Six Nations 2022: France keep Grand Slam hopes alive with exciting win over Ireland, Biggar stars as Wales beat Scotland
Tries from Antoine Dupont and Cyril Baille for France kept les Bleus' Grand Slam hopes alive at this year's Six Nations Championship after a thrilling win over a spirited Ireland side in Paris. In Cardiff, Dan Biggar helped Wales bounce back from opening day disappointment to beat Scotland in his 100th international appearance.
Antoine Dupont #9 of France scores a try during the Guinness Six Nations match between France and Ireland at Stade de France on February 12, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)
France then took control of the first half with Jaminet’s boot adding nine more points as the home side went in 19-7 up at the break.
A much-improved Ireland wrestled their way back into the game in the second half with tries from Josh van der Flier and Jamison Gibson-Park narrowed the hosts’ lead to just one point at 22-21.
Cyril Baille opened up the lead once more but the game remained on a knife-edge as Carbery and Jaminet exchanged late penalties.
But the day belonged to France who top the standings with a 100% record after two games and are the only side who can complete the Grand Slam in this year's tournament.
Biggar boots Wales to victory
After the highs of their win over England last week, Scotland were brought back down to earth with a narrow defeat to Wales at the Principality stadium.
The boot of Dan Biggar led the Welsh to victory, with the skipper kicking 15 points in a 20-17 win in his 100th international.
Wales came into the game off the back of a loss to Ireland in week one and two Biggar penalties set them on their way in Cardiff.
Dan Biggar of Wales kicks a penalty during the Guinness Six Nations Round 2 match between Wales and Scotland at Principality Stadium on February 12, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ian Cook - CameraSport via Getty Images)
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However, Scotland found themselves back in the game when winger Darcy Graham went over in the corner after being found by Finn Russell’s fine pass.
Russell and Biggar then exchanged penalties before Tomas Francis grounded the ball before half time for the teams go in 14-14 at half time.
Another Russell penalty gave Scotland the advantage but he soon went from hero to villain after receiving a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on.
Biggar restored parity before his drop goal with ten minutes to play sealed the victory.
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