Scotland 7 Ireland 22
Ireland ground out a win over Scotland at Murrayfield to put them within touching distance of the Championship and the Grand Slam.
Scotland have shown great improvement this campaign and they matched Ireland, currently ranked number one in the world, during the first half, with Jack Lowe and Mack Hansen both going over for their respective sides.
However, Andy Farrell’s once again found a way to grind out the win. Scotland lost their way after the interval and James Lowe and Jack Conen touched down with the boot of Johnny Sexton converting.
Ireland now are heavy favourites to complete the Grand Slam. They face England, hammered at home by France on Saturday, in Dublin next week.
England 10 France 53
A ruthless France produced a great display to keep their hopes of the Championship alive with a seven-try win. It was a bad day for Steve Borthwick’s England as they suffered their to their heaviest ever home defeat. It was France’s first victory over England at Twickenham since 2005.
The outstanding Thomas Ramos scored the first of France’s tries before Thibaud Flament powered over from close range.
Charles Ollivon added a third to give the French a 24-point cushion at half-time.
England briefly rallied in the second period. Freddie Steward touched down but Flament and Ollivon repeated their first-half scoring feats and Damian Penaud scored twice.
With the maximum five-point win secured, France are still within a shout of the title. England’s title challenge is over in embarrassing circumstances with the third biggest defeat in their history, and their heaviest loss at Twickenham. It is their first Six Nations campaign to feature two home defeats.
Italy 17 Wales 29
A late fightback from Italy proved too little too late as Wales notched their first victory in a rocky Six Nations campaign in Rome.
Returning scrum-half Rhys Webb was the key man as Wales climb to fifth in the standings.
Tries from Rio Dyer, Liam Williams, Taulupe Faletau and a penalty try secured the bonus-point win while the boot of Owen Williams added seven points.
Italy responded with tries from Sebastian Negri and Juan Ignacio Brex. However, for Italy a decade-long wait for a Six Nations home win continues. This was their 25th tournament defeat in a row in Rome.
For Warren Gatland it was a welcome first win of his second spell in charge of Wales.
Wales now face France in Paris next Saturday in the tournament finale, while Italy travel to Edinburgh to take on Scotland, arguably the tournament’s surprise package.
Six Nations Latest Odds
Ireland: 1/12 Paddy Power
France: 11/1 Paddy Power
Scotland: 1000/1 bet365
England: 2500/1 bet365
Grand Slam Winner
Ireland: 1/2 Paddy Power
No Winner: 6/1 bet365
Ireland: 8/15 Paddy Power
Scotland: 5/2 Paddy Power
No winner: 6/1 bet365
Odds correct as of 12.03.23, 20.20. Odds subject to change.
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