The 6 Nations is back!

News 16 Feb 2016
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If you’ve been living in a cave for the past couple of weeks you may not have heard that the RBS 6 Nations Championship started at the weekend. For all you avid rugby fans you however were no doubt glued to your screens from Saturday afternoon through to yesterday teatime!

You will also be delighted to know that here at Smith & Wollensky you can watch all of the matches in our lovely private dining rooms. What could be better than being able to watch rugby with no interruptions! And if you’d rather be on your own, you could even enquire about hiring out one of our private rooms.

Here’s our Round One Round Up!

Round One certainly kicked off with spirit with the first match being played in the Stade de France, Paris, as the French took on Italy. Although the home team came away with a win it was less than convincing with a sole crusade from Virimi Vakatawa keeping them very much in the game. But the Italians were by no means down and out. Carlo Canna came into his own this weekend, scored a try and ran for 54 metres! The Italians narrowly missed out on their first ever win in Paris as their last ditch attempt to steal the match from a drop goal attempt by Sergio Parisse was sent wide of the posts, now that would have set the cat amongst the pigeons! This Italian performance has certainly given the remaining 6 Nations teams something to think about for this year’s championship. Final score 23-21.

Next came the much awaited first performance of the England Team. Not only their first game of their 6 Nations campaign but they were also playing to retain the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield. Under new management all eyes were on the England team with much speculation about the new era of English Rugby. The first points on the board were awarded to England which came from a converted try from George Kruis. Two penalties awarded to Scotland from sloppy play by England saw the score board at 6-7 as the teams left the pitch for half time. Farrell’s kicking game went slightly askew in the second half as he missed a penalty and Jack Nowell’s try conversion. A penalty for each team in the remaining minutes saw the final score of 9 -15. A welcome win for the visitors saw Scotland’s run of seven consecutive defeats equal their worst ever home run in the championship. Lots to talk about in the changing rooms before the Scottish take on the Welsh next weekend in Cardiff.

The final match was played on Sunday in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, between Ireland and Wales. Ireland certainly came out of the starting blocks with a bang as they raced to a 13-0 lead within the first 30 minutes, with a try from Conor Murray and Sexton doing the honours of converting. But the Welsh refused to be down and out, they kicked over a penalty and saw a converted try from Taulupe Faletau and the points started to notch up on the scoreboard as half time fell. Exhausting play from both sides in the second half saw both teams giving their all. Two penalties awarded to Wales meant the visitors pushed ahead on the scoreboard but Sexton kept his cool when he kicked over a long range kick, to once again bring the scores level. A late drop goal attempt from Priestland would have been a winner but to be honest a draw for this match seemed a fair result. Final score 16-16.

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