The big game of the weekend was Wales vs England in Cardiff. This would decide the championship. A win from England would secure the Grand Slam, a win from Wales would upset England's applecart, and a good win from Wales would take England's applecart, puree it, and use it to season the hog roast of the Millenium stadium.
The game was, unfortunately, the last of these options. The first half was a fairly tight affair, and though Wales pulled ahead 3-9, there wasn't much in it. A moment or two could have turned the tables - the second half, though, was an entirely different affair. It was a rout, Wales had soaked up any pressure that England had applied, and then came back strong, making several good runs of play as the scoreline built. A penalty from Leigh Halfpenny at about ten minutes in the second half was followed five minutes later by a try when England lost the ball at the breakdown and Alex Cuthbert ran it in for a try in the corner. The next ten minutes saw a couple of missed kicks, and then a drop goal from Dan Biggar saw the score reach 20-3 with 15 minutes on the clock. 17 points with 15 minutes left is a big ask... and the situation was made more dire almost immediately made worse for England when Cuthbert scores again. A conversion saw Wales 27-3 up.
The penalty with ten minutes left was the final nail in the coffin of England's grand slam hopes.
It was a thoroughly deserved win for Wales.
The other games of the day saw France avoid the wooden spoon by beating Scotland 23-16, and a good show from Italy as they beat Ireland, 23-15. With Ireland and France in 5th and 6th respectively, we've a real mixed results table.
|Table Built : 2013, March 17 (Sunday) at 07:03am GMT|
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