The mission was known. She was picked up… in pain. At the end of an often laborious match, the XV de la Rose won (5-34), this Saturday, on the lawn of the Italians during the 5th and last day of the 6 Nations Tournament. A success with the offensive bonus (4 tries) which allows Eddie Jones’ players to put pressure on France and Ireland, who face each other in the evening (9 p.m.), and to get closer to a new triumph in competition. Their third coronation since the arrival of the Australian coach in 2016.
The unfortunate finalist of the last World Cup (in 2019 against South Africa) takes first place in the standings, with 3 points ahead of Ireland and 4 lengths over the Habs. With this card, they especially inflated their point-average (+ 44, against + 13 for France before their match).
The French are therefore warned. To win the tournament, Fabien Galthié’s players will also have to win with the offensive bonus against the Irish and achieve a real offensive festival with at least 31 points more than their opponent.
The start of this extreme match – between the Italians, to whom the wooden spoon is promised, and the English, who are aiming for victory in the event – is one-sided (0-10, 18th). We expect a single rider from the English who are forced to win widely to put pressure on the French and Irish in the standings.
Boost in the second half
But this is the moment chosen by the Italians to come out of their torpor. A test against the course of the game of Polledri (5-10, 18th) seems to destabilize the English edifice which multiplies the signs of nervousness and bad choices. Owen Farrell’s partners, who have not played a game for eight months and their victory against Wales (33-30) on March 7, are unrecognizable. They are even happy to return to the locker room with a 5-point advantage. A few seconds from the end of the first period, the Squadra players were indeed very close to registering a new try against.
But the experienced and stormy Eddie Jones had to find the words to wake up his players. As soon as he returned to the lawn of the Roman stadium, his men were conquerors and Ben Youngs scored his second try of the match (5-17, 42nd). The beginning of the Italians’ ordeal. Note that Farrell missed two transformations, two failures that could be expensive at the end of the evening at the time of the final accounts …
To succeed Wales and officially lift the 7 kilo silver trophy, the English have to wait a little longer and follow the duel at the top which opposes the French and the Irish in the evening.
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