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Ireland triumph as Wales and Scotland fall just short

Guinness PRO12 Editor

1 Mar 2010


Ireland secured an impressive away win over England after both Wales and Scotland had fallen just short in the third round of this year’s Six Nations.

The Irish claimed a 20-16 victory at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon as they kept their hopes of a second successive Six Nations title alive.

Declan Kidney’s men outscored their hosts by three tries to one, with a Keith Earls effort sandwiched between a brace from Ospreys wing Tommy Bowe.

Bowe’s first try came with the game just four minutes old while his second proved to be the match-winning score with five minutes left to play.

The win ensures Ireland remain on course for a fifth Triple Crown in seven years, with their last two games coming at home to Wales and Scotland on March 13 and 20 respectively.

Wales will arrive in Dublin in a fortnight’s time on the back of an impressive second-half display against France, although they ultimately finished on the wrong end of a 26-20 scoreline at the Millennium Stadium.

Ospreys favourite Shane Williams and Blues youngster Leigh Halfpenny both claimed well-taken scores after the break but a 20-point deficit at the end of the opening 40 minutes left Wales with too much to do against the Grand Slam chasing French.

Scotland suffered a similarly painful defeat at the hands of the Italians as they failed to build on a hugely promising performance in Cardiff two weeks earlier.

Glasgow Warriors outside-half Dan Parks claimed all 12 of Scotland’s points in the 16-12 defeat in Rome but Pablo Canavosio’s 67th-minute effort proved to be decisive as Andy Robinson’s men fell to a third straight tournament defeat.