Jason Robinson talks… 6 Nations, Vancouver & the merge.
March 17, 2017
Before Friday, Wales had struggled to put together a full 80 minutes but playing at home with a lot of pressure on the team and certain individuals, the Welsh responded perfectly.
George North silenced his critics, with ball in hand he was unstoppable and Rhys Webb was outstanding, he was involved in everything. I think the turning point was the Sexton yellow card, Wales took advantage of playing against 14 men and it showed when Webb went down the short side and put North in for his second try. Ireland thought they’d got themselves back into the game but a try was disallowed when Henshaw came in from the backs and tried to steal the forwards thunder. It was a technical error that cost Ireland dearly as it would have put them in the lead and potentially changed the outcome of the game. Not long after that moment, Jamie Roberts went over from a charge down and sealed the win in front of a passionate home crowd. Over the last couple of years, we haven’t really seen a lot of pattern or continuity with how Wales are playing but It was good to see them looking comfortable with ball in hand again.
Italy got off to a great start with Parisse going over to score after only 3 minutes but France soon hit back with a Fickou dummy straight up the middle, he had a great game as did Vakatawa, showing us exactly what a massive threat he is in attack. Tries from Picamoles and Dulin put Italy out of reach and helped the French pick up an important bonus point. The Italians picked up a try in the 81st minute but was too little too late and showed why Italy are at the foot of the table without a win in this year’s 6 Nations. This French win means they go joint second which is the highest they’ve been in the standings for some time and if they can finish with a win against Wales in Paris this weekend then I’m sure they will be happy with that.
“…they will be disappointed with the amount of tackles they missed, they will be looking to put things right this weekend.”
“England are playing some great rugby at the moment, they seem to have moved on from the last couple of years…”
Over to the HSBC World Sevens Series and it was a great win for England in Vancouver, beating the in-form South Africa who had won 4 out of the 5 tournaments prior to this tournament. England are playing some great rugby at the moment, they seem to have moved on from the last couple of years, where they’ve finished lower in the rankings and are emerging as one of the best teams on the circuit. The next stop is Hong Kong and England will be looking to continue their good run and close the gap between themselves and South Africa at the top of the standings.