Monday, 10 February 2020
Six Nations 2020 - Round 2 Verdict
We started the weekend in Dublin where Wales - and Nick Tompkins in particular - gained a much better understanding of how they rank in international rugby terms than afforded to them by Italy last week. Ireland were much improved from their efforts against Scotland and now must test their mettle away from Landsdowne Road with an intriguing trip to Twickenham up next.
Storm Ciara was in full swing by the time we reached Murrayfield, with conditions virtually unplayable. Ultimately England won simply by making fewer mistakes than the Scots, although in the second half, when 4 kicks in succession sailed straight out, I did begin to wonder whether Eddie had a tenner on a Scotland victory. Nevertheless, a win is a win, but why so angry afterwards?
Finally to Paris on Sunday and much better conditions. France were sensational for the first quarter, then less than ordinary for most of the remainder of the game. Italy showed so much more than last week against Wales but still couldn't nail the important moments and the result was never really in doubt. France travel to Cardiff next and will need to improve dramatically.
TF Team of the week:
15. Jordan Larmour 14. Andrew Conway 13. Robbie Henshaw 12. Hadleigh Parkes 11. Matteo Minnozzi 10. Jonathan Sexton 9. Antoine Dupont 1. Ellis Genge 2. Julien Marchand 3. Tadgh Furlong 4. Dean Budd 5. George Kruis 6. CJ Stander 7. Sam Underhill 8. Gregory Alldritt