Gerry Thornley: November gives way for intriguing Six Nations
Scotland’s arguably made the most impressive strides of all during the autumn internationals
Scotland’s Byron McGuigan scores a try against Australia at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters
That sets up the Six Nations pretty nicely. For the four home countries especially, November marked a month of progress. True, in a dozen matches between teams from the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship, the former had five wins to the latter’s seven, but extract Italy’s defeats and New Zealand’s wins, and the tally was 5-2.
Like New Zealand, Ireland and England came through the month unbeaten, the Scots finished it off with that eye-catching, record rout of the Wallabies, and like the latter three Wales unearthed several more players at this level while evolving their style.