogg after a 90-meter run.

After bearing Ireland 12:6 in Dublin, England is the only undefeated team in the tournament. The game was close, neither of the teams managed to break the opponents defense. All points were scored from the penalty kicks. The key to England’s success was Owen Farrell’s kicking accuracy as well as team’s good discipline in the breakdowns, especially in the first half.

The rivalry in the tournament will continue in two weeks’ time when Italy meets Wales, England France and Scotland plays with Ireland.