With the results and implications of the weekend’s games already having been discussed ad nauseam, we take a look at the lighter side of the 6 Nations and have a laugh at the expense of some of the toughest guys on the planet.

More S&M for Italy

Poor old Italy got another humping at the weekend. You keep thinking that maybe one of these weeks they’ll get things right and actually give their opponents a bit of a game.

This is as good as it gets for Italy

This is as good as it gets for Italy

As they belt out their anthem before the match you can’t help but be optimistic about their chances. They look fired up. They look ready. Then the match kicks off and it’s usually less than five minutes before it becomes apparent that Italy will be ritualistically humiliated once again.

It’s a bit like an adult movie which starts with a plumber calling round to fix a leak. There’s an exchange of knowing glances before the ‘boomchickawahwah’ music kicks in. Seems like textbook stuff. Five minutes later and it’s descended into S&M water torture.

The magic number

Ireland defeated a plucky Scotland team at the Aviva Stadium with the help of a try from Keith Earls on the occasion of his 50th cap.

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 5, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/3/2016 Ireland vs Scotland Ireland’s Keith Earls goes over for a try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Colm O'Neill

Keith Earls scores on his 50th cap. ©INPHO/Colm O’Neill

During last week’s game against Italy Sean Cronin also notched a try to mark his 50th cap for Ireland.

It’s just a thought but in preparation for the next World Cup, why don’t we cultivate a squad of Irish players who are all sitting on 49 caps?

Fight club

19 March 2016; Jonathan Sexton, Ireland, is flipped in this tackled by Alex Dunbar, Scotland. RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship, Ireland v Scotland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: John Dickson/DICKSONDIGITAL

Alex Dunbar ended up in the sin bin after this tackle. John Dickson/DICKSONDIGITAL

There were a couple of mass brawls during the Ireland vs Scotland game as things got a little heated between the teams.

Hearing those Irish battle cries, seeing that mindless violence, watching as people in green shirts clashed with those in a darker uniform, it was like St Patrick’s Day in the Holylands all over again.

No brainer

Dylan Hartley will probably have to sit out a few games after being concussed during England’s Grand Slam victory in Paris. It will be a novelty for him having to spend some time on the sidelines due to an injury to his own head rather than the consequences of inflicting one on someone else’s head.


Dylan Hartley uses his head

It was feared during the game that Hartley might be brain dead… but then he got knocked out and the doctors noticed absolutely no change in brain activity.

Try and try again

There were some spectacular tries this weekend in the 6 Nations, the solo efforts from George North and Stuart Hogg caught the eye, while CJ Stander’s up-and-over dive will have had fans of the NFL out of the seats and whooping.

While Hogg has been given a lot of plaudits for his try, from an Irish point of view you have to call into question Rory Best and Mike Ross, who formed a guard of honour for the Scottish full back.

Best and Ross are statuesque as Hogg scores for Scotland

Best and Ross are statuesque as Hogg scores for Scotland

Try harder

There were also a few pretty dodgy tries during this, the last weekend of the 6 Nations. The most dubious one was Dan Cole’s ‘roly poly’ effort against France, while special mention must go to Devin Toner’s ‘felled tree’ finish against Scotland.

Dan Cole gets over the line against France

Dan Cole gets over the line against France

Devon Toner gets on the scoresheet against Scotland

Devin Toner gets on the scoresheet against Scotland

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