France 33, Ireland 10 in Paris (6 Nations)
Wales 31, Scotland 24 in Cardiff (6 Nations)
Russia 38, Spain 20 in Madrid (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1) HT 20-13
Georgia 16, Portugal 10 in Lisbon (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
Romania 67, Germany 5 in Constanta (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1) HT 20-5
Ireland's 6 Nations rugby bubble was burst in Paris by a dominant French side. The French, as I predicted, rose to the occasion and played magnificent rugby, outplaying an Irish side that has been dumped back down to earth. Ireland will now go through much soul searching and team changes before they take on England next weekend. Now, that will be a game!
Frances' rugby team is now up there as possible Championship winners. The rugby test England v France looks like the BIG rugby encounter.
Wales came back from 9-21 to defeat Scotland in another amazing game of test rugby. Wales showed great fighting spirit to please the fans and now place them as a 6 Nations contender.
Russia were too strong for Spain in Madrid. Georgia struggled against Portugal without looking like losing. Portugal just can't quite deliver killer blows against Russia and Georgia. They can keep close but not win.
In appalling conditions in Constanta Germany basically held the Romanians in the first half but lack a physical presence to match the tougher Romanian forwards in the second half. Reports say mud, rain and strong winds. Just like the good old days!
"Pretty hard to see anyone tripping up Georgia and Russia now. I think there are just two remaining doubts:
1) Who will finish top? A question that will be decided probably by the final match in Trabzon.
2) Who will finish third? An uphill battle for Romania who realistically will have to beat either Russia or Georgia as well as their final match in Portugal to steal the spot".
Add you comment about this weekend's test rugby.
Who do you think will win the 6 Nations Championship?
Who do you think will qualify from ENC 1 for the Rugby World Cup? (3 teams)
What do you think about changing the 6 Nations-ENC 1 window from February-March, to say April-May?