Sunday, February 3, 2013

RUGBY TEST RESULTS: Saturday 2 February

Ireland 30, Wales 22 in Cardiff (6 Nations International Championship)
England 38, Scotland 18 at Twickenham (Calcutta Cup; 6 Nations Int. Champ.)
Romania 19, Portugal 13 in Lisbon (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)
Russia 13, Spain 9 in Sochi (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)
Georgia 17, Belgium 13 in Brussels (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)

Ireland defeated Wales in Cardiff in what has been described as a classic test rugby match. Ireland dominated the first half and enough of the second to build up a 30-3 lead. Wales turned their game around and clawed their way back only for Ireland to hold out in the end. Excellent game from the veteran Brian O’Driscoll for Ireland.

It’s that man again. ‘Evergreen’ is a term that comes to mind.
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England were too good fro Scotland and carried on from where they left off against New Zealand in December. Scotland’s errors and penalties conceded killed the day for them.

No holding England back.
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In a bad tempered match Georgia edged passed Belgium in Brussels. A fight to start the game was not a good sign. The result was a player from each side was red-carded.

Unpleasantness in the Georgia-Belgium test match
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Belgium had much the better of the first half and led 13-3 at the break. Georgia put pressure on the home side in the second half and that soon told.

Georgia would not be happy with their performance. It looked to be a fairly disjointed unimaginative display. Belgium on the other hand played with spirit and enterprise and will only improve. They could be a headache for the other teams.

In other ENC 1A games Romania struggled passed a lively Portugal whilst Russia did enough to defeat Spain.

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