The Weekend That Was 19th-20th March

The Weekend That Was – Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th March 2016

Rugby

England win the Six Nations & The Grand Slam

England finished off the Six Nations in style by completing their first Grand Slam since 2003 by beating France 31 – 21 in Paris. They remained unbeaten for the tournament, giving new coach Eddie Jones a dream start to life in his new job. Following their dismal World Cup performance last year, England bounced back in style with Jones now targeting world rugby domination.

Formula 1

Rosberg wins down under after Alonso crashes out 

Nico Rosberg won the Formula 1 season opening Australian Grand Prix after a strategy error from Ferrari handed the race victory to Mercedes.

A stoppage was caused by a huge accident for Fernando Alonso who hit the rear of Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas. After being fired into the barrier, the McLaren car dug into the gravel, sending the Spaniard’s barrel rolling. Fortunately Alonso was able to climb out of the car unaided and walked away.

Frustration then hit Ferrari as they lost Kimi Raikkonen’s car to retirement shortly after the restart with flames licking out of the SF16-H’s airbox.

Vettel caught the second-placed Hamilton with a couple of laps remaining but slipped off the track as he challenged the world champion for position. Leaving Rosberg to ease to victory and Hamilton to take second.

Football

Rashford wins the Manchester Derby, ending City’s title’s hopes as Leicester close in despite maintained pressure from Tottenham.

Marcus Rashford scored his fifth goal in eight games for Manchester United as they beat Manchester City 0-1 at the Etihad Stadium. The 18 year old striker, making his derby debut, is the youngest player to score in the Manchester derby in the Premier League era. The win moves United level on points with West Ham, who are now both just a single point behind City who are in forth place.

Leicester continued their unlikely march to the Premier League title with a 1-0 away win at Crystal Palace, Ryhad Mahrez with the only goal of the game. Meanwhile Tottenham kept the pressure on Leicester with a 3-0 home win against Bournemouth and Arsenal got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win at Everton.

At the bottom of the Premier League, there were wins for Norwich and Swansea, whilst Newcastle and Sunderland drew 1-1 in the tyne wear derby, which was also Rafael Benitez’s first home game as Newcastle manager. The result leaves both sides in the relegation zone, Sunderland two points from safety and Newcastle three points from safety.

Cricket

India finally win and South Africa bounce back in the T-20 World Cup

India maintained their unbeaten record against Pakistan in 50-over World Cups and World T20s with a six-wicket win over their arch rivals in Kolkata.Virat Kohli struck an unbeaten half-century to keep India’s World Twenty20 hopes alive. After a shock defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their opening match, when they failed to chase 127 in Nagpur, the hosts kick-started their campaign by comfortably reeling in a victory target of 119 in a game reduced to 18 overs a side by rain.

South Africa recovered from the shock of their England defeat with a 37-run win over Afghanistan. Faf du Plessis’ side secured their first success of the tournament as AB de Villiers’ 29-ball 64 helped them to 209-5, a total that proved more than sufficient as the Afghans were all out for 172 with one delivery unused.

Motor Sport

74th Members Meeting, Goodwood

Tactic Counsel had a fabulous day at Goodwood on Saturday and ended up on the winning team, Methuen House winning in the final points tally, a long way clear of Torbolton, Aubigny and Darnley.

There was some great racing with some fantastic cars on show from Rovers and Capris to Ferraris and Porsches.

Fastest lap of the weekend was Frank Stippler in a Ford GT40 who clocked a very impressive 1min 21.607 secs.

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