Weekend Sporting Action - Harry Kane and Chris Robshaw

A fantastic weekend of sporting action

What a stunning weekend of sport.

From Twickenham to White Hart Lane it was a case of brilliant entertainment, outstanding displays of ability, thrilling attacking … and of course much controversy.

Not even a Barcelona-Real Madrid Clasico could match what England had to offer.

Where else in the world could you get a 70,000-plus crowd watching Walsall v Bristol City at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final?

Absolutely amazing.

Whether you were in the stands, enjoying official VIP corporate hospitality or simply watching on the goggle box, this was riveting stuff.

We have to start at Twickenham and heartache for England.

After thumping big wins for Wales and Ireland over Italy and Scotland, England knew they had to beat the French by 26 points to claim the championship.

They failed by a single try to reach their target, winning 55-35.

Lots of if, buts and maybes, but a wonderfully courageous performance was not quite good enough and England have work to do if they are to challenge New Zealand and South Africa for World Cup glory in the autumn.

The French played their part in a marvellous game but should never been allowed to notch such an impressive points total.

Such was the England margin they would normally be in dreamland over such a victory … but not this time.

Yet it just shows what can be achieved when points need to be piled up and coaches take the shackles off, with safety first rugby cast aside.

Wales beating Italy 61-20 in Rome was some result – scintillating tries, some the length of the pitch from their own goal line.

The Irish blowing away Scotland 40-10 at Murrayfield in another top contest.

All in all it was the greatest rugby theatre for many a year.

Somehow the authorities need to sit back, study the three matches and work out how that level of performance can be enticed out of teams on a more regular basis.

Tottenham got a whiff of the rugby excitement and went partying themselves with a 4-3 victory over Leicester, Harry Kane netting a hat-trick.

We can celebrate two Englishmen being in the top six Premier League scorers – Kane on 19 and Charlie Austin on 15.

Arsenal won away at Newcastle 2-1, Chelsea beat Hull 3-2 away and Manchester City made short work of West Bromwich 3-0.

Liverpool v Manchester United at Anfield was the highlight, finishing 1-2.

United have finally clicked at just the right time – played really well against Spurs the previous week and carried it into the Liverpool game.

A revival led by two David Moyes signings, Mata and Fellaini.

Two goals from Mata, the second absolute sublime.

Now it is very much pole position for United in the race for the final Champions League place for next season.

Meanwhile hard luck Walsall – beaten 2-0. A brave showing.

What was your favourite moment from the weekends sporting action?