SIX NATION AROUND-UP: Dan Biggar complained too much, Scotland must make Finn Russell and France look good to compete in the next World Cup
- France’s epic victory over Wales brought the tournament to life after a slow start
- Disappointing Italy is the only team that fails to register a point in two games
- The debate about Finn Russell continues and his team needs him for upcoming trips
- Concerns about whether the Coronavirus will affect the Six Nations
While the third weekend of the Six Nations promotion is coming to an end, Sportsmail’s Chris Foy is consuming the best on the ground …
NO MORE MOODY BLEUS
This Six Nations really needed that classic from France and Wales. The 2020 tournament had not really come to life, so what a relief to see a good test. France was beautiful, especially in defense. They have always had talent, but not the attitude to maximize it. That changes quickly. They should be the main contenders during the World Cup.
The epic 27-23 of France over Wales was exactly what the Six Nations needed after a slow start
Italy has done nothing to justify their presence by not registering a point against Scotland in Rome. They are the first team to be deployed twice in a campaign and it was only the second time that a game did not score at home. When Adam Hastings came in at the end, the home players didn’t even chase back. This cannot go on.
The miserable loss of Italy made it the first time that a party was beaten twice in one campaign
OH NO, NOT AGAIN NORTH
Why did it have to be George North again suffering head injury? The Wales and Lions wing has endured more than its fair share in recent years, so it was disturbing to see him hit the grass again after a chance collision with Gael Fickou. I hope it wasn’t serious.
BUT IT, BIG
To clarify this, France was definitely the better side in Cardiff. That fact may have been lost in the midst of so many complaints from the Welsh about the officiating power. Some borderline calls went against the hosts, but they were still the second best. Dan Biggar spent too much time protesting. He is a class player but his behavior was unseemly.
SCOTS STILL NEEDS RUSSELL
In any case, Scotland won, which was the ultimate goal, but nothing suggested that the Finn Russell exile debate would disappear. There aren’t too many wizards in the area and Russell is one of them. His country needs him. They will certainly do so in July when they are on tour in South Africa and New Zealand.
Scotland needs magician Finn Russell for the July tour in South Africa and New Zealand
VIRUS FEAR OF ROME
The game between Italy and Scotland in Legnano near Milan was postponed as another sports accident from the Coronavirus outbreak. Whether it can be rescheduled remains to be seen. There must be a danger that the problem will also affect the men’s tournament, with Italy because of the last weekend in England in Rome.
MY TEAM OF THE WEEKEND
15 A Bouthier (France); 14 J May (England), 13 M Tuilagi (England), 12 O Farrell (England), 11 G Fickou (France); 10 R Ntamack (France), 9 B Youngs (England); 1 R Sutherland (Scotland), 2 J Marchand (France), 3 K Sinckler (England); 4 M Itoje (England), 5 B Le Roux (France); 6 C Lawes (England), 8 G Alldritt (France), 7 H Watson (Scotland).