Six Nations round 3 made for some good viewing but unfortunately did not quite live up to the expectation we were hoping for, Wales was very impressive while Scotland will be relieved to finally come away with a win. As for England they played some good rugby at times but it is clear there is still plenty of work to be done for Eddie Jones’s side. This is rugby betting’s six nations round 3 review.
Six Nations Round 3 – Winners & Losers
Despite plenty of luck and some dismal performances in their previous two games, we thought the French might pull a rabbit out of the hat with this one, however, it was not to be and the French picked up their first loss against a very good Welsh side in round 3.
Wales played good intelligent rugby throughout and this is a Welsh team who is maturing more and more with every game they play. Wales had an excellent 1st half keeping the French pinned in their own half.
Gareth Davies deserves a special mention, he controlled the flow of the game really well, giving good fastball to his backline when it was required. He ultimately was named man of the match, and deservedly so we might add.
Remarkably the French missed 1 out of every 5 tackles they made in the 1st half. They did manage to break through the Welsh steel curtain eventually in the 1st half which they should have scored from however, they failed to convert when they were held up short of the line.
Throughout the match, it was clear Wales had much more of a game plan than the French. The Welsh were playing with purpose opposed to the French which did not show any signs of cohesion, they were playing as individuals rather than a squad.
What we liked about the Welsh game is the fact that they used their backs a lot more than in previous games, which really worked well for them.
The French did manage to put some pressure on the Welsh around the 50-minute mark, however, the Welsh team were up to the task and with a bit of luck, they managed to keep the French out.
We have been defending French rugby for a long time now, but it is getting to the point where it’s rather frustrating to watch them. The French lost their flair and their great flowing style of rugby they once had. Some drasting changes needs to be made with French rugby, which we wrote about in a previous post.
Italy Vs Scotland
Scotland managed to get really good quick plays going, which kept the Italians on the back foot, the Italians rushed up to quick on defense which allowed the Scots to take advantage of it and break through the line to score.
Like the Welsh, the Scots did really well in the back, with good passing and offloading. It is great to see Northern Hemisphere rugby trying to catch up with the South in terms of playing more expansive rugby.
Scotland were also very impressive at the breakdown and did very well to get quick ball, not allowing the Italian defense to reset.
They went into the sheds with the score at 17-10 in favor of Scotland, despite the close scoreline one just had the feeling that it is Scotland all the way as they controlled the game superbly well.
More credit needs to be given to the Scottish scrum, we really did not expect Scotland to out scrum the Italians like they did, with a fairly youngish Scotland pack dominating the more experienced Italian front rowers. The scrum set up a really good platform for the backs to attack from.
The Italians did make a bit of a comeback though scoring a good try worked by the forwards.
Italian skipper Sergio Parisse was yet again outstanding throughout the game leading from the front as he always does.
An Achilles heel for the Scots in previous matches was the inability to see out matches, however, this time round the Scots made sure they knock their opponent out and scored a really good try from Tommy Seymour towards the end.
It’s good to see Scotland win since they were playing well recently but just failed to convert it into wins, so the Scots will be rather relieved to come away from Rome with a victory.
England vs Ireland
England despite winning 21-10, were not overly impressive, penalties and discipline yet again plagued England throughout the match.
Ireland did defend really well, especially when England were threatening close to the line for extended periods of play. Ireland, unlike England, showed great discipline at the breakdown and managed to slow the ball down really well.
When England managed to stop giving away silly penalties they started to do well and looked very impressive on attack. Standout players for England was the debutant, Ollie Devoto. Billy Vunipola also deserves a special mention. Ireland especially struggled to put, man of the match, Vunipola down. In every point, England scored Vunipola was involved.
When England attacked they managed to get over the advantage line, 90% of the time, which gave them a really solid attacking platform.
In the second half Ireland came firing out of the blocks when Conor Murray managed to break over from close range to give Ireland a 4-point lead however, England fought back hard from the hour mark, with quick tries from Anthony Watson and Mike Brown, which really put England in control and they were never going to lose it from there.
With all of the above considered it was by no means a great performance by England, however, there are plenty of positives to take away from this match. It is a young English side who will only grow and mature from here on in under the leadership of Eddie Jones.
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