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Sunday, February 6, 2011

RBS 6 Nations: Week 1 Kicking

The first round of matches in the Six Nations Tournament are complete. The goal kickers played a big role as anticipated.

Stephen Jones 11 points (1 conversion & 3 penalty kicks)
James Hook 3 points (1 penalty kick)
"We badly need to get a victory. It's tough at the moment. We are a good side, we know that, and we have some great players. It's just about getting that win. Losing first up is a massive disappointment for us, there's no hiding that."
Toby Flood 13 points (2 conversions & 3 penalty kicks)
"It's an important win, but I don't want to get carried away with it, and I don't think we will. Like the win against Australia in the autumn, it's part of the process. To win in Wales, and win well, is hard. We controlled the game for the majority of the time, except for near the end when we gave away a silly try. Test match rugby is difficult. If you make a mistake it costs you. It's nice to come here and win, it's something to be proud of. Hopefully, this is a stepping stone to more success. There's a long way to go and it's important we use this as a catalyst for the rest of the tournament."
Jonny Wilkinson 3 points (1 penalty kick)

Mirco Bergamasco 6 points (2 penalty kicks)

Ronan O'Gara 3 points (1 drop kick)
"At that stage in the game you go at it and don't think too much, you just do your job. The ability to do that comes with experience. As a youngster you don't understand that. I was told that once but it's when you get in my position – and I've been lucky to steer the Ireland and Munster ship for 10 years – that you understand it.... Then someone like Jonny comes in and he's really good but to continue the analogy, when the ship hits choppy waters, you bring someone in. Jonny played well but I got backed to come on and try to win the game. It's important to have two fellas fighting it out because we can offer a lot going forward."
Jonathan Sexton 5 points (1 conversion & 1 penalty kick)

Dimitri Yachvili 7 points (2 conversions & 1 penalty kick)
Morgan Parra 4 points (2 conversions)
"Scotland is both an ideal adversary and also one that could lure us into a trap. It is a team which likes to play — something one rarely gets in the Six Nations — a team which has nothing to lose against France."
Francois Trinh-Duc 3 points (1 drop kick)

Dan Parks 6 points (3 conversions)
"It's a really great stadium to play in. The French people are going to get right behind their team. We're going to hopefully spoil that party - that's our plan, to go there and impose ourselves on the match. France are an exceptional team and we're going to have to be at our best to win the match."

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