Moon Of Liberty Rugby Union – Six Nations Round 1

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Rugby Union Six Nations – Round 1

Scotland v Ireland at Murrayfield

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Hogg first half blitz too much for Ireland

Scotland won their first game against another home nation against Ireland at Murrayfield in one of their best displays for many a year. Stuart Hogg was the star scoring two of Scotland three first half tries to put the Scots 21-8 up at half time. Ireland fought back through tries from Keith Earls and Ian Henderson but Scotland regained control sealing the game with two late penalties from Greig Laidlaw. Ireland who have lost a number of players over the last couple of years have plenty of talent but it may take some time to re-make the team. Scotland on the other hand look on the way up, how far can they go in this six nations remains to be seen.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

England v France at Twickenham

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Substitutes the key as England see of French power

England have stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games after a tight 19-16 win over France. The French were in control up front for much of the game and looked as if they may have made the key break to win it when Rabah Slimani went over to give the visitors a 16-12 lead. However substitutes Danny Care, James Haskill and Ben Te’o from England upped the pace and intensity as Owen Farrell began to dictate the game as the French began to tire. The winning try came with 12 minutes left as Farrell’s excellent pass sent Te’o crashing over. There were some frantic moments towards the end as France tried to find another score, But England have the win and their quest for a rare back to back Grand Slam will continue, as well as remaining unbeaten under Eddie Jones.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Italy v Wales in Rome

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Wales ease to victory in impressive second half

Wales moved to a comfortable win in Rome against Italy after an early scare. The Italians played with the confidence of a team who recently got their first win against South Africa with excellent first half defence and took their chance through Edoardo Gori with a smartly worked forwards try to lead 7-3 at half time. Wales then took control in the second half as Italy ran out of steam. Tried from Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and a long range effort from George North meant Wales pulled away to a 33-7 lead. They thought they may have had a fourth try and bonus point in the final play but that was denied by the TMO as Williams had been deemed to have lost the ball over the line. Tougher tests for Wales await, none more so than Champions England in Cardiff next week. For Italy, despite a good first half it looks like it will be another long championship for the Azure.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

International Rugby Union Results

Six Nations Round 1

Scotland 27 Ireland 22At Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland

England 19 France 16 At Twickenham, London

Italy 7Wales 33At The Olympic Stadium, Rome, Italy

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

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