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Ranking The Top 10 Moments From The Weekend’s Six Nations Action

There was no shortage of exciting moments from Round 3 of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations. 

From Italy putting it up to Ireland for large periods at the Stadio Olimpico to the French flair on display in Paris and of course, Josh Adams’ last-gasp try to seal the win against England at the Principality Stadium – there is plenty of contenders for the number one spot.

Here, we rank the top ten moments of the weekend’s action.

10. Keith Earls’ Twinkle Toes

Keith Earls was one of the few Irish players against Italy who can be happy with his day’s work and it’s all the more impressive considering he had to fill in at outside centre due to Chris Farrell moving to 12 because of Bundee Aki’s early exit.

Earls scored Ireland’s third try and it came at a crucial point as his side were still trailing Italy with more than 10 minutes played of the second half.

In this instance, the Limerick man took the ball at a standing start and used some clever footwork to create just enough space for him to stretch over.

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9. Yoann Huget Break 

Yoann Huget did get a try to his name in France’s win over Scotland as he finished a move which began with a Mathieu Basteraud chip but he also shone with his footwork and acceleration.

Midway through the second half, he received a looping pass out on the left wing but with Scotland covering, he stepped back inside Tommy Seymour who slipped and Huget put on the afterburners to get his team into Scotland’s 22.

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8. Alun Wyn Jones Talking To The Referee With An Arm Around His Neck

Midway through the second half Gareth Anscombe made it a one-point game when he landed his third penalty. The kick came as a result of Kyle Sinckler tackling Alun Wyn Jones around the neck, something the Wales captain made quite clear to referee Jaco Peyper.

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7. Tommaso Allan’s Pass For Edoardo Padovani’s Try

After Ireland’s fast start where they scored two tries in the opening 20 minutes, Edoardo Padovani hit back for the Italians as he touched down in the corner.

However, the credit must go to Italy out-half Tommaso Allan who sent a beautifully weighted pass out to his winger.

The long skip pass* had the perfect amount of height and pace to give Padovani enough time to cross the line before the Irish cover defence could get a touch.

*There might have been a hint of forward but we’re going to give Allan the benefit of the doubt!

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6. Don’t Give Jacob Stockdale A Sniff 

A lesson for any opposition player. Jacob Stockdale has become one of the most ruthless finishers in world rugby and he showed that on Sunday when a botched restart gave the Ulster winger an opportunity to run amok.

Dean Budd attempts to reclaim Ireland’s restart but he gets it all wrong and this allows the ball to bounce and Stockdale to pounce.

The 22-year-old collects and shows his famed acceleration to run clear for Ireland’s second try.

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5. Tito Tebaldi Takes His Chance 

Was the ball still in the ruck? Well not according to referee Glen Jackson.

Ireland looked to be in a position to score a try after creating some forward momentum in Italy’s 22. However, with Conor Murray about to pick the ball up to begin the next phase of play, Tito Tebaldi swoops in the rob the ball from Murray and sprint clear.

He kicks downfield and Italy eventually score a try through Luca Morisi a few phases later.

Ireland will be annoyed by the blatant push on Keith Earls off the ball in the build-up but that doesn’t take away from Tebaldi spotting an opportunity.

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4. Alun Wyn Jones Goes Full Beast Mode

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What else is there to say?

3. French Flair At Its Finest 

Kick loosely to Thomas Ramos at your peril. The French full-back took advantage of poor Scottish kicking when his initial break contributed to a superb 80m effort which ultimately ended in Romain Ntamack scoring France’s first try of the game.

Watch this sublime piece of rugby in all its glory.

2. Mathieu Basteraud Chip

111 kg of powerful French centre isn’t supposed to do things like this yet Mathieu Bastareud has a lot more in his locker than brute force alone.

In the build-up to Yoann Huget’s try, Bastareuad collected a poor pass, showed great awareness to spot the space in behind and then executed a perfect chip over the top which he collected to get his team vital go-forward ball.

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1. Josh Adams’ Try 

No surprise here.

Although this try broke English hearts. It was a fitting way to finish what was a superb game of rugby between two very good teams.

Dan Biggar, a second-half substitute for Gareth Anscombe, opted for a cross-field kick with the penalty advantage and it was delivered to perfection.

Josh Adams rose highest above Elliot Daly and to add to the drama, initially it looked like the winger knocked the ball on, but he recollected at the last second to avoid the infringement and ensured that Cardiff would have a night to remember.

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