England triumph in Paris
Credit: David Rogers
by Andy McKenzie
England recorded their first win in Paris for six years and ended France's grand slam hopes at the Stade
de France on February 19.
- Jonny Wilkinson scored all of England's points in a 15-9 win that makes them clear favourites for the Six
- England were on top for the majority of a scrappy game, but had to withstand intense late pressure from the French.
- Despite being down to 13 players at one point late in the game - with Simon Shaw and Austin Healey
in the sin-bin - England held on for a hard-earned win.
- Full-back Richard Dourthe scored all of the French points in the second half with his boot.
- In Cardiff, Wales bounced back from their opening defeat at the hands of the French to record a convincing
win over Italy.
- The Welsh ran in four tries in a 47-16 win over the Italians to end a three-game losing streak at the Millennium
- The Italians failed to find the form that saw them triumph over Scotland on their Six Nations debut, against
a Welsh side looking full of confidence despite their crushing loss to the French on February 5.
- Fly-half Neil Jenkins opened the scoring with an early penalty and in doing so passed the 900 point mark
- But the Italians came back and levelled the score with a Diego Dominguez drop goal after seven minutes.
Three minutes later the underdogs went into a surprise 6-3 lead when Dominguez kicked a penalty.
- Inevitably, it was Jenkins who got the Welsh back on track, with four straight penalties giving his side a 15-6
- Tries for Scott Quinnell - his sixth for his country - and Shane Williams on his full international
debut, gave the Welsh a 30-9 half-time lead, with a Dominguez penalty the Italians' only response.
- The second half continued in similar fashion, with a try from centre Allan Bateman and a further five points
from Jenkins putting the home side 40-14 up.
- With the Welsh threatening to run riot, the Italians found another gear and Vilhelmus Visser powered over
for a consolation try, which Dominguez converted.
- Visser almost went over again moments later as the Italians fought for their pride and the Welsh began to look
- After weathering the Italian onslaught, Wales recovered and Shane Howarth went over for his fourth try in
- Jenkins added the conversion to increase his tally to 27 points, securing Wales' second biggest win over Italy and
ending their three-game losing streak at the Millennium Stadium.
- At Lansdowne Road, Ireland produced a dominant display to crush Scotland 44-22 and add to their
disastrous start to their Six Nations campaign.
- Five players scored tries for the Irish, who got their first win over their Celtic rivals since 1988 and recorded
their highest ever points total against Scotland.
- The Scots went 10-0 up through a penalty and a converted try from Kenny Logan. But the Irish fought back
and went into the break 13-10 up, courtesy of a try from Malcolm O'Kelly and two penalties.
- It was all Ireland after the break and only two late Scottish tries from Glen Metcalfe and George
Graham gave the scoreline some repectability.