A recap of the Six Nations 2015
Ireland won their third Six Nations title in six years as they destroyed Scotland 40-10 at Murrayfield on a dramatic last day, despite both England and Wales earning huge victories over France and Italy respectively. We provide our thoughts on the Six Nations tournament as a whole, focusing on the performances of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Although the Six Nations was not a priority heading into the World Cup later in the year, England will be very disappointed that they did not win the title. Unfortunately, their performance against Ireland was poor and that was ultimately the reason why they did not win the tournament. However, Lancaster’s side showed tremendous character and commitment – especially considering the players that England were missing due to injury – and they can be proud of their efforts over the five matches. England will improve in the World Cup and with a bit of luck, they may go all the way and win their first world title since 2003.
Ireland deserved to win the tournament as they played the best rugby throughout the five matches. They were too strong for a star-studded England side and arguably could have won the Grand Slam had it not been for some fantastic Welsh defending in their clash at the Millennium Stadium. Jonny Sexton was instrumental throughout the competition and captain Paul O’Connell’s leadership qualities were key as Ireland showed their strength and power to earn yet another Six Nations triumph. There is no doubt that the Irish will be contenders for World Cup glory in October.
Despite playing some good rugby at times, Scotland finished bottom of the standings in the Six Nations and picked up the wooden spoon. There were some excellent moments for the Scottish and they certainly appear to have improved their overall game, but they continue to make simple errors that cost them matches. However, they remain confident that they can turn their form around, proving that they cut out the penalties and knock ons. If they do this, then they may find themselves at a level where they can at least be competitive against opposing sides.
Warren Gatland praised his players after their epic 61-20 victory over Italy on the final day but, like England, they fell just short of winning the Six Nations. Ultimately, the Welsh will look back at their dreadful second half display at home to England as the main reason why they didn’t win the title. However, the supporters were certainly proud of their side after an excellent tournament – which included phenomenal individual displays from Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar. Wales will be quietly confident of causing an upset in their Pool A matches with Australia and England in the World Cup later in the year.
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