Scotland recorded their third win in this years Six Nations against a battling Italy.
Despite the score line not showing it, Italy performed well however their bluntness in attack allowed Scotland a bonus point victory.
Scotland hadn’t won three matches in a single campaign since 2006, showing how far they have come and they will be a top contender next year.
Tries from Finn Russell, Matt Scott, Tim Visser and Tommy Seymour gave Scotland a new record for the number of tries they scored in a six nations campaign of 14 tries. The tries along with three Russell conversions and a penalty from the ever reliable Stuart Hogg gave Scotland a convincing victory.
Final Score: Scotland 29-0 Italy
Tries: Russell, Scott, Visser, Seymour Cons: Russell 3 Pen: Hogg
With the clock past 80 minutes Wales were camped on their 5 metre line defending a French scrum 20 minutes a sin-binning and a HIA later France scored a try, which was duly converted granting them a victory 20-18.
It was arguably the most interesting moment in the match, unusual for scrums but from a neutral’s perspective it was a match to send you to sleep.
Wales didn’t ever threaten the French line and built their score from the French ill-discipline and Halfpenny’s ever reliable boot.
The French took their opportunities with Remi Lamerat scoring early in the match and Lopez adding a conversion and two penalties to set up a tight finish.
With 77 minutes on the clock Wales turned over the French attack and in a moment he will surely regret, Sam Warburton kicked downfield and over the dead-ball line setting up the attack that lead to 20 minutes of scrums and the French snatching a victory from under the nose of the Welsh.
The scrums that lead to the French victory were controversial as the French Doctor came on to take tight-head prop Uini Atonio off for a HIA despite the prop telling referee Barnes he was not injured, leading to the suspicion the French faked the need for a HIA to bring on Slimani to lead the scrum battle that ensued. Then after multiple penalties to France Wayne Barnes sent Wales Prop Samson Lee to the Sin-bin. With both Atonio and Lee back on the field, Barnes then had to deal with an allegation of Biting on George North, with a mark evident he had no choice but to go to the TMO but with no conclusive views, no action was taken and with one last French attack from the scrum Chouly crossed the whitewash and Lopez converted giving France the win.
Final Score: France 20-18 Wales.
France- Tries: Lamerat, Chouly Cons: Lopez 2 Pens: Lopez 2
Wales- Pens: Halfpenny 6
Scotland’s Fraser Brown has been cited for his dangerous tackle on Elliot Daly in the Six Nations defeat by England.
Brown was given a yellow card for the Tip-tackle in the 61-21 loss on Saturday but now faces a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday to review the incident.
If the disciplinary panel deem the tackle to be worthy of a red-card Brown will miss Scotland’s Six nations finale against Italy.
The law specifies that if Daly lands on his head it is a red card offence.
You can view the tackle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3nuMHKtzvE
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