France have struggled to live up to the hype in recent years and have waited ten years to win Cardiff, but they did it in style on Saturday, with Romain Ntamack’s interception sealing the 27-23 win.
The underachieving perception of France is starting to change, and it surely won’t be long before they establish themselves as genuine, future, World Cup contenders. Wales on the other hand have a lot to do, especially with back-to-back Six Nations defeats and a trip to London to take on Eddie Jones' England is next on the agenda!
England defeated Ireland 24-12 yesterday, in a professional performance that has given their Six Nations ambitions some impetus. England established a commanding 17-0 lead and although Ireland struck back with a try through Robbie Henshaw, they never seriously threatened a comeback.
With Wales at home still to come, England will believe that they can end the tournament in style and still win the tournament, but they will be reliant on a resurgent France slipping up in one of their remaining fixtures. Meanwhile, Ireland are also not out of it yet and a convincing victory over France would blow the competition wide open.
Scotland also registered their first win of the Six Nations this weekend with a 17-0 victory away at Italy. Stuart Hogg was back to his tantalising best this weekend with a sensational try which also gave him first win as Scotland captain.
Despite Italy failing to have scored a point in two out of the three Six Nations matches so far, they are trying to play attractive, positive rugby, and have a talented pool of players which will most definitely improve. Their 2020 experiences should lead to an improved return in 2021.
Next Round of Fixtures
Saturday 7th March 2020:
England vs Wales 16:45
Sunday 8th March 2020:
Scotland vs France 15:00