Sunday, March 17, 2019

Six Nations WRap: Cymru gyfan!

Six Nations - Round 5 - WRap

Round 5 went about as well as a Welshman could want, for Warren Gatland’s fifteen Men of the Dragon sorted an unruly Ireland side, running to a 25-nil scoreline by injury time before their guests were able to count. Wales New Zealand-born flyhalf, Gareth Anscombe, disciplined Irish infraction with precision on 6-from-6 true the sticks, plus the consummate 10 converted a pace-setting, first-minute 5-point delight by Hadleigh Parkes from which travelers never recovered. An injury time try and conversion for Ireland small solace one shouldn’t wonder in the 7-25 defeat. With the calamitous win, Wales claimed the Grand Slam and 2019 Six Nations championship and proclaimed, fair loudly, to the world that the side was abso headed in the proper direction to obtain the Grail at the International Stadium in Yokohama come October 23.

Scotland were well-beaten by England… in the first-40, 31-5, before mounting a return to form that would have been immediately epic save for a confounded lapse at the death, yet still, a sis-kiss was gotten at Twickers on the day, amid a legend aborning of Shakespearean proportions: four unanswered trys by Men of the Rose, all converted by 10, Owen Farrell plus Farrell’d a penalty for a 31-nil lead by the 30th minute; then a Scots try by “2-Stu” McInally completed by 10, Finn Russell, and 31-7 after ’40 and the ballade des chars rang loudly round Twickenham’s hallowed ground. One would have gained insight into the mechanics and substance of motivational speech to be certain were one to have heard head coach Vern Cotter’s halftime chat, for Scotland burst from the sheds scoring 24 unanswered and knotting things nicely by the hour mark and 31s for the house just then and the real work began: determination rather than desperation being shown by the sides as each strove for to gain the upper fist, glove bedamned. Caledonians grabbed advantage through a 75th-minute touch down by first-5/8th, “Aussie Sam” Johnson, on a brilliant dash, flash and finish, with its conversion by halfback relief, Grieg Laidlaw, the 38-31 nod to the travelers. Standoff replacement, George Ford, dotted well into injury time for his own conversion and the improbable draw.

And on the continent, Romaine Ntamack scripted his name on the back of Les Bleus 10 shirt with a performance worthy of someone at least into their third decade; 10 points for the 19 years old standoff on 2-and-2 from his shoe, one a dropped goal. It was abso there for the Azzurri, just adrift by a single at 14-15 in the 55th minute, but a Ntamack penalty strike and a grounding by flyer, Damian Penaud, near time made the numbers, 25-14, for France.
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