Ireland back to winning ways after Scotland lose 13-22 in Six Nations 2019

Ireland have taken victory leap after overcoming Scotland in the 2019 Six Nations Championship match. Scotland were defeated by World number 2 ranked team Ireland by 13-22 on 9th February 2019 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Ireland have won first match in the Six Nations 2019 after crashing out against England in their opening game. Scotland have lost after a run of seven consecutive home victories. This is first defeat for Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium after 2016 Six Nations. This is largest defeat for Scotland in an international match at Murrayfield, since Ireland subjected them to 10-40 defeat in Six Nations 2015. Rugby union teams hailing from northern hemisphere who are participating in 2019 Six Nations Championship, are getting ample preparation for Rugby World Cup 2019.

Scotland attacked on favourits Ireland in the start of match. Scottish captain Greig Laidlaw opened score with a penalty on 7′. Ireland came charging with scrum-half Conor Murray kicking a try on 10′. Irish winger Jacob Stockdale nailed a try on 17′, that Conor Murray converted on 17′. Scottish centre Sam Johnson smashed a try on 29′, and skipper Greig Laidlaw followed with subsequent conversion on 30′. Scotland were two points behind with 10-12 versus Ireland on half time. Scottish side had displayed strong performance in first half to take Irish team to the breaking point. But then Scotland missed chance in last five minutes before break to take lead.

Ireland make victorious return by defeating Scotland in Six Nations 2019
Ireland make victorious return by defeating Scotland in Six Nations 2019

Ireland dominated second half, attacking Scottish defence after half time. Keith Earls hit a try on 56′, that Joseph Carbery converted on 57′. Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw booted a penalty on 62′. Joseph Carbery hit a penalty on 69′ to seal the game for Ireland. Scotland had lost the steam and could not make another scoring shot. Scoreline read 13-22 with Ireland in front, having nine point lead over Scotland. Match finished with Scotland dejected and Ireland coming out as victorious team by 13-22 on closing time.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: “I think we just muscled our way through it. We restricted them to an intercept try and it was a massive defensive effort. Scotland are a good team who play in a really positive manner.”

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw stated: “Romain Poite picked us up in the middle of the field, Sean O’Brien’s reefed the ball out and he’s given a knock-on right in front of him.He doesn’t seem to like us, Romain. He refereed us against South Africa as well and we don’t seem to see eye-to-eye. We’re not going to blame him, we look at ourselves, and credit to Ireland.”

Scotland Vs Ireland 13-22
9th February 2019 – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland: 13
Try: Sam Johnson (29′)
Con: Greig Laidlaw (30′)
Pen: Greig Laidlaw (7′, 62′)
Ireland: 22
Try: Conor Murray (10′), Jacob Stockdale (17′), Keith Earls (56′)
Con: Conor Murray (17′), Joseph Carbery (57′)
Pen: Joseph Carbery (69′)

England thrash France 44-8 in 2019 Six Nations

England have continued good run in Six Nations Championship 2019, with 44-8 victory against France on 10th February 2019 at Twickenham Stadium, London. England have won second match in a row in 2019 Six Nations. This is France’s second defeat with largest margin versus England, after their 37-0 loss in 1911. This is second biggest loss for France against any team in Six/Five Nations history since that drubbing. Six Nations Championship offers adequate training for Rugby World Cup 2019 to rugby union teams hailing from northern hemisphere.

England attacked on France right from the start of match. Jonny May opened scoring with a penalty on 2′. English captain Owen Farrell kicked a penalty on 7′. Morgan Parra opened account for France by nailing a penalty on 10′. Farrell smashed his second penalty on 13′. Jonny May booted his second try on 24′. Jonny May completed his hat-trick of penalties on 29′, that Owen Farrell converted on 31′. Damian Penaud registered second and final scoring shot for France with a try on 35′. Henry Slade knocked a try on 40′ that Farrell converted. England were way ahead with 30-8 against France on half time.

England overpowered France in Six Nations 2019
England overpowered France in Six Nations 2019

With a 22 point deficit, chances of revival were bleak for France. A penalty try on 49′ all but sealed the game for England. Owen Farrell hit a penalty on 55′ and did a subsequent conversion himself on 56′. Scoreline read 44-8 in favour of England and remained so till match finish time. France were so devastated that they could not manufacture another scoring shot. Game closed on 44-8 with England emerging as victorious team on the closing time.

England coach Eddie Jones stated: “We weren’t happy at half time; we felt we had gone off the boil a little so I was really pleased with the second half as we shut them out … left a few scoring opportunities out there but certainly our second half was better than our first. It is a difficult game, you get points in front, your natural tendency is to get seduced by the scoreboard and you start doing things you wouldn’t normally do but we kept to our discipline. That’s the way the game is going (the kicking). If teams defend like that (with a high line) then the space is there in the back field and we have the pace. I’m sure teams will start defending us differently and that will create space in other areas.”

France coach Jacques Brunel said: “It was obviously very disappointing, especially the first half. The kicking game created pressure that we were not able to overcome. The same things happened throughout the game. We found ourselves on the line without anyone in behind and we were punished.”

England Vs France 44-8
10th February 2019 – Twickenham Stadium, London
England: 44
Try: Jonny May (2′, 24′, 29′), Henry Slade (40′), Penalty Try (49′), Owen Farrell (55′)
Con: Owen Farrell (31′, 40′, 56′)
Pen: Owen Farrell (7′, 13′)
France: 8
Try: Morgan Parra (10′)
Pen: Damian Penaud (35′)

Italy beaten by Wales 15-26 in Six Nations 2019

Italy have continued their lean run in 2019 Six Nations Championship, with a 15-26 defeat against Wales on 9th February 2019 at Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Wales have won second match of 2019 Six Nations to extend their winning run to eleven matches. Six Nations Championship provides ample preparations of Rugby World Cup 2019 for rugby union teams belonging to northern hemisphere.

Wales played attacking game from the start with Dan Biggar going on penalty spree, scoring four times on 2’, 15’, 19’ and 30’. Visitors were on the roll with scoreline reading 0-12. Italy opened score with a try by Braam Steyn on 34’, that Tommaso Allan converted on 36’ to make score 7-12. Wales had a lead of 5 points over hosts Italy on half time.

Italy defeated by Wales 15-26 in Six Nations 2019
Italy defeated by Wales 15-26 in Six Nations 2019

Tommaso Allan nailed a penalty on 44’ to take Ireland close with 10-12. But then Wales went on to take game out of the reach of Italy. Josh Adams kicked a try on 54’, that Dan Biggar converted on 55’. Owen Watkin hit a try on 70’, with a conversion by Gareth Anscombe on 71’. Scorecard read 10-26 in Wales favour at that point. Edoardo Padovani slotted over a penalty for Italy on 75’ to take hosts to 15 points. Italian side could not score more points, and match finished on 15-26 with Wales turning victorious on the close.

This was Wales’ 11th consecutive win, international men’s rugby union competitions. It equaled their longest winning run, set between 1907 and 1910. Italy have been defeated for record 19 times in Six Nations. Italy had last won versus Scotland in February 2015. Josh Navidi was judged man of the match. Wait of Italy rugby team and coach Conor O’Shea for a victory in Six Nations continues.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said: “There’s definitely things we need to work on. Our lineouts were poor again, and if we play like that against England, it could be embarrassing. We won’t play like that, though. There were a few guys out there that hadn’t played a lot of rugby so we weren’t as tight in the front five as we would have liked. We made those changes because we are trying to look ahead to the World Cup. We didn’t have as much momentum and tempo as we would have liked, but we’re looking at the Six Nations and trying to build for the World Cup.”

Italy Vs Wales 15-26
9th February 2019 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Italy: 15
Try: Braam Steyn (34’), Edoardo Padovani (75’)
Con: Tommaso Allan (36’)
Pen: Tommaso Allan (44’)
Wales: 26
Try: Josh Adams (54’), Owen Watkin (70’)
Con: Dan Biggar (55’), Gareth Anscombe (71’)
Pen: Dan Biggar (2’, 15’, 19’, 30’)

Ireland stunned by England 20-32 in 2019 Six Nations

Ireland have a dismal start to their 2019 Six Nations Championship campaign, with a 20-32 defeat against England on 2nd February 2019 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. England under coach Eddie Jones kicked their Six Nations 2019 quest by outclassing 2018 champions Ireland. Six Nations Championship offers important preparation of Rugby World Cup 2019 for rugby union teams from northern hemisphere.

England outclass Ireland in Six Nations 2019
England outclass Ireland in Six Nations 2019

England attacked right from the beginning with Jonathan May scoring a try in 2′, that captain Owen Farrell converted on 3′ to make score 0-7 in visitors favour. Ireland replied with a penalty by Jonathan Sexton on 11′. Irish prop Cian Healy hit a try on 25′, which Jonathan Sexton converted on 26′ to turn scoreline read 10-7. Elliot Daly put England ahead with a try on 30′ and subsequent conversion by Farrell on 31′. Owen Farrell nailed a penalty on 40′ to put England in lead with 10-17 score on half time.

Jonathan Sexton kicked a penalty on 55′ to take Ireland close. But then England went on rampage to take game out of Ireland. Henry Slade smashed a try on 66′, while Owen Farrell connected a penalty on 70′. Henry Slade scored his second try on 76′, with a conversion by Farrell on 77′. John Cooney consoled Ireland with a try on 80′ with a conversion by Jonathan Sexton to make scoreboard read 20-32 with England emerging victorious on match close.

This was first home defeat for Ireland under coach Joe Schmidt in Six Nations Championship. This loss finished Ireland’s 12-match winning streak at home. This was first victory of England against Ireland at Aviva Stadium after their win in 2013 Six Nations, which had also ended the run of 14 unbeaten matches by Ireland at Aviva Stadium. England won the Millennium Trophy for 19th time with Ireland trailing by 13 awards.

Ireland Vs England 20-32
2nd February 2019 – Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Ireland: 20
Try: Cian Healy (25′), John Cooney (80′)
Con: Jonathan Sexton (26′, 80′)
Pen: Jonathan Sexton (11′, 55′)
England: 32
Try: Jonathan May (2′), Elliot Daly (30′), Henry Slade (66′, 76′)
Con: Owen Farrell (3′, 31′, 77′)
Pen: Owen Farrell (40′, 70′)