Joy for Scots at Murrayfield
England overcome scare as Scots lay in wait
Six Nations: England 36 Italy 15
England overcame a plucky Italian team at Twickenham who took a shock 10-5 half-time lead.
Five second-half tries saw the hosts extend their winning run to 17 matches.
Those tries meant England also picked up the bonus point, which may prove critical in the final championship standings.
England’s under-par performance will give a good Scotland team confidence that they can cause an upset in a fortnight’s time.
England head coach Eddie Jones commended the Italians for their grit, but was critical of the way they played.
“Congratulations to Italy, strategically they were smart today, but it’s not rugby so let’s be serious about it, it’s not rugby today.
“I’m not happy what happened today, I don’t think that’s rugby. I played rugby a long time ago, I’ve coached rugby. I understand what Italy did and I’m not angry with what they did, but I just don’t think it’s rugby.”
|England (5) 36|
|Tries: Cole, Care, Daly, Nowell (2), Te’o Con: Farrell 3|
|Italy (10) 15|
|Tries: Venditti, Campagnaro Con: Allan Drop goal: Allan|
Scotland 29 Wales 13
Scotland turned around this match after trailing at half-time to secure their second victory in the championship.
Second half tries from Tommy Seymour (pictured) and Tim Visser gave Scotland the lead over a Welsh team which took control in the first period and looked destined for victory.
Stand-off Finn Russell proved a worthy replacement kicker for the injured Greig Laidlaw and was named Man of the Match,
The result ended Wales’ run of four consecutive wins in Edinburgh and a ten-year wait for a Scottish victory in the fixture.
Scotland went to the top of the table, albeit temporarily, with two wins and a losing bonus point.
|Scotland (9) 29|
|Tries: Seymour, Visser Cons: Russell 2 Pens: Russell 5|
|Wales (13) 13|
|Try: Williams Con: Halfpenny Pens: Halfpenny 2|
Scotland: 15-Stuart Hogg, 14-Tommy Seymour, 13-Huw Jones, 12-Alex Dunbar, 11-Tim Visser, 10-Finn Russell, 9-Alistair Price; 1-Gordon Reid, 2-Fraser Brown, 3-Zander Fagerson, 4-Richie Gray, 5-Jonny Gray, 6-John Barclay, 7-John Hardie, 8-Ryan Wilson.
Replacements: 16-Ross Ford, 17-Allan Dell, 18-Simon Berghan, 19-Tim Swinson, 20-Hamish Watson, 21-Henry Pyrgos, 22-Duncan Weir, 23-Mark Bennett.
Wales: 15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-George North, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Scott Williams, 11-Liam Williams, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Rhys Webb; 1-Rob Evans, 2-Ken Owens, 3-Tomas Francis, 4-Jake Ball, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 6-Sam Warburton, 7-Justin Tipuric, 8-Ross Moriarty.
Replacements: 16-Scott Baldwin, 17-Nicky Smith, 18-Samson Lee, 19-Luke Charteris, 20-Taulupe Faletau, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Sam Davies, 23-Jamie Roberts.
Ireland 19 France 9
Ireland kept their hopes of a third Six Nations title in four years alive by recovering from an early deficit to beat France at the Aviva Stadium.
|Ireland (7) 19|
|Try: Murray Con: Sexton Pens: Sexton 2, Jackson Drop-goal: Sexton|
|France (6) 9|
|Pens: Lopez 3|