BBC asks 'Who Blinks First?' to promote Six Nations coverage

BBC asks 'Who Blinks First?' to promote Six Nations coverage

Eddie Jones denied that England's slow performance in the first half in its 24-17 defeat against France was the effect of a World Cup hangover.

"Scoring three times against the English under the rain is something. Like all these things, you will receive the appropriate medical check-up and we will resolve it from there".

Much more was expected from a team that advanced with confidence towards the World Cup final with dominant victories over Australia and New Zealand. That was a game that could have been pretty ugly for us.

But there is work to do in the scrum for new forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys after Wales conceded three penalties at the set-piece, something that could lead to a call-up for tight-head prop WillGriff John in Paris. "We created a lot but could not finalise our chances".

France scored three converted tries and a penalty to give them the victory.

Adams, the leading try-scorer at Japan 2019 with seven, went over again on the half-hour.

Nick Tompkins added a try on his debut and, after having one ruled out by the TMO (television match official), George North touched down to clinch a bonus point, before Adams completed his hat-trick after the 80th minute.

Following a maul near Italy's line and quick ball from scrum-half Tomos Williams, Biggar, with his back to Adams, managed to find the flyer with an outrageous pass between his legs.

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His first was trademark, his second a result of Biggar brilliance and his third sheer power - Adams has made an early move for Player of the Championship.

"But I was really pleased with our second half".

North thought he had scored a bonus point try but a Tompkins knock-on saw his effort disallowed.

Although this latest reverse extended Italy's woeful run in the Six Nations to 23 successive defeats, a losing streak dating back to 2015, all was not doom and gloom for the Azzurri ahead of another tough away trip to France under new interim coach Franco Smith.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 George North, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones.

On the hour, replacement forward Cory Hill made a break and debutant replacement back Nick Tompkins, coming off a ruck, sprinted clear from some 40 metres.

Italy: Matteo Minozzi; Leonardo Sarto, Luca Morisi, Carlo Canna, Mattia Bellini; Tommaso Allan, Callum Braley, Giosuè Zilocchi, Luca Bigi (capt), Andrea Lovotti, Alessandro Zanni, Niccolò Cannone, Sebastian Negri, Jake Polledri, Abraham Steyn.

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