6 Great Six Nations Tries

Posted 16/02/2016 by BrightHouse Team

The 2016 Six Nations rugby championship kicked off on February 6th with France beating Italy 23-21.

While England are the favourites to win the tournament with the appointment of new coach Eddie Jones and a captain Dylan Hartley, any of the six teams could be in with a chance, especially with reigning champions Ireland hoping to make it record-breaking three years in a row.

While we wait for Round 3 where Wales will face France, we’ve been looking through previous championships to bring you six of the best tries ever – one for each of the competing nations.

Try #6 Brian O’Driscoll - Ireland v France 2000

Brian O’Driscoll took advantage of a split second opportunity to score an amazing first try in this Ireland v France game. One of Ireland’s greatest ever players, he went on to score two more tries during the match, helping his team to a 27-25 victory

Try #5 Mauro Bergamasco - Italy v Scotland 2001

Italy had only joined the 6 Nations championship the year before in 2000 and this try by the Italian flanker showed that they were a team capable of coming up with more than a few surprises. Scotland just couldn’t catch up with Bergamasco in time as he powered towards the touch line.

Try #4 Chris Ashton - England v Italy 2011 

This incredible game saw Chris Ashton score four tries for England on their way to a stunning 59-13 victory over Italy, in the year that also saw them win the overall championship. Ashton takes the ball and just rockets away from the Italian defence who are left trailing in his dust. The smile on Ashton’s face says it all.

Try #3 Jim Calder - Scotland v Wales 1982

Jim Calder was captain 27 times for Scotland and this try is the result of a great team effort in a performance that went on to see Scotland beat Wales 34-18. The Scottish players seemed to know exactly where to position themselves and execute the ball all the way to a try despite a tough Welsh defence.

Try #2 Phil Bennett - Wales v Scotland 1977 

The legendary Welsh fly half may have been near the end of his international career in 1977, but he still had the speed, skill and awareness to score this incredible try. Wales managed to duck and weave around the Scottish defence in an unstoppable surge towards the try line.

Wales went on to win the match 18-9 and also the Triple Crown. This was also back when the championship was only five nations, before Italy was included.

Try #1 Phillipe St Andre - France V England 1991

Since retiring, St Andre has gone on to be a very successful coach including leading France between 2011 and 2015. This amazing try was down to a great kick and a perfect catch by St Andre, but it wasn’t enough to win the match for his country, with England pulling ahead 19-21.

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