The appointment for the title of the Six Nations 2022 already has guests: France and Ireland. The last match of the tournament will decide the champion in a duel in Paris on Saturday 19 at 9:00 p.m. between the French and the English. The Irish, who receive Scotland, would take the tournament with a victory and a Gallic stumble.
France, the only team to have won all of its matches, has its first tournament since 2010 and Grand Slam glory, the prize for winning all stakes, within its reach. Ireland has tightened the outcome after his victory this Saturday at Twickenham and reduces the French margin of error to a minimum.
England have opened a reconstruction in this Six Nations, casualties through. His coach, Eddie Jones, in office since 2015, sells the future while his parish demands to dominate the northern classic, that exercise in which everyone goes against the XV de la Rosa. Ireland seeks to rejuvenate in less haste; in the short term, your bet gives better returns.
The expulsion of Charlie Ewels for a head-to-head tackle – the action leaves no room for doubt – conditioned a match that, despite the incident, England competed until game time. Ireland immediately opened the gap with an essay by Lowe after a well-managed three-on-two by Van der Flier, but they could not escape an opponent who was taking points from the short game, from the scrums.
Ireland had to wait for the epilogue to redeem their numerical superiority. Gibson-Park, the new bandleader up front, kept the tempo up and the prize came. It was Jonny Sexton, the best player in the world who also works as a substitute, who put England away for good. With the venues already sold out, the Irish platform closed the account with the fourth trial, a bonus point that saves calculations on the last day and gives him the title with almost any French stumble.
Thus, France has been superior in the four games they have won, with a brave forward, a defense that gives nothing away and a back that always finds another gear when the script calls for it. The unknown is whether the Gauls, who raffled off a gray night in Cardiff this Friday, will be able to finish the task this time after two years in which they stayed at the gates, despite being the team that had produced the best game. There was always a bump: in Edinburgh in 2020 and in London last year.
In the other match of the day, Scotland prevailed 22-33 in Rome, a consolation for a tournament that began with remarkable before collapsing in the next two days. After a bad staging, the XV del Cardo opened his locker after a counterattack from Hogg and a decisive pass from Russell. The Caledonian back was uncovered with two other trials and led the duel to rest (10-19). Italy gave a good version and scored three tries, but could not dispute the victory and add their 36th consecutive loss in the tournament.
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