Six Nations Opening Weekend
The first round of the Six Nations saw some surprising score lines as well as some of the usual suspects
Italy vs England (15-46)
England looked very comfortable against Italy, which most people expected. Anthony Watson was Man of the Match, scoring two tries, but the biggest performance for England was replacement No.8 Sam Simmonds. Since Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes were out with injuries, this gave him a rare opportunity to start and he made the most of this, with his explosive pace at the back of the scrum giving him two tries. However, fans should not get too carried away yet and remember that this was against Italy, a side that most view as being the weakest in the tournament.
France vs Ireland (13-15)
Ireland overcame a defensively solid French side to seal a tight and valuable away win. Ireland were lacklustre in attack, with all their points coming from the boot of Jonny Sexton, including his magnificent 45m, game winning drop goal in the 83rd minute. France on the other hand must have felt incredibly hard done by to lose, having scored the only try of the game, a terrific 50m run by winger Teddy Thomas, which put them in the lead with only eight minutes to go. Ireland will need to be more creative in attack to break down defences, which they should have plenty of opportunities to do so against Italy.
Wales vs Scotland (37-7)
Scotland suffered a defeat in Cardiff by a shocking margin of 37-7. Most were expecting this to be a close game, with plenty of attacking rugby. Wales have been trying to transition to a more open game and Scotland have already proven their attacking prowess against the best sides, with a convincing victory over Australia in the autumn. However, there was only ever one team in the game, with Wales amassing 34 unanswered points, Halfpenny contributing to 24 of them, before Scotland managed a consolation try in the dying moments of the game. Scotland will be looking to bounce back at home against a tough French side, whilst Wales will be looking to capitalise on this momentum against the reigning champions at Twickenham.