Six Nations 2015

The third round of the Six Nations saw wins for Ireland, Wales and Italy.

Ireland have their eyes fully set on a Six Nations Grand Slam as they extended their winning streak to three after victory over England.

At a packed Aviva Stadium penalties from Jonathan Sexton and a try from Robbie Henshaw gave the Irish a 19-9 win over a faltering England side. In Paris, Wales showed their dominance by overpowering France 13-20. Scotland remain without a point after suffering a shock 19-22 defeat to Italy.

Here is our round-up of matchday three in the 2015 Six Nations.

 

Ireland 19-9 England

Ireland remained on course to retain their Six Nations crown with a dominant win over England. Jonathan Sexton was once again the Irish focal point as the Leinster man kicked Josef Schmidt's side to victory.

Two converted penalties put Ireland into an early 6-0 lead in front of a raucous Dublin crowd. England responded by halving the lead thanks to a George Ford penalty but Ireland took control going into the second half. Two more penalties from Sexton gave the home side a 12-3 advantage and when Robbie Henshaw went over for the game's only try there was no way back for England.

A further penalty and drop goal from Ford was not enough as Ireland maintained their winning start to the campaign. The acid test of their title challenge will be whether they can overcome Wales at the Millennium Stadium next weekend.

 

France 13-20 Wales

Wales continued an impressive response from their opening day defeat to England with a win over France. The boot of Leigh Halfpenny racked up the points for the Welsh as they were relatively comfortable at the Stade de France.

It was a somewhat cagey start with penalties from both sides but the kicking of Halfpenny allowed Wales to pull away. France were finding it difficult to cope with the Welsh intensity and when Dan Biggar went over for a try, it put Wales in a 6-14 lead. Despite a failed conversion, a further Halfpenny penalty extended the lead.

France did respond with a try of their own from Brice Dulin but Wales stayed strong and a final penalty from Halfpenny confirmed the win. It was the first time the Welsh had recorded a fourth consecutive win over France since 1957.

 

Scotland 19-22 Italy

Scotland's Six Nations campaign went from bad to worse as they suffered the ignominy of a 19-22 defeat to Italy. Tries from Joshua Furno and Giovambattista Venditti kept the Scottish routed to the bottom of the table.

It started well for Scotland at Murrayfield as a Greig Laidlaw penalty and a first international try from Mark Bennett gave the hosts a 10-0 lead. However, Italy responded well and were back in it soon after a Furno went over for the try. Two further penalties from Laidlaw put Scotland 16-8 ahead.

With moments remaining and Scotland 19-15 in front, Italy surged for the line and took the lead with a penalty try which was duly converted by Tommaso Allan. The win was Italy's first in the Six Nations since 2013.

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