Guinness 6 Nations - Week 1 Round-up

Guinness 6 Nations - Week 1 Round-up

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02 Feb 20
  • The young guns of France stunned RWC 2019 Finalists England in Paris
  • Adams hat-trick helps Wales demolish Italy in new Pivacs era
  • Sexton heroics lead Ireland to close win over Scotland in Dublin

Guinness 6 Nations

A young France team named in Fabien Galthie's first match flew out the blocks against an experienced England side. First half tries from Captain Charles Ollivon and Vincent Rattez plus a Romain Ntamack penalty opened up a deserved 17-point lead at half-time for France. Captian Ollivion claimed the second of his two tries on the 55 minute mark as Les Bleus stormed 24-0 ahead. Two brilliant solo scores from Jonny May suddenly brought hope to England in the final quarter, but it was proved to be too little too late for the red rose.

Defending champions Wales got off to the perfect start in defence of their Grand Slam with a comfortable 42-0 victory over Italy in Wayne Pivac's first Test match in charge. A hat-trick from speedster Josh Adams and further tries from debutant Nick Tompkins and George North set up the victory. Talisman fly-half Dan Biggar added 13 points after being given the goalkicking duties ahead of Leigh Halfpenny.

New Ireland head coach Andy Farrell got off to a winning start as his side earned a hard fought 19-12 win over Scotland. New Ireland captain Johnny Sexton scored all of Ireland's points, including a first-half try, as the hosts capitalised on Scotland's inability to convert their chances. Scotland's new skipper Stuart Hogg's will want to forget a heartbreaking knock-on over the line in the second half, which all but summed up his side's try-less day. A late turnover from Man-of-the-match CJ Stander's sealed the victory for Ireland.

The official Guinness 6 Nations table, after week 1:

Guinness 6 Nations table

Guinness 6 Nations - Week 2 Fixtures:

Guinness 6 Nations fixtures

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