Geraghty makes his mark
Shane Geraghty breaks clear of the France defence
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London Irish fly-half Shane Geraghty made an explosive start to his international career by inspiring England to a 26-18 win over France at Twickenham. A searing break set up a try for Mike Tindall, while he landed five points of his own with a penalty and conversion. "A sway of the hips took him past two blue-shirted opponents and sublime pace blew away a couple more," wrote The Guardian's Rob Kitson in his account of Geraghty's pivotal break. "For a split-second it seemed he might go all the way with the ghosts of Hancock and Prince Obelensky at his heels; instead, after almost 50 metres of breathless ambition, he threw an artful underarm offload which grazed [Mike] Catt's fingertips and deflected into the grateful hands of Mike Tindall, who plunged over. Not for at least a couple of decades has there been a more exhilarating long-distance English try at Twickenham."
Italy came agonisingly close to registering their first away win in the Six Nations when they drew 18-18 with Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Tries from Pablo Canavosio and Ezio Galon took Wales to the wire, with fly-half Stephen Jones and wing Mark Jones crossing to spare the home side's blushes.
Wales and Llanelli legend Albert Jenkins was born in Llanelli. Jenkins would go on to win 14 caps for Wales after returning from fighting in World War One for the 38th Welsh Regiment, and was part of the Llanelli side that defeated the All Blacks 3-0 in 1926. A centre, Jenkins made his Wales debut against England in 1920. His finest hour in a Wales shirt came against Ireland in the 1920 Five Nations, when he scored a try and had a hand in three others for Bryn Williams as Wales downed the Irish 28-4 and topped the table. Jenkins died in Llanelli in 1953, aged 58.
An 18-year-old James Simpson-Daniel scored a second-half try to set Gloucester on their way to a 5-17 win over Rotherham, while Leicester Tigers took a stranglehold on the Premiership with a 12-9 victory over second-placed Northampton at Franklin's Gardens, Tim Stimpson's boot proving to be the difference.
Scotland defeated England 5-0 at Blackheath in the last game between the sides of the 19th century. A try from halfback John Gillespie and a conversion from William Thomson were enough to disappoint the 25,000 spectators amassed at the Rectory Field.
Wales defeated Ireland 2-0 at Stradey Park in Llanelli thanks to a try from centre Bert Gould, Wales went on to win the Home Nations championship with a clean sweep of victories.