Wales became the rugby kings of the Northern Hemisphere on Friday night, as Scotland shockingly beat France in Paris, allowing Wales to become the champions of the 2021 Six Nations tournament. The conclusion of this season’s 2021 Six Nations tournament was taking place at the Stade de France in Paris, with many rugby fans on the edge of their seats as Scotland recorded a historic victory over their French rivals.
Preview of the 2021 Six Nations tournament final:
With the postponement of the third round match between France and Scotland, the two rugby unions realized that the last Six Nations 2021 meeting last night was more than just a rugby test match. The French formation of Fabien Galthie required a flawless victory with a bonus of four tries, as well as a difference of 21 superior points, for him to see France crowned champion for the first time in eleven years. Scotland had other ideas, however, with a few of their main players unable to participate due to club commitments. Coach Gregor Townsend’s Scottish side had everything they needed to play in Paris, as a victory would be something Scotland haven’t been able to achieve since the Five Nations Tournament in 1999.
Six Nations Final 2021 France – Scotland:
The match started with both sides expressing their physicality on the front foot as France and Scotland had everything to play. It was in the ninth minute that France drew the first blood with a penalty to lead the match 3-0. Six minutes later, Scotland responded with a converted try as in-form winger Duhan Van Der Merwe crossed the finish line to score the game’s first try (7-3 v Scotland) . Scotland continued to turn the scoreboard as half-forward Finn Russell converted a penalty to give Scotland a 10-3 lead in the eighteenth minute.
The Scottish game plan continued to prove their physicality and France responded with another penalty to reduce the score to 10-6, after 27 minutes. Shortly before half-time, scrum half, Antoine Dupont, set up a floating pass that put Damian Penaud in a threatening position, only for him to unload on his teammate, Brice Dulin, to score the first try of France in the match. The first half was far from over, as referee Wayne Barnes sent Scotland captain Stuart Hogg to the trash following an illegal rucking offense, giving France the advantage of a man. The halftime score was 13-10, with the 2021 Six Nations tournament still open for a historic night in Paris.
At the start of the second half, the perfect display of famous French racing rugby flair gave France their second try of the match. French full-back Brice Dulin gave center Virimi Vakatawa a well-timed pass, only for Vakatawa to draw in the Scottish defense, and offloaded to Damian Penaud, who executed a perfectly timed chip kick. timed to score in the corner for an unconverted try. , giving France an eight-point lead.
Scotland fought back and scored a penalty to reduce the dedication to 18-13. Scotland continued to recover at the Stade de France, and their efforts were rewarded with a converted try, as the Scottish strikers made their way through and replacement hooker David Cherry pointed to the line, putting the Scotland in the lead, 20-18.
Moments later, France responded with an unconverted try as lockdown striker Swan Rebbadj scored France’s third try, putting them back in the lead at 23-20. With less than ten minutes to go, Wayne Barnes sent Scotland playmaker Finn Russell off the field, giving Russell a red card for dangerous play as he used his forearm against his opposing tackle. A yellow card for French substitute Romain Taofifenua meant both teams finished the game with fourteen players.
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The match was far from over, however, as Scotland was far from over. It would be a story in the making as Scotland managed to hold onto the ball more than five minutes past regular time. Scots substitute Adam Hastings gave winger Duhan Van Der Merwe the space to execute his second attempt on the evening and clinched a well-deserved – but equally surprising – victory in Paris. Scotland ended the game victorious with a score of 27-23. What a game to conclude the Six Nations 2021 tournament!
Final table of the Six Nations 2021 tournament:
2021 Six Nations Tournament Talking Points:
In what turned out to be a thrilling 2021 Six Nations tournament, Wales turned their dismal 2020 Six Nations performance. From fifth place to the coronation of champions of the 2021 Six Nations tournament. Coincidentally, the England, champions of the 2020 Six Nations tournament, finished fifth on the table. Unfortunately for England, they presented a much less impressive campaign with coach Eddie Jones, and now is perhaps the perfect time for his coaching staff to restructure their game plan going forward. This season’s tournament has seen a lot of dynamic and exhilarating rugby, as all four of the UK teams knew it would be the 2021 British and Irish Lions’ Tour of South Africa, which is set to take place in July this year.
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Statistics of the Six Nations 2021 tournament:
The prestigious Northern Hemisphere tournament concluded with Irish captain Johnny Sexton, who deserves the top scorer in points, with 65 points overall. Sexton was followed by England’s Owen Farrell, with Welsh half-butterfly Dan Biggar third. Scotland winger Duhan Van Der Merwe’s two tries against France saw the South African dominate the tournament’s scoring table with five tries. In doing so, he passed England and Welsh wingers Louis Rees-Zammit and Anthony Watson, respectively, who both finished on four tries.
With all four B&I Lions Unions showing incredible rugby over the past few weeks, a large number of players provide plenty of depth for the British & Irish Lions Tour later this year. Will coach Warren Gatland make history and record an outright victory in the Lions series in South Africa?
Let us know your comments below. How do you feel about seeing Wales crowned champions of the 2021 Six Nations tournament?