This Weekend in Rugby: The Warm Ups

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The Rugby World Cup is only weeks away, but teams are still playing some warm-ups  – and there have been some casualties! Here’s quick summary of the matches from this weekend.

England – Ireland  21-13

A match between the 6 Nations Champions of 2015 – Ireland – and the close runners up, England, it was always going to be an intense match. Both teams announced their World Cup line ups this week, so they were playing with their full squads. It was a tough match, but England were looking far stronger than the disorganised team they were against France the previous weekend. Jonathan Sexton, one of Ireland’s stars, seemed to have trouble with cramps at one point, but remained on the pitch and a threat to England’s attacks.

Scorers: 

Ireland: O’Connell – Try. Sexton – Converted the try, kicked 2 penalties.

England: May, Watson – Tries. Ford – Converted first try. Ford, Farrell (2) – Penalties.

Man of the Match: Tom Wood – England  (Pictured below)

Tom Wood in action against Ireland
Man of the match Tom Wood. Photo: Getty

Wales – Italy 23 – 19

Wales may have won but they suffered serious losses when Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb – two of their most prominent players – went off with knee and ankle injuries. There have been no official reports yet but due to Halfpenny having been stretchered off the pitch and Webb’s obvious pain, Wales’s chances at the World Cup could be looking damaged. They are also in one of the toughest pools – facing England, Australia and Fiji. The match was a little messy, but Italy played better than they had during the 6 Nations tournament this year.

Scorers: 

Italy – Sarto, Palazzini – Tries. Allan (2) – Penalties. Canna – Drop Goal

Wales – North – Try. Halfpenny (5), Biggar – Penalties

Man of the Match: Scott Williams – Wales

Halfpenny is taken off the pitch on a stretcher. Photo: kildare-nationalist.ie

France – Scotland  19 – 16

A close match, where Scotland proved they were still capable of playing well after their ‘Wooden Spoon’ act in the 6 Nations – where they lost every match. The discipline on either side wasn’t great, but it was a good match. Scotland held out really well, and France took the lead when the Scots threw a bad line-out. Overall, progress from both sides, but Scotland looking much better for the world cup.

Scorers: 

France: Nakaitaci – Try. Parra – Conversion. Michalak (3), Spedding – Penalties. 

Scotland: Seymour – Try. Laidlaw – Conversion. Laidlaw (3) – Penalties.

Man of the Match: Yoann Huget – France

Noa Nakaitaci takes advantage of Scotland being a man down to score the decisive try for France
Nakaitaci scoring a try to end any hopes of a Scottish victory. Photo: rimagina

Thanks for reading! We’ll be keeping you posted during the 2015 World Cup in England!