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The Stagcom 20th March Round Up

It might not have been the record breaking some were expecting, but it was still another classic in the world of sport - not forgetting it was St. Patrick's Day weekend too!

With that in mind, everyone's memory of the weekend may be a bit blurry, which is why we have a round-up of all the weekend's talking points.

No Record

England's hopes of a second successive Six Nations Grand Slam were crushed as Ireland won 13-9 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The defeat also meant that England's record equalling run of victories was not extended.

Buoyed by a loud St. Patrick's Day weekend bumper crowd, Ireland produced a display full of intensity and physicality, which England failed to deal with.

Ireland took the game to England from the off and were rewarded by scoring the only try of the match through Iain Henderson. It was an uncomfortable night for Eddie Jones' side and his first defeat in charge, but at least England had the consolation of winning the Six Nations.

Elsewhere, Scotland ended their Six Nations with a convincing 29-0 win over Italy at Murrayfield. It's the first time Scotland have won three games during the tournament since 2006 and was a fitting end to Vern Cotter's reign as Head Coach.

In the other match, France won a closely fought match with Wales 20-18 at the Stade de France. Defeat for Wales gave them a lowly finish of fifth; their worst since 2010.

Title Over

You can never say never in football, but the Premier League title race is all but over after Chelsea's last gasp win at Stoke on Saturday. Willian gave the visitors an early lead before a Jonathan Walters drew the match level. The game looked to be heading for a draw until Gary Cahill popped up with a late winner when the ball fell loose at a corner.

Spurs, who are Chelsea's closest rivals managed a win over Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Christian Eriksen fired in a low drive and then Dele Alli scored a penalty to put Spurs in the ascendency. James Ward-Prowse scored for the Saints, but Mauricio Pochettino's men held on.

The game of the weekend was at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday where Manchester City and Liverpool went toe-to-toe. In a pulsating match, James Milner gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, before Sergio Aguero levelled from Kevin de Bruyne's low cross.

Both sides could have, and maybe should have, had penalties as the game wore on. A point keeps both sides firmly in the race for the top-four.

Fabulous Federer

Roger Federer followed up his recent Australian Open win by beating fellow Swiss player Stan Wawrinka in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

World number 10 Federer comfortably won the first set 6-4, but was broken for the first time in the tournament at the start of the second. Federer still came through 7-5 in the end to claim his fifth title at Indian Wells!

Image credits: Sky Sports, Chelsea FC, Venatour, CNN

Back to articles Date Posted: Monday 20th March 2017 Author: George Crewe