Far from being favorites when they won the 127th edition of the six nations tournament in a year 2020 – just three wins (two against Italy and one against Georgia) in ten games – but the Welsh national team remains unbeatable the premier rugby competition in the northern hemisphere. A week after defeating Ireland in Cardiff, Wales again used their opponent’s exclusion to defeat Murrayfield Scotland (25:24).
Edinburgh faced the Scots motivated by the historic victory they won in London a week ago, and the start of the game predicted that the “XV”, led by Gregor Townsend, would hold their own as a serious contender for the first tournament win in this century.
The Scots were 14 points ahead (17: 3) in the 25th minute, but before the break a rehearsal from Louis Rees-Zammit shortened the gap (17: 8).
After the break, a new Welsh rehearsal (Liam Williams) put the Scots only two points ahead and almost immediately Zander Fagerson was sent off after hitting Wales in the head, reducing Scotland to 14 players.
As in the opening round, in which Wales played about 70 minutes in numerical advantage against Ireland, the team around New Zealander Wayne Pivac had another player on the field and about 25 minutes.
And the Welsh did not miss the opportunity. Despite the usual bravery of the Scots who still managed to get one more Test (Stuart Hogg), Wales added ten more points (Tests by Wyn Jones and Louis Rees-Zammit) and held the win by a minimal margin (25-24 ).
In Twickenham, a week after losing to the Scots, England fulfilled the obligation, defeating Italy, the chronic number one candidate for the competition’s “wooden spoon”.
The English dominated the Italians and always had the supremacy in possession of the ball and territorial dominance. Eventually, when they added up the five points, they achieved the goal of addition.
The Italians were even the first to come to the rehearsal (Ioane, 2 ‘), but during the break the English were already 12 points ahead after receiving three rehearsals: Jonny Hill (13’), Anthony Watson (25 ‘) and Jonny May (40 ‘).
In the second part, a new shot by Watson provided the desired offensive bonus point and until the end the difference was increased by two more English tests (Jack Willis and Elliot Daly) and an Italian (Tommaso Allan).
The second round of Six Nations 2021 ends this Sunday with an appetizing Ireland-France in Dublin.