Friday 24 October 2014

Five moments that shaped this year's Six Nations championship

Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

Brian O'Driscoll of Ireland celebrates with the trophy after winning the six nations championship with a 22-20 victory over France

The highlights of this year's championship.

1: Round 1

Gael Fickou, France v England

Having trailed 16-3 at one point, England came back to dominate and lead going down the home straight. The replacement's try, with the penultimate play of the game, took England out of the Grand Slam race on day one.

2: Round 2

Johnny Sexton's running kick to the Welsh corner

It confirmed for Wales that the home team were happy to pin them down and play pressure rugby. And it set up the position for Jamie Heaslip's try, the opener which defined the match.

3: Round 3

Referee Craig Joubert's ruling that England replacement Dave Attwood was present legally in an Irish maul within 10 metres of the try-line, in a three-point game

It kept England in the Championship. Simple as that.

4: Round 4

Yoann Huget's intercept try against Scotland

Their second jail break of the campaign, one that illustrated the bankruptcy of Scotland's attack and the jammyness of the French to be in the race and still jumping fences going to the last.

5: Round 5

With time almost up Dave Kearney gets enough pressure on Vincent Debaty to force the ball far enough forward for the TMO to pick it up. If he got the timing wrong then it was game over, and Ireland would have needed therapy to recover.

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