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franceFRANCE 19 - 24 WALESwales

Stade de France - Friday 01 February 2019
KO: 21:00 HT: 16-0 Att: 55,439


All matches
Played: 97
France won: 45
Wales won: 51
Drawn: 3



France v Wales Just over half an hour to go until kick-off and atmosphere in the Stade de France is building nicely for the first game of this year's Six Nations
France v Wales Tonight's officials...Referee: Wayne Barnes (England), AR : Matthew Carley (England), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand) TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)
France 0-0 Wales Ken Owens becomes Wales' most capped Hooker, whilst Morgan Parra will become the joint most capped Scrum Half for France
France 0-0 Wales The teams are out and ready to line up for the anthems

France 0-0 Wales 1m Gareth Anscombe gets things underway in rainy Paris and finds Picamoles, but Wales reclaim and look to attack
France 0-0 Wales 2m Wales are pinged for not being on their feet offering the hosts an attacking line-out as they kick for field position
France 0-0 Wales 3m We have our first scrum and despite the enormous weight advantage, Wales secure a penalty as France are pinged for collapsing
France 5-0 Wales 6m The hosts are on the attack deep in the Welsh 22, Hadleigh Parkes puts in an important tackle but Picamoles powers his way over for the first try of the evening
France 5-0 Wales 7m Parra's conversion attempt is wide and we're back for the re-start
France 5-0 Wales 8m It seems the French are targeting Tomos Williams at Scrum Half, enforcing an error. Wales are penalised for being off their feet and Parra opts for the posts
France 5-0 Wales 11m It's two misses from two for Morgan Parra as despite having the distance, he's off target
France 5-0 Wales 14m Wales secure a penalty, Anscombe opts for the posts despite the distance and like Parra, his attempt is wide
France 5-0 Wales 16m The hosts are on the attack but Josh Navidi turns over to set up a Welsh attack, it's great handling from Wales before Liam Williams cuts back inside, ignores the supporting runners and dives over for the try
France 5-0 Wales 17m Barnes awards the try, but just as Anscombe is about the attempt the conversion the crowd are influential as we go to the TMO who deems Williams lost control as he was grounding, so no try
France 5-0 Wales 20m From right on the French try line play is right back in the Welsh 22 as the hosts attack. Liam Williams wins the aerial battle, calls the mark but France continue testing the Welsh defence
France 10-0 Wales 23m A beautiful pass from Iturria finds Yoann Huget who dives over in the corner, and there's nothing that George North can do to stop him. Again, Parra is unable to add the extras
France 10-0 Wales 27m Wales get the opportunity to get points on the board through the boot of Anscombe, but the kicking nightmare continues as he's off-target with his relatively easy penalty attempt
France 10-0 Wales 29m As the rain teems down, the errors continue to creep into the Welsh game. Penaud puts up a superb kick forcing Tomos Williams to carry the ball over the try line and it's a scrum v for the hosts
France 10-0 Wales 32m Solid scrum from Wales, but they're pinged for off-side and Camille Lopez steps up for the easiest kick of the night!
France 13-0 Wales 33m The kicking duck is finally broken as Lopez's kick sails through the posts. From the restart another handling error from the visitors offer the French a chance to attack
France 13-0 Wales 36m The Welsh errors continue...losing a line-out in the French half. The French attack, secure a penalty in the Welsh 22 and opt to kick for the corner
France 13-0 Wales 38m The French drive forward off the line-out but a huge effort from the Welsh forwards see them secure the put-in at the scrum
France 13-0 Wales 39m The hosts are pinged for driving early, offering the Welsh a free kick
France 16-0 Wales 40m Anscombe deliberately keeps ball in play, offering France the chance to counter-attack. As the half draws to a close, Lopez extends their lead with a well struck drop goal

France v Wales HT Six Nations 2019France 16-0 Wales HT T: Picamoles, Huget P: Lopez DG: Lopez | -

France 16-0 Wales 40m The teams are back out for the second half. Wales really need to cut out the errors whilst the French just need to carry on doing what they're doing!
France 16-0 Wales 41m The Welsh pack try to get the ball into the French half, Tomos Williams forces an error from the French and Wales secure a scrum near halfway
France 16-0 Wales 43m Another handling error from the men in red and it's a French put-in at the scrum
France 16-0 Wales 44m It's scrappy but the French get the ball away, offering Josh Adams the chance to counter, the visitors are still in possession as they inch towards the French 22
France 16-7 Wales 44m Wales are finally on the scoreboard! Josh Adams breaks before offloading to Tomos Williams who dives over the whitewash. Anscombe adds the extras
France 16-7 Wales 48m Adam Beard is replaced by Cory Hill for Wales, Demba Bamba comes on for Uini Atonio
France 16-14 Wales 52m Wales secure a penalty at the scrum, Barnes plays advantage as Anscombe kicks ahead, Huget can't gather and George North is on hand to score Wales' second try! Anscombe adds the conversion and it's game on!
France 16-14 Wales 53m Wales ring in the changes at half back with Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar replacing Tomos Williams and Gareth Anscombe
France 16-14 Wales It's all Wales now - Jon Davies breaks before Ross Moriarty crashes over, but the try is disallowed for an infringement on Picamoles - a very harsh decision!
France 16-14 Wales 58m Both sides bring on the replacements, including Samson Lee on for Tomas Francis and Baptiste Serin replacing Morgan Parra. France secure a penalty, but Lopez is wide with his effort
France 16-17 Wales 62m Wales take the lead for the first time as 'Land of My Fathers' rings out in the Stade de France. Replacement Dan Biggar kicks the penalty to put the visitors ahead by a point
France 16-17 Wales 65m France turn the ball over and are on the attack as Wales have Liam Williams down injured. In contrast to the first half, the errors are creeping into the French game and it's scrum time again
France 16-17 Wales 66m Anscombe is forced to return to the pitch as Liam Williams leaves with blood dripping down his face. The visitors set up and attack, keeping the ball tight before kicking forward and knocking the ball on
France 16-17 Wales 67m It's dramatic stuff as Lopez looks to add a second Drop Goal but Wales charge it down, the hosts counter attack but spill the ball forward and it's a Wales scrum
France 19-17 Wales 69m Despite the weight advantage, France secure their first penalty at the scrum. Up steps Lopez who slots over the simple kick right in front of the posts, and France are ahead once more
France 19-22 Wales 71m Ntamack is left with his hands in his head as George North intercepts and there's no stopping him as he charges towards the try line before diving in under the posts
France 19-24 Wales 73m Biggar adds the extras as Wales use up their bench with Elliott Dee and Wyn Jones replacing Ken Owens and Rob Evans in the front row
France 19-24 Wales 76m France work through the phases but don't make any ground as the Welsh defence holds firm
France 19-24 Wales 77m The French have a superb opportunity to snatch the victory at the death. They kick for the corner following a penalty and again work through the phases, but effective defence from Wales and the hosts knock on
France 19-24 Wales 79m Wales are rewarded the scrum penalty, the French aren't happy so we have some handbags, but Biggar kicks for touch and it's a Welsh line-out
France 19-24 Wales 80m Wales can't secure the line-out and France have one last opportunity. Wyn Jones puts in a huge tackle, but the ball remains in play
France 19-24 Wales 80+1 France are still in possession as George North is named man of the match. The ball eventually goes loose and Gareth Davies kicks it off the park.

France v Wales FT Six Nations 2019

france15 Maxime Médard 14 Damian Penaud 13 Wesley Fofana 12 Romain Ntamack 11 Yoann Huget 10 Camille Lopez 9 Morgan Parra 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Uini Atonio 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina 5 Paul Willemse 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Arthur Iturria 8 Louis Picamoles Montpellier BENCH: 16 Julien Marchand 17 Dany Priso 18 Demba Bamba Ca 19 Felix Lambey 20 Gregory Alldritt 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Gaël Fickou 23 Geoffrey Doumayrou

SCORERS T: Picamoles, Huget P: Lopez DG: Lopez

wales15 Liam Williams 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Josh Adams 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Tomos Williams 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Adam Beard 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Josh Navidi 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Wyn Jones 18 Samson Lee 19 Cory Hill 20 Aaron Wainwright 21 Gareth Davies 22 Dan Biggar 23 Owen Watkin

SCORERS T: Tomos Williams, North (2) C: Anscombe (2), Biggar P: Biggar

Man of the Match: George North (Wales)

Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Brendon Pickerill TMO: Rowan Kitt




scotlandSCOTLAND 33 - 20 ITALYitaly

BT Murrayfield - Saturday 02 February 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: 12-3 Att: 67,144


All matches
Played: 30
Scotland won: 22
Italy won: 8
Drawn: 0



Scotland 0-0 Italy Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Mathieu Raynal and Shuhei Kubo TMO: Simon McDowell
Scotland 0-0 Italy CHANGE: Tito Tebaldi has pulled out of the Italian squad, Guglielmo Palazzani will move from the bench to scrum-half; Tommaso Benvenuti comes onto the bench
Scotland 0-0 Italy It is time for the anthems…
Scotland 0-0 Italy Italy will kick off the first of today's games.


Scotland 0-0 Italy 1m Scotland field the kick-off and look to carry out of their 22, after two phases Russell kicks. Hogg gathers and chips further ahead. Italy gain possession and attack from their own 22.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 2m With possession, Italy kick before Ryan Wilson carries to just shy of half-way. Play slows inside the Italy half before a chip by Laidlaw sends the ball to within five metres of the try-line
Scotland 0-0 Italy 3m An Italy hand gives Scotland the line-out, the home side secure the ball and look to maul. Scotland barrel over the line but referee Luke Pearce goes to the TMO.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 4m The decision is a double movement, no try. Penalty to Italy, who clear through Allan to the 10m line
Scotland 0-0 Italy 5m Italy secure the ball and look to attack through the midfield, Palazzani kicks before the ball is returned to Italy. The late replacement, Palazzani kicks the ball straight into touch.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 6m From first-phase line out ball, Scotland carve through the defence via Blair Kinghorn. He is stopped just shy of the line and Scotland now attack through pods of forwards.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 7m Some lateral movement leads to Scotland going wide, the Italian defence holds strong and Tommaso Allan secures the penalty for the away side.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 9m Italy box-kick and Kinghorn gathers before Russell sends a little kick over the defence, Italy gather, kick and then strip the ball. Italy penalty for a Scotland high tackle
Scotland 0-3 Italy 10m Jamie Richie's high tackle leads to the first points of the game - Tommaso Allan dissecting the posts
Scotland 0-3 Italy 11m Scotland regather their kick-off and attack inside the Italy half. Good covering defence halts any attack and Italy have possession.
Scotland 5-3 Italy 12m A first-phase play gives Russell with the ball, a perfect kick lands into Kinghorn's hands - who scores in the corner. Laidlaw is unsuccessful with the conversion
Scotland 5-3 Italy 14m Italy have possession as Scotland kick from gathering the restart. Italy attack and are into the Scotland half as Sam Skinner is replaced by Josh Strauss for the home side
Scotland 5-3 Italy 16m A Tommy Seymour knock on looked to be deliberate but he gets away with it, Italy will have the first scrum of the game on the Scotland 10m line
Scotland 5-3 Italy 17m The scrum is reset, the away side somewhat struggling with the lack of Italian flowing from Luke Pearce's mouth - he should really learn some key phrases
Scotland 5-3 Italy 18m Italy get the free kick from the Scrum and choose to scrummage once more
Scotland 5-3 Italy 19m The away side engage early and Scotland get the free kick, a low kick provides Italy with the ball, they return the ball through the air and Scotland attack on half-way
Scotland 5-3 Italy 20m Scotland have a half-way line out, they take it quickly before kicking into the Italian 5m zone. Sergio Parisse saves Italy with a strong carry but a knock on on the 5m line gives Scotland a scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 21m The scrum is won by Scotland, Laidlaw switches the play and the home side pass through the hands, Hogg provides Kinghorn with the ball who scores in the corner - his second of the match. Laidlaw kick is good
Scotland 12-3 Italy 24m Italy field a box-kick but are turned over at the ruck. Russell kicks into space before Italy attack from their 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 25m The ball goes into touch just shy of half-way, after a clearance kick - Scotland win the line out and look to attack
Scotland 12-3 Italy 25m Scotland knock the ball on in open play and Italy will have the scrum put-in
Scotland 12-3 Italy 26m Scotland secure the penalty against the head for a front row collapse. Tommaso Allan goes off for a HIA, Ian McKinley comes on. In the meantime, Scotland kick to the corner
Scotland 12-3 Italy 28m From the line out, Scotland maul but the Italian defence earns a scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 29m Italy secure the penalty and clear to half-way
Scotland 12-3 Italy 30m The line out is secured but McKinley knocks the ball on, Scotland look to attack inside the opposition half
Scotland 12-3 Italy 31m A simple ball movement to the wings is wasted as the ball is knocked on into touch, Italy choose the line out over the scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 32m The ball is secured and kicked, Scotland look to attack through the midfield. The ball is then sent wide before Russell kicks. Italy now attack from deep
Scotland 12-3 Italy 33m The away side make no ground and therefore kick through McKinley, Scotland will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 34m Scotland knock on (again) in open play (again) and Italy will have the scrum (again)
Scotland 12-3 Italy 35m Another scrum reset, this time the ball comes out and Italy look to make some ground
Scotland 12-3 Italy 36m Just shy of half-way, Italy box-kick and Scotland now attack in the middle third
Scotland 12-3 Italy 36m A beautiful kick from Jayden Hayward puts the ball just 10m out from the Scotland line. The home side will have the throw as the Allan/McKinley HIA replacement is reversed
Scotland 12-3 Italy 37m Scotland secure possession...just... and box-kick through Laidlaw, Italy will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 38m Scotland secure the penalty as Italy dive in off of their feet, the lone piper is into his 38th minute of playing, 👏👏
Scotland 12-3 Italy 39m Scotland secure their penalty line out on the 22, they attack inside the red zone.
Scotland 12-3 Italy 40m The ball is turned over by the supreme Parisse, Italy clear and will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 40+1m Italy secure the line out but the ball is carried into touch... HT

Scotland v Italy HT Six Nations 2019Scotland 12-3 Italy HT T: Kinghorn (2) C: Laidlaw | P: Allan

Scotland 12-3 Italy 41m Both Italy and Scotland are out for the second half and it will be the home side who kick off this second 40
Scotland 12-3 Italy 41m The Azzurri gather the ball through David Sisi clear through Allan, Scotland have the ball as Stuart Hogg carries into the Italian 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 42m A grubber kick is gathered by the away side and Italy clear following some phase-play but the ball is touched and Scotland have possession inside the Italian 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 43m The forwards are doing the graft at the moment, eight phases
Scotland 12-3 Italy 44m An offload off the floor by Ryan Wilson is forward Italy get the scrum but there is a TMO for illegal rucking
Scotland 12-3 Italy 44m Stuart McInally dangerously clears Dean Budd while the Italian second-row isn't part of the ruck...Italian penalty
Scotland 12-3 Italy 45m From the line out on half-way, Italy secure and drive into the Scottish halibut the ball ends up in touch, Scotland line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 46m The line out is secured by Ben Toolis and Scotland carry behind half-way, Russell kicks deep into opposition territory and Italy clear to Huw Jones
Scotland 12-3 Italy 47m Some pressure after kicking tennis gives Scotland the ball just outside of the Italian 22
Scotland 17-3 Italy 47m A beautiful first-phase sees Tommy Seymour cut through the defence, after two phases the ball is grubbed and Hogg touches down to score - Pearce confident of decision but it is checked as the con is lined up.
Scotland 19-3 Italy 49m Laidlaw is successful with the conversion
Scotland 19-3 Italy 50m Tommaso Castello is replaced by Edoardo Padovani for the away side as Palazzani breaks through the ruck, he is tackled within two metres of the line. Ref says forward, it wasn't..Scotland somehow have line out
Scotland 19-3 Italy 51m Simon Berghan replaces Willem Nel as Scotland secure the free kick from the scrum, they kick and clear. Italy attack but the ball is stolen, Hogg kicks and the mark is called
Scotland 19-3 Italy 52m Andrea Lovotti and Dean Budd are replaced by Cherif Traore and Jimmy Tuivaiti as Italy look to carry out of their 22
Scotland 19-3 Italy 53m Scotland have a line out after an Italian clearance, the home side look to find a gap inside the Italian defensive line
Scotland 26-3 Italy 54m Strong carrying from Strauss helps Scotland's attacking play, Jamie Richie breaks through the defence, offloads to Laidlaw who ships it to Kinghorn - the winger dummies, steps and then scores. Hat-trick.
Scotland 26-3 Italy 56m Laidlaw successful with conversion - Scotland earn bonus point
Scotland 26-3 Italy 58m Italy look to carry inside the Scottish half and are into the 22, ten phases up
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m Scotland will have the scrum as Chris Harris, Ali Price and Jamie Bhatti come on for Huw Jones, Greig Laidlaw and Allan Dell
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m The scrum is secured and the home side kick through Hogg but knock it on, Italy look to carry but knock on, scrum for Italy.
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m Luca Bigi and Jimmy Tuivaiti come on for Leonardo Ghiraldini and Sebastian Negri. Tuvalu came on earlier according to rep sheet, obviously he didn't... apologies
Scotland 26-3 Italy 61m Scotland secure the scrum after a free kick, they carry into the Scottish half before Price kicks the ball into touch around the 22 line
Scotland 31-3 Italy 61m Italy secure the throw and carry before Palazzani kicks to Kinghorn, Hogg cuts through the defence and offloads to Toolis, the next phase sees the ball given to Chris Harris four metres out and he crosses.
Scotland 33-3 Italy 63m Finn Russell is successful with the conversion
Scotland 33-3 Italy 64m Jake Kerr replaces Stuart McInally as Italy spread the ball wide and charge into the Scottish 22
Scotland 33-3 Italy 64m Tiziano Pasquali is on for Simone Ferrari as Italy continue to pressure the Scottish line, they are caught at ruck time however and concede the turnover penalty
Scotland 33-3 Italy 66m The Scotland line out is secured by Italy and the men in blue look to find space
Scotland 33-3 Italy 67m The away side continue to attack, seven phases of play
Scotland 33-3 Italy 67m Italy secure the penalty advantage, Scotland off feet - nothing comes from the free play and Italy kick to the corner
Scotland 33-3 Italy 68m The line out inside the 22 is secured by Italy and they drive to within 10, obvious foul mauling by Scotland should see Toolis with a yellow but it is just a penalty, to the corner again
Scotland 33-3 Italy 69m Again the line out is secured and again the Italians drive, and again the Scotland side conceded a warning from Luke Pearce
Scotland 33-10 Italy 71m Another penalty and Scotland will get a yellow card - Simon Berghan has finished for today, Italy go quickly before Palazzani dives over from a close ruck. Allan conversion successful
Scotland 33-10 Italy 72m Tommaso Allan is replaced by Ian McKinley and Ryan Wilson is replaced by Gary Graham as Hogg cuts through the defence again and goes over from long range - referee calls crossing instantly
Scotland 33-10 Italy 74m A lesson for the other four nations Scotland will play... do not kick the ball to Stuart Hogg
Scotland 33-10 Italy 75m Italy attack into the Scottish half and the away side are deep inside the 22
Scotland 33-15 Italy 76m A quick Palazzani ball goes to Federico Ruzza, he gets his hands free and offloads to Padovani who scores. McKinley is unsuccessful with the conversion
Scotland 33-15 Italy 77m Finn Russell is replaced by Adam Hastings as Italy carry out of their 22
Scotland 33-15 Italy 78m Up to half-way, Italy continue to move forward - Parisse plays scrum-half (of course he does) as Italy attack fragments
Scotland 33-20 Italy 79m The away side ship the ball to the left wing, Michele Campagnaro and a simple two-on-one from half way provides Angelo Esposito with a try (5m conversion missed by the try-scorer)
Scotland 33-20 Italy 80m Italy again attack as Tommaso Benvenuti replaces Palazzani but concede the penalty. The ball goes dead and that is the game finished.

Scotland v Italy FT Six Nations 2019

scotland15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Sam Johnson* 11 Blair Kinghorn 10 Finn Russell 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Allan Dell 2 Stuart McInally 3 Willem Nel 4 Ben Toolis 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Sam Skinner 7 Jamie Ritchie 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Jake Kerr* 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Simon Berghan 19 Gary Graham* 20 Josh Strauss 21 Ali Price 22 Adam Hastings 23 Chris Harris

SCORERS T: Kinghorn (3), Hogg, Harris C: Laidlaw (3), Russell Yellow Card Berghan

italy15 Jayden Hayward 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Luca Morisi 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Michele Campagnaro 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) 7 Abraham Steyn 6 Sebastian Negri 5 Dean Budd 4 David Sisi* 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore’ 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Jimmy Tuivaiti 21 Tommaso Benvenuti 22 Ian McKinley 23 Edoardo Padovani

SCORERS T: Palazzani, Padovani, Esposito C: Allan P: Allan

Man of the Match: Blair Kinghorn (Scotland)

Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Matthieu Raynal, Shuhei Kubo TMO: Simon McDowell




IrelandIRELAND 20 - 32 ENGLANDengland

Aviva Stadium - Saturday 02 February 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: 10-17 Att: 51,700


All matches
Played: 134
Ireland won: 49
England won: 77
Drawn: 8



Ireland v England The teams are lined up on the pitch, but it's time for the Irish shenanigans of the Presidential salute and hand-shaking before we can get to the three anthems before KO...
Ireland v England Captain Owen Farrell is introducing the little leprechaun to his team, but his face says it all...he just wants to get on with the rugby!
Ireland v England Three anthems done. Cannons explode. We're almost ready for KO...
Ireland v England Today's officials: Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Glenn Newman

Ireland 0-0 England 0m Faz kicks off the match finally, and both teams have everything to play for, though Ireland are clearly the favourites...
Ireland 0-0 England 1m England begin as they mean to go on, bulldozing their way into the Irish 22 using all the truck-sized forwards...
Ireland 0-5 England 2m ...a superb pass comes from Faz and it goes into the electric hands of Jonny May who charges along touch to score in the corner
Ireland 0-7 England 3m The conversion is a difficult one from the touchline, but Faz executes it with aplomb and it's 7-up to the visitors very early on
Ireland 0-7 England 5m The restart isn't so clever for the Irish and in no time, England are quickly back at halfway and up to the Irish 10m in no time
Ireland 0-7 England 7m The homeside put a stop to this England chariot firmly with a good turnover, and a penalty comes for Johnny Sexton to clear from just outside his own 22
Ireland 0-7 England 8m Rory Best preps to throw into a midfield lineout, executing well and they're up to the England 10m but being forced backwards
Ireland 0-7 England 9m A chip comes from the English side, the ball bounces by a whisper on touch, giving the Irish possession again deep in the England half
Ireland 0-7 England 10m A penalty comes for the Irish, May preventing a try, and likely conceding only 3 points instead to the boot of Sexton
Ireland 3-7 England 11m Of course Sexton won't miss from in front of the posts, as long as he's in the advantageous half, and Ireland are on the board...
Ireland 3-7 England 13m A lineout comes for Ireland, but Maro Itoje has other ideas and disrupts the play for the homeside...
Ireland 3-7 England 13m ...but a little further back for Keith Earls who goes to clear the ball, Tom Curry, on his #6Ns debut, is sent to the naughty step for a late tackle led by his shoulder. Harsh.
Ireland 3-7 England 14m But as long as Ref Garcès is consistent in dishing the penalties, everyone now knows which way the wind is blowing
Ireland 3-7 England 15m Advantage being played for England, and Ref calls it - time for the first scrum but not until the waterboys have come on with messages from the coaches no doubt...
Ireland 3-7 England 16m Good defensive scrum for England and Ben Youngs chips it ahead over halfway for Robbie Henshaw to collect and push England back up to the midfield...
Ireland 3-7 England 17m Josh van der Flier knocks on, England have a lineout on halfway and the setpiece is good, Conor Murray blocks May from playing but Ref Garcès gives the penalty to the Irish
Ireland 3-7 England 19m Faz has a word with Ref about the Irish blocking which was obviously pointed out in the ref meeting yesterday - Garcès isn't fussed; Best starts arguing with the Ref next.
Ireland 3-7 England 20m Midfield lineout for Ireland which has them deep in the England 22 after May misses a ball-capture...
Ireland 3-7 England 21m ...Garry Ringrose is almost all over the ball, but England affect a turnover and they clear the Irish back up to halfway
Ireland 3-7 England 22m Well, if you were hoping for a gentle walk in the park this afternoon in Dublin, it's not happening! This is fierce rugby and England are marshalling being a man-down really quite well - 10 seconds to go...
Ireland 3-7 England 24m Curry is back on after England are pinged for offside in preparation for an Irish attacking lineout after Best opts to have the ball kicked to the corner
Ireland 8-7 England 25m Too many Englishmen commit to defending the lineout and the Irish take advantage by going slightly wide and Cian Healy finds the whitewash to score
Ireland 10-7 England 26m At 14 men, England don't concede a point; back up to the full complement and they leech 7 points immediately with Sexton's conversion!
Ireland 10-7 England 28m Restart has Henry Slade cross the Irish 10m and despite Tadgh Furlong's best efforts to stop him from getting to the ground, Slade continues his good work, ending with an England lineout on the Irish 22
Ireland 10-12 England 30m Some fascinating jiggery pokery from the England leadership, the lineout is good, Elliot Daly chips ahead, Jack Nowell on his flank and Daly reaches it to score before Ireland can disrupt the score
Ireland 10-14 England 31m Faz adds the extras and  the visitors are back in front on the board
Ireland 10-14 England 33m May is just everywhere today, as is fiery new backrower(!) Nowell, and the restart has England just outside the Irish 22 rather than the Irish in England's...
Ireland 10-14 England 34m Ireland respond very well and turnover possession to move play away from the danger area and England back up to halfway...
Ireland 10-14 England 35m The players are audibly blowing hard already and eventually a much needed break arrives with the ref's whistle...
Ireland 10-14 England 36m It's an England 10m attacking lineout and the ball heads to the goal line but may can't reach it before Henshaw gathers it up and saves a try
Ireland 10-14 England 37m But Murray's clear doesn't find touch; excellent hands from England and they're right back in the Irish 22 but the ball goes wide out to Nowell and he's bundled into touch
Ireland 10-14 England 38m Best wants to take a quick lineout; Ref's not having any of it. 5m defensive short lineout for Ireland and they are pinged for not straight - England attacking 5m scrum looms...
Ireland 10-14 England 39m Strong scrum but ball comes out and goes to Nowell out wide - he is swamped with green shirts to prevent the try and England are forced to play on and recycle towards the far touch from the nearside...
Ireland 10-14 England 40m A huge effort from England and Mako Vunipola drives over the whitewash and George Kruis is elated at the try; but...
Ireland 10-14 England 40m ...Garcès decides he can't award it - it's grounded but goes to TMO for check double movement
Ireland 10-14 England 40m After a heap of faffing, an no double movement, Garcès decides Mako V used his knee to push the ball forward so no try - TMO Glenn Newman sounds unconvinced but it's no try - just a penalty to England
Ireland 10-17 England 40+1m But it's Faz at the tee - he's not used to missing, and he doesn't, taking England into the break a score clear

Ireland v England HT Six Nations 2019Ireland 10-17 England HT T: Healy C: Sexton P: Sexton | T: May, Daly C: Farrell (2) P: Farrell

Ireland 10-17 England 40m We're back for a final 40 minutes...can England keep up the pressure? Can Ireland find their feet? What a game so far!
Ireland 10-17 England 41m Jordan Larmour has replaced Earls on the wing - message is it's tactical, not an injury. Hmmm...
Ireland 10-17 England 42m You can't tell much in the first couple of minutes, except the rest has done them all good, and be ready for another rollercoaster...
Ireland 10-17 England 43m England have a midfield lineout; they just hold onto possession but Faz puts up his hands and is mad as hell at himself for overcooking the kick
Ireland 10-17 England 45m Another attacking lineout for England just inside the Irish half, and much of the play has been in this section of the pitch so far this half...
Ireland 10-17 England 46m Possession with Ireland, even tho they're on backfoot; Peter O'Mahony tries to start on Kyle Sinckler - latter keeps his cool (makes a change!) & POM decides shouting the 'c' word at him is appropriate. FFS!
Ireland 10-17 England 47m Garcès attempts to have a word, but is completely ineffectual. Meanwhile, England are getting busy playing rugby - penalty for May under high ball
Ireland 10-17 England 49m Visitors do well from their penalty and are slowly edging back deep into Irish territory, heading toward the 22 with some urgency but steadily
Ireland 10-17 England 51m Ireland have to defend had and it's Ringrose who steals possession and before you can blink, Ireland are at the England 22 as the ball slips from Slade's hands
Ireland 10-17 England 52m Time off as Courtney Lawes replaces Kruis - even more firepower for England as they prepare to defend their 22 from an Irish scrum
Ireland 10-17 England 54m Nine phases in and Ireland aren't getting closer to the whitewash, but they still have the possession; the whistle goes while Itoje gets treatment on his leg; Nowell's limping too...
Ireland 10-17 England 54m ...and the whistle went for an apparent high tackle from Sinckler. Itoje is gingerly walking off the pitch slowly as Nathan Hughes replaces him after colliding with Best
Ireland 13-17 England 55m Play resumes with Sexton teeing up and adding a 3-pointer to narrow the gap to just 4 points
Ireland 13-17 England 56m Daly knocks on from the restart so advantage being played; called after Manu Tuilagi takes out Bundi Aki. The pace has slowed significantly - another time off already after Devin Toner is forced off
Ireland 13-17 England 57m Quinn Roux has come on for Ireland as the homeside have a defensive scrum on their 10m - has to be reset
Ireland 13-17 England 58m Ireland scrum well but are forced wide rather than making yards, and Slide tackles brilliantly to prevent the homeside gaining ground, forcing the Irish into touch
Ireland 13-17 England 59m England attacking scrum just at the Irish 10m - England know the need to get some daylight on that scoreboard as it's the infamous Sexton opposite who steals matches at the death
Ireland 13-17 England 61m England win the penalty following the scrum, and Faz tees up to cancel out that last Irish penalty...
Ireland 13-17 England 62m But another mistake from Faz as he misses the uprights; meanwhile, Dave Kilcoyne and Andrew Porter replace Healy and Furlong
Ireland 13-17 England 64m Ireland have possession, but they're still in their own half, desperate to escape just outside their own 22 as the tackles come in hard and fast
Ireland 13-17 England 65m Sexton looks to have had a knock to the ribs while play moves to the midfield, England earn a penalty from the opposition and Sean O'Brien replaces CJ Stander
Ireland 13-17 England 65m Time off as Sinckler waddles off - he's had a hell of a game! Harry Williams on in the front row
Ireland 13-17 England 66m It's an England scrum just inside their own half and it's a super play from the visitors as Henshaw blocks May after he chips ahead along touch and Slade spurts ahead to score in the corner!
Ireland 13-22 England 67m No question on the try but Ref Garcès wants to make sure Slade was not offside before he sprinted - TMO Newman confirms he was level - another try for England
Ireland 13-22 England 68m Faz misses another shot at the uprights while O'Mahony takes over the captaincy as Sean Cronin replaces Best in the front row
Ireland 13-22 England 69m Ireland are in possession and heading into England territory when Lawes makes an awesome tackle on Ringrose, and a penalty goes to the visitors for Irish bodies not rolling away.
Ireland 13-25 England 70m Faz decides halfway is within his range, and he's ecstatic as the ball just has the distance to splice the uprights and add another 3 points and insist on Ireland scoring two converted tries to take a lead...
Ireland 13-25 England 72m Joey Carbery replaces Ringrose as England have another attacking lineout outside the Irish 22, while the Irish fans are unhappy at Swing Low drowning them out - you don't hear that often in Dublin!
Ireland 13-25 England 73m However, complacency creeps in and the Irish steal possession - though not for long.
Ireland 13-25 England 75m Chris Ashton comes on for Nowell as England have to start again with their attack with a midfield lineout - this one they don't fluff
Ireland 13-30 England 76m Sublime rugby from England as the Irish turnover the ball on their 22, pass out wide for Slade to intercept and slam down a brace in Dublin!
Ireland 13-32 England 77m Faz adds the extras while Mako V - man of the match - takes a well deserved break, Ellis Genge comes on; for Ireland John Cooney replaces Murray
Ireland 13-30 England 78m As a fan before being a journalist, I've never understood losing-side fans leaving in droves before a match is over - never seen it in Dublin til today.
Ireland 13-32 England 79m George Ford & Luke Cowan-Dickie came on for Tuilagi & Jamie George
Ireland 18-32 England 79m More complacency from England allows Cooney to saunter over the whitewash, despite a previous forward pass
Ireland 20-32 England 80m Sexton adds the conversion but it really is too little to late.
Ireland 20-32 England 80+1m There's just time for a restart and Ireland hope to make some more headway but England intercept and Ford runs it into touch for a final whistle.

Ireland v England FT Six Nations 2019

Ireland15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Keith Earls 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Devin Toner 5 James Ryan 6 Peter O'Mahony 7 Josh van der Flier 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Andrew Porter 19 Quinn Roux 20 Sean O’Brien 21 John Cooney 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour

SCORERS T: Healy, Cooney C: Sexton (2) P: Sexton (2)

england15 Elliot Daly 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Slade 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Jack Nowell 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Maro Itoje 5 George Kruis 6 Mark Wilson 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ellis Genge 18 Harry Williams 19 Courtney Lawes 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Dan Robson* 22 George Ford 23 Chris Ashton

SCORERS T: May, Daly, Slade (2) C: Farrell (3) P: Farrell (2) Yellow Card Curry

Man of the Match: Mako Vunipola (England)

Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Glenn Newman




NatWest 6 Nations Week 2

6Ns Scotland vs Ireland 6Ns Italy vs Wales 6Ns England vs France

6Ns Table Week 2 2019

scotlandSCOTLAND 13 - 22 IRELANDIreland

BT Murrayfield - Saturday 09 February 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: 10-12 Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 135
Scotland won: 67
Ireland won: 63
Drawn: 5
Abandoned: 1



Scotland v Ireland Here are the officials with just 15 minutes to go - Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Rowan Kitt
Scotland 0-0 Ireland Both Scotland and Ireland are out and line up for the anthems
Scotland 0-0 Ireland The second verse of 'Flower of Scotland' sounds sensational at Murrayfield this sunny afternoon. It is time for the opening round two game of the 2019 Six Nations


Scotland 0-0 Ireland 2m Scotland kick-off this Edinburgh game, Ireland gather and clear. Scotland have possession and kick deep into the Irish half. Line-out for the away side
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 4m Ireland secure the line out and look to attack, Murray kicks from the 22m line and Scotland gather through Maitland. They are attacking into the Irish half.
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 4m A high tackle on Ryan Wilson gives Scotland the advantage, they spread the ball wide but the play leads to nothing. Back to the penalty
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 5m Johnny Sexton is the offender and Scotland kick to the corner
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 6m The home side keep hold of possession and look to drive, the ball is on the five metre line
Scotland 0-0 Ireland 6m The Irish defence seems to be holding firm here, Scotland continue to probe as the away side are pinged for illegal rucking. The Scottish attack kicks the ball through the defence, but referee Poite comes back
Scotland 3-0 Ireland 7m Pressure from Scotland results in a successful Greig Laidlaw penalty
Scotland 3-0 Ireland 8m A Huw Jones mistake forward into touch on the restart gives Ireland an attacking Scrum on the 22
Scotland 3-0 Ireland 9m Ireland secure the scrum at the base, Murray passes to Sexton who offloads to Aki. Ireland are on the 22 metre line
Scotland 3-0 Ireland 10m The Scottish defence looks solid and Ireland are going backwards here, not attacking just beyond the 10 metre line. The away side then knock on but Irish have possession after Hogg chips it away.
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 11m Ireland move the ball left, Jacob Stockdale kicks the ball, Maitland gathers and passes but it is loose, Murray gathers and scores the opening try of the game. Bizarre one that!
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 12m Sexton lines up the conversion and is unsuccessful from close, poor show of booing from the Murrayfield crowd
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 13m Ireland claim the kick-off and look to carry from their 22 before Murray kicks and clears. Scotland line out inside the Irish half
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 14m Scotland fail to claim the line out and Ireland will look to attack out of their half
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 15m After little progress, Murray kicks the ball but it goes straight out and Scotland will attack - but Ireland should have the ball there, touched
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 16m Scotland win the line out but Sexton intercepts the ball from the following phases, Ireland kick up field and Scotland are now just inside their 22. Laidlaw kicks and clears for an Irish line out on the 22
Scotland 3-5 Ireland 17m A long line out is secured by the Irish pack, the away side look to attack through a Sexton kick but Hogg calls the mark and clears to half-way. Hogg is being replaced by hat-trick hero Blair Kinghorn
Scotland 3-10 Ireland 17m Ireland claim the line out and from second phase, Stockdale finds the gap through a switch-play and scores from 50 metres out. What a try!
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 17m The Murray conversion is successful
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 18m Scotland re-gather their kick-off and are carrying hard into the 22, a Kinghorn break has the Scottish attacking on the five metre line. Peter O'Mahony infringes and Scotland take it quickly but knock on
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 20m The Irish put-in is crooked as every other put-in in rugby but the ball is secured and the penalty is given, Ireland clear
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 21m 'Fields of Athenry' rings around Murrayfield as Sexton begins to look uncomfortable in motion
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 22m The line out is good and the men in green break down the wing through Murray, tackled by Finn Russell. Into the midfield, Ireland probe but find a blue defensive wall
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 23m Ireland knock on through Cian Healy and the home side attack, again Kinghorn breaking through the defence. A grubber from Russell finds Tommy Seymour, he looses it but Sam Johnson thinks he has grounded
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 24m Under TMO review, it is decided that a forward pass had taken place in the build-up, it was never a try anyway. In the meantime, Johnny Sexton is replaced by Joey Carbery
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 24m Ireland secure their scrum and attack through Chris Farrell, the men in green are now up to the half-way line
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 25m Both sides exchange kicks and now Scotland attack into the Irish half after a strong Kinghorn run, Ireland then turn the ball over and lose possession, but Scotland knocked on so Ireland will scrum
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 27m The scrum is steady and Ireland look to attack through Jack Conan, Ireland are on half-way
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 27m Scotland will have a defensive line out deep in their half after a Peter O'Mahony kick dribbles into touch
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 28m The Scottish line out is cleared after two phases, Ireland gather after a great aerial contest
Scotland 3-12 Ireland 29m Finn Russell intercepts Carbery possession and races to within a whisker of the line, tacked by Keith Earls, but the number 10 keeps the ball alive and pops it up to Sam Johnson for the score
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 30m With the successful Laidlaw conversion, it is suddenly much closer!
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 31m Scotland clear through Russell after the restart, Ireland are now on their 10 metre line looking to break through the defence
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 32m Up to half-way, Ireland look to probe but are met with the blue defence of Scotland, Murray kicks to Kinghorn who carries for the home side
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 33m Russell kicks, Ireland return, Scotland have possession beyond half-way before a Scotland chip is gathered by the men in green and now the away side attack
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 34m After exchanges of the boot, Earls slices the ball and the home side will have an attacking line out deep into the Irish half
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 35m Scotland spread the ball wide off first phase before grubbing, Earls gathers and slides into touch, five metre attacking line out for Scotland
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 35m Jamie Richie is replaced by Rob Harley for Scotland in a blood HIA
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 36m Ireland win the line out against the head, Referee poise deems it was not knocked on and as Best grounded it over the line, Scotland will have an attacking five metre scrum
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 38m The scrum is secured by the home side and Scotland attack through Tommy Seymour, within five metres, Scotland close in on the try line
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 38m 11 phases later, Scotland have a knock-on advantage and after three further phases, Scotland lose the advantage
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 40m Scotland struggle to break down the defence in front of them, but eventually the ball goes wide and Scotland are within two metres, but they lose the ball and Ireland gain the scrum. What a game!
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 41m The Irish scrum is steady, Carbery kicks the ball clear and it is half-time

Scotland v Ireland HT Six Nations 2019Scotland 10-12 Ireland HT T: Johnson C: Laidlaw P: Laidlaw | T: Murray, Stockdale C: Murray

Scotland 10-12 Ireland 41m Ireland will kick-off this second half, let's hope we get a second 40 that is as good as the first
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 41m Scotland gather the kick-off and attack out of their 22 before kicking to Rob Kearney
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 41m Jamie Richie is back on from his blood replacement, but this time Ryan Wilson goes off
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 42m Laidlaw kicks after both sides enjoy small periods in possession, Kearney knocks the ball on as he gathers and the home side will have the scrum
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 43m The half-way scrum is reset, only four penalties in this match so far
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 44m The scrum provides open ball on its second attempt, Scotland look to attack through the midfield before the home side are pinged for taking players out illegally, Carbery clears to the 22
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 46m The Irish line out is good and the away side look to attack into the Scottish red zone but are being met by resilient defence
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 46m A Rob Harley high tackle provides Ireland with the advantage, Kearney breaks but cannot find the offload to Farrell so Poite brings play back to the advantage, Carbery kicks into the corner
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 47m Again the Irish line out is successful but the Scottish maul defence is strong, Ireland are 10 metres out
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 48m Creeping forward, Ireland carry to within inches of the five metre line but once more the Scottish defence is strong
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 49m Earls gathers a loose pass but is tackled back on the 22, the home side then earn the penalty from a strong McInally ruck
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 50m The hooker's subsequent line out is straight and the home side attack, Josh Strauss then knocks the ball on at the ruck and Ireland will have the scrum
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 51m The midfield scrum earns the wayside an advantage and under advantage, Kearney carries 30 metres into the Scottish half, the subsequent knock on leads to the penalty...30 metres back...all of the way back...
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 52m The Ireland line out is good and the away side carry into the 22
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 53m The ball is ripped before Kinghorn booths the ball all the way into the Irish half, not much Kearny can do but kick it out, HUGE Scottish gain there
Scotland 10-12 Ireland 54m The line out is secured but a forward pass gives the away side a scrum just on the Irish 22
Scotland 10-17 Ireland 57m Ireland break through a Rob Kearny attacking carry before a loose pass is picked up by Carbery, the fly-half breaks through the defence and carries strong and floats the pass to Keith Earls, who scores
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 57m More Murrayfield booing before Carbery takes the kick, that does not put the Sexton replacement off, he is successful
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 58m Cian Healy is replaced by Dave Kilcoyne as Scotland attack into the Irish half
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 59m Scotland break down the right wing and Ireland are left to within 10 metres of their line, they clear through Murray
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 60m Scotland attack deep into the Irish half from first phase, and are up to the 22 through Allan Dell, but he knock on as he reaches the 22
Scotland 10-19 Ireland 61m The scrum is successful from Ireland;  the ball goes right, Scotland turn it over on the 22 as Ireland are pinged for illegal rucking, nothing comes from the play so Scotland get the penalty
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 62m Laidlaw points to the posts, dissects them and reduces Scotland's deficit to six
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 63m The home side gather the restart and carry out of the 22, Laidlaw keeps the ball on the pitch and Grant Gilchrist regathers
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 64m Laidlaw kicks again, this time Carbery catches, Murray then kicks but it charged, the kick comes into play again - this time Sean Maitland knocks the ball on under no pressure
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 65m McInally and Johnson are replaced by Pete Horne and Fraser Brown for Scotland as Josh van Der Flier replaces Sean O'Brien for Ireland
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 66m Ireland have possession from the scrum, they are on the 22 and are looking to attack
Scotland 13-19 Ireland 68m Still on the 22, Ireland struggle to penetrate, illegal rucking by Josh Strauss, Carbery goes for the points as Andrew porter and Ultan Dillane replace Tadhg Furlong and Quinn Roux
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 69m Ali Price replaces Greig Laidlaw as Carbery is successful with his penalty
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 70m Ireland secure a line out that results from the kick off and Johnny Gray pulls down the Paul, Ireland clear through Carbery
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 71m Ireland secure the line out once more, they maul it beyond their 10 metre line but Scotland maul defence is good and they earn the scrum
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 72m Jordan Larmour and Sean Cronin replace Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale as Scotland line up this scrum
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 73m The scrum is successful at the second attempt and Scotland are on half-way
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 74m A brilliant Price kick gives Ireland an attacking line out deep into their own half
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 75m The line out is safe for Ireland and they maul, Ireland then clear after two phases of forward-play
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 75m Scotland attack but an obvious Jamie Richie side entry gives Ireland a penalty just shy of half-way
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 76m The line out on the Scottish 10 metre line is secured by the away side, once more they maul, they knock it on in subsequent phase play and Scotland will have the scrum
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 77m John Cooney comes on for Conor Murray; that's all eight replacements for Ireland D'arcy Rae and Jamie Bhatti have also come on for Berghan and Dell as Scotland get the scrum penalty
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 78m The Scotland line out is unsuccessful and the home side lose the ball, Ireland take their time and look to have won this one, Cooney kicks
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 79m Up to the Irish 10 metre line, Scotland keep possession through Horne
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 80 Into the last minute, Scotland lose the ball forward and into touch - MOTM given to Peter O'Mahony
Scotland 13-22 Ireland 80+1m The Irish scrum is secured, the ball is gained by Scotland but they lose it. Ireland fail to get the four-try bonus point. Scotland will rue missed chances today.

Scotland v Ireland FT Six Nations 2019

scotland15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Sam Johnson 11 Sean Maitland 10 Finn Russell 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Allan Dell 2 Stuart McInally 3 Simon Berghan 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Jonny Gray 6 Ryan Wilson 7 Jamie Ritchie 8 Josh Strauss BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 D’arcy Rae* 19 Ben Toolis 20 Rob Harley 21 Ali Price 22 Pete Horne 23 Blair Kinghorn

SCORERS T: Johnson C: Laidlaw P: Laidlaw (2)

Ireland15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Chris Farrell 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Quinn Roux 5 James Ryan 6 Peter O'Mahony 7 Sean O’Brien 8 Jack Conan BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Andrew Porter 19 Ultan Dillane 20 Josh van der Flier 21 John Cooney 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour

SCORERS T: Murray, Stockdale, Earles C: Murray, Carbery P: Carbery

Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Rowan Kitt




italyITALY 15 - 26 WALESwales

Stadio Olimpico - Saturday 09 February 2019
KO: 17:45 HT: 7-12 Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 27
Italy won: 2
Wales won: 24
Drawn: 1



Italy v Wales The teams are out at the Stadio Olimpico as dusk begins to creep in a dry and not too shabby balmy Rome this evening. The officials: Referee: Matthieu Raynal Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Shuhei Kubo TMO: David Grashoff
Italy v Wales Welsh anthem is done, and now the Italians belt out their terribly military-esque national anthem
Italy v Wales It'll be interesting to see the table after this match is done; SCOvIRE has led to England going top without evening playing yet...


Italy 0-0 Wales 1m Slight delay to KO as Ref Raynal's comms failed with his asst. refs. All fixed now but Italy don't make the best start, handing over a penalty immediately...
Italy 0-3 Wales 2m ...and Dan Biggar punishes them with three points before the fans have had time to settle into their seats!
Italy 0-3 Wales 4m Restart doesn't go too well either for the Azzurri, with the Welsh already almost up to the Italian 22
Italy 0-3 Wales 5m The Italians breathe a sigh of relief for a second following a knock on on their 22, and they shift play over halfway, but Angelo Esposito hands over possession
Italy 0-3 Wales 6m But the Azzurri recover quickly and are up to the Welsh 22, on the attack
Italy 0-3 Wales 7m The Welsh may be on the back foot, but they steal possession at the breakdown and have the put in to a defensive scrum, winning the penalty to clear back over halfway
Italy 0-3 Wales 8m Textbook setpiece from the Welsh as they quickly edge towards the Italian 22 from a their lineout; they are forced back to the 10m but quickly make up the lost ground
Italy 0-3 Wales 9m Italy do well to wrestle the ball from the visitors and set up a defensive lineout, but the plan doesn't go to plan, penalty gifted to Wales who now are in the position of an attacking scrum on the Italian 22
Italy 0-3 Wales 11m It might not be exciting, but the Welsh scrum is efficient and they make a few yards, before Adam Beard knocks on particularly poorly
Italy 0-3 Wales 12m The Azzurri now have to defend their territory just inside their 22 with a scrum that is reset before it gets going, but the penalty goes to Wales...a bad habit forming for Italy since last week against Scotland1
Italy 0-3 Wales 14m Biggar takes a little hydration before teeing up the ball in front of the posts, just 18m out…
Italy 0-6 Wales 15m He couldn't miss that if he tried, and Biggar doubles his tally swiftly. Meanwhile comms are still failing between the ref and the TMO - but maybe he won't be needed any time soon
Italy 0-6 Wales 17m It's such a shame, but this is going to be as enthralling as the last two match of the #6Ns so far; Italy need to buck up their ideas & stop handing over penalties...
Italy 0-9 Wales 18m ...4th penalty conceded by the Azzurri - it's likely it's another 3 points incoming from Biggar...which he pops in the bag quite neatly
Italy 0-9 Wales 20m Italy restart, but are forced back and are struggling in the midfield to make any yards, until eventually prop Nicky Smith is pinged at the breakdown for being off his feet
Italy 0-9 Wales 21m A good tactical kick puts them on the Welsh 22 for a lineout - the homeside now have a good opportunity...
Italy 0-9 Wales 22m ...the Azzurri are halted in their tracks temporarily, but they attack again with verve, Edoardo Padovani showing his skill before he goes down injured
Italy 0-9 Wales 23m Padovani bounces back up quickly having clashed with Josh Adams while succeeding in taking in the high ball with some finesse
Italy 0-9 Wales 24m Wales end up with a defensive scrum in their own 22, clearing directly into Padovani's hands and the Azzurri head back towards the Welsh 22...
Italy 0-9 Wales 25m ...but the ball is deftly turned over and Wales are back in Italian territory
Italy 0-9 Wales 27m The visitors waste no time at all. Biggar showing his mettle further, and Wales are only a couple of metres short of the Italian goal line
Italy 0-9 Wales 28m Italian defence is improving significantly as they hold the Welsh away from the whitewash and forcing them back and forth between the touchlines, but advantage is being played...
Italy 0-12 Wales 29m Wales c.16 phases in and the Azzurri infringe and the Ref goes back for the penalty; Biggar adding another 3-pointer with ease
Italy 0-12 Wales 31m The minutes fritter away as play has returned to the midfield, the Azzurri with a lineout but just on the wrong side of halfway
Italy 0-12 Wales 32m The Welsh may be rip-tackling repeatedly, but the Azzurri are outside the Welsh 22 and have a penalty, which Tommaso Allan kicks to touch for a 5m attacking lineout
Italy 0-12 Wales 34m The lineout is good and the legend that is Sergio Parisse attempts to start he drive to get over the whitewash, but he is alone as the Welsh are all over him like a rash...
Italy 5-12 Wales 35m ... so Italy recycle with some effect and the move infield steadily before Braam Steyn claims the well-deserved try after they Azzurri heave over the goal line
Italy 7-12 Wales 36m Tommy Allan adds the extras and suddenly the scoreline isn't looking so tragic in the run up to halftime for the Azzurri
Italy 7-12 Wales 38m From the restart, where Wales were busy building phases, another lineout fails, a habit they are forming...
Italy 7-12 Wales 39m ...and they lose all momentum as the Azzurri take the scrum penalty from their defensive position, Smith again the guilty party
Italy 7-12 Wales 40m It's an attacking lineout for the Azzurri outside the Welsh 22, and Beard tips up the Italian jumper in the air with no other recourse than a penalty
Italy 7-12 Wales 40+2m Allan's kick at the uprights to narrow the deficit to just two points, however, has the ball find the upright only to bounce off and Biggar tidies up the first half by booting it into touch

Italy v Wales HT Six Nations 2019Italy 7-12 Wales HT T: Steyn C: Allan | P: Biggar (4)

Italy 7-12 Wales 41m The full brass band in the stands has resumed play, as have Italy & Wales; the Azzurri into the Welsh 22 swiftly
Italy 10-12 Wales 43m Two quick penalties from Wales and Allan is teeing up inside the Welsh 22 in front of the posts to finally reduce the deficit to just 2 points
Italy 10-12 Wales 45m Penalty count is now at 6 each as we head into this second half in earnest; Biggar takes advantage of the last one setting Wales up with a 5m attacking lineout following a dangerously deep kick
Italy 10-12 Wales 47m Steyn steals the ball rather efficiently at the breakdown, the kick to touch is poor but Steyn steps in again and steal lineout ball
Italy 10-12 Wales 48m Possession returns to Wales for an attacking scrum on the Azzurri 22, while Ian McKinley replaces Allan who is off for  a n Head Injury Assessment (HIA)
Italy 10-12 Wales 50m Wales can't take advantage of their attacking position, and there's a time off as changes are made on both sides: Cherif Traore' for Nicola Quaglio | Dillon Lewis & Alun Wyn Jones for Jake Ball & Samson Lee
Italy 10-12 Wales 52m Play to returns to the midfield for an Azzurri lineout; the call goes against Italy from the Ref (v dubious) while Federico Ruzza replaces Dean Budd
Italy 10-19 Wales 54m Josh Adams scores the first Welsh try entirely unhindered as a result of the Wales scrum on halfway, and Biggar ads his final points of the match with the conversion before he is replaced by Gareth Anscombe
Italy 10-19 Wales 56m Marco Bambini replaces Sebastian Negri while the Welsh are on the attack again. However, the Azzurri are frustrating the Welsh game to a significant degree.
Italy 10-19 Wales 57m Conor O'Shea has made significant strides with Italian rugby, and the day can't be far away where the switch flicks for them to turn the few points deficit into positives...
Italy 10-19 Wales 58m ...except if this is in fact Parisse's last Six Nations, since right now, there is no such talisman for the Azzurri. Not just Italy, but the world of rugby will lose one of the best No8s of modern times
Italy 10-19 Wales 60m Meanwhile, Allan returned having passed his HIA; Luca Bigi, Tiziano Pasquali and Edoardo Gori have come on for Leonardo Ghiraldini, Guglielmo Palazzani and Simone Ferrari
Italy 10-19 Wales 63m With Wales back on the attack, Wyn Jones (not that that's in anyway confusing!) and Gareth Davies replace Smith and Aled Davies
Italy 10-19 Wales 64m Jonathan Davies looks to have flown over in the corner to score, but Ref Raynal heads up to TMO Grashoff to clarify...
Italy 10-19 Wales 65m takes a while but eventually a forward pass is clocked and it's no try.
Italy 10-19 Wales 67m Ross Moriarty, Ryan Elias and Hallam Amos replace Josh Navidi, Elliot Dee and Liam Williams whilst the Italians make some headway
Italy 10-24 Wales 69m However, the Welsh have other ideas and it's Owen Watkin who squirrels out the whitewash to put some serious daylight between the scores...
Italy 10-26 Wales 70m Anscombe adds the extras and the Azzurri need to dig ridiculously deep if they are to make a dent in the 16-point deficit
Italy 10-26 Wales 72m It may be Steyn who will step up to replace Parisse (yeah I know he hasn't gone yet - but it's his 15th #6Ns!), but for now, two converted tries and a penalty are required in 8 minutes from Italy
Italy 10-26 Wales 74m The Azzurri are going to give it their all and have been on the attack for the last few minutes, making ground whilst lurking in the Welsh half
Italy 15-26 Wales 75m It's Padovani who finds the whitewash after the Italians rip the Welsh complacent defence apart; O'Shea can be proud of improving the Italian fitness and stamina significantly
Italy 15-26 Wales 76m There's no conversion, however, and that in itself is 5 missed points to be rued for Italy
Italy 15-26 Wales 78m Now can the Azzurri step up and score another before the clock turns red???
Italy 15-26 Wales 79m Or as is often the case, will it be the Welsh who step up themselves to put even more daylight in the final score? And note, Wales have no bonus points so far either...
Italy 15-26 Wales 80m Wales are on the attack again from midfield, they go out wide and it's Thomas Young who pounces over in the corner for a suspected try...
Italy 15-26 Wales 80+1m The Ref defers to the TMO for a possible forward pass between Anscombe and Lewis...and it takes a while and a lot of replays
Italy 15-26 Wales 80+1m The pass is forward and it's no try but it is full time with a two-try win for Wales, and another step up for Italy who frustrated Welsh play defensively

Italy v Wales FT Six Nations 2019

italy15 Jayden Hayward 14 Edoardo Padovani 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Luca Morisi 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 1 Nicola Quaglio 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Simone Ferrari 4 David Sisi 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Braam Steyn 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore' 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Marco Barbini 21 Edoardo Gori 22 Ian McKinley 23 Tommaso Benvenuti

SCORERS T: Steyn, Padovani C: Allan P: Allan

wales15 Liam Williams 14 Jonah Holmes 13 JONATHAN DAVIES (C) 12 Owen Watkin 11 Josh Adams 10 Dan Biggar 9 Aled Davies 1 Nicky Smith 2 Elliot Dee 3 Samson Lee 4 Jake Ball 5 Adam Beard 6 Aaron Wainwright 7 Thomas Young 8 Josh Navidi BENCH: 16 Ryan Elias 17 Wyn Jones 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Alun Wyn Jones 20 Ross Moriarty 21 Gareth Davies 22 Gareth Anscombe 23 Hallam Amos

SCORERS T: Adams, Watkin C: Biggar, Anscombe P: Biggar (4)

Referee: Matthieu Raynal Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Shuhei Kubo TMO: David Grashoff




englandENGLAND 44 - 8 FRANCEfrance

Twickenham Stadium - Sunday 10 February 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 105
England won: 58
France won: 40
Drawn: 7



Slight glitch in reporting today...glorious sunshine at much so I can't see my laptop screen!
England v France Anthems Six Nations 2019Well...the teams are out and La Marseillaise was really quite excellent...but not as formidable as the English anthem in full force at home!

England 5-0 France 1m The sun has deigned to hide itself so I can see my screen...and Jonny May has begun the match by grabbing the grubber kick and scoring before you have time to blink!
England 5-0 France 2m The young Farrell has not had such a great start and misses the conversion, but England have laid down the marker early on...
England 5-0 France 4m This might be premature, but Eddie Jones' England appear to have found their form already (& I'd put money on it !)
England 5-0 France 5m Playing catch up...your teams for a chilly afternoon in Twickenham: & the officials: Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Brendon Pickerill TMO: Glenn Newman
England 8-0 France 7m Meanwhile, France hand over a penalty which is entirely kickable for Faz to redeem himself...and he does
England 8-0 France 9m However, England promptly hand over a penalty of their own and Morgan Parra tees up from just off centre and just outside the England 22...
England 8-3 France 10m Parra's boot does not fail and we appear to have game on. Huzzah!
England 11-3 France 12m This may just be a game of reciprocation...Les Bleus pinged for blocking and Faz pops over another 3 points immediately
England 11-3 France 13m To capture the atmosphere, the sun has sodded off quite promptly, my coat has gone back on, the rain is pouring vertically tho softly, and clouds are suddenly the darkest grey...
England 11-3 France 14m ...the wind has whipped up... that'll be the remnants of that interfering Erik no doubt, and England have defended their territory in excellent fashion, forcing play back into the French half
England 11-3 France 16m 'Swing Low' is booming around the stadium whilst Les Bleus win a defensive scrum and breach the halfway line, but kick away possession
England 11-3 France 18m As my fingers begin to freeze up from the chilling wind already, Les Bleus do well to stop an English assault and are lurking in the opposition's 22 with a lineout pending...
England 11-3 France 19m However, French captain Guilhem Guirado overthrows in a horrible fashion, enough for England to take full advantage and shift play back into French territory
England 11-3 France 21m A little too-ing and fro-ing results in a time out from Ref Nige before an England attacking scrum on the French 10m
England 11-3 France 22m Les Bleus defend their goal line well after the English bear down hard on it...the clear, however, gives the homeside another attacking lineout in the 22...
England 16-3 France 24m ...and it's Mr Bonkers May that secures the brace already for the second try of the encounter
England 16-3 France 25m However, Jonny is not making life easy for captain Faz and the latter misses another conversion
England 16-3 France 26m England's response to the French restart is to shift play yet again back into French territory...
England 21-3 France 29m And it's tréjà vu as Mad Boy May secures a hat trick! There's most definitely another May that could learn a thing or two from this May Theresa May are you watching?!
England 23-3 France 31m Young Faz finds his footing and we have a conversion
England 23-3 France 33m Looks like Les Bleus have woken up so we can actually have a proper match rather than a blue-rinse...
England 23-8 France 34m ...and it's the wing Damian Penaud who carves up the England defence to score beautifully just inside the corner
England 23-8 France 36m However, Parra fluffs the conversion horribly - time for M. Brunel to engage Camille Lopez as the more efficient kicker!
England 23-8 France 38m Aerial football ensues, Play generally stays in the midfield, and poor handling is prevalent before Chris Ashton makes a sublime break just a metre short of the whitewash before he is shut down
England 28-8 France 39m The ball is quickly recycled and Henry Slade gathers out wide to run in a 4th bonus-point scoring try before half time
England 30-8 France 40+1m Faz pings over the conversion and England have a comfortable and decent 22-point lead going into the break

England v France HT Six Nations 2019England 30-8 France HT T: May (3), Slade C: Farrell (2) P: Farrell (2) | T: Penaud P: Parra

England 30-8 France 40m An interesting conversation was had earlier with a French journo who is convinced if they had the right coach, the team would be consistently better. I have to say I did concur...
England 30-8 France 41m A delightful start from England as they head deep into the French 22 but a kick to touch finds touch too swiftly
England 30-8 France 42m The ball shifts from far touch to the middle of the field for Manu Tuilagi to pass out wide to Ashy...badly(!) who knocks the ball back because he really can't reach it on this nearside
England 30-8 France 44m Les Bleus try desperately to shift England away from the dangerzone, but England have other ideas; apprentice to Hartley, Jamie George, throws into an attacking lineout, keeping the ball in play in the 22
England 30-8 France 46m The French try every tactic, but England are still camped out in the 22; Ben Moon, Nathan Hughes & Joe Launchbury are on for Mako Vunipola, Tom Curry & George Kruis | at HT, Thomas Ramos replaced Yoann Huget # #Rugby
England 30-8 France 48m While the French make some headway in forcing England back, Antoine Dupont & Romain Ntamack replace Parra & Penaud
England 30-8 France 49m Meanwhile, England are on the attack yet again, and short of Ashy scoring, Nige calls up to the TMO for potential infringement from the opposition, stating the wing would have scored...
England 37-8 France 50m TMO Glenn Newman concurs and it's a penalty try to England while Gaël Fickou is sent to the naughty step
England 37-8 France 52m The next play has handbags drawn with England yet again deep in the French half, and play is stopped as Nige tries to sort them out.
England 37-8 France 53m Penalty goes against the homeside as Kyle Sinckler is given a slap on the wrist, and play resumes; Wales & Scotland will target KS so he must be careful
England 37-8 France 54m France can't hold England out though, and a superb kick thru is chased by May & Dupont, the later knocks it on in the goal area but Faz chases up behind to score. > TMO
England 42-8 France 55m Umming, ah-ing, replays and the officials concur that it wasn't a May knock on and the try stands for Faz
England 44-8 France 57m In the meantime - heaps of subs have come on! Jack Nowell, Tom Curry returns, Dan Cole on for Ashy, Hughes & Sinckler | Dorian Aldegheri debuts, Paul Willemse and Penaud returns for Bamba, Vahaamahina & Lopez
England 44-8 France 59m The French make territory but can't take advantage of their position as England force them back to the midfield
England 44-8 France 61m Luke Cowan-(No Suggestions) & Gorge Ford replace George & Tuilagi
England 44-8 France 63m Neither side make yards as Danny Priso replaces Jefferson Poirot in the front row; play in the midfield...
England 44-8 France 64m A roar of applause for Billy Vunipola as he is replaced by Hughes while the French have an attacking scrum inside the 10m; Elliot Daly knocks on & France have a 22 lineout
England 44-8 France 66m The England defence is being sorely tested as the French have been camped in and around the England 22 for 5 minutes...
England 44-8 France 68m Young Dan Robson is warming up in the sidelines as England's on-point kicking finally clears the French back over halfway
England 44-8 France 69m Robson makes his England debut for Ben Youngs; Poirot must have been off for an HIA as he's back on, Priso back to the bench, and Gregory Alldritt is on for Felix Lambey
England 44-8 France 71m The homeside have finally remembered that they need to really be in French territory to score points, but Fickou yet again stops any progress currently
England 44-8 France 72m England are on the backfoot, just outside their 22 as France advance yet again, but it's time off...
England 44-8 France 74m Play finally resumes again and much to the ire of Les Bleus, England capture possession deep deep in the French 22, directly in front of the posts but Faz kicks to the corner...they want that half century!
England 44-8 France 75m Hardly surprising that Jonny May is named Man of the Match
England 44-8 France 76m However, the setpiece doesn't quite go to plan, and the French end up with possession 2 metres from the whitewash, and they clear deftly
England 44-8 France 77m Les Bleus clear to outside their 22, but England steal the lineout and find another opportunity before that 80-minute final death knell for Les Bleus...
England 44-8 France 78m Another time off before Les Bleus have a defensive 5m scrum...which they deal with awfully well and before you can say Jack Sparrow, the French are at the England 22...
England 44-8 France 79m England repel the French fairly efficiently back up to halfway, but only temporarily as Les Bleus are back outside the homeside's 22
England 44-8 France 80m However, it is England in possession and they have a defensive scrum directly half way between the 10m and 22...which has to be reset...
England 44-8 France 80+2m The scrum is finally set correctly and England take the sensible option of collecting the ball, passing it back into their 22 to be kicked to touch for a very positive full time score

England v France FT Six Nations 2019

england15 Elliot Daly 14 Chris Ashton 13 Henry Slade 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Jonny May 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Courtney Lawes 5 George Kruis 6 Mark Wilson 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ben Moon 18 Dan Cole 19 Joe Launchbury 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Dan Robson* 22 George Ford 23 Jack Nowell

SCORERS T: May (3), Slade, PT, Farrell C: Farrell (3) P: Farrell (2)

france15 Yoann Huget 14 Damian Penaud 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 11 Gaël Fickou 10 Camille Lopez 9 Morgan Parra 1 Jefferson Poirot Union 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Demba Bamba Ca 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina 5 Felix Lambey 6 Yacouba Camara 7 Arthur Iturria 8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Pierre Bourgarit 17 Dany Priso 18 Dorian Aldegheri* 19 Paul Willemse 20 Gregory Alldritt 21 Antoine Dupont 22 Romain Ntamack 23 Thomas Ramos* Toulousain

SCORERS T: Penaud P: Parra Yellow Card Fickou

Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Brendon Pickerill TMO: Glenn Newman




NatWest 6 Nations Week 3

6Ns France vs Scotland 6Ns Wales vs England 6Ns Italy vs Ireland

6Ns Table Week 3 2019

franceFRANCE 27 - 10 SCOTLANDscotland

Stade de France - Saturday 23 February 2019
KO: 15:15 HT: 10-3 Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 93
France won: 54
Scotland won: 36
Drawn: 3



Your France v Scotland officials: Referee: Nic Berry Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Andrew Brace TMO: Rowan Kitt.
France 0-0 Scotland Both France and Scotland are on the pitch and it is time for the anthems
France 0-0 Scotland 1m France will kick-off this round three game, the conditions are beautiful

France 0-0 Scotland 1m France are pinged by the referee within 20 seconds for a side entry
France 0-0 Scotland 2m France win the line-out against the head and look to attack through the midfield
France 0-0 Scotland 4m A great Antoine Dupont kick rolls out within 10m of the Scottish line. The away side win the line-out, and earn the penalty for a French maul collapse
France 0-0 Scotland 5m Scotland kick through Greig Laidlaw after enjoying some middle-third possession, France attack before Scotland strip the ball inside the French half
France 0-0 Scotland 7m 11 phases later, Scotland are where they started and the ball is lost forward, France attack and are just shy of the Scottish 5m line after a kick bounced nicely
France 0-0 Scotland 7m Mathieu Bastareaud is close! From the following phase, Antoine Dupont ships to Damian Penaud on the wing and he scores. TMO check shows a knock-on and the try is disallowed
France 0-0 Scotland 9m The scrum is secured by the away side and Scotland clear through Blair Kinghorn after phase play
France 0-0 Scotland 10m France are attacking into the Scottish half before a rucking infringement from Jamie Richie earns the home side a penalty. Romain Ntamack goes to the corner.
France 0-0 Scotland 11m France secure the line-out just inside the 22, they attack through Guilhem Guirado
France 0-0 Scotland 12m Under the posts, Scotland latch onto the isolated runner and earn the defensive penalty, they clear through Kinghorn
France 5-0 Scotland 13m TRY! Thomas Ramos breaks through three men, passes to Penaud on the wing who charges towards the line, the ball is passed infield to Dupont who gets tackled, the ball goes to Ntamack and the fly-half scores
France 7-0 Scotland 15m TRY! Thomas Ramos converts the try and France take the lead. Supporting lines the creation there
France 10-0 Scotland 18m Scotland are on half way looking to attack but they knock it on, Gaël Fickou kicks through but Scotland gather. Under the posts, France secure the penalty thanks to a turnover, Ramos kicks the three
France 10-0 Scotland 19m Dupont clears the ball directly from the kick-off, I think France have found their nine/10 partnership
France 10-0 Scotland 20m Scotland earn the penalty on their 10m line after Demba Bamba illegally contests the ruck
France 10-0 Scotland 21m 5m shy of the French 22, Scotland secure the line-out and are eventually beyond the 22
France 10-0 Scotland 22m Scotland look to string some phases together but Guirado lines up Horne and crunches him, Scotland continue to carry but the away side secure the penalty at the breakdown
France 10-0 Scotland 23m Greig Laidlaw lines up the kick, the captain hits the post and the deficit remains at 10, France secured the rebounding ball and Scotland are now in possession on half-way
France 10-0 Scotland 24m The flurry of Scottish possession gets the away side beyond the 22
France 10-0 Scotland 25m Guirado is down injured, catching his face on an elbow, the French captain remains on the pitch as Scotland look to secure scrum ball
France 10-3 Scotland 26m Scotland earn the penalty on the 22, Bastareaud comes in at the side, Laidlaw lines up the kick as referee Nic Berry warns the home side about discipline. The deficit is now seven
France 10-3 Scotland 27m Jamie Richie beats the French to the Scottish box kick and the away side attack beyond half-way before they get yet another rucking penalty, Yoann Huget goes to the bin
France 10-3 Scotland 28m Kinghorn kicks to within 5m as Camille Chat replaces Guilhem Guirado for a HIA
France 10-3 Scotland 28m The long line-out is secured by Scotland, they attack through the forwards to within four
France 10-3 Scotland 29m Louis Picamoles earns the turnover penalty and Scotland will rue a missed chance there
France 10-3 Scotland 30m From the line-out France maul before Dupont sends the ball high, Horne cannot gather and Wenceslas Lauret gathers
France 10-3 Scotland 31m Bamba carries hard before the ball finds Ntamack chips through and Fickou gathers to score. TMO Rowan Kitt finds that Lauret had knocked the ball on in the lead-up and Scotland get off, again
France 10-3 Scotland 32m Scotland collapse the scrum and France secure the ball on the 22, the French point to the posts
France 10-3 Scotland 33m Thomas Ramos fails to get his second kick of the afternoon and the score remains the same
France 10-3 Scotland 34m France spread the ball wide but Arthur Iturria runs into touch after making good yardage
France 10-3 Scotland 35m Scotland have a half-way line-out after both sides enjoyed small amounts of possession
France 10-3 Scotland 36m Scotland have the offside advantage, the ball is sent high and Ramos knocks on, back for the penalty on half-way, Kinghorn pumps the ball into the corner
France 10-3 Scotland 37m The away side fail to secure the line-out and France attack from deep, Fickou kicks and the ball dribbles out inside the Scottish half, Guirado is back on for Chat
France 10-3 Scotland 38m France attack after a Scottish knock on, Huget returns as the French opt for the scrum, good ten minutes therefore France
France 10-3 Scotland 39m The scrum is secured by the French, the home side are on the 22
France 10-3 Scotland 40m France continue to attack but Sebastien Vahaamahina knocks the ball on, Scotland have the scrum just beyond their own 22
France 10-3 Scotland 40+2m Scotland secure the scrum and attack, but the ball goes dead. Half time

France v Scotland HT Six Nations 2019France 10-3 Scotland HT T: Ntamack C: Ramos P: Ramos Yellow Card Huget | P: Laidlaw

France 10-3 Scotland 40m The two 15's are out and we are ready to go for the second 40
France 10-3 Scotland 41m Scotland kick this second half off
France 10-3 Scotland 41m France race into the Scottish half after breaking through the defence with a maul
France 15-3 Scotland 42m TRY! Bastareaud chips and gathers before taking contact, Fickou and Picamoles combine before Dupont passes to Huget on the wing. The number 11 scores, Ramos fails to convert.
France 15-3 Scotland 44m Scotland are pinged for coming in at the side as Pete Horne is replaced by Adam Hastings for a HIA, Ntamack kicks to the corner
France 15-3 Scotland 46m Scotland pass the ball forward after a long period French possession, the home side will have the scrum
France 15-3 Scotland 47m France are on the Scottish 22, looking to score their third try of the afternoon, they have already scored more points in this half than they managed in their two previous second half's (3)
France 15-3 Scotland 48m Ntamack sends the ball high and Damian Penaud brilliantly gathers, France are within 10 of the line but Bastareaud knocks the ball on
France 15-3 Scotland 50m Scotland get the free kick from the scrum and Hastings kicks long, Ramos gathers and returns the ball, Kinghorn returns himself before France clear
France 15-3 Scotland 51m Scotland secure their line-out and look to attack through the midfield
France 15-3 Scotland 52m Strauss takes the away side into the 22 before Scotland nearly break, but it was knocked on
France 15-3 Scotland 53m From the scrum, France earn the penalty and clear, from the line out France look to carry into the Scottish half as Horne comes on, this time replacing Sam Johnson
France 15-3 Scotland 54m A loose pass-back from Scotland gives France the ball, Ntamack kicks, Scotland gather inside the goal area and carry to just shy of the 22
France 15-3 Scotland 55m Scotland clear through Kinghorn and the ball dribbles out but France take a quick line-out, but the ball is passed into touch from Ramos
France 15-3 Scotland 56m Ben Toolis is on for Jonny Gray as Scotland secure their line-out
France 15-3 Scotland 56m From first-phase line-out possession the ball is shipped to Sean Maitland who charges through the defence, he is tackled 5m short of the line and France secure the ball before clearing
France 15-3 Scotland 57m Scotland secure the line-out but the ball is forward, Dupont clears once more
France 15-3 Scotland 57m Scotland secure the line-out once again as Laidlaw is crunched by the white-shirted defence, once again France get the ball and clear and Scotland take it quickly
France 15-3 Scotland 58m Scotland look to attack beyond half-way but Hastings kicks and the ball goes out just beyond the 22 as Ramos and Huget begin shouting at each other!
France 15-3 Scotland 59m France secure the line-out and Dupont clears to Seymour
France 15-3 Scotland 60m France turn the ball own half-way and Dupont pumps the ball into the Scottish half, Scotland are now inside their 22 trying to clear
France 15-3 Scotland 61m The ball is thrown to Huget, the winger runs through the defence but refuses to use the three-on-one and is tackled, Scotland illegally ruck and Ntamack pops the ball into the corner
France 15-3 Scotland 62m France secure the line-out and are within 5m
France 15-3 Scotland 63m 14 phases inside the Scottish 5m zone, the away side turn the ball over and earn the penalty. Scotland clear
France 15-3 Scotland 66m France earn the penalty as Fraser Brown, Alex Allan, Zander Fagerson, Gary Graham, Ali Price and Darcy Graham are on for Allan Dell, McInally, Simon Berghan, Greig Laidlaw, Sean Maitland and Josh Strauss
France 15-3 Scotland 68m Paul Willemse is on for Sebastian Vahaamahina as Scotland win a scrum penalty, they take it quickly and are on half-way
France 15-3 Scotland 69m Hastings makes a great break to take Scotland into the 22 and they are soon up to within 10 but Huget strips the ball from Grigg
France 15-3 Scotland 70m Ntamack clears as Picamoles and Graham scuffle on the floor...
France 15-3 Scotland 70m Camille Chat, Etienne Falgoux, Dorian Aldegheri, Baptiste Serin, Gregory Alldritt and Maxime Médard replace Guilhem Guirado, Jefferson Poirot, Demba Bamba...
France 15-3 Scotland 70m ... Antoine Dupont, Louis Picamoles and Thomas Ramos
France 15-3 Scotland 71m Blair Kinghorn breaks into the 22 after great running line, Scotland look to capitalise on the possession but the away side illegally tackle a player beyond the ruck, France clear
France 15-3 Scotland 73m France are attacking into the Scottish half and spread it wide before Fickou kicks through, Scotland gather and look to clear
France 15-3 Scotland 73m But the ball is taken back, referee calls scrum but have France used the offside/onside laws to score here? TMO
France 15-3 Scotland 73m The ball is over the line in a Scottish ruck (no offside), French hands pile onto the ball to ground it, but have Scotland already grounded it?
France 15-3 Scotland 73m TMO Rowan Kitt decides that Scotland grounded the ball, France will have the 5m scrum and they have now had three disallowed tries!
France 20-3 Scotland 75m TRY! The scrum is secured by the home side at the third attempt, in fact they earn the penalty, they continue to drive and Gregory Alldritt scores
France 20-3 Scotland 77m Anthony Belleau comes on for Ntamack as Baptiste Serin fails to convert the try
France 20-10 Scotland 78m TRY! From the kick-off, Scotland look to attack, Pete Horne charges through the defence and passes to Ali Price who scores under the posts. Hastings is successful with the conversion
France 20-10 Scotland 79m Scotland look to attack from deep to earn a losing bonus point
France 20-10 Scotland 80m Scotland spread the ball wide and are now into the French half
France 20-10 Scotland 80m Darcy Graham secures a chip and France are defending inside their 22 now
France 20-10 Scotland 80+1m On the 22, Scotland continue to attack but the defence is strong
France 20-10 Scotland 80+2m Inside 10m now
France 20-10 Scotland 80+4m France earn another penalty and kick to the corner, they are going for the try bonus point here, what a kick! 5m out
France 20-10 Scotland 80+5m France secure the line-out and are within two metres, Alldritt crosses again, TMO
France 20-10 Scotland 80+5m Looks on the line to me, TMO Kitt thinks otherwise, harsh, fourth try disallowed for France, offside penalty to France, they scrum
France 20-10 Scotland 80+7m The scrum is secured by the French, they drive and earn another penalty, under advantage France look to attack
France 25-10 Scotland 80+8m TRY! France have scored through Alldritt once more and that is the bonus point for the Frenchmen
France 25-10 Scotland 80+9m The conversion is successful from Serin and that is full time

France v Scotland FT Six Nations 2019

france15 Thomas Ramos 14 Damian Penaud 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Gaël Fickou 11 Yoann Huget 10 Romain Ntamack 9 Antoine Dupont 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Demba Bamba 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina 5 Felix Lambey 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Arthur Iturria 8 Louis Picamoles BENCH: 16 Camille Chat 17 Etienne Falgoux* 18 Dorian Aldegheri 19 Paul Willemse 20 Gregory Alldritt 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Anthony Belleau 23 Maxime Médard

SCORERS T: Ntamack, Huget, Alldritt (2) C: Ramos, Serin P: Ramos Yellow Card Huget

scotland15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Nick Grigg 12 Sam Johnson 11 Sean Maitland 10 Pete Horne 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Allan Dell 2 Stuart McInally 3 Simon Berghan 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Jonny Gray 6 Magnus Bradbury 7 Jamie Ritchie 8 Josh Strauss BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Alex Allan 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Ben Toolis 20 Gary Graham 21 Ali Price 22 Adam Hastings 23 Darcy Graham

SCORERS T: Price C: Hastings P: Laidlaw

Referee: Nic Berry Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Andrew Brace TMO: Rowan Kitt




walesWALES 21 - 13 ENGLANDengland

Principality Stadium - Saturday 23 February 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: 3-10 Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 132
Wales won: 58
England won: 62
Drawn: 12



Today's Match Officials - Ref : Jaco Peyper AR's : Jerome Garcès, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Simon McDowell. The teams are out on the pitch...what an atmosphere! We await the anthems
Wales 0-0 England 0m Goosebumps during the anthems, let's hope the game lives up to Farrell steps up to kick-off

Wales 0-0 England 1m We have our first scrum and it's a Wales put-in, but play is delayed as Jack Nowell is down injured and the scrum decision is reversed as Tipuric is pinged for what looked like a perfect tackle!
Wales 0-0 England 2m Elliot Daly steps up for the penalty attempt but it wide
Wales 0-0 England 3m The home team are on the attack, but lose possession, England go through a few phases before the ball is back in Welsh hands and England are pinged
Wales 0-0 England 5m Anscombe kicks for touch, and once again the Welsh line-out misfires as Kruis steals it
Wales 0-0 England 7m Another Welsh attack sees Moriarty carry towards half way but loses the ball forward and England have the put-in at the scrum
Wales 0-0 England 9m A beautiful move from Liam Williams sees him foil three English defenders before Wales kick possession back to England once more
Wales 0-0 England 10m The hosts finally string a couple of phases but play continues around the half way area
Wales 0-0 #England Rugby 13m England are pressing, testing the Welsh defence, but a forward pass from Faz and we have another Welsh scrum
Wales 0-0 England 15m England secure a scrum penalty - surely the first three points of the match now
Wales 0-3 England 17m Faz slots over the simple kick, after going through his usual preparations to give his side the lead
Wales 0-3 England 19m Wales respond, keeping the ball tight as they finally find themselves in the English half. They are rewarded for their efforts with a penalty
Wales 0-3 England 21m Missing the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, Anscombe opts to kick for touch. Wales secure the line-out and drive closer to the whitewash...they have a penalty advantage
Wales 3-3 England 23m Anscombe steps up and it's straight through the posts...we're all level here in the Principality Stadium
Wales 3-8 England 25m A Welsh maul sees the ball go forward and stolen by England...Tips is out of position and Tom Curry takes full advantage as he dives over for the first try of the evening
Wales 3-10 England 26m Faz adds the conversion to further stretch the England lead
Wales 3-10 England 28m The confidence is oozing from England and there's not much the hosts can do about it as they attack the Welsh defence. Wales secure a scrum
Wales 3-10 England 31m From the scrum Wales work through the phases as Jon Davies sends out a long pass to George North but Anscombe kicks possession back to England....silly decision
Wales 3-10 England 33m England look dangerous in attack but an interception from Navidi and the visitors are pinged for off-side. Anscombe kicks for touch
Wales 3-10 England 35m Errors creep in to the Welsh game as the pass doesn't go to hand and it's an England scrum
Wales 3-10 EnglandRugby 37m Superb work from the Welsh pack as they win the scrum against the head, but again Anscombe kicks the ball back to England, putting the visitors under pressure in their own 22
Wales 3-10 England 39m Another handling error from the hosts gives England a great attacking opportunity as Jonny May bundles Hadleigh Parkes into touch deep in the Welsh 22
Wales 3-10 England 40m England drive off the line-out, it looks like the whole team in is the maul, before Faz kicks for the Nowell to chase - he keeps the ball in play, but finds George North before Wales finally get the ball dead

Wales v England HT Six Nations 2019Wales 3-10 England HT P: Anscombe I T: Curry C: Farrell P: Farrell

Wales 3-10 England 40m Both teams are back out for the second half - there are no changes
Wales 3-10 England 42m Wales come close to the intercept but lose the ball forward and it's another opportunity for the visitors
Wales 3-10 England 45m More pressure on Wales as England are in the Welsh 22, Ken Owens throws in and again England secure but are penalised for an arm on the jumper
Wales 3-10 England 47m Wales are on the attack and we have some handbags! Wales are awarded a free kick from the line-out - they opt for the scrum
Wales 3-10 England 48m The scrum goes down and is reset, Gareth Davies manages to get the ball away to Parkes. Wales keep the ball tight until Anscombe kicks again, but the visitors are pinged for holding on
Wales 6-10 England 51m Anscombe slots over the penalty to narrow England's lead
Wales 6-10 England 54m Wales are on the attack, but England are pinged for off-side. Sinckler puts in a late hit on Anscombe but Peyper decides it's nothing more
Wales 9-10 England 56m Another penalty against Sinckler, this time for a high tackle on Alun Wyn Jones. Anscombe slots over an easy three points
Wales 9-10 England 57m Harry Williams comes on for Sinckler...probably sensible as he was in danger of seeing yellow!
Wales 9-10 England 58m Faz kick the ball straight out and we have a good positional line-out for Wales
Wales 9-10 England 59m Tuilagi breaks and powers towards the try line but the Welsh defence hold firm. Rob Evans and Tomas Francis are replaced by Lewis and Smith.
Wales 9-10 England 61m Dan Biggar replaces Anscombe as England secure a penalty...up steps Faz
Wales 9-14 England 62m Farrell makes no mistake with his efforts and puts England two scores ahead
Wales 9-13 England 62m Farrell makes no mistake with his efforts and puts England two scores ahead
Wales 9-13 #England Rugby 64m Wales respond strongly, they're inches from the try line but England push them backwards, the noise is thunderous inside the stadium
Wales 14-13 England 68m George North powers towards the try line but is brought down short and fails to pass to Parkes who would have been in. They keep possession before Hill powers over from close range for the try
Wales 16-13 England 69m Biggar adds the extras!
Wales 16-13 England 70m Jonny May is replaced by Joe Cokanasiga for England, and try scorer Hill is replaced by Adam Beard for Wales
Wales 16-13 England 73m Wales have the ball and are back in the England half, keeping the ball tight as they inch towards the English 22
Wales 16-13 England 75m Courtney Lawes is helped off - looks nasty, but with minutes left Wales have secured the turn-over...Ken Owens' reaction speaks volumes
Wales 16-13 EnglandRugby 76m Brad Shields is on for England. Ken Owens, and Gareth Davies are replaced by Elliot Dee and Aled Davies. Wales have a scrum inside the England 22 as Hymns and Arias rings out
Wales 21-13 England 77m Wales secure a penalty at the scrum...a beautiful kick from Biggar, juggled and caught by Josh Adams who crashes over for the try
Wales 21-13 England 79m Biggar misses the conversion. Meanwhile Hadleigh Parkes is replaced by Owen Watkin
Wales 21-13 England 80m Liam Williams is named man of the match as Wales claim a hard fought victory and become the only team that are now able to win the Grand Slam

Wales v England FT Six Nations 2019

wales15 Liam Williams 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Josh Adams 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Gareth Davies 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Cory Hill 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Josh Navidi 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Nicky Smith 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Adam Beard 20 Aaron Wainwright 21 Aled Davies 22 Dan Biggar 23 Owen Watkin

SCORERS T: Hill, Adams C: Biggar P: Anscombe (3)

england15 Elliot Daly 14 Jack Nowell 13 Henry Slade 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Jonny May 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Ben Moon 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Courtney Lawes 5 George Kruis 6 Mark Wilson 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ellis Genge 18 Harry Williams 19 Joe Launchbury 20 Brad Shields 21 Dan Robson 22 George Ford 23 Joe Cokanasiga

SCORERS T: Curry C: Farrell P: Farrell

Referee: Jaco Peyper Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Simon McDowell




italyITALY 16 - 26 IRELANDIreland

Stadio Olimpico - Sunday 24 February 2019
KO: 16:00 HT: 16-12 Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 30
Italy won: 4
Ireland won: 26
Drawn: 0



Italy v Ireland We're just a couple of minutes away from KO for the final Guinness Six Nations match of the weekend in a fine, sunny though breezy Rom. The anthems are done

Italy 0-0 Ireland 1m Tommaso Allen kicks off the match in a sparsely filled Stadio Olimpico
Italy 0-0 Ireland 2m The Azzurri make a solid start but finally a penalty comes and the Irish turnover ball on their own 22 thru Peter O'Mahony
Italy 0-0 Ireland 3m The Irish clear well to put play over halfway, forcing Italy to defend a scrum in their own half, and that doesn't go to plan...
Italy 0-0 Ireland 4m The Irish win the scrum penalty and set up a lineout deep in the Azzurri 22; ooh you've not had the list of officials yet! Referee: Glen Jackson Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Karl Dickson TMO: Graham Hughes
Italy 0-0 Ireland 5m Well, that didn't go to plan for the Irish! An excellent attacking position which is blown away by the Italians stealing lineout ball most efficiently & the visitors are cleared right away
Italy 0-0 Ireland 7m The Irish steadily return inside the Italian 22, but another defensive is on its way after the visitors are penalised for collapsing the maul
Italy 0-0 Ireland 9m Irish gain the upper hand and are piling on the pressure as they breach the Azzurri 22 again, but the Italian defence is not to be trifled with lightly
Italy 0-5 Ireland 11m It takes Ireland 19 phases of heaving forward, recycling, trying to get out quick ball to shift in a straight line eventually under the posts for a Quinn Roux try
Italy 0-7 Ireland 12m Johnny Sexton knocks over the conversion
Italy 0-7 Ireland 13m Andrew Conway has arrived off the bench early after Bundee Aki is sent off for a Head Injury Assessment
Italy 0-7 Ireland 14m Conway makes an immediate impact, making a break before offloading to Keith Earls who sprints towards the goal line before chipping the ball ahead across the whitewash...
Italy 0-7 Ireland 15m ...Conway chasing it desperately but fullback Jayden Hayward reaches it successfully to prevent the try
Italy 0-7 Ireland 17m The Azzurri now find some proper possession and head up towards the Irish 22 with some verve
Italy 0-7 Ireland 18m The homeside have made serious yards and are just short of the tryline before Ireland are pinged for not releasing the tackler, giving the Azzurri an easy shot at goal
Italy 3-7 Ireland 19m Allen tees up from in front of the posts and opens the scoring for the Azzurri
Italy 3-12 Ireland 21m However, the restart isn't so great for the Azzurri as the ball goes awry and directly into the hands of Jacob Stockdale who sprints unhindered
Italy 3-12 Ireland 22m However, the expected conversion does not materialise; meanwhile Aki has failed his HIA so Conway is here to stay for the duration
Italy 3-12 Ireland 24m Italy make a good restart and breach the Irish 22 quickly, and despite a poor pass which is just saved, Sean Cronin is caught offside for another Italian penalty
Italy 6-12 Ireland 25m Tommy Allen notches up another penalty from inside the Irish 22 in front of the posts
Italy 6-12 Ireland 27m The Irish carry play right up to the Italian 22 but it's Tito Tebaldi who gets right over the breakdown and the Azzurri wrestle possession clear away
Italy 6-12 Ireland 28m The penalty has play back up at the midfield with the Azzurri with ball in hand; an Irish penalty allows Tebaldi to sprint from halfway and he chips ahead perfectly, about to leave the Irish in his wake...
Italy 6-12 Ireland 29m ...but Rob Kearney obstructs clearly and the Irish prevent the try, Jordi Murphy collecting and reversing the position
Italy 6-12 Ireland 31m The Irish take play well clear of the dangerzone and have a lineout which should allow them to creep swiftly into the Italian territory...
Italy 6-12 Ireland 32m ...however the setpiece is appalling from the Irish with Cronin shockingly overthrowing the ball, and the Azzurri are lightning sharp on the uptake, belting towards the goal line...
Italy 11-12 Ireland 33m ...not quite reaching the required destination immediately, but the ball is well passed out to Edoardo Padovani who dances over the whitewash out wide to score magnificently
Italy 11-12 Ireland 34m Sadly for Italy, the angle is too acute for Allen to convert with any efficiency
Italy 11-12 Ireland 35m Before the furore of that Italian try, Iain Henderson replaced Ultan Dillane for a blood injury
Italy 11-12 Ireland 37m The Irish have possession in the Azzurri 22 but Tebaldi works his magic yet again, charging with ball in hand into the Irish half, chipping ahead and the Italians almost get to score on the nearside...
Italy 16-12 Ireland 38m ...and tho Allen is deftly held back from scoring in the corner, the ball is quickly recycled & sent wide to the opposing touch, Maxime Mbanda’ is also taken down but Luca Morisi hurtles over the line to score!
Italy 16-12 Ireland 39m Had he not got there, no doubt a penalty try would have been awarded, but he did, and Tommy Allen's kicking at the uprights has not improved.
Italy 16-12 Ireland 40m Dillane returns from the blood bin, sending Henderson back to the bench, and the restart is uninteresting, as the ball finds touch for the halftime whistle

Italy v Ireland HT Six Nations 2019Italy 16-12 Ireland HT T: Padovani, Morisi P: Allen (2) | T: Roux, Stockdale C: Sexton
Italy 16-12 Ireland HT What a first half for the Azzurri! And if Tommy Allen could have found his form, the Italians would in fact be another 7 points clear...

Italy 16-12 Ireland 40m Talisman Sergio Parisse may not be playing today, but he's there in his full glory on the sidelines as Sexton makes a mess of KO.
Italy 16-12 Ireland 41m The Azzurri have a scrum and they don't make a bad effort, and then Kearney fails to get under a high ball; Irish are cracking under pressure
Italy 16-12 Ireland 42m 'Mbanda is replaced by Alessandro Zanni after a massive tackle into Roux, while the Azzurri ensure they are staying well inside Irish territory
Italy 16-12 Ireland 44m The Azzurri attacking scrum has to be reset after a time off, outside the Irish 22... and they do well to make yards of the back of it
Italy 16-12 Ireland 45m But O'Mahony does his job well at the breakdown and possession finally goes back into green hands as they need to shift the Italians away from their 22
Italy 16-12 Ireland 47m Ireland set up an attacking lineout which the Azzurri choose not to contest in order to prevent Ireland from succeeding with their driving maul to score...
Italy 16-12 Ireland 49m The visitors are all over the Azzurri tryline but the Italian defence is holding strong and they cannot find a way through, being forced from one side to the other across pitch...
Italy 16-17 Ireland 50m It takes 10 phases of pick n goes and recycling the ball before Earls calls the bluff of the Italian defence and sidesteps it deftly to score
Italy 16-19 Ireland 51m Conor Murray interestingly takes the conversion, and he has no problems adding the extras; meanwhile Niall Scannell has replaced Cronin
Italy 16-19 Ireland 52m Tiziano Pasquali and David Sisi replace Simone Ferrari and Jimmy Tuivaiti, the later helped off as he limps off in pain
Italy 16-19 Ireland 54m The Azzurri again attack with some verve and are deep into the Irish 22 as a ball goes forward off Zanni's leg, but the ref decides it knocked on by his hand , giving the Irish a penalty.
Italy 16-19 Ireland 55m A short injury time off before the Irish clear the Azzurri out of their 22 and over halfway. Oh if only the referees would pay attention!
Italy 16-19 Ireland 57m The Irish end up outside the Azzurri 22 as Tebaldi is pinged for interfering at the breakdown after he's been told to stand down...
Italy 16-19 Ireland 58m Ref Jackson doesn't appear to mind multiple Irishmen talking at him at once...looks a bit like a whinge. Meanwhile, Henderson and Josh van der Flier replace Roux and O'Brien
Italy 16-19 Ireland 60m Time is called off for Cherif Traore' replacing Andrea Lovotti after field position is frittered away by the Azzurri
Italy 16-19 Ireland 61m Ireland take the penalty and the attack is fierce into Italian territory but Stockdale fluffs it completely with a knock on at eh Azzurri 22
Italy 16-19 Ireland 62m The Azzurri scrum is perfectly efficient and they Irish are pushed back up towards the midfield, as Jack McGrath & John Ryan replace Dave Kilcoyne and Tadhg Furlong
Italy 16-19 Ireland 64m Italy position themselves well at their defensive scrum just inside their half, but Tebaldi is pinged yet again at the breakdown...
Italy 16-19 Ireland 65m It's an Irish attacking lineout which goes to plan and the visitors drive towards the tryline...
Italy 16-24 Ireland 66m ...sucking in plenty of Azzurri defenders enough for Murray to grab the ball and sneak over a bonus point try
Italy 16-26 Ireland 68m Murray converts his own try efficiently, and now the Azzurri need two scores to regain their lead and have any hope of stealing the win
Italy 16-26 Ireland 70m The homeside take the bull by the horns and head deep into Irish territory, setting up a lineout in the 22 rather than taking the 3 points from an Irish penalty...
Italy 16-26 Ireland 71m ...but the Azzurri fail to create any momentum just a few metres from the Irish goal line as the Irish steal lineout ball and force the homeside back
Italy 16-26 Ireland 72m Meanwhile, John Cooney has replaced Murray while Tommaso Castello is on for Michele Campagnaro
Italy 16-26 Ireland 73m The Azzurri are back into the Irish 22 as quick as possible, but again the ball is turned over while Cronin returns to the field of play, Scannell back to the bench
Italy 16-26 Ireland 74m One-eyed rugby phenomenon Ian McKinley replaces Allen for the Azzurri while the Irish force the Azzurri right back up to halfway
Italy 16-26 Ireland 76m The Irish are busy building phases to move towards the Azzurri 22, 14 so far before a knock on, while any hope of even a draw is slipping away  for Italy
Italy 16-26 Ireland 77m Jack Carty from Connacht makes his Irish debut, replacing Sexton while McKinley attempts to clear the Irish well away from the Azzurri 22...
Italy 16-26 Ireland 78m But his kick doesn't find touch so the Irish are quickly back into Azzurri territory, though are pushed back up top halfway quickly
Italy 16-26 Ireland 80m 13 phases in, the clock turns red and all the Irish have to do is kick the ball out...but they don't...
Italy 16-26 Ireland 80+1m The Azzurri steal possession, win a penalty, and play continues with an Italian lineout just outside the Irish 22...
Italy 16-26 Ireland 80+2m The lineout is good, the drive is good, Henderson is pinged for side entry & McKinley has a decision to make - the lineout & drive or 3 points...
Italy 16-26 Ireland 80+3m McKinley opts for the points in the hope that Italy can at least secure a losing bonus point
Italy 16-26 Ireland 80+4m McKinley's kick goes awry, ball is still in play and Stockdale sprints up field, offloads in the midfield but the ball is knocked on, the penalty is in favour of the Azzurri...
Italy 16-26 Ireland FT ...but Jackson blows the final whistle, with Ireland still in the mix for the Guinness Six Nations title along with Wales & England

Italy v Ireland FT Six Nations 2019

italy15 Jayden Hayward 14 Edoardo Padovani 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Luca Morisi 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Tito Tebaldi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 LEONARDO GHIRALDINI (C) 3 Simone Ferrari 4 Federico Ruzza 5 Dean Budd 6 Jimmy Tuivaiti 7 Maxime Mbanda’ 8 Abraham Jurgens Steyn BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore' 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 David Sisi 20 Alessandro Zanni 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Ian McKinley 23 Tommaso Castello

SCORERS T: Padovani, Morisi P: Allen (2)

Ireland15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Chris Farrell 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Dave Kilcoyne 2 Sean Cronin 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Ultan Dillane 5 Quinn Roux 6 PETER O’MAHONY (C) 7 Sean O’Brien 8 Jordi Murphy  BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 Jack McGrath 18 John Ryan 19 Iain Henderson 20 Josh van der Flier 21 John Cooney 22 Jack Carty* 23 Andrew Conway

SCORERS T: Roux, Stockdale, Earls, Murray C: Sexton, Murray (2)

Referee: Glen Jackson Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Karl Dickson TMO: Graham Hughes




NatWest 6 Nations Week 4

6Ns Scotland vs Wales6Ns England vs Italy6Ns Ireland vs France

6Ns Table Week 4 2019

scotlandSCOTLAND 11 - 18 WALESwales

BT Murrayfield - Saturday 09 March 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: 6-15 Att: 67,144


All matches
Played: 125
Scotland won: 49
Wales won: 73
Drawn: 3



Scotland v Wales The first game of round four is just 15 minutes away and here are your officials: Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Luke Pearce, Federico Anselmi TMO: Marius Jonker
Scotland v Wales Both teams are out, and it is time for Flower of Scotland, but first, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (I think!)
Scotland v Wales Murrayfield erupts after the second anthem concludes, a lot of travelling support in Edinburgh this weekend. Wales will kick this game off

Scotland 0-0 Wales 1m Scotland fail to gather the Gareth Anscombe kick-off and Wales look to attack on the Scottish 10m line before the fly-half kicks, Tommy Seymour knocks on and Wales will scrum
Scotland 0-0 Wales 3m Wales win the scrum after a reset and Wales are on half-way after good defence, the ball is shipped to Josh Adams who kicks the ball. It is dotted down by the defence and Scotland have the 22 drop
Scotland 0-0 Wales 4m The drop out bounces and hits the hand of Gareth Davies, the Welsh scrum-half concedes the scrum inside his own half
Scotland 0-0 Wales 5m Scotland secure the scrum and Ali Price passes to Finn Russell, the home side are shy of the 22
Scotland 0-0 Wales 6m Wales turn the ball over at the ruck before Anscombe kicks deep to Blair Kinghorn, the full-back sends the ball back, Liam Williams kicks to Russell who passes to Nick Grigg. Scotland are now shy of the 22
Scotland 0-0 Wales 8m The home side continue to enjoy possession as Josh Strauss carries over the 22 line but a forward pass in a later phase scuppers the chance. Wales have a penalty for a Stuart McInally neck roll on the 22
Scotland 0-0 Wales 9m Jamie Richie is replaced by Hamish Watson for a HIA. From the Welsh line-out, Wales maul and the away side kick into Scottish territory. Ross Moriarty fails to roll away and is pinged by the referee
Scotland 0-0 Wales 10m Scotland secure the line out and crash into the midfield under advantage, the play goes nowhere and the penalty is awarded, a Josh Navidi line out offence. Russell to go for the posts
Scotland 3-0 Wales 11m The fly-half is successful and Scotland take the lead after 11 minutes
Scotland 3-0 Wales 12m Scotland eventually clear after the kick-off, Liam Williams carries to beyond half-way
Scotland 3-5 Wales 13m Wales are on the attack with some food hands, the ball is spread wide to Josh Adams on the left wing, he beats the defensive tackle and scores in the corner, from 35 metres out.
Scotland 3-7 Wales 15m Gareth Anscombe dissects the posts to increase the lead to four
Scotland 3-7 Wales 15m Jamie Richie replacement Hamish Watson is himself off for a blood replacement so hooker Fraser Brown will go into the back row...
Scotland 3-7 Wales 17m Wales strip Scottish ball inside their own half, Anscombe kicks the ball over the defence but the home side gather, they look to carry from deep before kicking
Scotland 3-7 Wales 18m Scotland earn the penalty as Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones fails to roll, Scotland kick to touch and will have the line out just shy of the 22
Scotland 3-7 Wales 19m The line out is secured and the home side maul, Ali Price eventually takes the ball out and Scotland look to attack through the midfield
Scotland 3-7 Wales 20m Darcy Graham breaks the line and charges to within 5 metres of the line, Murrayfield comes to life.
Scotland 3-7 Wales 20m Scotland use the forwards to batter the red defence and earn the penalty, the welsh captain Jones taking the player without the ball. The Richie/Brown blood replacement is reversed.
Scotland 6-7 Wales 21m Tommy Seymour leaves the field with an arm/hand injury, replaced by Byron McGuigan. Russell takes the penalty and the deficit is now just one
Scotland 6-7 Wales 22m Jake Ball replaces Adam Beard for Wales, a blood replacement. Scotland gather the kick off and clear through Ali Price
Scotland 6-7 Wales 23m Wales' possession takes them beyond the 10m line and they earn the advantage as a Welsh break comes to nothing. McInally fails to roll away on the 10m line and the away side will kick for the three
Scotland 6-10 Wales 24m The Anscombe penalty is successful in the swirling wind, Wales lead by four
Scotland 6-10 Wales 25m Wales gather the restart and kick through Gareth Davies, Scotland field the ball and carry hard through Strauss
Scotland 6-10 Wales 25m Scotland lose the ball under pressure and Wales will have the scrummaging put-in
Scotland 6-10 Wales 27m Wales win the scrum penalty after a reset and Anscombe pumps the ball deep into the Scottish half
Scotland 6-10 Wales 28m The Wales line out is secured on the 22, the home side carry through the forwards
Scotland 6-10 Wales 28m Wales enjoy possession and are soon within 15 of the line
Scotland 6-10 Wales 30m The forwards continue to carry, 17 phases now
Scotland 6-15 Wales 30m Hadleigh Parkes breaks through, Wales are within 5m. The ball goes wide before Jonathan Davies scores from 5 metres out, quality ball retention there
Scotland 6-15 Wales 31m The Gareth Anscombe conversion is unsuccessful
Scotland 6-15 Wales 32m Blair Kinghorn is off injured, Adam Hastings comes on for Scotland as Wales gather and clear the kick off
Scotland 6-15 Wales 33m Scotland secure the line out after George North was taken into touch, the men in blue kick to George North who breaks tackles to carry just shy of half way
Scotland 6-15 Wales 34m Scotland gather a subsequent Welsh kick and look to carry out of their half, Price clears and Liam Williams brilliantly gathers on half way
Scotland 6-15 Wales 36m Scotland concede the offside penalty on half way, North is unable to gather the following cross-field kick and the away side will kick to the corner
Scotland 6-15 Wales 37m Wales have a 5 metre line out after Anscombe's pinpoint kick. The away side secure the ball but are now 15 out.
Scotland 6-15 Wales 37m Jamie Richie is unable to support his body weight, Wales get the penalty and kick for the three. Harsh call from referee Pascal Gaüzère
Scotland 6-15 Wales 39m Anscombe's penalty kick bounces off the post, Parkes gathers and spreads it wide to Adams but he is tackled into touch 5 metres out by Adam Hastings
Scotland 6-15 Wales 40m The Scotland line out is secured but the Welsh defence carry Price over the line. Wales will have a 5 metre scrum in what looks to be the last play of the half
Scotland 6-15 Wales 41+1m The scrum is secured after another first-half reset, Wales carry but knock on, that is half time

Scotland v Wales HT Six Nations 2019Scotland 6-15 Wales HT P: Russell (2) | T: Adams, Jonathan Davies C: Anscombe P: Anscombe

Scotland 6-15 Wales 40m Both Scotland and Wales return to the field, Scotland to kick this second 40 off through Finn Russell
Scotland 6-15 Wales 41m Wales gather the kick off outside of the 22 and kick to Hastings, the men in blue are up to half-way before kicking through Russell. Wales gather
Scotland 6-15 Wales 43m Both sides kick to each other before a sliced Darcy Graham kick gives Wales the line out around the Scottish 10m line
Scotland 6-15 Wales 44m Wales' line out is good and they are looking to carry through the forwards, they are inside the 10m line but unable to make too much ground
Scotland 6-15 Wales 44m A wide pass to Josh Adams was forward and the home side have a scrum inside their own half as some of the Scottish backs gesture to the crowd - asking for some noise
Scotland 6-15 Wales 45m The Scottish scrum is good first time around and the men in blue are just shy of half-way
Scotland 6-15 Wales 46m Scotland earn the penalty, Alun Wyn Jones laying across the ball bur Scotland miss touch. Scotland attack after Wales kick to Hastings
Scotland 6-15 Wales 47m Prop Allan Dell finds the gap and charges up to the 22, play heads to the right before Strauss breaks through himself, the home side are within 15 now
Scotland 6-15 Wales 48m Finn Russell brilliantly passes to the advertising hoarding, but as we know, that cannot catch the ball. Wales line out as Liam Williams is replaced by Dan Biggar - arm injury
Scotland 6-15 Wales 49m A high kick from the Welsh line out looks to have been knocked on by the Scottish receiver, the referee says otherwise and the Scottish attack is inside the Welsh half before the Welsh side turn the ball
Scotland 6-15 Wales 49m The crowd bay for an earlier high tackle call, and get it, VERY harsh there from referee Gaüzère, Scotland kick to the corner
Scotland 6-15 Wales 50m Scotland maul from the line out, they get the collapse advantage. The Home side kick into the dead ball area but Hadleigh Parkes gathers, back to the penalty, corner once more
Scotland 6-15 Wales 52m Scotland gather again, and maul once more, Adam Beard has done well to scupper that, Scotland within two, Grant Gilchrist crosses but he is held up, five metre scrum
Scotland 6-15 Wales 53m The scrum is secure by the home side, they are now 8 metres out, carrying through the forwards
Scotland 6-15 Wales 54m A lovely Pete Horne pass sends Hastings to within 5m, but a brilliant Dan Biggar tackle sets up the welsh forwards, they secure the turnover penalty and clear
Scotland 6-15 Wales 55m The kick does not make half-way but the away side will have the throw
Scotland 6-15 Wales 56m The line out is gathered by Scotland, against the head, and the home side are just shy of the 22
Scotland 6-15 Wales 56m Price kicks, the ball is returned and Byron McGuigan takes the quick line out, Scotland are beyond the Welsh 10m line and earn the high tackle penalty, George North the guilty party
Scotland 11-15 Wales 59m The Scottish line out is good, Price passes the ball to Finn Russell through Horne, McGuigan then gets the ball on the switch and charges to within 5, he passes to Graham through Hastings and Scotland cross.
Scotland 11-15 Wales 60m The Russell conversion is unsuccessful
Scotland 11-15 Wales 61m A Scottish grubber is gathered by Hadleigh Parkes after blue possession, Parkes is under pressure and concedes the rucking penalty on the 22, Russell pumps the ball into the corner
Scotland 11-15 Wales 62m The line out is good once more from Scotland and the home side maul, Price loses the ball forward but referee Gaüzère says otherwise, Russell's subsequent kick goes dead and Wales get the drop out
Scotland 11-15 Wales 63m Adam Beard and Rob Evans are replaced by Jake Ball and Nicky Smith for Wales as the Scottish gather eventually dribbles dead inside the Welsh half
Scotland 11-15 Wales 64m Wales get the free kick from the line out, the home side closing the gap. Scotland gather the kick and sent the ball wide, they are just shy of the welsh 10m line
Scotland 11-15 Wales 65m A miss-pass from Scotland is kicked by Parkes, Adams gathers and manages to keep the balk in field, three phases later there is a right-wing overlap but the ball is forward from Adams
Scotland 11-15 Wales 65m Darcy Graham is replaced by Greig Laidlaw for Scotland as Simon Berghan, Ben Toolis and Hamish Watson also come on, this time for Willem Nel, Josh Strauss and Jonny Gray
Scotland 11-15 Wales 66m Scotland clear their lines and Wales knock on, Scotland have possession as Ken Owens and Tomos Francis are replaced by Elliot Der and Dillon Lewis. Scotland kick and Wales will have a LO inside their half
Scotland 11-15 Wales 67m Wales win the line out and kick, Scotland have the ball before Watson breaks the defence, Scotland are now attacking on the 22
Scotland 11-15 Wales 68m Scotland have the advantage as they camp on the 22, Stuart McInally breaks this time and Scotland are within 13
Scotland 11-15 Wales 69m In line with the posts, the forwards carry for Scotland but Pascal Gaüzère brings the penalty ALL of the way back, long advantage there
Scotland 11-15 Wales 70 Gareth Davies and Ross Moriarty replaced by Aled Davies and Aaron Wainwright for Wales and McInally is off, Fraser Brown on for Scotland
Scotland 11-15 Wales 71m The Scotland line out is secure and the home side maul, penalty advantage for collapsing, corner once more from Scotland as the referee warns the Wales captain
Scotland 11-15 Wales 71m The ball is once again secured, the Welsh maul defence pushes the home side backward, 15 metres out now
Scotland 11-15 Wales 72m Nick Grigg carries hard, Scotland now within seven
Scotland 11-15 Wales 73m Scotland are back on the 22 now, rush defence from Wales brilliant
Scotland 11-15 Wales 74m Scotland visibly slower with Laidlaw at scrum-half and Wales turn the ball before clearing
Scotland 11-15 Wales 74m The Aled Davies kick was out on the full, deemed to have been carried inside, Scotland line out on the 22
Scotland 11-15 Wales 75m Owen Watkin replaces Hadleigh Parkes for Wales, the centre has been incredible today
Scotland 11-15 Wales 75m The Scottish line out is loose, the home side are 30 out
Scotland 11-15 Wales 76m Finn Russell kicks through, and before Anscombe can gather Ali Price tackles the fly-half, thinking he has the ball, penalty Wales
Scotland 11-15 Wales 77m The Wales line out is shy of half-way, they secure the ball and maul before Aled Davies kicks, Price gathers but is driven into touch by North
Scotland 11-15 Wales 78m MOTM given to Hadleigh Parkes as Wales secure the line out
Scotland 11-15 Wales 78m Wales are into the Scottish 22, looking for points
Scotland 11-15 Wales 79m The away side will look to run the clock down, with 90 seconds to go
Scotland 11-15 Wales 80m Wales earn the penalty at the ruck and the subsequent play goes nowhere. 40 seconds left, Wales go for posts
Scotland 11-18 Wales 80m The Anscombe penalty is good, Wales lead by seven, win the game, and head to Cardiff looking for the grand slam against Ireland
Scotland 11-18 Wales That is all from this opening round four game, up next, Italy travel to Twickenham to take on England.

Scotland v Wales FT Six Nations 2019

scotland15 Blair Kinghorn 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Nick Grigg 12 Pete Horne 11 Darcy Graham 10 Finn Russell 9 Ali Price 1 Allan Dell 2 STUART MCINALLY (C) 3 Willem Nel 4 Grant Gilchrist5 Jonny Gray 6 Magnus Bradbury 7 Jamie Ritchie 8 Josh Strauss BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Gordon Reid 18 Simon Berghan 19 Ben Toolis 20 Hamish Watson 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Adam Hastings 23 Byron McGuigan

SCORERS T: Graham P: Russell (2)

wales15 Liam Williams 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Josh Adams 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Gareth Davies 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Adam Beard 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Josh Navidi 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Nicky Smith 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Jake Ball 20 Aaron Wainwright 21 Aled Davies 22 Dan Biggar 23 Owen Watkin

SCORERS T: Adams, Jonathan Davies C: Anscombe P: Anscombe (2)

Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Luke Pearce, Federico Anselmi TMO: Marius Jonker




englandENGLAND 57 - 14 ITALYitaly

Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 09 March 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: 31-7 Att: 82,022


All matches
Played: 25
England won: 25
Italy won: 0
Drawn: 0



England v Italy It's anthem time at HQ...Azzurri up first but expect God Save The Queen to be formidable!
England v Italy First I've noticed Mr Eddie Jones singing the English national anthem!
England v Italy There's been some fantastic sunshine at HQ today, but OMFG the wind is bracing...

England 0-0 Italy 1m Owen Farrell kicks off and they deal with the Azzurri smartly, quickly back in possession and gently heading deeper into Italian territory...
England 0-0 Italy 2m A lovely pass out to monster Joe Cokanasiga who offloads beautifully to Tom Curry...who drops it forward giving Italy a defensive scrum
England 0-0 Italy 3m The scrum is fine for Italy but the formidable Sergio Parisse gets turned over, and before you know it, England are bearing down on the Italian goal line
England 0-0 Italy 4m Italy win back possession and kick the English away but it's not long til they are straight back in the 22 and on the attack again...
England 0-0 Italy 5m Billy Vunipola offloads in quite poor fashion to Brad Shields, who this week is preferred over Mark Wilson-more for experience one should surmise then form, but his pass to Curry is forward so no try for the No.7
England 5-0 Italy 7m The Italian defensive scrum collapses no thanks to Simone Ferrari and England take full advantage, kicking the penalty into touch and Joe Launchbury takes it well for England to drive over the whitewash to score
England 7-0 Italy 9m Jamie George claims the score, and Faz converts for a solid start to the match
England 7-0 Italy 11m Italy are not taking this lying down, and off the restart, the Azzurri are steadily building phases into the England half. It takes some time but a lovely pass comes out to Tommaso Allan who looks for support..
England 7-5 Italy 12m...but realises he has none so dummies and sprints and stretches his hand forward to scores in the corner having sliced the England defence neatly
England 7-7 Italy 13m Allan converts his own excellent tho accidental effort, and we have a match on our hands!
England 12-7 Italy 15m But England's reply is excellent team work from the backs and the ball gets out to Jonny May who rapidly saunters over the whitewash to score...making it look so effortless!
England 14-7 Italy 16m Faz is having a good day on the boot and he adds the conversion to double England's score from a moment ago
England 14-7 Italy 18m Not quite the pace of previous matches for England, but the homeside steadily build phases in the preferred direction...
England 14-7 Italy 19m Not far from the danger zone but England ball-handling is unimpressive and at the Azzurri 22, they hand over possession to the visitors
England 19-7 Italy 20m However, Angelo Esposito misses another crucial tackle - the first one in the run up to May's try - this time on Manu Tuilagi who sprints unhindered from the midfield, side-stepping deftly, to score a third try
England 21-7 Italy 22m A little conversion from Faz and England are already 3/4s of the way to a bonus point…as Tuilagi scores his first try at Twickenham in 6 years
England 21-7 Italy 23m A painful consequence of attempting to tackle Tuilagi is being injured and replaced early into a match - and the casualty is Michele Campagnaro, replaced by Tommaso Castello
England 21-7 Italy 24m England are quickly back down in the Azzurri 22 with  a lineout and firmly on the attack, just 1 metre short of the tryline but forced wide from far touch towards the uprights
England 21-7 Italy 24m Kyle Sinckler gets close, but forced to recycle and advantage being played after Tito Tebaldi pinged for not rolling away at the ruck
England 21-7 Italy 25m Faz calls for the penalty and he adds three points to his tally and stretches the England lead
England 24-7 Italy 27m Italy make some ground from the restart but are losing their heads a little, focus going awry, but somehow manage to retain possession
England 24-7 Italy 28m Azzurri scrum in the midfield and they win their ball just fine, are forced back over halfway, and the  only way Tebaldi is going to make ground is through a kick
England 24-7 Italy 30m The Azzurri do make it up to the England 22 through a penalty and lineout, forming a maul which goes nowhere, and fall offside when it becomes a ruck giving England a defensive scrum...
England 21-7 Italy 31m ...which they execute in solid fashion, Tuilagi running it rather than kicking away possession right up to the midfield before a kick goes over halfway...
England 29-7 Italy 32m The ball flies ahead and George is outnumbered two to one, but somehow still manages to grasp it, offloading deftly for the ball to reach Shields who pelts it to the tryline to score
England 31-7 Italy 33m Faz adds the conversion, the bonus point is comfortably in the bag, and boy is Tuilagi having a super game. However, Ben...Te'o...who?! Only noticed him once so far as he sat on his arse(!)
England 31-7 Italy 34m In all the furore, replacement Castello has been helped off the pitch injured, himself replaced with Ian McKinley
England 31-7 Italy 35m Has complacency set in at England this early? Well there's definitely some mixing up of the positions on the England side at the scrum!
England 31-7 Italy 36m After Parisse wins his Azzurri some possession and set a defensive scrum which has to be reset...
England 31-7 Italy 37m  Italy make some serious yardage, while England appear to be resting on their laurels... Only a bounce of the ball into touch stops the attack from Esposito...
England 31-7 Italy 38m ...and you have to wonder what on earth Danny Care has done to upset Eddie Jones when you see Ben Youngs miss a second...then a third crucial tackle!
England 31-7 Italy 39m Italy continues to pile on the pressure and lurk deep in England territory, trying to find that elusive break that will lead them on the path to scoredom...
England 31-7 Italy 40m  ...Parisse almost finds it, but is promptly shut down and forced to recycle out wide; Italy retain possession and go 19 phases clear
England 31-7 Italy 40+1m It looks promising for Morisi but he can't quite hold on and the first half ends with Italy staring into the abyss, tho England need to up their game from the last 10 minutes or so

England v Italy HT Six Nations 2019England 31-7 Italy HT T: George, May, Tuilagi, Shields C: Farrell (4) P: Farrell | T: Allan C: Allan

England 31-7 Italy 40m The teams are back and the second half kicks off with an Azzurri scrum...
England 31-7 Italy 41m ...not a bad effort, but they can't make anything of it, despite being deep in England territory
England 31-7 Italy 43m It's not long before possession is reversed and England are bearing down on Italian territory, tho the Azzurri defence is affective
England 31-7 Italy 45m England make yards deep into the Azzurri 22, but the Italians fight back effectively and a try is prevented adeptly
England 31-7 Italy 45m A quick time off before England are forced right back up to the 10m line, but Cokanasiga makes a monster break and sets up a magnificent opportunity for England despite not making it to the whitewash...
England 36-7 Italy 46m ...but Elliot Daly gets the ball out to that pesky Tuilagi who charges in quite balletic fashion for a brace
England 36-7 Italy 47m However, there is no conversion this time. Meanwhile, Italy are bringing on the changes already...
England 36-7 Italy 49m Leonardo Ghiraldini & David Sisi come on to replace Dean Budd & Sebastien Negri
England 36-7 Italy 50m Also Tiziano Pasquali & Jake Polledri for Luca Bigi & Ferrari
England 36-7 Italy 51m An Italian attacking scrum may not be dynamic, and may have to be reset, but they are positioned well around the England 22 and take advantage...
England 36-12 Italy 53m A gentle building of phases after winning a lineout, Parisse dummies convincingly and Luca Morisi sneaks over the whitewash for a second score
England 36-12 Italy 54m Tommy Allan adds the extras, and Italy are showing their worth somewhat
England 36-12 Italy 56m Dan Cole & Wilson replace Sinckler and Curry for England, as England get on the front foot again...
England 36-12 Italy 57m ...but just as the homeside breach the 22 with menace, Faz fluffs his handling and hands over possession to the opposition
England 36-12 Italy 58m There's a time off giving Italy time to regroup as England lurk around their goal line, but again mishandling of the ball, this time by Tuilagi gives a defensive scrum to the visitors
England 36-12 Italy 59m Luke Cowan-Dickie & Ben Moon replace Genge and George before play resumes and the scrum is set...
England 36-12 Italy 60m ...and the Azzurri send England packing back up toward the midfield
England 36-12 Italy 61m George Ford & Henry Slade replace Faz and Tuilagi
England 36-12 Italy 62m And finally Dan Robson is going to get more than a nano second on the pitch for his second cap as he replaces a lacklustre Youngs
England 41-12 Italy 63m Following a scrum, Italy are in possession but defending their territory, thinking they've done enough outside the 22, but George Kruis charges down the ball, doesn't blink & sprints to the tryline whitewash
England 43-12 Italy 64m Ford makes the conversion for England and a cricket score is beckoning...
England 43-12 Italy 65m Meanwhile, Traore & Guglielmo Palazzani have replaced Morisi and Parisse
England 43-12 Italy 66m Nathan Hughes replaced Joe Launchbury in the pack, and England have something to prove here, that they don't suffer from complacency...
England 48-12 Italy 67m ...the result of which allows young Robson, in his second test match , to score a far too easy try for his country
England 50-12 Italy 68m Ford adds the conversion as England mark a significant half century. Italy who ran rings round other teams so far this 6Ns, despite losing, have had no such luck at Twickenham
England 50-12 Italy 70m Pretty sure England aren't done yet, since after all there are still 10 minutes to go...
England 50-12 Italy 72m ...but they lose momentum as Italy retake possession and head over halfway into England's half, earning a penalty in the process
England 50-12 Italy 73m The Azzurri pop the ball into touch for a 5m attacking lineout where they retain the ball but are forced to play wide from near touch, determined to find a way through the wall of white ahead...
England 50-12 Italy 75m 13 phases along the width of the pitch with five minutes remaining, replacement Ian McKinley goes over the top of the ruck in the England 22 and hands over the ball to the homeside
England 50-12 Italy 76m England waste no time in shifting the Azzurri as far as they can from the whitewash, the 22, and their own half in quite determined fashion....
England 50-12 Italy 77m ...and before you could say boo to a goose, England are at the Azzurri 22 and piling on that pressure fiercely
England 55-12 Italy 78m Italy wrestle the ball back & hope to deftly dispatch England, but the ball is again charged down, this time only a couple of metres from the tryline and Shield touches it down with a light touch for a brace
England 57-12 Italy 79m Ford adds the conversion for a significant scoreline, but actually, they could have added a couple more tries quite easily
England 57-12 Italy 80m A significant final score, but points left out there for both sides as the ball finds touch for the final whistle.
England 57-12 Italy Joe C deservedly wins Man of the Match, but he tries to palm off his medal to Tuilagi!

England v Italy FT Six Nations 2019

england15 Elliot Daly 14 Joe Cokanasiga 13 Manu Tuilagi 12 Ben Te’o 11 Jonny May 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Ellis Genge 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Joe Launchbury 5 George Kruis 6 Brad Shields 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ben Moon 18 Dan Cole 19 Nathan Hughes 20 Mark Wilson 21 Dan Robson 22 George Ford 23 Henry Slade

SCORERS T: George, May, Tuilagi (2), Shields (2), Kruis, Robson C: Farrell (4), Ford (3) P: Farrell

italy15 Jayden Hayward 14 Edoardo Padovani 13 Luca Morisi 12 Michele Campagnaro 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Tito Tebaldi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Luca Bigi 3 Simone Ferrari 4 Federico Ruzza 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Abraham Jurgens Steyn 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini 17 Cherif Traore' 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 David Sisi 20 Jake Polledri 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Ian McKinley 23 Tommaso Castello

SCORERS T: Allan, Morisi C: Allan (2)

Referee: Nic Berry Asst Referees: Paul Williams, Andrew Brace TMO: Simon McDowell




IrelandIRELAND 26 - 14 FRANCEfrance

Aviva Stadium - Sunday 10 March 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: 19-0 Att: 51,700


All matches
Played: 98
Ireland won: 35
France won: 56
Drawn: 7



Ireland v France It's anthem time here at the Aviva before the teams kick off
Ireland v France Today's Officials - Referee : Ben O'Keeffe, Asst Referees Angus Gardner, Karl Dickson TMO: Ben Skeen
Ireland v France It's anthem time here at the Aviva before the teams kick off

Ireland 0-0 France 1m A solid start from Ireland as they find themselves in the French 22, France are pinged and Sexton kicks for the corner...
Ireland 5-0 France 2m From the line-out Rory Best drives over from close range for the first try - a perfect start for the Irish
Ireland 7-0 France 3m Sexton adds the extras and we go again
Ireland 7-0 France 5m A couple of knock-ons and we have an scrum to France just inside the Irish almost comes to a halt as it appears the ball goes forward but Ramos chases and grounds the ball ...we go to the TMO
Ireland 7-0 France 6m The TMO confirms the knock-on and its a scrum to the hosts, Murray puts in the box cake and the men in green regather and continue their attack
Ireland 7-0 France 8m The home team work through the phases but the French defence stops them gaining too much ground until Stockdale kicks but its too far and we have a 22 drop out
Ireland 7-0 France 10m The visitors manage to string some passes together but play is stopped as Lauret is down injured
Ireland 7-0 France 10m Greg Alldritt comes on as replacement for Lauret. Ireland launch another attack but Bastareaud takes man and ball - what a tackle!
Ireland 7-0 France 12m Dorian Aldegheri replaces Bamba in the French front row
Ireland 7-0 France 12m Not a great start for Aldegheri as he gives away a free kick in his first scrum. Sexton puts in a cross field kick, France clear, but Ireland drive to within inches of the try line
Ireland 7-0 France 14m Excellent defensive work from France as they turnover the ball on their try line but they struggle to clear
Ireland 7-0 France 16m We're going to the TMO, quick thinking from the hosts and they get a hand to the ball over the line - is it a try?
Ireland 7-0 France 16m TMO Skeen deems there is no downward pressure or control and the ball is knocked on, so France win the scrum
Ireland 7-0 France 17m Conor Murray is pinged for a deliberate knock-on as France try to get the ball away, Dupont finally box kicks play out of the French 22
Ireland 7-0 France 19m Ireland are still on the attack and have penalty advantage, again Sexton kicks for the corner rather than taking the 3 points
Ireland 7-0 France 20m Bamba returns to the pitch with a bandaged head. The visitors desperately try to halt the green rolling maul. Bamba is pinged for coming in at the side
Ireland 7-0 France 21m Another kick for the corner, but the line-out is over-thrown and the ball goes forward, France have the put-in at the scrum
Ireland 7-0 France 23m Dupont clears but we're still in the French 22. Sexton is bundled into touch following a powerful tackle from Dupont and the game descends into handbags!
Ireland 7-0 France 24m van de Flier is replaced by Conan as the hosts set up another great attacking opportunity
Ireland 7-0 France 25m Ireland have the penalty advantage so Murray takes advantage of the free play and puts in a cross kick but it comes to nothing and again Sexton kicks for the corner
Ireland 7-0 France 26m The Irish rolling maul powers towards the try line, but is brought down and the hosts are forced to patiently play the phases game, but France are sending them backwards
Ireland 7-0 France 28m The French defence remains solid but are finally pinged for off-side. It's the same decision once more as Sexton kicks for the corner
Ireland 14-0 France 29m Bamba is again penalised for coming in at the side, O'Keeffe plays advantage and a great side step from Sexton sees the Outside Half stroll over for the try. He adds the extras
Ireland 14-0 France 32m The Irish are on fire and it appears that Garry Ringrose has powered over under the posts.....again it's up to the TMO to check
Ireland 14-0 France 34m Replays show that he clearly loses the ball as he goes to dive over and the try is chalked off....France have the scrum
Ireland 14-0 France 34m It's still all Ireland as play remains in the French 22, Conan turns the ball over and France are forced to continue defending as Ireland set up another wave of attack
Ireland 19-0 France 37m The hard work pays off for the hosts as Conan powers his way over the try line for the score. Sexton is wide with his conversion attempt
Ireland 19-0 France 39m From the restart, France finally find themselves just inside the Irish half, however Ireland turn the ball over and O'Keeffe blows the whistle for half time, to the relief of the French!

Ireland v France HT Six Nations 2019Ireland 19-0 France HT T: Best, Sexton, Conan C: Sexton (2)

Ireland 19-0 France 40m Play is back underway at the Aviva with Sexton restarting the second half
Ireland 19-0 France 42m He kicks long, France gather and clear but it's touched in flight, France launch an attack albeit from within their own half
Ireland 19-0 France 41m A high tackle on Dupont offers the visitors their first real attacking position of the game, they secure the line-out and Bastareaud drives forward
Ireland 19-0 France 43m France continue working through the phases but a solid tackle from Ringrose enforces the knock-on and Ireland have the put-in at the scrum
Ireland 19-0 France 44m The Fields of Athenry fills the Aviva as the scrum is formed and Ireland clear
Ireland 19-0 France 45m With the rain pouring down, France launch another attack, Ntamack puts in an a high kick and the ball goes forward, but O'Keeffe is playing advantage
Ireland 19-0 France 48m Great work at the breakdown from France as the hosts are pinged for not releasing, there's some distance in the kick too and France are on the attack
Ireland 19-0 France 50m A side-step from Prop, Bamba as he powers forward but this time it's Ireland's turn to secure a penalty at the breakdown as Sexton takes play back into the French half
Ireland 19-0 France 51m Kilcoyne replaces Healy as a Stockdale chases forces France to minor the ball, but Ireland are back deep in the French 22
Ireland 19-0 France 52m Bastareaud is pinged for off-side, Sexton takes the ball quickly and is over the try line, but O'Keeffe had called for time off due to a French injury, however, the hosts continue to press for the bonus point
Ireland 19-0 France 54m We have more handbags before Ireland have the put-in at the scrum, France secure the ball and Bastareaud takes the ball on
Ireland 26-0 France 56m Ireland secure the line-out, with Earls hovering, before he races towards the line for the bonus point try. Sexton adds the extras
Ireland 26-0 France 58m Ireland ring the changes, including replacing Sexton and Murray at half back and Captain Rory Best is replaced by Niall Scannell
Ireland 26-0 France 62m France experience problems at the lineout resulting in a scrum for Ireland, the visitors are in all sorts of trouble as O'Keeffe plays advantage for the hosts..
Ireland 26-0 France 64m The scrum is reset and it's another Irish penalty...we could be seeing a penalty try here
Ireland 26-0 France 66m The hosts opt for another scrum and secure another penalty, France are warned that they are in serious danger of a yellow card
Ireland 26-0 France 67m This time Ireland get the ball out, but O'Keeffe is playing advantage and true to his word, Aldegheri is shown the yellow card. Bamba is forced to return to the pitch as we scrum down once more
Ireland 26-0 France 70m A break from Bundee Aki sees the hosts race towards the try line, however, France are awarded a penalty and play is finally out of the French 22
Ireland 26-0 France 73m France secure the put-in at the scrum and launch an attack, O'Keeffe plays advantage for off-side and eventually kick for the corner in the hope of finally getting points on the score board
Ireland 26-0 75m Ireland disrupt the French lineout allowing Ireland the opportunity to clear France
Ireland 26-7 France 77m France finally get the try, with Huget diving over under the posts to finally give the travelling French support something to cheer about. Serin takes the quick conversion
Ireland 26-7 France 78m James Ryan is named man of the match
Ireland 26-7 France 80m A defiant ending from France, they look to have driven over the line for their second try - we go to the TMO right at the death to check the grounding
Ireland 26-12 France 80m+2 The TMO deems that he cant see the grounding (even though it appears the French held up their own ball!) and concludes to go with the on field decision - it's a try with Chat claiming it!
Ireland 26-14 France 80m+3 Serin again adds the extras to give a far more respectable score line

Ireland v France FT Six Nations 2019

Ireland15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Iain Henderson 5 James Ryan 6 Peter O’Mahony 7 Josh van der Flier 8 CJ Stander 16 Niall Scannell 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 John Ryan 19 Ultan Dillane 20 Jack Conan 21 John Cooney 22 Jack Carty 23 Jordan Larmour

SCORERS T: Best, Sexton, Conan, Earls C: Sexton (3)

france15 Thomas Ramos 14 Damian Penaud 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Gaël  Fickou 11 Yoann Huget 10 Romain Ntamack 9 Antoine Dupont 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Demba Bamba 4 Felix Lambey 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Arthur Iturria 8 Louis Picamoles 16 Camille Chat 17 Etienne Falgoux 18 Dorian Aldegheri 19 Paul Willemse 20 Gregory Alldritt 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Anthony Belleau 23 Maxime Médard

SCORERS T: Huget, Iturria C: Serin (2) Yellow Card Aldegheri

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe Asst Referees: Angus Gardner, Karl Dickson TMO: Ben Skeen




NatWest 6 Nations Week 5

6Ns Italy vs France 6Ns Wales vs Ireland 6Ns England vs Scotland

6Ns Table Week 5 2019

italyITALY 14 - 25 FRANCEfrance

Stadio Olimpico - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 13:30 HT: 6-10 Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 41
Italy won: 3
France won: 38
Drawn: 0



Italy v France The teams are out in Stadio Olimpico and it's time for the anthems...
Italy v France Today's officials - Referee: Matt Carley Asst. Ref: Nigel Owens, Andrew Brace TMO: Graham Hughes

Italy 0-0 France 1m And we're underway, Italy do well to get the ball and set up an attack but France steal the ball as all the play centres around the half way line 
Italy 0-0 France 3m Les Bleus spread the ball wide before putting in a kick downfield, the Azzurri clear and we have a French line-out just inside the Italian half 
Italy 0-0 France 4m France work through the phases with some lovely handling but are pinged for coming in off their feet and Allan has the first chance to put points on the board...
Italy 3-0 France 5m He's on target to give the home side an early lead
Italy 3-0 France 6m France launch another attack but Camara knocks on and we have our first scrum of the afternoon and it's Italy's turn to attack the French....and they gain considerable ground before being forced into touch
Italy 3-0 France 8m Huget breaks through the Azzurri defence, looking dangerous as he shrugs off the tacklers, France recycle well and are almost on half way but the ball is knocked on
Italy 3-0 France 10m Italy put in at the scrum, the Italian forwards demolish the visitors and secure a penalty
Italy 6-0 France 11m Up steps Allan once more and his kick is straight through the posts 
Italy 6-0 France 12m Ntamack gets play back underway and again Les Bleus test the home defence but Italy manage to get the ball back and work through the phases before kicking possession back to France 
Italy 6-5 France 15m France kick towards the try line but Parisse is there to ground the ball, but France secure the possession and a lovely step from Dupont sees the Scrum Half stroll over for the first try 
Italy 6-7 France 15m Ntamack adds the extras to put the visitors ahead for the first time. Guirado is replaced by Chat
Italy 6-10 France 18m France are definitely taking advantage of poor defending from Italy, the home side are pinged and Ntamack extend France's lead 
Italy 6-10 France 20m Italy have a line-out from the restart and do well to get the ball going forward, they have a penalty advantage and opt to kick for the corner rather than taking the three point 
Italy 6-10 France 22m The throw short and drive on, another penalty advantage and Zanon chases the kick to score a try on his debut, but the ball bounces off the posts....he's not happy with those posts! 
Italy 6-10 France 24m Italy opt for the lineout once more and drive over the line but Assistant Referee Andrew Brace deems that they have been held up so it's scrum time
Italy 6-10 France 26m Parisse picks up from the base of the scrum and is driven over. It appears he's short, and Carley says it's not a try, but we still go to the TMO for confirmation - no try! 
Italy 6-10 France 26m The decision appears to have boosted France as they win a penalty at the scrum and from the French try line, suddenly we're back in the Italian half
Italy 6-10 France 28m Italy secure their own line-out and attack Les Bleus, they make it to half way before kicking the ball, offering France an opportunity to counter
Italy 6-10 France 31m France kick the ball back at the Azzurri but Hayward calls for the mark, France attack again but a handling error sees Italy back with ball in hand
Italy 6-10 France 33m Italy continue their attack, inching their way into the French 22, the ball goes loose and again the pressure comes to nothing as France kick the ball downfield
Italy 6-10 France 35m Penaud is pinged for a late tackle and Allan have another kick at goal option, but decide to go for the corner once again 
Italy 6-10 France 36m Ghiraldini over-throws at the line-out and fortunately for the hosts, France's clearing kick doesn't go too far. Another penalty advantage against the French for being off their feet sees Parisse get close
Italy 6-10 France 39m Again the decision is to kick for the corner, the line-out is secured and the hosts inch closer to the whitewash, but the ball spills forward and France have the put-in at the scrum 
Italy 6-10 France 40m France secure the ball at the scrum and Dupont kicks into touch for the end of the first half 

<iframe width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>Italy 6-10 France HT P: Allan (2) | T: Dupont C: Ntamack P: Ntamack

Italy 6-10 France 41m And we're back underway, Allan is offered an early chance to narrow the lead with a simple penalty attempt
Italy 9-10 France 42m It's straight through the posts....seems likely that O'Shea has urged his players to take any points on offer during his half time talk 
Italy 9-10 France 44m France launch an attack through Bastareaud but referee Carley gets in the way. Italy bring Ferrari on in the front row 
Italy 9-15 France 46m Despite the promising start from the Azzurri, a break from Ntamack releases Huget who races over for France's second try 
Italy 9-17 France 48m Ntamack adds the extras. From the re-start France are pinged for off-side and again the hosts opt to kick the points, but Allan completely messes up his attempt
Italy 9-17 France 50m Italy are back on the attack, led by Tebaldi. but France turn the ball over before being driven into touch
Italy 9-17 France 52m Despite the lead, this is still anyone's game, the hosts secure possession from the line-out and set up another attack deep inside the French half
Italy 9-17 France 53m The hosts continue to work through the phases, Carley is playing advantage as they inch closer to the try line
Italy 14-17 France 55m Despite a most obvious dummy pass, Tito Tebaldi is able to power over from close range for the Azzurri's first try of the afternoon 
Italy 14-17 France 56m Tommaso Allan's last dire kicking attempt is obviously still in his mind as he is unable to add the extras. A nasty injury to Ghiraldini sees him stretchered off and replaced by Luca Bigi wearing 25
Italy 14-17 France 57m Stadio Olimpico rises to its feet as Ghiraldini leaves the pitch on a stretch, the French team join in the applause - not the ending he'd hoped for in his last Six Nations game
Italy 14-17 France 58m Zanni is on for Sisi as Italy make another change
Italy 14-17 France 60m Italy continue to test the French defence but France kick forcing Allan to retreat to save the day, but he is pinged and France have a great try scoring opportunity
Italy 14-17 France 62m France secure the line-out and set up Chat on the charge, France are inches from the try line
Italy 14-20 France 63m Les Bleus continue to press, but just when you think they need patience if they're going to score try number 3, Ntamack decides to attempt a drop's straight through the middle 
Italy 14-20 France 63m The hosts aren't giving up though and Tebaldi picks up from the ruck and it looks like he could have scored his brace 
Italy 14-20 France 65m The TMO confirms that Tebaldi has lost the ball and is also short, so we go back for a scrum v. France secure a penalty at the scrum and are able to clear their line and launch an attack 
Italy 14-20 France 67m Italy have a scrum in the French 22 and are on the attack, France are pinged for not releasing and Allan kicks for the corner 
Italy 14-20 France 69m They secure the line-out and work through the phases before Allan puts in a cross kick, but there's no way Padovani could gather, Italy get a second attempt as they kick for the corner again 
Italy 14-20 France 71m Chat is shown a yellow card and the hosts again kick for the corner but this time they have an extra man....
Italy 14-20 France 72m Again the Azzurri drive forward and the visitors are pinged for a no-arms tackle...Carley doesn't consider a further yellow card, despite the field position
Italy 14-20 France 73m Italy kick for the corner once more, this time they spread it wide, and are inches from the try line....
Italy 14-20 France 74m The ball goes to the back and despite the extra man, Zanon dives....he thinks he's scored but the TMO confirms that he'd lost the ball - he could have been celebrating two tries this afternoon....
Italy 14-20 France 75m With Chat in the bin and Ghiraldini injured the French are forced to bring on a substitute to play as Hooker, they secure the scrum and clear the lines but Italy are back on the attack 
Italy 14-20 France 77m With so many points they could have scored, France must surely be wandering how they're still in the lead. The legendary Sergio Parisse is named man of the match 
Italy 14-25 France 78m Despite being on the back foot for so long, the visitors steal the high ball, and Penaud races towards the try line before diving over in the corner
Italy 14-25 France 80m Ntamack is unable to add the extras as Italian hearts are broken out in Rome

Italy v France FT Six Nations 2019

italy15 Jayden Hayward 14 Edoardo Padovani 13 Marco Zanon* 12 Luca Morisi 11 Angelo Esposito 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Tito Tebaldi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Tiziano Pasquali 4 David Sisi 5 Federico Ruzza 6 Braam Steyn 7 Jake Polledri 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore' 18 Simone Ferrari 19 Alessandro Zanni 20 Sebastian Negri 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Ian McKinley 23 Luca Sperandio

SCORERS T: Tebaldi P: Allan (3)

france15 Maxime Médard 14 Damian Penaud 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Wesley Fofana 11 Yoann Huget 10 Romain Ntamack 9 Antoine Dupont 1 Etienne Falgoux 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Demba Bamba 4 Felix Lambey 5 Paul Willemse 6 Gregory Alldritt 7 Yacouba Camara 8 Louis Picamoles 16 Camille Chat 17 Dany Priso 18 Dorian Aldegheri 19 Paul Gabrillagues 20 Arthur Iturria 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Camille Lopez 23 Thomas Ramos

SCORERS T: Dupont, Huget, Penaud C: Ntamack (2) P: Ntamack DG: Ntamack Yellow Card Chat

Referee: Matt Carley Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Andrew Brace TMO: Graham Hughes




walesWALES 25 - 7 IRELANDIreland

Principality Stadium - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 14:45 HT: 16-0 Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 127
Wales won: 69
Ireland won: 51
Drawn: 7



And now we head to Cardiff to the Principality to see whether Wales can secure the Grand Slam as Warren Gatland prepares for his last Six Nations game as Welsh Coach
Today's match officials - Ref: Angus Gardner Asst. Ref: Ben O'Keeffe, Karl Dickson TMO: Marius Jonker
The teams are out....the roof is open and we prepare for the anthems, but first we have a minute's silence for the victims of the tragic events in Christchurch, NZ

Wales 0-0 Ireland 0m What an anthem....if that doesn't get the home team fired up, nothing will!
Wales 0-0 Ireland 1m A great start from Wales, Anscombe's kick-off is spot on, securing a line-out in the Irish half
Wales 7-0 Ireland 1m They secure the line-out, make full use of the penalty advantage before Hadleigh Parkes crosses for the first try! Anscombe slots over the conversion to give the hosts a very early lead
Wales 7-0 Ireland 3m Ireland are in possession from the re-start, putting pressure on Wales but the hosts force the error as 'Hymns and Arias' fills the air in Cardiff - we have the first scrum
Wales 7-0 Ireland 5m Ireland secure the ball and are on the attack but Wales steal and kick down-field, but Josh Adams is pinged for foul play
Wales 7-0 Ireland 7m Jacob Stockdale breaks and gallops towards the try-line but Hadleigh Parkes has his man nailed and he's bundled into touch
Wales 7-0 Ireland 9m An early change for Wales as George North goes off, replaced by Biggar. Wales drive off the line-out and secure a penalty as Alun Wyn goes down and looks to be in pain
Wales 7-0 Ireland 9m A heavily strapped Alun Wyn is back on his feet as Wales have a line-out just inside the Irish 22...Liam Williams takes his place at the front of the line-out
Wales 7-0 Ireland 11m Wales secure the ball and drive forward, working through the phases until that man, Tadhg Beirne wins the turn-over
Wales 7-0 Ireland 12m Josh Navidi is pinged for a high tackle, and the visitors have a line-out in the Welsh half, but the hosts have a free kick, sends the ball high and Ireland are back in attack
Wales 7-0 Ireland 15m Biggar puts in a high kick for Williams to chase, Stockdale gathers, but he's nailed by Williams. Sexton is pinged for sealing off
Wales 10-0 Ireland 17m Anscombe extends the Welsh lead as the singing in the Principality rings out once more. Beirne is penalised offering the hosts another good attacking position in the Irish half
Wales 10-0 Ireland 19m Ireland are pinged for off-side and we have our first lot of handbags. The penalty is reversed for Gareth Davies diving in on the player on the ground
Wales 10-0 Ireland 22m From a penalty kick attempt, Wales are forced to defend a line-out in their own half. Wales are pinged for collapsing the maul and Sexton opts to kick for the corner - Ireland's first attacking opportunity
Wales 10-0 Ireland 23m Ireland drive off the line-out but Wales bring the maul to ground and secure the put-in at the scrum
Wales 10-0 Ireland 26m Wales secure the ball but are forced to hurry the clearance due to the pressure from the men in green, they fail to find touch and Ireland set up another testing wave of attack
Wales 10-0 Ireland 26m Ireland secure a free kick from the scrum but CJ Stander opts to take the ball quickly and knocks the ball on for a Welsh scum
Wales 10-0 Ireland 28m Moriarty picks up from the base of the scrum, before Jonathan Davies kicks to touch. Ireland secure the line-out but the ball is they wish the roof was closed now!!
Wales 10-0 Ireland 32m Wales push forward in the scrum on half way and secure a penalty, the hosts secure the line-out but Navidi is pinged. Beard steals the Irish line-out before Ireland are pinged again for off-side
Wales 13-0 Ireland 35m Up steps Anscombe and he slots the ball through the posts to extend the hosts' lead
Wales 13-0 Ireland 37m Ireland seem to be struggling to get the basics right at the moment....gifting Wales a line-out with Hadleigh on the attack, a late charge on Navidi is penalised and it looks like Sexton is rattled
Wales 13-0 Ireland 40m +1 As the half comes to an end, up steps Anscombe and he slots the ball through the posts to extend the hosts' lead and puts them a step closer to a possible Grand Slam

Wales v Ireland HT Six Nations 2019Wales 16-0 Ireland HT T: Parkes C: Anscombe P: Anscombe (3)

Wales 16-0 Ireland 40m +1 As the half comes to an end, up steps Anscombe and he slots the ball through the posts to extend the hosts' lead and puts them a step closer to a possible Grand Slam
Wales 16-0 Ireland 40m With conditions deteriorating, we're back underway here at the Principality
Wales 16-0 Ireland 41 Sexton kicks but Wales gather and Gareth Davies box kicks before James Ryan drives but experience of Alun Wyn secures a Welsh put-in at the scrum
Wales 16-0 Ireland 41m Sexton kicks but Wales gather and Gareth Davies box kicks before James Ryan drives but experience of Alun Wyn secures a Welsh put-in at the scrum
Wales 16-0 Ireland 42m The ball is knocked on at the scrum and this time it's Conor Murray putting the ball in on the halfway line....Hymns and Arias rings out once more
Wales 16-0 Ireland 43m From the scrum Ireland secure the ball, Gareth Davies puts pressure on Sexton and he kicks the ball straight out - Wales have a great attacking line-out
Wales 16-0 Ireland 45m The ball goes forward and Ireland have the put-in. Ireland's Cian Healy is pinged for taking Tomas Francis off the ball... Anscombe steps up for the penalty…
Wales 19-0 Ireland 48m He makes it 5 out of 5...
Wales 19-0 Ireland 48m Another error from Sexton at the restart as the ball goes straight out so play goes back to a scrum on the halfway line. Gareth Davies breaks and Wales set up an attack
Wales 19-0 Ireland 50m Possession is back in Irish hands but a huge tackle from Jonathan Davies halts the threat. Conor Murray clears to touch but it's not a huge kick. Jack Conan comes on for O'Brien
Wales 22-0 Ireland 52m Ireland are pinged once more with CJ guilty of not rolling away. Anscombe maintains his 100% kicking record. Wales make the changes at Prop with Evans and Francis replaced by Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis
Wales 22-0 Ireland 54m Ireland finally have a chance as Wales are pinged, they kick for the corner....
Wales 22-0 Ireland 55m They are unable to set up the maul, but manage to work through the phases, Sexton appears to be even more flustered as he passes the ball into touch. Gareth Davies is replaced by Aled Davies
Wales 22-0 Ireland 57m Ireland drive, with Healy thinking he's over, but the ball goes into touch. Ireland have a line-out and set up the maul, it's held up but Ireland still have the ball...
Wales 22-0 Ireland 58m Tadhg Beirne is turned over and it's all a bit messy, Bundee Aki goes over the try line but we're going back for the knock-on. Kilcoyne and Roux come on for Ireland
Wales 22-0 Ireland 59m This time they scrummage to the backdrop of Bread of Heaven as Aled Davies puts in a superb kick. Ken Owens is replaced by Elliot Dee
Wales 22-0 Ireland 60m The line-out goes wrong and Earls carries the ball over...Gardner originally calls a 22 drop out, but finally realises his error and we have a scrum v
Wales 22-0 Ireland 62m The scrum is a bit of a shambles and has to be re-set, but Ireland secure a penalty. Andrew Porter and Scannell come on for Ireland
Wales 22-0 Ireland 64m Sexton is off-side under the high ball, Gardner is playing advantage as Josh Adams makes a break but he's on his own, he puts a kick in and Ireland kick down-field
Wales 22-0 Ireland 66m The visitors are tested in defence as Wales keep the ball tight before Biggar puts in the kick and chase, the ball goes forward and advantage is played but we'll go back for the penalty for being off the feet
Wales 25-0 Ireland 69m Surprisingly, Wales opt to kick for the points rather than the corner, Anscombe brings his personal tally to 20 points with his seventh successful kick
Wales 22-0 Ireland 70m Jake Ball, Adam Wainwright and Owen Watkin come on for Wales...Conor Murray leaves the pitch for Ireland
Wales 25-0 Ireland 70m Jake Ball, Adam Wainwright and Owen Watkin come on for Wales...Conor Murray leaves the pitch for Ireland
Wales 25-0 Ireland 71m Sexton is replaced by Jack Carty after kicking for the corner, Ireland launch an attack and have a penalty advantage
Wales 25-0 Ireland 73m With the clock ticking towards the end of the game, Carty kicks for the corner. Wales are just 7 minutes from securing the Grand Slam and over-taking Ireland at number 2 in the World Rankings
Wales 25-0 Ireland 74m The noise is deafening as Ireland drive towards the whitewash, the ball goes loose but Wales continue to defend for their lives, Ireland have the advantage
Wales 25-0 Ireland 76m Carty puts in the kick but Wainwright is back to cover. Referee Gardner warns Wales that they are in danger of a yellow card. Ireland secure the line-out and are pushed backwards
Wales 25-0 Ireland 77m The hosts defend and with Josh Adams hoofing the ball downfield, pressure is relieved. Wales have the put-in at the scrum
Wales 25-0 Ireland 79m Gareth Anscombe is named the man of the match, though he could have been one of many ...
Wales 25-0 Ireland 80m Ireland secure a penalty at the scrum and they have one last chance for a consolation...
Wales 25-5 Ireland 80m+1 Stockdale breaks but is dragged down by Aled Davies. Ireland recycle and Gardner plays advantage, Jordan Lamour brings the game to a close with a try deep into injury time
Wales 25-7 Ireland 80m+2 Carty ends the game with a successful conversion, but it's far too little, far too late as Wales celebrate their 14th successive victory with a Grand Slam...let the party begin in Cardiff

Wales v Ireland FT Six Nations 2019


wales15 Liam Williams 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Josh Adams 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Gareth Davies 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Adam Beard 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Josh Navidi 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH:  16 Elliot Dee 17 Nicky Smith 18 Dillon Lewis 19 Jake Ball 20 Aaron Wainwright 21 Aled Davies 22 Dan Biggar 23 Owen Watkin

SCORERS T: Parkes C: Anscombe P: Anscombe (6)

Ireland15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Tadhg Beirne 5 James Ryan 6 Peter O’Mahony 7 Sean O’Brien 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Niall Scannell 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Andrew Porter 19 Quinn Roux 20 Jack Conan 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Jack Carty 23 Jordan Larmour

SCORERS T: Larmour C: Carty

Referee: Angus Gardner Asst Referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Karl Dickson TMO: Marius Jonker




englandENGLAND 38 - 38 SCOTLANDscotland

Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 17:00 HT: 31-7 Att: tbc


All matches
Played: 137
England won: 75
Scotland won: 43
Drawn: 19



England v Scotland After the poorest performance in Cardiff from Ireland, the war of the roses begins for the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham, after a minutes silence for Christchurch

England 5-0 Scotland 1m Owen Farrell kicks off the match and before you can blink, excellent work from the homeside, Billy Vunipola recycles & Jack Nowell collects, jinks, sidesteps & scores immediately!
England 7-0 Scotland 2m Faz comfortably kicks over the conversion, and this could be a walk in the park, as Swing Low already rebounds around the stadium on a grey, chilly, windy but dry evening in SW London
England 7-0 Scotland 3m Now before I forget, the officials... Referee: Paul Williams Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Federico Anselmi TMO: Ben Skeen
England 7-0 Scotland 4m A massive tackle on Ben Moon and Ellis Genge is on far quicker than expected as Moon holds his ribs walking off the pitch...
England 7-0 Scotland 5m Restart from Scotland and the visitors are going to have to put on one hell of a performance to stop the England chariot today...
England 7-0 Scotland 6m England midfield lineout and Scotland are pinged for a knock, Faz kicking to touch for a lineout inside the Scottish 22
England 7-0 Scotland 7m Advantage being played by Ref Williams (his first #6Ns) and the whistle goes for an offside after the lineout from the Scots
England 12-0 Scotland 8m An impressive drive form the homeside and the try is claimed by young Tom Curry - his second, and first at home
England 14-0 Scotland 9m Faz converts again with would make life more interesting if Scotland put up a fight. Another whitewash a la Cardiff is really not good for rugby
England 14-0 Scotland 11m England waste no time in breaching Scottish territory again, and solid kick is collected by Finn Russell in his own 22, with Jonny May right in his face - he clears well
England 19-0 Scotland 13m If Scotland thought for a second they could catch their breath...! Kyle Sinckler bulldozes thru the middle, barely stopped...Joe Launchbury reaches, collects & bulldozes himself over the whitewash!
England 21-0 Scotland 14m Another easy Faz conversion and England are swarming all over the Scots...
England 21-0 Scotland 16m Russell attempts to make some yards, offload is forced but England are all over it, making serious yards before Henry Slade dinks ahead and the ball is forced into touch - inside the Scots' 10m
England 21-0 Scotland 18m Not sure Scotland have even got out of their own half yet!
England 21-0 Scotland 19m Sublime handiwork, first with a one-handed offload from Elliot Daly at full pelt out to Nowell...he gets it out similarly to Ben Youngs on the day he becomes the most capped England scrum half...
England 21-0 Scotland 20m ...and a chip ahead chased by both Ali Price and Youngs into the goal area, the ball goes loose and Youngs grounds it - but...
England 21-0 Scotland 21m looks like a try but ref Williams heads up to TMO Ben Skeen to see if there was a knock on previous to the grounding which was definitely good...
England 21-0 Scotland 21m a whisper Youngs touches the ball so it's no try; Scotland 5m defensive scrum
England 21-0 Scotland 23m But of course England don't rest on their laurels and they're back deep in Scotland territory promptly, and Faz is teeing up already for a penalty gifted by the opposition
England 24-0 Scotland 25m This kicking malarkey is far too easy for Faz today as he slots three more points
England 24-0 Scotland 26m Scotland finally get on the front foot for the first time in England territory...and Faz is pinged for a late tackle on Price...
England 29-0 Scotland 28m However, Scotland make nothing of it, and within two minutes, Daly has affected a turnover in his own 22, incredibly sleight of hand from Slade and May collects and sprints over the whitewash to score
England 29-0 Scotland 30m Another 3 from Faz of course
England 29-0 Scotland 32m Nowell makes a spectacular break again, chips ahead into the Scottish 22 and thankfully for the Scots fans, Hamish Watson saves it, but he's alone...
England 29-0 Scotland 33m ...eventually Russell appears and clears the English back
England 29-0 Scotland 35m England have so many options here to fight back from the midfield, but Faz takes the wrong one and his kick is charged down for Scotland captain Stuart McInally to grab possession...
England 31-5 Scotland 35m ...and charge just over half the pitch, with a clever little aversion tactic all the way under the posts to score!
England 31-7 Scotland 36m Russell adds the extras and the Scots are deservedly on the board. I do hope Ireland are watching...this is how you score tries!
England 31-7 Scotland 38m A huge tackle on Curry stops in his tracks on the attack from the restart...but he hasn't got the ball so the penalty is to the homeside
England 31-7 Scotland 39m So Faz can kick to touch for a 22 attacking lineout for England...
England 31-7 Scotland 40m The lineout is just fine, but England are pinged for not releasing at the ruck and hand back possession to Scotland in their own 22...
England 31-7 Scotland 40+2m Scotland's retaliation does not go to plan, and England are again with ball in hand in the Scottish 22...
England 31-7 Scotland 40+3m ...but an knock on comes from white hands and that's the first half done. Well, it's been frantic!

England v Scotland HT Six Nations 2019England 31-7 Scotland HT T: Nowell, Curry, Launchbury, May C: Farrell (4) P: Farrell | T: McInally C: Russell

England 31-7 Scotland 40m Just 40 minutes left of the #6Ns in's hoping Scotland bring it for the final half...
England 31-7 Scotland 41m However, so far, it's all England again, tho they're not bulldozing their way thru anything, Scotland managing to slow down ruckball...
England 31-7 Scotland 42m ...and eventually the visitors secure turnover ball and set up a lineout in the midfield to attack from
England 31-7 Scotland 43m But the clearance ball isn't so great and England are quickly back with ball in hand, tho only momentarily after a place kick goes long
England 31-7 Scotland 44m A Scottish front row injury has Gordon Reid replacing Allan Dell before a Scottish attacking scrum in the midfield
England 31-12 Scotland 46m A solid effort from Scotland as they steadily shift ahead right into the England 22, and Darcy Graham finishes off a bloody well-worked try for the visitors
England 31-12 Scotland 47m But Russell fluffs the conversion from an acute position near touch
England 31-17 Scotland 49m It's all Scotland now, and what excellent work from Price who chips ahead, gathers, collects and has support from Magnus Bradbury who slides over the whitewash to score. Game on!
England 31-17 Scotland 50m This time Russell doesn't miss his mark and the Scots are playing catch up...
England 31-17 Scotland 51m Meanwhile, Mr Jones sees fit to bring on his finishers already, and Dan Cole replaces Sinckler earlier than expected...
England 31-17 Scotland 53m England begin to find their feet again, and are quite impressively on the attack, before a tackle on Genge puts paid to that quite definitely, play returning to the midfield
England 31-17 Scotland 54m May makes some significant yards before he is shut down inside the Scottish 10m...
England 31-17 Scotland 55m ...and the Scots make light work of a turnover, forcing the English back up to halfway and winning a penalty after facing up to England's forwards head on...and tackling hard
England 31-17 Scotland 55m Fraser Brown, Jonny Gray, Josh Strauss, Greig Laidlaw & Chris Harris on for McInally, Gilchrist, Skinner, Price and Grigg
England 31-24 Scotland 56m Meanwhile, young Graham scores a brace on his second cap for Scotland!
England 31-24 Scotland 57m There's no conversion, but jeez the Scots have switched this up!
England 31-29 Scotland 59m Before you have time to catch your breath, more missed tackles from England and this time it's Russell who slides under the posts to score with just magnificence!
England 31-31 Scotland 60m It's not hard work for Laidlaw to equalise, and boy to we have a game on our hands...
England 31-31 Scotland 61m Simon Berghan replaces Willem Nell, while England have to regroup and figure out what bombshell just hit them in the face...
England 31-31 Scotland 62m Jones refreshes the back line bring Brad Shields on for Mark Wilson
England 31-31 Scotland 64m Scotland have got a firm handle on England's game, playing them at their own and baffling the homeside...
England 31-31 Scotland 66m The England kicking game that so far no team has found a way of combating, Scotland have figured it out by playing exactly the same game
England 31-31 Scotland 67m Graham goes to clear the ball with Faz running at him at full pelt - the balls gone and the clash is significant, but there's no way Faz could have stopped the momentum
England 31-31 Scotland 67m The officials concur and it's just a penalty to Scotland...
England 31-31 Scotland 68m Laidlaw - now captain - decides to go for the uprights, and when the tee finally arrives, he just pushes it wide from almost touch, 46m out so can't quite take the lead
England 31-31 Scotland 69m Meanwhile, Adam Hastings has replaced Sean Maitland
England 31-31 Scotland 70m Scots are still coming with some cleverness in retaliation, especially now they're on an equal footing...while George Ford replaces Faz who had quite a knock
England 31-31 Scotland 72m The latest Scottish trick doesn't go to plan and England have a midfield scrum, which they win and make a few yards...but a kicking game ensues...
England 31-31 Scotland 73m Luke Cowan-Dickie, Nathan Hughes & Ben Spencer replace George, Launchbury & Youngs before a Scottish midfield defensive scrum
England 31-36 Scotland 75m The scrum looks like it's struggling, but just magnificent play from the Scots and Russell gets the ball to Sam Johnson who flicks off 4-5 poor England tackles and flies under the posts to score!
England 31-38 Scotland 76m Laidlaw adds the extras while Ben Te'o replaces Tuilagi and England need to find the panic button if they are not to end this Championship in horror
England 31-38 Scotland 78m Scots try to battle their way out of their own half, and get some way...up to the midfield...
England 31-38 Scotland 79m England have possession and attempt to fight back into the Scotland half before a whistle goes...
England 31-38 Scotland 80m's a penalty to England and the ball finds touch for an attacking England lineout...
England 31-38 Scotland 80+1m The lineout is solid and advantage is being played, but the Scots aren't letting a drive go anywhere
England 31-38 Scotland 80+2m Another penalty coming but England are as relentless as Scotland in not ending the match going from one side of the pitch to the other...Nowell almost making it thru but not quite...
England 36-38 Scotland 80+3m Recycled ball again and finally it's Ford that finds not just a way thru, but directly under the posts!
England 38-38 Scotland 80+4m Ford adds the extras to draw the match! And what an exhaustive but brilliant match that was.
England 38-38 Scotland FT Now that's what you call rugby, and despite the draw, Scotland retain the Calcutta Cup. I said in minute 5 that Scotland would have to play one hell of a game to stop England's chariot. Well, from 31-0 down, to come back for a 38-all draw in 45 minutes...bravo maestros!

England v Scotland FT Six Nations 2019

england15 Elliot Daly 14 Jack Nowell 13 Henry Slade 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Jonny May 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Ben Moon 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Joe Launchbury 5 George Kruis 6 Mark Wilson 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH:  16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ellis Genge 18 Dan Cole 19 Brad Shields 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Ben Spencer 22 George Ford 23 Ben Te’o

SCORERS T: Nowell, Curry, Launchbury, May, Ford C: Farrell (4), Ford P: Farrell

scotland15 Sean Maitland 14 Darcy Graham 13 Nick Grigg 12 Sam Johnson 11 Byron McGuigan 10 Finn Russell 9 Ali Price 1 Allan Dell 2 STUART MCINALLY (C) 3 Willem Nel 4 Ben Toolis 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Sam Skinner 7 Hamish Watson 8 Magnus Bradbury BENCH:  16 Fraser Brown 17 Gordon Reid 18 Simon Berghan 19 Jonny Gray 20 Josh Strauss 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Adam Hastings 23 Chris Harris

SCORERS T: McInally, Graham (2), Bradbury, Russell, Johnson C: Russell (2), Laidlaw (2)

Referee: Paul Williams Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Federico Anselmi TMO: Ben Skeen




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