Louis Rees-Zammit, Chris Harris, Stephen Varney and Jonny May all started for their international teams in Round 1 of the Six Nations.
Wales beat Ireland 21-16 at the Principality Stadium and it was a try from Rees-Zammit that secured the victory for the Welsh. The winger received the ball from Leigh Halfpenny in the wide channel and with a burst of acceleration, dotted down with one hand to put his side ahead.
Ireland, who were down to 14 men due to Peter O'Mahony's 14th-minute red card, stayed in the fight but a failed attempt to go for the corner with the clock in red meant that it was Wales who came away with the victory.
Scotland beat England 6-11, the first time they have beaten England at Twickenham in 38 years. Harris started in the centre and was solid in attack and defence and even filled in on the wing late in the game.
Duhan van der Merwe scored Scotland’s only try and two penalties from Finn Russell were enough to give the Scots the result.
Stephen Varney was a live wire in Italy’s 10-50 loss to France. Starting at scrum-half, Varney made 109 passes and managed the Italian game well. It looked like he had set up a try when he made an arching break, running through defenders and offloading to Monty Ioane who went over the line, but the score was chalked off for a forward pass.
France were too strong and scored 7 tries in the fixture.
Jonny May would have liked to have seen some more ball in England’s 6-11 loss to Scotland. The winger made 20 metres in attack from six runs and filling in at the scrum when Billy Vunipola was yellow carded, May will hope to get more opportunity in space next time out.
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