2012 RBS Six Nations: Quick Weekends Round Up
It was the fourth weekend of the Six Nations and definitely the most exciting so far. Wales the table toppers took on the mighty Azzuri, the fighting Irish took on the men from the Highlands of Scotland and Le Bleu entertained 2003 World Cup Winners England.
The first match that kicked off this weekend was Wales against Italy at the Millennium Stadium, and in charge was George Clancy. Wales got their points from a marvellous solo effort from James Roberts who sprinted over half the field, and a quick thinking tap penalty by Gethin Jenkins who passed the ball to the Cardiff Blues High flyer, Alex Cuthbert, who did well to finish and did so strongly. Halfpenny kicked three penalties and a conversion, Rhys Priestland took over the kicking duties and slotted one penalty after Halfpenny took the Italian captain, Sergio Parisse, out in the air and was sent to the bin. Bergamasco who just came back from injury registered Italy's only three points of the game, it finished 24-3 to Wales.
Wales have now won four out of four and are looking to be firm favourites to win the Grand Slam going into the final weekend, which will make it their third in eight years.
Ireland ran out convincing winners over Scotland in Dublin on Saturday with a superb 32 point haul, which towered over Scotland's 14, Chris Pollock of New Zealand was the referee for this. The Irish tries came from stand-in captain, Rory Best, who took over from the injured Paul O'Connell. Fellow Ulster man Andrew Trimble and two Leinster players, Eoin Reddan who scored a great try, one you would like to see from a scrum-half and the last from Fergus McFadden who crashed over late in the game, minutes after been introduced as a sub. Sexton added the rest of the points by kicking three out of the four conversions and two penalties. Greig Laidlaw kicked three penalties for the Scots and Richie Gray ran 35 yards and sold Rob Kearney with a dummy pass to score their only try of the game. It finished Ireland 32 Scotland 14.
The English were looking to get one over on the French after they had been dumped out of the World Cup by them in the quarter final. The man with the whistle was Alain Rolland. Two outstanding first half tries from England's Manu Tuilagi and Ben Foden set the ball rolling for an enthralling encounter. The French found it hard to penetrate the English defense and could only reply through the boots of Lionel Beauxis, Julien Dupuy and Morgan Parra who all kicked a share of Frances 17 out of 22 points. Tom Croft scored the try which ensured a win for England, and Wesley Fofana crashed over at the end for a consolation try, scoring his fourth try in as many games. Owen Farrell showed nerves of steel as he kicked the rest of England's points to see them win 24-22.
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