Rugby: England hold up French-rugby

Rugby: England hold up French-rugby

France captain Charles Olive was caught by England’s Maro Eto’o. Photo: Imago

Heidelberg. (CPB) Only one team is unbeaten after the fourth day of six national tournaments of the leading rugby teams in Europe. “Red Dragons” from WalesAfter a successful year in 2020, the Underdogs are the only team in the standings with 19 points after a 48: 7 (27: 0) victory over Italy in Rome. Coach Wayne Piwak, 59, will also lead Wales to a Grand Slam victory with five wins from five games if they win at Stade de France in St Denis on March 20 at 9pm.

At the desolate Olympic Stadium in Rome, 35-year-old captain Alun Vine Jones’ team played well and did not give Azzurri a chance. Considered the tournament’s greatest invention in 2021, Wales made seven attempts outside of striker Toulot Falettau, hacker Ken Owens (2), George North inside the runout, connector time Shedi and Louis Reese-Summit. These 35 points are played by kickers, followed by five races and a penalty kick; Dan Bigar had nine points and substitute Shedi had four points. Italy made only one attempt outside the Monte Ion, which was increased by Polo Garbici. Italy’s South African coach Franco Smith has repeatedly buried his face in his hand.

Ireland were the new runners-up in the table yesterday at 10:24 in the 55th minute at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, but had to accept an incredibly strong Scots 24:24 draw in the 74th minute after 80 minutes. They were able to thank their undivided folk captain Jonathan Sexton, who scored from the penalty spot 48:23 from the left side three minutes before the end 24:27. Robbie Henshaw and cross-striker Tahg Bayern made two tries, while Sexton scored 17 points and a penalty. Finn Russell, Hugh Jones and Hamish Watson made three attempts for Scotland but failed to finish a penalty.

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The “cracker” between defending champions England and Challenger France was a great game in extra class, with the Rose team winning three minutes before the final whistle, 23:20 (13:17) by second-row Ace Maro Eto’o. The French were perfectly equal at Twickenham, but it may have been a mistake for coach Fabian Galtic to dismiss all three front-row strikers in the final. All three newcomers could not find a better way, the spectators lost consistency, and minor errors in the rules were used wisely by England. Two attempts for each team and two races on both sides ended in a draw. Owen Farrell scored with three penalties, while Matthew Jalibert scored just two runs. Kick decides championships.

List after 4 match days: 1. Wales (4 games) 19 points; 2. Ireland (4) 11; 3. France (3) +39 game points 10; 4. England (4) +5 10; 5. Scotland (3) 6; 6. Italy (4) 0

Last game day, Saturday, March 20, 3:15 pm: Scotland – Italy; 5.45 pm:. Ireland – England; 21 Clock: France – Wales.

Catch-up game France – Scotland not yet scheduled.

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