Six Nations: what we learned from a wet and wild second weekend

The tension between Gregor Townsend and Finn Russell has escalated, Italy’s status is under threat and a drink after the match could be just the thing to cool tempersCoaches talk about winning the collisions as a prerequisite to victory and Saturday showed why. Ireland controlled the gainline against Wales in defence and attack, although their one disappointment would have been giving away the greater number of penalties against opponents who were on the back foot. Ireland contested the breakdown where Wales missed Josh Navidi. CJ Stander has made his reputation as a strong ball-carrier, but h…

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