The ultimate sport of the 2023 Six Nations will see Ireland attempt to seal a grand slam on dwelling turf for the primary time. Only previous rivals England stand of their manner.
Ireland have claimed three grand slams of their lengthy historical past however not one among them has resulted in Dublin, which guarantees to make this St Patrick’s Day weekend all of the extra particular for the boys in inexperienced, offering they’ll see off an England group in disaster.
Andy Farrell’s Ireland are the undisputed No 1 aspect on the planet and have swept apart all-comers through the championship, whereas England have struggled to constantly enhance the tailspin they discovered themselves in in direction of the tip of the Eddie Jones period, below new coach Steve Borthwick.
Decent wins over Italy and Wales had been instantly forgotten as they suffered a file dwelling defeat to France at Twickenham final day out, being fully outclassed by a rampant Les Bleus and leaving them in little doubt the place they stand within the pecking order simply six months out from a World Cup. If they’ll bounce again to beat an unstoppable-looking Irish group on the Aviva Stadium, then it can go down as one of many all-time nice Six Nations shocks.
Follow reside protection from the Aviva Stadium under after the conclusion of France vs Wales:
H/T: France 20-7 Wales
France’s half, ultimately, with the hosts opening up ominously after Wales had began brightly. It was a lot, a lot better from Warren Gatland’s aspect within the first quarter-hour, with plenty of the guests’ older heads rolling again the years to match their opposition. A robust maul sucked the French defence in and allowed George North to go over beneath the sticks and provides Wales an early lead, however the reply was usually swift – and very good.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:35
HALF TIME! FRANCE 20-7 WALES
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:31
France 20-7 Wales, 40 minutes
Jonathan Danty nearly busts freed from the Wales blindside defence after Antoine Dupont intelligently switches course from a midfield scrum, however the ball is jarred free from the centre.
Wales run it again, with Josh Adams and Taulupe Faletau concentrating on the tramlines on the suitable. Adams is pushed over the touchline to carry the primary 40 minutes to an in depth.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:31
France 20-7 Wales, 39 minutes
Wales are reeling just a little now after that shiny opening quarter. The passes are half-a-yard off, and George North knocks on.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:30
France 20-7 Wales, 38 minutes
A French scrum however welcome information for Wales as Alun Wyn Jones returns after being cleared throughout his Head Injury Assessment. There’s extra Six Nations turf but to tread for the second row.
Antoine Dupont threatens to burst the Welsh defence open with a usually sharp exploitation of area, however can’t discover Damian Penaud on his proper.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:29
France 20-7 Wales, 37 minutes
A rousing rendition of the French nationwide anthem because the Stade de France crowd roar their approval for that Danty rating.
Damian Penaud claims a mark brilliantly after retreating innside his personal 22. He faucets it shortly, and George North is maybe just a little lucky that his blocking of an infield move with prolonged fingers is deemed solely a knock on by the officers. The ruling on Uini Atonio’s earlier intervention is cited by Nic Berry as he explains to Antoine Dupont why North will not be penalised – however North didn’t appear like he was ever going to have the ability to reel that in.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:28
TRY! FRANCE 20-7 Wales (Jonathan Danty strive, 34 minutes)
Jonathan Danty scores within the nook! It’s the Toulouse artistic axis at their greatest once more, Romain Ntamack making a half-break and connecting with Thomas Ramos, who in flip tees up Antoine Dupont. The scrum-half bowls over a would-be tackler and will get to inside 5 metres.
France ensures the ball stays infield on the left and Wales are in need of numbers as the house aspect unfold it to the suitable, with Danty the end-man on the road and sliding in with a dash and a fend. Deadeye Ramos converts.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:23
France 13-7 Wales, 32 minutes
A Romain Ntamack kick trickles into the Welsh in-goal, with Dan Biggar blissful to let it come to a halt and faucet down.
His goalline drop out is taken on the hop by Charles Ollivon, who comes rampaging again to launch a French assault.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:22
PENALTY! FRANCE 13-7 Wales (Thomas Ramos penalty, half-hour)
A second penalty in 5 minutes from Thomas Ramos extends France’s benefit.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:19
France 10-7 Wales, 29 minutes
Welsh palms get to Julien Marchand’s throw, however knock it on. France’s scrum contained in the Welsh 22.
Wyn Jones’ elbow hits the deck – penalty to the hosts. Jones shakes his head.
Harry Latham-Coyle18 March 2023 15:18