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Scotland shocked Ireland and England edged past France in a thrilling opening day of Six Nations rugby

Scotland shocked Ireland and England edged past France in a thrilling opening day of Six Nations rugby

The opening weekend of the Six Nations looked promising on paper, but it would have been a bold fan who called both of these games the way they turned out.

Scotland were up first, hosting Ireland – winners of the tournament in 2014 and 2015. A tough task then for the Scottish, but one they were very much up to.

Scotland went 21-5 up in the first half, thanks to two tries from full back Stuart Hogg.

But Ireland roared back in the second half, going 22-21 ahead.

Greig Laidlaw sealed the game for Scotland however, with two late penalties making it 27-22 when the final whistle blew.

Quite remarkable – but the day was far from over.

England hosted France in a huge opening fixture for Eddie Jones’ reigning champions, which it’s fair to say did not go to plan.

England were lucky France failed to capitalise on their weaknesses in the first half, going in at the break 9-9 before coming from behind to win thanks to a Ben Te’o try.

The general mood was that although England had played awfully, the win was the only thing of importance.

Eddie Jones’ tactical knowledge was praised by some.

But most importantly, England managed to get the ball rolling in this year’s tournament, breaking the national record for consecutive wins as well.

That breaks the record of Sir Clive Woodward’s England side ahead of their 2003 World Cup triumph – could this team go on to replicate their success?

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