Mauro Bergamasco discusses his Tissot #TopMoments from Round Four

Round Four of the Guinness Six Nations narrowed the pool of potential winners to three with Wales still in control as they go for the Grand Slam next week.

Round Four of the Guinness Six Nations narrowed the pool of potential winners to three with Wales still in control as they go for the Grand Slam next week.

Warren Gatland’s side made it four from four with a hard-fought win over Scotland at BT Murrayfield to set up a tantalising clash with Ireland in Cardiff.

Later on Saturday England secured a bonus-point win over Italy, to stay just one point behind the Welsh with a round to go.

Then finally on Sunday it was Ireland who kept their Championship dreams alive as they earned all five points in victory over France in Dublin.


Tissot, the official timekeeper of the Guinness Six Nations, has invited some rugby experts and legends to share their views on the games and the teams throughout the Championship.

For Round Four, it is former Italy flanker Mauro Bergamasco who cast his eye over the action, picking out a Top Moment for each game.

Wales were able to take control of the game physically and with their ability to threaten on the counter. Scotland pushed hard but that defensive press was enough to come away with the victory on the road.

The standout moment for me was the second Welsh try, scored by Jonathan Davies. It was the turning point and swung the game in favour of the Welsh.

It’s always difficult against England, especially this side which has surprised everyone in the Guinness Six Nations. Before the Championship everyone was expecting Ireland to be the team to beat but England hit form very quickly.

I think they might be the most in-form team in the Championship, along with Wales of course. Italy are evolving, but more slowly than the rest who are able to play at a greater rhythm. Still, there were two tries that are more than just pride.

They showed savoir-faire, scoring after long passages. The second one, in particular, showed how if you have the plan in place, after a while you can create space out wide.

England won because they imposed themselves physically and were able to adapt to every situation. They also took advantage of any errors by Italy.

Still, for their two tries, Italy showed that they can be dangerous but they have to do that for 80 minutes. That’s the difference between the two sides.

If you looked at the Ireland game against Italy in Round Three, they were never completely comfortable.

Comparing that with what happened in Dublin, Ireland have now had four rounds to iron out those little details and those details make the difference against France, who are still searching for a balance within their squad.

Johnny Sexton, I thought was excellent and helped Ireland rediscover what had been lacking in the first few games. He has that starting jersey because he is capable of imposing a rhythm and a gameplan as a playmaker.

Against France we saw the Sexton that Ireland need, who is capable of spotting the opposition mistakes and taking advantage to put them under pressure.

France struggled to cope against a player of that calibre and a team playing that well.

Top Moment 1: Jonathan Davies goes over after half an hour to give Wales a nine-point lead against Scotland and help them make it four wins from four.

Top Moment 2: Luca Morisi crosses in the second half for Italy after some patient build-up where the Azzurri showed they showed they can create space out wide by going through the phases.

Top Moment 3: Johnny Sexton gets back to his best and scores a trademark try on the wraparound after half an hour to double Ireland’s lead against France.