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Principality Stadium - 03 February 2018
KO: 14:15 HT: 14-0 Att: 74,169
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Wales vs Scotland Hymns & arias & fireworks & anthems and and and…all done, finally.
Wales vs Scotland Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Matt Carley TMO: David Grashoff
Wales vs Scotland Just the one uncapped player, Josh Adams starting for Wales on the wing, and Edinburgh prop, Murray McCallum hopes to debut off the bench for Scotland.
Wales 0-0 Scotland 1m Finn Russell kicks off at the Principality Stadium, welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones taking well immediately, but Gareth Davies thumps it out on the full from the breakdown
Wales 0-0 Scotland 1m Scotland take advantage and head swiftly back into Welsh territory, Jonny Gray making a superb break from almost halfway after the ball went backwards, to just 5m short of the goal line before he goes down
Wales 0-0 Scotland 2m The ball is quickly recycled, Ali Price carrying well but he gets turned over by Josh Navidi in front of the posts and Wales are saved an early embarrassment; Wales lineout set up back at own 10m
Wales 0-0 Scotland 3m Welsh lineout is efficient & ball kicked clear deep into Scottish territory; Scotland make little headway back towards halfway so Price kicks it to Rhys Patchell who kicks it straight back to Russell and Stuart Hogg sets off before chipping into space over halfway
Wales 0-0 Scotland 4m It’s Leigh Halfpenny who collects deftly & Wales have an attacking chance as they work back to halfway, Adams getting his first touch of the ball in international rugby
Wales 0-0 Scotland 5m Wales are pushed back towards their 22 but they run the ball through Steff Evans to Halfpenny heading towards the Scottish 22 but the full back’s offload finds Hoggie to Stuart McInally who sprints back over halfway
Wales 0-0 Scotland 6m The pace slows as Scotland are forced to play the width of the pitch for the wall of red in their faces; the Scots can’t find a way through, and finally Price picks up from the ruck to offload but is intercepted by Gareth Davies from inside his own 10m…
Wales 5-0 Scotland 7m…and he sprints quicker than any Scotsman can get to him, leaving Chris Harris in his wake to fly over in the corner to open the scoring
Wales 7-0 Scotland 8m Halfpenny adds the extras from just outside the 22 on touch, and Scotland need to sharpen up if they are to take advantage of their possession and territory so far
Wales 7-0 Scotland 8m Wales go well from the restart, Hadleigh Parkes making the first ground, and the ball picks up pace through Arron Shingler to Steff Evans to Cory Hill to Ron Evans to AWJ only for Scott Williams to knock it on a metre m short of the whitewash!
Wales 7-0 Scotland 10m Scotland were easily stripped of their defence there and are now defending their tryline just 5m out…
Wales 7-0 Scotland 11m Ref Gaüzère hot on the skewed feed from Price & the scrum put in is reversed for Wales to attack
Wales 7-0 Scotland 11m Patchell collects from the base of the scrum and goes himself but taken down just short out wide; meanwhile, Scotland sort out their defence in the immediate surrounding area
Wales 12-0 Scotland 12m SO the Welsh counteract by going out wide and a final flourish from Scott Williams to Halfpenny and the fullback scores a try of his own
Wales 14-0 Scotland 13m Halfpenny easily converts the try from lightly further in from touch this time
Wales 14-0 Scotland 14m Wales look close to scoring again almost from the restart with Steff Evans chasing the ball to the Scottish 22, but Huw Jones reaches it first
Wales 14-0 Scotland 14m Russell makes the break into Welsh territory but Price quickly shut down, though Gordon Reid gets to the ball back on halfway
Wales 14-0 Scotland 15m After some aerial football, Russell chips over the top but can’t prevent the ball from jumping directly into Welsh hands on their own 22
Wales 14-0 Scotland 16m Huw Jones finds space to hit back from halfway but spills the ball on the Welsh 22 for AWJ to counter; Adams chips ahead over halfway all the way to the corner but Russell beats him to it & Hogg is his get out of jail card
Wales 14-0 Scotland 17m Players can breathe for a second as the kicking game takes over again
Wales 14-0 Scotland 19m Scottish scrum outside the Welsh 22 has to be reset before Russell kicks it to corner; Wales defensive 5m lineout…
Wales 14-0 Scotland 21m Short lineout and eventually Wales get ball to Patchell to thump it away over halfway; Scots try to run it back but AWJ gets in the way. Welsh defensive scrum but Gareth Davies pinged for not putting it in straight - reset in favour of Scotland
Wales 14-0 Scotland 22m Scots make little ground before possession is stolen by Hill and Patchell kicks it clear of halfway
Wales 14-0 Scotland 23m Wales win the battle of the breakdown for an attacking scrum on the 10m, winning that too but promptly pinged for not releasing
Wales 14-0 Scotland 24m Russell kicks long but misses touch completely…aerial football ensues until eventually Russell kicks over the head of Halfpenny finding touch inside the Welsh 22
Wales 14-0 Scotland 25m Welsh defensive lineout works well and ball is cleared over halfway but Scots run it back to the Welsh 26m Still heaps of possession for Scotland, but they are just getting turned over repeatedly and can’t take advantage; Welsh defensive scrum on 10m…
Wales 14-0 Scotland 27m Patchell’s kick finds touch on the Scottish 10m putting the visitors on the back foot again
Wales 14-0 Scotland 28m Scots have a defensive L/O on their 22, retain possession but struggle to make any yards before Scots penalty...
Wales 14-0 Scotland 29m Finn Russell clears to touch nicely for an attacking lineout but the setpiece is poor & Wales have the put in to a defensive scrum on 10m
Wales 14-0 Scotland 30m Wales are efficient with their scrum and make it to the Scottish 10m with smart hands but promptly hand over a penalty to Scotland & the visitors take advantage
Wales 14-0 Scotland 31m Scotland head in to the danger zone for Wales but the ball is stolen back at the breakdown & Wales clear almost to halfway for a lineout
Wales 14-0 Scotland 33m The lineout is fine but the ball is booted towards Stuart Hogg who promptly kicks it back over halfway
Wales 14-0 Scotland 34m Possession is with Wales and the clear the ball away from their 22 but the ball comes hurtling back off the boot of Huw Jones who chips ahead for Halfpenny to shut down
Wales 14-0 Scotland 35m Possession lies with the visitors & an attacking scrum deep in the Welsh 22 but a knock on from Chris Harris loses the momentum for Scotland
Wales 14-0 Scotland 37m Wales clears their lines swiftly and in no time are lurking in Scotland's 22, but ball finds touch and Scotland have a defensive 5m lineout...
Wales 14-0 Scotland 38m Penalty won by Scotland and they clear the Welsh way back over halfway putting Wales on the backfoot, until they win possession & a defensive scrum
Wales 14-0 Scotland 39m Gareth Davies feeds the scrum & ball goes wide to far touch, but Wales make no forward ground at all...
Wales 14-0 Scotland 40m ...and after the clock turns red for halftime, a Welsh boots finds touch for both teams to take a much needed rest at the break
Wales 14-0 Scotland HT T: Gareth Davies, Halfpenny C: Halfpenny (2) | -
Wales 14-0 Scotland 41m A sparkling start from Wales, measured and stable where Scotland have no choice but to give away a penalty rather than 7 points...
Wales 17-0 Scotland 43m Leigh Halfpenny takes him time teeing up the kick at the uprights, but does not falter for a second, taking the home team 3 scores clear
Wales 17-0 Scotland 45m Scotland need a new plan if they are to impact on this game in any way, since more possession and territory in the first half brought them nothing, Wales taking advantage at every opportunity they got
Wales 17-0 Scotland 46m Scotland in possession in the midfield but flailing about making no ground before the ball is turned over efficiently and Wales head back into Scottish territory
Wales 17-0 Scotland 47m Ref Pascal Gaüzère had a word with Scotland captain John Barclay for playing illegally on the floor at the breakdown, resulting in another penalty for the homeside
Wales 20-0 Scotland 48m And of course 45m is nothing for the boot of Halfpenny who pops over the penalty to take Wales 20 points clear of a scoreless Scotland
Wales 20-0 Scotland 49m Greig Laidlaw, Ryan Wilson & Jamie Bhatti on for Ali Price, Cornell du Preez & Gordon Reid
Wales 20-0 Scotland 50m Wyn Jones & Tomas Francis on for Rob Evans & Samson Lee
Wales 20-0 Scotland 52m After a raft of early changes, Wales switch up the pressure again & Josh Adams makes a belt for the tryline but is isolated with no support...
Wales 20-0 Scotland 53m ...but the Welsh hang on for a moment longer before Scotland regain possession & clear the ball back over halfway, though it comes straight back to midfield for a Scottish lineout
Wales 20-0 Scotland 54m Scotland retain possession from the lineout just inside the Welsh half and the ball comes from the far touch to the near touch but Huw Jones knocks it on
Wales 20-0 Scotland 55m Grant Gilchrist, Sean Maitland & Pete Horne replace Ben Toolis, Byron McGuigan & Chris Harris as Wales set their scrum just in their own half
Wales 20-0 Scotland 56m Bradley Davies replaces Cory Hill after the ref spies a head knock so he's off for a Head Injury Assessment...
Wales 20-0 Scotland 57m Wales charge fiercely ahead and are taking no prisoners as they set up camp deep in Scottish territory
Wales 20-0 Scotland 59m Another attacking lineout just outside the Scottish 22 & Wales are steadily heading in the right direction, frustrating the Scots and forcing another error...
Wales 20-0 Scotland 60m ...though the tackle was a tad high, it's the Welsh that have the scrum put in on the Scottish 22 & they attack the zone just in front of the goal line
Wales 25-0 Scotland 61m Wales can't break the tryline close to the posts but a quick recycle and it's Halfpenny over the whitewash out wide for a brace
Wales 27-0 Scotland 62m Halfpenny pops over his conversion with almost no effort as the homeside put Scotland out of contention despite there being an entire quarter yet to go
Wales 27-0 Scotland 63m The Scottish team that ran the All Blacks close only a few months ago appear to have entirely lost their mojo - some Scots are blaming it on the recipe change of IRN-BRU
Wales 27-0 Scotland 64m Elliot Dee & Gareth Anscombe on for Ken Owens & Rhys Patchell
Wales 27-0 Scotland 65m Wyn Jones bulldozes his way through the Scottish defence, including Hogg with only the tryline in his vision... Ref goes up to TMO David Grashoff for a 'can I award the try?'
Wales 27-0 Scotland 66m It's a no try for no clear view of the grounding, while Aled Davies replaces Gareth Davies at scrum half
Wales 27-0 Scotland 68m Justin Tipuric has replaced Ross Moriarty while Murray McCallum is on for Jon Welsh while Wales have an attacking scrum but come away with nothing this time
Wales 27-0 Scotland 69m Scotland force play back over halfway but the attack comes back hard and fast from Anscombe, but he fluffs it
Wales 27-0 Scotland 70m Scott Lawson replaces Stuart McInally, Owen Watkin on for Scott Williams & Scotland go on the attack...
Wales 27-0 Scotland 71m Despite space and momentum, Scotland can't find their way through to even the Welsh 22, and before you know it, Wales are at it again...
Wales 27-0 Scotland 72m Hadleigh Parkes makes his mum & dad proud in the stands over from NZ with a superb break and Steff Evans finishes it off in the corner...TMO for try or not
Wales 32-0 Scotland 73m Grashoff wastes no time with 'you may award the try', not even checking if the pass was forward or not and Wales have their bonus point try
Wales 34-0 Scotland 74m Halfpenny casually adds the conversion and the Wales fans likely won't be leaving the stadium early today!
Wales 34-0 Scotland 75m Bhatti is escorted off the pitch for a blood injury and Reid returns as Scotland are actually on the attack for a change...
Wales 34-0 Scotland 77m The visitors steadily build up the phases, have advantage on their side & keep battling on, hoping for a consolation try...
Wales 34-0 Scotland 78m After 17 phases, Horne charges over the whitewash with plenty of space around him to score, but TMO Grashoff wants to have a look at play & halts the conversion
Wales 34-7 Scotland 79m It's quite clear there is nothing wrong with the solitary try from Horne, and Russell kicks over the simple conversion
Wales 34-7 Scotland 80m There's just time for a restart, ball finds touch by the Scottish tryline, played quickly from deep but as soon as the clock turns red, Parkes kicks the ball out for full time
Wales 34-7 Scotland FT Man of the Match goes to Aaron Shingler, while Scotland maintain their losing record against Wales in Cardiff which began in 2002. Shocking play from Scotland
Wales 34-7 Scotland FT Real shame of the game is TMO not doing his job for Wales' fourth try where the final pass was clearly forward, he reviewed only the grounding (even Sam Warburton agreed) yet it was awarded & bonus point given
15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Josh Adams 13 Scott Williams 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Steff Evans 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Gareth Davies 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens3 Samson Lee4 Cory Hill5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Aaron Shingler7 Josh Navidi 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Wyn Jones 18 Tomas Francis 19 Bradley Davies 20 Justin Tipuric 21 Aled Davies 22 Gareth Anscombe 23 Owen Watkin
SCORERS T: Gareth Davies, Halfpenny (2), Steff Evans C: Halfpenny (4) P: Halfpenny (2)
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Chris Harris 12 Huw Jones 11 Byron McGuigan 10 Finn Russell 9 Ali Price 1 Gordon Reid 2 Stuart McInally 3 Jon Welsh 4 Ben Toolis 5 Jonny Gray 6 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 Hamish Watson 8 Cornell du Preez BENCH: 16 Scott Lawson 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Murray McCallum 19 Grant Gilchrist 20 Ryan Wilson 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Pete Horne 23 Sean Maitland
SCORERS T: Horne C: Russell
Man of the Match: Aaron Shingler (Wales)
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Matt Carley TMO: David Grashoff
Stade de France - 03 February 2018
KO: 17:45 HT: 3-9 Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
France vs Ireland All the anthems are done and we're almost ready for KO at the Stade de France, in the pouring incessant rain…
France vs Ireland Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Paul Williams TMO: Rowan Kitt
France vs Ireland Full back Geoffrey Palis & fly half Matthieu Jalibert both debut for France today...
France 0-0 Ireland 1m Jalibert kicks off & Ireland have a lineout almost immediately which almost goes long but is just held in....
France 0-0 Ireland 2m Ireland are quickly on the attack, running rings round Les Bleus already & securing a penalty with not even 2 minutes gone
France 0-3 Ireland 3m Johnny Sexton pings over the penalty kick through the uprights with ease and gets the visitors on the board early
France 0-3 Ireland 4m There's an obscene amount of caps working against the homeside who have 6 uncapped players in their matchday 23
France 0-3 Ireland 5m A midfield lineout for Les Bleus but it fails to find its own player and Ireland steal possession promptly & head into French territory
France 0-3 Ireland 6m Jalibert attempts a slice kick on receipt of the ball but it ends up in Keith Earls' hands & results in another Ireland penalty...
France 0-3 Ireland 7m Another midfield lineout and Ireland retain the ball for a moment before they kick to clear & France clear it back quickly...
France 0-3 Ireland 8m Irish ball is stolen by Les Bleus who make ground into Irish territory as Virimi Vakatawa bashes his way towards the 22...this French side aren't looking bad at all so far...
France 0-3 Ireland 9m France go 14 phases before a knock on comes from Vakatawa; oh and let's have a time off shall we...
France 0-3 Ireland 10m Only 10 minutes in and we all have a water break already before the Irish scrum is set
France 0-3 Ireland 12m Rob Kearney clears the ball away from his 22 but France come back quickly and set up their own scrum a little further back...
France 0-3 Ireland 13m A knock on give possession back to Ireland through a scrum and they attack into French territory
France 0-3 Ireland 15m France clear their lines and set up an attacking lineout back over halfway; ball heads from one touchline to the other for an Irish lineout...
France 0-3 Ireland 16m There's a bit of aerial football occurring and France again have an attacking lineout outside the 22
France 0-3 Ireland 17m But Ireland steal the ball fro the French lineout, just long enough to return the favour and hand the next scrum to France
France 0-3 Ireland 19m Both sides make plenty of errors and Sexton has the free kick from France losing the scrum for not straight put in...
France 0-3 Ireland 20m Ireland begin to find their feet and build a few phases as they head towards the French 22
France 0-3 Ireland 20m Ireland have a penalty coming so Sexton attempts a drop goal that fails miserably; Yacouba Camara is to thank for the penalty that comes...
France 0-6 Ireland 22m Sexton pings over the 3 points comfortably and doubles the visiting haul.
France 0-6 Ireland 24m Rory Best preps for an attacking lineout for Ireland in the midfield, and the visitors keep hold of the ball but really aren't making any ground
France 0-6 Ireland 25m Little finesse from Ireland at the breakdown and France take advantage and kick through al the way to Ireland's goal line
France 0-6 Ireland 26m Another French attacking lineout, and the ball is collected swiftly but get pinged once a maul forms as they go too far round...
France 0-6 Ireland 28m Still outside the Irish 22, Ireland win a penalty from their scrum & Sexton clears the ball well over halfway for an Irish attacking 10m lineout
France 0-6 Ireland 29m The lineout is good for Ireland and the ball goes from near touch to far, but Bundi Aki bulldozes over Jalibert and both players are down
France 0-6 Ireland 29m Ref Nige calls time off as Jalibert limps off with a hurt knee, Anthony Belleau replacing him, tho Nige wants the scrumhalf to have an HIA
France 0-6 Ireland 30m Play resumes with an Irish scrum almost on the French 22 & Connor Murray makes the first break into the 22...
France 0-6 Ireland 31m Ireland recycle ball and creep closer the goal line, nut are still a good 8m out; good defence from Les Bleus so far
France 0-6 Ireland 32m France shut Ireland down effectively & get over the ball to clear the Irish back almost back to the 10m for still an attacking lineout...
France 0-6 Ireland 33m Ireland do well with their lineout, make a few yards before another lineout is set up on the French 22...
France 0-6 Ireland 34m Peter O'Mahony keeps the ball in Irish hands but the visitors are pushed back before French captain Guilhem Guirado wins the battle of possession resulting in a penalty
France 3-6 Ireland 35m Maxime Machenaud finds his mark with the penalty and gets the homeside on the board
France 3-6 Ireland 36m Play resumes but not for long as Josh van der Flier goes down injured, quickly replaced by Dan Leavy; Irish scrum in midfield...
France 3-6 Ireland 37m This is definitely not the walk in the park the Irish were expecting as the French defence is causing much frustration and upsetting the flow
France 3-6 Ireland 38m Ireland slowly make ground and are helped by Sébastien Vahaamahina tackling a man without a ball - penalty to Ireland
France 3-9 Ireland 39m Sexton tees up from outside the French 22 and adds three more points to his tally so far this half
France 3-9 Ireland 40m The restart has France quickly on the back foot on their own 22 and Palis takes the decision to kick the ball into touch at the first opportunity for halftime
France 3-9 Ireland HT P: Machenaud | P: Sexton (3)
France 3-9 Ireland 40m France have lost there debutant scrum half after his earlier injury. Sexton kicks off the second half...
France 3-9 Ireland 41m Ireland have the first lineout just inside halfway and it goes long to Robbie Henshaw instead of Aki, but still kept in hand...
France 3-9 Ireland 42m Ireland make a few yards, but France force them back up to halfway before Tadhg Furlong helps along the knock on giving France a midfield scrum
France 3-9 Ireland 43m France are ferocious in their attack and head up to the Irish 22 before they are pushed back from the ruck, but they don't lose the ball in the process
France 3-9 Ireland 44m Jefferson Poirot gets turned over at the breakdown on the Irish 10m and Sexton clears over halfway almost to the French 22...
France 3-9 Ireland 46m Irish lineout is won safely, though the shove back from France is immense forcing them halfway back to the 10m; but Vahaamahina is pinged for offside again and Sexton tees up the penalty...
France 3-12 Ireland 47m Sexton adds three more; France only behind no thanks to giving away churlish penalties which are most unnecessary.
France 3-12 Ireland 48m From the restart, the ball is in Irish hands, but again, Vahaamahina is pinged for offside in Irish territory this time; Nige has a word & Sexton clears over halfway
France 3-12 Ireland 50m No doubt a card will appear soon if Vahaamahina doesn't cut it out; meanwhile, Ireland are 15 phases into the French 22 before Poirot brilliantly turns over possession at the breakdown
France 3-12 Ireland 52m France get some pace behind them & forge their way up to the Irish 22, and secure an infinitely kickable penalty
France 6-12 Ireland 53m Machenaud kicks over the penalty and takes France back to within a score of Ireland
France 6-12 Ireland 54m Debutants Dany Priso and Cedate Gomes Sa replace Poirot & Rabah Slimani as play gets back underway...
France 6-12 Ireland 56m A little aerial football ensues and Kearney misses collecting a high ball...unexpected! French scrum on the Irish 10m...
France 6-12 Ireland 58m Scrum takes a while to get going, has to be reset, and the French crowd are in fine voice, belting out Les Marseillaise
France 6-12 Ireland 59m The scrum collapses, the Irish are bitching at the Ref for a video review of it, Nige isn't having any of it & the scrum is finally reset...
France 6-12 Ireland 60m Not in any elegant fashion, the French win their scrum, but at the first opportunity, CJ Stander gets over the ball at the breakdown and gives Ireland a fighting chance at a try outside of the French 22
France 6-12 Ireland 60m Paul Gabrillagues comes on for Arthur Iturria while Jack McGrath replaces Cian Healy; France pinged at breakdown in own even tho there was no way to roll away...
France 6-12 Ireland 62m Sexton tees up a relatively easy kick but it misses the uprights completely
France 6-12 Ireland 63m Play is bang on halfway, and we await a scrum for the French, but times off for who only know what this time...
France 6-12 Ireland 64m Eventually play gets underway, slightly on the Irish side of halfway, and France make excellent ground all the way to the Irish 22 before stalemate hits
France 6-12 Ireland 65m Momentum is halted and Sexton wins the ball at the breakdown for the French to be pushed back over halfway
France 6-12 Ireland 66m Marco Tauleigne debuts alongside Antoine Dupont on for Machenaud & Wenceslas Lauret
France 6-12 Ireland 67m Earls pinged for a high tackle on Vakatawa & France make some yard & build some phases into Irish territory again
France 6-12 Ireland 68m Sean Cronin and Devin Toner on for Best and James Ryan
France 6-12 Ireland 69m Kearney makes a bit of a drama of a collision; Ref & TMO have a look at it and agree it's nothing. Irish knock on so French ball on the Irish 10m
France 11-12 Ireland 71m John Ryan replaces Furlong and the scrum has to be reset; but France don't just hang on but the ball gets to Teddy Thomas 60m out & he sprints to the goal line to score to roars from the fans!
France 13-12 Ireland 73m Belleau converts the try and takes the lead for the homeside... France believes! It's like Christmas
France 13-12 Ireland 74m Fergus McFadden replaces Jacob Stockdale as Irish want to play on but France are content to take their time
France 13-12 Ireland 75m Time is off for an injury to Tauleigne & he is replaced by Machenaud with a knee injury
France 13-12 Ireland 75m Sexton is insisting to Ref Nige that it's a knee injury only so Machenaud can't come on as it's not an HIA; official French doc insists it is an HIA too - Ref says play on
France 13-12 Ireland 76m Play resumes, Ireland hand over a penalty outside the Irish 22; from 41m Belleau tees up
France 13-12 Ireland 77m But Belleau misses the uprights & Sexton is determined to play on quickly; Ireland are at their most dangerous with minutes to go & behind...
France 13-12 Ireland 78m French defence is holding up well, locking the Irish in their own half...
France 13-12 Ireland 79m Irish look determined but spent, and are still no closer to halfway than their own 10m...
France 13-12 Ireland 80m The clock is red, the Irish are on halfway, the French defence is immense...
France 13-12 Ireland 80+1m Sexton chips ahead, Earls gets under the ball & Vakatawa doesn't touch him in the air; Sexton goes down but bounces back up...
France 13-12 Ireland 80+2m Wave after wave of green hits keep coming into the blue wall but the Irish are no further than the French 10m...
France 13-15 Ireland 80+3m France were just too careful with their defence and Sexton gets close enough after 41 phases to drop a goal to win the match
15 Geoffrey Palis* 14 Teddy Thomas 13 Rémi Lamerat 12 Henry Chavancy 11 Virimi Vakatawa 10 Matthieu Jalibert* 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Arthur Iturria 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Yacouba Camara 8 Kevin Gourdon BENCH: 16 Adrien Pélissié* 17 Dany Priso* 18 Cedate Gomes Sa* 19 Paul Gabrillagues 20 Marco Tauleigne* 21 Antoine Dupont 22 Anthony Belleau 23 Benjamin Fall
SCORERS T: Thomas C: Belleau P: Machenaud (2)
15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Johnny 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 BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Jack McGrath 18 John Ryan 19 Devin Toner 20 Dan Leavy 21 Luke McGrath 22 Joey Carbery 23 Fergus McFadden
SCORERS P: Sexton (4) DG: Sexton
Man of the Match: Guilhem Guirado (France)
Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Paul Williams TMO: Rowan Kitt
Stadio Olimpico - 04 February 2018
KO: 16:00 HT: 10-17 Att: 61,464
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Italy vs England The teams are heading out into the sunshine at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with Dylan Hartley at he helm for England and the man-mountain that is Sergio Parisse for Italy...
Italy vs England Alessandro Zanni comes out before the others winning his 100th cap for the Azzurri, & the anthems are underway
Italy vs England Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Nic Berry TMO: Glenn Newman
Italy vs England The teams have faced off 23 times so far, and England has won every time; last year however, coach Conor O'Shea came up with a cunning plan to frustrate the home team at Twickers & ran England close for a while!
Italy vs England With all the formalities over, we await KO to be signalled by Ref Raynal & George Ford has the ball
Italy 0-0 England 1m Fordy kicks off & the Azzurri react well, clear England back & the visitors hand over an early penalty for a home scrum
Italy 0-0 England 2m Just inside England's half, Dan Cole scrummages well while Leonardo Ghiraldini loses his balance for a free kick for Owen Farrell
Italy 0-5 England 3m England lineout on the Italian 22 & superb handling all round allows Anthony Watson to fly over in the comer to score in excellent fashion
Italy 0-5 England 4m Not a comfortable position to convert from and Faz doesn't. But he intent in England's game has been shown early and convincingly
Italy 0-5 England 6m Restart has England pinned back in their own 22 and Mike Brown could be in difficulty, but he regathers & Italy are back up at the 10m swiftly
Italy 0-5 England 8m The Azzurri will have their work cut out if they are to make a dent in England's game today; Eddie Jones has insisted the basics are improving & are essential for consistent winning...
Italy 0-5 England 9m ...and also the ability to think on their feet & deal with all possible scenarios thrown at them; looks like it's working so far as England eventually steal back possession at he breakdown
Italy 0-5 England 10m England force Italy back over halfway, but the Azzurri have infinite determination too and are soon back in visitor territory
Italy 0-5 England 10m But a roar of pain comes from Ben Youngs as his knee is crushed under the weight of a pile of bodies and time is halted, he will be stretchered off & Danny Care comes on much earlier than anticipated
Italy 0-5 England 10m Care wins his 77th cap and equals Matt Dawson's record as highest capped England scrum half
Italy 0-5 England 10m The minutes tick by as the clock is still on hold while the correct procedures are followed to have Youngs driven off the pitch; players are getting antsy & running drills to keep warmed up
Italy 0-5 England 11m Play resumes with an England scrum and the Jonny May rips ahead, getting the ball clear to Watson again who is like lightning heading over in the corner > TMO
Italy 0-10 England 12m TMO: Glenn Newman can find no reason not to award the try while Tommaso Benvenuti gets away with a no arms tackle on Watson at the goal line
Italy 0-10 England 13m From the same acute angle, Faz misses the conversion again - that's not in the plan, but if England keep on scoring with this verve, Italy aren't going to get a look in
Italy 0-10 England 15m Italy's improved discipline is evident already, and after getting under a high ball, the Italians have an attacking lineout to attempt to take advantage...
Italy 0-10 England 16m England's defence pushes the Azzurri back up to the midfield until Tommaso Allan gets a kick away into the England 22
Italy 0-10 England 18m It's an England defensive lineout which goes well and play is back up just inside halfway, Parisse & Zanni pairing up nicely to turn the ball over in favour of the homeside
Italy 0-10 England 19m Ref has a quiet word of encouragement about discipline with both teams before Ghiraldini has the put in to the scrum just inside the England half
Italy 5-10 England 20m Excellent set piece from Italy elegantly passing the ball from one touch back almost to the other before a beautiful over the top floating pass from Tommy Allan & Benvenuti runs circles round the England defence to score
Italy 7-10 England 21m Tommy Allan has less issues with his kicking at he uprights and Italy are right back in this game, and how!
Italy 7-10 England 24m England respond hard and fast & an Italy knock on has Care putting into the scrum in front of the posts on the Azzurri 22...
Italy 7-15 England 26m The scrum is solid, the get away isn't so swift and faces Italian obstacles, Hartley carries into the heart of the Italian line then the centre partnership of Ford & Farrell puts the latter over for a score
Italy 7-17 England 27m An easier conversion for Faz and he stomps up a 10-point buffer for the visitors, adding the extras from his own try
Italy 7-17 England 28m This doubling up of twitter characters makes reporting oh so much easier!
Italy 7-17 England 29m Meanwhile, Parisse can't halt the England momentum as the visitors head ever closer to the Italian 22...
Italy 7-17 England 30m Time off as Courtney Lawes gets checked out after a knock as he attempts to reach Maro Itoje who gets isolated on the Azzurri 22
Italy 7-17 England 31m Italy swiftly ship England back well over halfway into their own territory, setting up an attacking lineout...
Italy 7-17 England 32m Mako Vunipola frustrates the attack by stealing possession away and forcing Italy back up to halfway, but it's not long til England are pinged for not releasing...
Italy 7-17 England 33m ...and another lineout, this time deep in the England 22 puts the Azzurri in a good position to attack from, but Lawes has other ideas and bundles the Italians into touch
Italy 7-17 England 34m Hartley throws into a defensive 5m lineout and Parisse ends up getting a two-pronged lecture from the Ref about discipline and rules
Italy 7-17 England 35m England clear Italy away from their dangerzone, inside the 10m, Ford clears the ball awkwardly and Brownie is pinged for his tackle on Matteo Minozzi
Italy 7-17 England 36m Italy again have an attacking lineout at England's 22 and they have another opportunity hereto score...
Italy 7-17 England 37m The Azzurri manage to hold on to possession through recycling repeatedly and are firmly camped out c.6m for England's goal line, keeping their discipline
Italy 7-17 England 38m England are pinged at he breakdown directly in front of the posts after the hit come in hard and fast on the blue barrage...
Italy 10-17 England 39m Allan tees up just wide of the uprights inside the England 22 and is perfectly on target (with a little bit of the Farrell about his look)
Italy 10-17 England 40m Plenty of time for a restart and England head towards the Azzurri 22, looking quite as dangerous as earlier, and eventually cough up a penalty for an Italian defensive scrum...
Italy 10-17 England 40+1m The England pack are pinged from shunting too early, penalty to Italy and the ball is popped into touch for both sides to head down the tunnel for half time
Italy 10-17 England HT T: Benvenuti C: Allan P: Allan | T: Watson (2), Farrell C: Farrell
Italy 10-17 England HT Cracking game so far; Italy are definitely looking much improved under the guardianship of Conor O'Shea, & interestingly, England haven't had quite the pace since Youngs had to be taken off
Italy 10-17 England 40m No changes for England but Nicola Quaglio has replaced Andrea Lovotti in the front row
Italy 10-17 England 41m The restart has Italy pinged early on for a leg-lifting tackle, England on the front foot with an attacking lineout but reciprocate promptly with a penalty of their own for an Italian defensive scrum
Italy 10-17 England 43m England are shoved back into their own half, Care clears off the back of a breakdown over halfway but Ghiraldini sprints(!) to reach the ball & offloads neatly to Minozzi
Italy 10-17 England 45m Italy fight back and head in the right direction for them but another penalty comes & Faz clears for an England lineout in the Azzurri 22
Italy 10-17 England 46m The lineout is almost textbook and Care gets the ball away from back of the maul for Lawes to reach the goal line and stretch over but...
Italy 10-17 England 46m ...Ref heads up to TMO for potential forward pass from Care before Lawes lost ball forward before grounding
Italy 10-17 England 46m The pass was forward so it's no try for England, and Italy retaliate hard and fast...
Italy 10-17 England 47m It's Italy's scrum 5m from their tryline so they have to stay focused to hold England out here, but Renato Giammarioli pinged for playing the ball with is hand - penalty to England
Italy 10-20 England 48m Farrell adds an easy three points to the England tally so far
Italy 10-20 England 49m Parisse and Allan play off each other well and ball gets out to Tommaso Boni who sprints over to score, but... TMO again
Italy 10-20 England 50m Conversion is halted and replay shows Allan's pass is forward to Boni - no try. England defensive scrum is good
Italy 10-20 England 51m An attempted tackle on Itoje in the air for the resulting lineout and England are quickly back where they need to be...in attack
Italy 10-25 England 52m And after being the highest tackler in the first half, Sam Simmonds switches up a gear to outrun the Italian defence from out wide and scores behind the posts
Italy 10-27 England 53m Faz adds the extras to add to his earlier penalty and England have their bonus point try in the bag
Italy 10-27 England 54m Tiziano Pasquali & Luca Bigi on for Ghiraldini & Ferrari | Jamie George & Harry Williams (on debut) for Hartley & Cole
Italy 10-27 England 54m Azzurri lineout on halfway and Minozzi makes some good ground before George takes him down, but they recycle and shift into the England 22 to pick and go time and again…
Italy 10-27 England 55m Lawes is pinged for not shifting at the breakdown after a close take by Watson under a high ball, and Italy have a 5m attacking lineout to threaten the England goal line
Italy 10-27 England 56m Having forged their way back deep into the England 22 after having a try disallowed already, Italy attack with such intensity and it's Mattia Bellini who finds the whitewash against the corner flag
Italy 15-27 England 57m TMO is asked if there's any reason not to award the try, and the replay shows Bellini's knee not in touch as he grounds the ball - it's try time again for the Azzurri!
Italy 15-27 England 58m There's no conversion, but the Azzurri are playing better than they have in years; the Irish impact is showing...
Italy 15-27 England 59m Lawes is replaced by George Kruis while Jonathan Joseph is on for Ben Te'o
Italy 15-27 England 60m Maxime Mbanda’ replaced Giammarioli earlier while George Biagi replaces Dean Budd
Italy 15-27 England 61m Mike Brown's off, Jack Nowell comes in on the wing and Watson moves to fullback
Italy 15-27 England 61m As all the changes are made on both sides, Italy have a lineout on halfway, and they battle the white wall facing them, forced to play the width as they are gaining little ground ahead
Italy 15-27 England 62m England hand over another penalty and it's an Italian attacking scrum just outside the 10m; quick ball for the Azzurri and they've made 10m before a penalty goes to the opposition after Chris Robshaw effects the turnover
Italy 15-27 England 63m Marcello Violi is replaced by Eduardo Gori while England are not resting on their laurels despite a 12-point cushion
Italy 15-27 England 64m England are creeping closer into the Italian 22, though the homeside show no signs of tiring any more as was historically the case
Italy 15-27 England 65m England win the free kick from their scrum on the Azzurri 22, and George throws into the lineout deep inside the 22…
Italy 15-27 England 66m But the Azzurri are having discipline issue and the Ref has a firm word with Parisse after the 11th penalty
Italy 15-27 England 67m Sam Underhill makes his debut replacing Robbo at 7, while Italy deftly steal the England lineout & Allan clear England outside the 22 from behind the tryline
Italy 15-32 England 68m England don't make the same mistake again at the lineout and that Ford-Farrell axis pays dividends yet again, this time it's Ford who secures the 5th try for England
Italy 15-34 England 69m Faz finishes off his hard work with another conversion and the game is likely out of reach for Italy now
Italy 15-34 England 70m England are still looking dangerous even this late in the game - but as Eddie says, "games are won and lost in the final 20 minutes". He's not wrong...
Italy 15-34 England 71m But England can't let their attention slip and they do - metres short of the Italian tryline when Benvenuti intercepts & Boni runs away with the ball
Italy 15-34 England 72m Carlo Canna & Jayden Hayward replace Allan & Tommaso Castello
Italy 15-34 England 73m Alec Hepburn makes his debut off the bench replacing Vunipola while England eye the prize still...
Italy 15-39 England 74m ...and it's Simmonds who makes a magnificent debut scoring a brace in his first outing
Italy 15-41 England 75m Faz adds the conversion, and don't be fooled; pretty sure England aren't done yet!
Italy 15-46 England 77m The Exeter Chiefs boys are all banding together and using their intimate knowledge of each other's plays for Nowell to find the whitewash this time
Italy 15-46 England 78m It's another missed conversion from Faz, and no doubt he won't be a happy bunny at leaving 6 conversion points out on the field, but that hasn't stopped the very vocal England fans fro their renditions of 'Swing Low' from the outset of the match, right through until the end...
Italy 15-46 England 79m Castello comes back on for Boni as Italy have a defensive lineout just inside England's half but it doesn't go well for them as aerial football ensues for a second or two
Italy 15-46 England 80m The ball lands back on the England 10m and since the clock has flicked into the red, Care kicks the ball into touch for a definitive win over a resurgent Azzurri in Rome
Italy 15-46 England FT Anthony Watson is handed Man of the Match - more appropriate would have been handing it to the likes of Simmonds
Italy 15-46 England FT Italy put in an impressive shift for 60 minutes, and have quite obviously come on leaps and bounds since Conor has laid down the law to them, especially on fitness; the Azzurri also have to kerb their churlish discipline issues
Italy 15-46 England FT England have shown that they most definitely have kicked on since the Autumn, despite having fractionally less possession and territory than the home team, but still managed to hand over nine penalties (to Italy's 12)
15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Tommaso Benvenuti 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Mattia Bellini 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Marcello Violi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Simone Ferrari 4 Alessandro Zanni 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Renato Giammarioli 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Nicola Quaglio 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 George Biagi 20 Maxime Mbanda’ 21 Edoardo Gori 22 Carlo Canna 23 Jayden Hayward
SCORERS T: Benvenuti, Bellini C: Allan P: Allan
15 Mike Brown 14 Anthony Watson 13 Ben Te’o 12 Owen Farrell 11 Jonny May 10 George Ford 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 DYLAN HARTLEY (C) 3 Dan Cole 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Maro Itoje 6 Courtney Lawes 7 Chris Robshaw 8 Sam Simmonds BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Alec Hepburn 18 Harry Williams 19 George Kruis 20 Sam Underhill 21 Danny Care 22 Jonathan Joseph 23 Jack Nowell
SCORERS T: Watson (2), Farrell, Simmonds (2), Ford, Nowell C: Farrell (4) P: Farrell
Man of the Match: Anthony Watson (England)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Nic Berry TMO: Glenn Newman
HEAD TO HEAD
Aviva Stadium - 10 February 2018
KO: 14:15 HT: 28-0 Att: 51,700
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Ireland v Italy It's anthem time at the Aviva Stadium & the band are roaring out the Italian tune
Ireland v Italy Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Matt Carley TMO: David Grashoff
Ireland 0-0 Italy 0m Unlike a miserably grey & wet & chaotic Twickenham, the sun is coming out in Dublin as Tommaso Allan kicks off
Ireland 0-0 Italy 1m Ireland deal with the KO as expected and they gain possession but the Italians are not making it easy for the Irish to escape their own half
Ireland 0-0 Italy 2m The ball finds touch over halfway & Ireland have the lineout just inside the Italian and they drive to the 10m before going wide
Ireland 0-0 Italy 3m But Ireland don't have it all their way & it's Italy who have possession and drive Ireland back over halfway
Ireland 0-0 Italy 4m It was Bundi Aki who handed the ball over to the opposition and prop Tadhg Furlong is off injured replaced by Andrew Porter
Ireland 0-0 Italy 5m Ireland have the scrum and they invade Italian territory but the Italian defence was quite obviously not a fluke last week; the visitors are in possession & back on halfway
Ireland 0-0 Italy 7m Ireland come away with the ball in the end in Rob Kearney's hands & clear to touch; it's an Irish lineout and they make a bit of ground before a penalty comes...
Ireland 0-0 Italy 8m Johnny Sexton could take the points here but he kicks to touch for an attacking lineout and the Irish want to come away with more than just a measly three points
Ireland 5-0 Italy 9m The lineout is textbook and Ireland deftly work their way deep into the Italian 22 for Robbie Henshaw to find the whitewash early on...
Ireland 7-0 Italy 10m Sexton adds the extras and Ireland have found a way round the Italian defence which for a significant portion of last week's match was impressive
Ireland 7-0 Italy 12m Ireland have shaken off any nerves in front of the home crowd and they put themselves in an attacking position again...
Ireland 12-0 Italy 13m It's Iain Henderson this time who sets up the try for Conor Murray to finish off with such ease
Ireland 14-0 Italy 15m Sexton has no issues with his kicking foot today as he adds the conversion and Ireland are making light work of the Azzurri today
Ireland 14-0 Italy 17m The restart sets up a lineout for captain Rory Best after the Italians lose the ball into touch in the midfield
Ireland 14-0 Italy 18m Irish play works efficiently and they head into Italian territory tho Aki's passing is wanting today; however, the Italians knock on and possession is back with the homeside
Ireland 14-0 Italy 19m Irish scrum just inside the Italian half and the Azzurri force an error to regain the ball but it finds touch for an Irish lineout
Ireland 19-0 Italy 20m It's excellent setpiece work from Ireland; they have to recycle but in the end, Aki redeems himself with his first international test try for Ireland
Ireland 21-0 Italy 21m Sexton pings over the extras, and the Italian defence is shown now to be wanting as Ireland are running rings around the Azzurri
Ireland 21-0 Italy 23m Italy need to regroup here if they are to make a dent in the Irish try-scoring machine; the visitors head into Irish territory and breach the 10m...
Ireland 21-0 Italy 24m Tho in attack, an Azzurri hand knocks on the ball to give Ireland possession yet again; time off...
Ireland 21-0 Italy 25m Apologies, the knock on was Irish & it's Italy who have the scrum just in their own half, and they come away with a penalty
Ireland 21-0 Italy 26m However, Sexton is fed the ball and clears to touch for an attacking lineout which they win comfortably and Ireland are quickly in the Azzurri 22 hunting a fourth try already
Ireland 21-0 Italy 27m The Irish tease the Azzurri by worrying the goal line but he ball eventually finds touch for a 5m lineout the setpiece is fine but no ground is gained as another penalty comes
Ireland 21-0 Italy 28m Ireland have spent some time in the Italian 22 without finding the whitewash, and it's yet another attacking lineout; Alessandro Zanni is pinged for interference in the air...
Ireland 21-0 Italy 29m But just because the visitors haven't got close to scoring a single point, they are not allowing Ireland to make hay any longer either, Sergio Parisse at the centre of that defence
Ireland 21-0 Italy 30m For all Ireland's efforts in the Azzurri 22 over the last 5-6 minutes, they come away with absolutely nothing
Ireland 21-0 Italy 31m Italy have found their defensive magic of last week and they force Ireland out from their danger zone, but play is halted for Nicola Quaglio down injured
Ireland 21-0 Italy 32m Quaglio is back up & fine & the Azzurri have an attacking scrum where it goes well but are forced back promptly
Ireland 26-0 Italy 34m Ireland take full advantage of their position and the get on the offensive quickly following a turnover, Aki drawing in the defence for Keith Earls to secure the bonus point try before half time
Ireland 28-0 Italy 36m Sexton tees up from an acute angle and takes his time in preparation before pinging over the conversion and making it look SO easy
Ireland 28-0 Italy 37m Andrea Lovotti replaces Quaglio
Ireland 28-0 Italy 38m The restart is good for Italy and it's not long before Italy work their way into Irish territory with some conviction, Ireland somewhat on the backfoot
Ireland 28-0 Italy 39m James Stockdale is the guilty party in allowing Italy to set up a lineout in the Irish 22...
Ireland 28-0 Italy 40m But Italy blow the advantage as the clock turns red, and it's an Irish defensive scrum...
Ireland 28-0 Italy 40+1m Ireland are clinical with the scrum & thump the ball to touch for half time
Ireland 28-0 Italy HT T: Henshaw, Murray, Aki, Earls C: Sexton (4) | -
Ireland 28-0 Italy 40m Quinn Roux & CJ Stander on for Jack Conan & Iain Henderson
Ireland 28-0 Italy 41m A delightful lineout on the attack for Ireland but Devin Toner couldn't collect & that would've been a score…
Ireland 28-0 Italy 42m Ireland hand over a penalty & Parisse gets his hand in in the Irish half...
Ireland 33-0 Italy 43m But Ireland aren't having any of it and they force Italy back in to their own half onto the backfoot; an intercept on Parisse's pass is awfully smart & Henshaw sprints over the goal line to score
Ireland 33-0 Italy 44m But Henshaw went down v awkwardly on his arm/shoulder and he'll be off for the match, replaced by Jordan Larmour
Ireland 35-0 Italy 45m Sexton has added the extras while Henshaw walks off the pitch
Ireland 35-0 Italy 46m Leonardo Ghiraldini & Maxime Mata Mbanda on for Luca Bigi & Braam Steyn
Ireland 35-0 Italy 47m From the restart, a knock on by the referee Poite gives Ireland the put in to the scrum on the Italian 22
Ireland 35-0 Italy 48m The scrum has Ireland firmly fixed in an attacking position and they are forced to play out wide and Sebastien Negri is quite disruptive of the Irish attack
Ireland 35-0 Italy 49m Schmidt replaces Sexton & Murray with Kieran Marmion & Joey Carbery, interestingly very early on in the game
Ireland 35-0 Italy 50m Sorry that's Murray gone not Best
Ireland 35-0 Italy 51m Meanwhile, much as Italy are making the try-scoring fest a little awkward so far this half for Ireland, and attacking lineout from Best is excellent...
Ireland 40-0 Italy 52m ...and it's Best that finds the whitewash to score Ireland's 6th try and with a little bit of panache too
Ireland 42-0 Italy 53m Carbery proves his mettle with a neat conversion of Best's try and the Irish are talking telephone numbers if they keep up at this rate
Ireland 42-0 Italy 54m Tiziano Pasquali and Jayden Hayward replace Simone Ferrari & Tommaso Boni, and the Italians are revving up their engines to get going finally...
Ireland 42-5 Italy 55m And it's Tommy Allan who dances through the defence, leaving the snoozing Irish in his wake as he scores for the Azzurri
Ireland 42-7 Italy 56m Allan makes light work of converting his try and the Italians are finally on the board
Ireland 42-7 Italy 57m Federico Ruzza & Eduardo Gori on for Marcello & Violi
Ireland 47-7 Italy 59m Meanwhile, Stockdale takes his opportunity to score a try of his own with a little flourish that pleases his teammates no end...
Ireland 49-7 Italy 60m Carbery adds the conversion and the Irish are close to a century...and no doubt will make that number with ease shortly
Ireland 49-7 Italy 61m Meanwhile, Sean Cronin replaces the Irish captain, Rory Best
Ireland 49-7 Italy 64m Italy are making some headway into Irish territory but are eventually forced back, but not for long...
Ireland 49-7 Italy 65m ...as Parisse makes the hard yards before offloaded a floating pass to Gori who collects and scores for the Azzurri
Ireland 49-7 Italy 65m Poite heads up to TMO David Grashoff to ask if there was any reason not to award the try...
Ireland 49-12 Italy 66m Despite all the biased protestations of the Irish commentators, Parisse clearly passed backwards and the try is good for the visitors
Ireland 49-14 Italy 67m Tommy Allan adds the conversion two points and suddenly that 50-up score isn't so certain for Ireland
Ireland 49-14 Italy 68m Cian Healy has replaced Jack McGrath & Ireland aren't going to take these two tries from the Azzurri lying down
Ireland 54-14 Italy 69m Parisse has a third try in his sights and he's heading in the right direction but his pass is intercepted by Stockdale who sprints the length of the pitch to score a brace
Ireland 56-14 Italy 70m Carbery converts well and Ireland need just a couple more tries to heap a half century misery on the Azzurri
Ireland 56-14 Italy 72m Italy aren't going to lie down and take it from Ireland, and they are determined to get back on the attack and find some more points...
Ireland 56-14 Italy 73m Ref is playing advantage as they creep deeper into Irish territory and the penalty comes eventually for them as they are heading into the 22...
Ireland 56-19 Italy 74m Some delightful play from the Azzurri and it's fullback Matteo Minozzi who sneaks across the whitewash to score a third try while the Irish are caught napping again
Ireland 56-19 Italy 76m Tommy Allan will kick himself at missing that conversion but Italy are no longer the team that have played themselves into claiming the wooden spoon every year for an age...
Ireland 56-19 Italy 77m There's a long way to go, But Conor O'Shea has transformed the Azzurri, and the last 20 are definitely not the easy pickings they once were for the opposition
Ireland 56-19 Italy 78m Larmour looks like he's about to score, but Italy turn around their fortunes and look like they may just secure that fourth bonus point try...
Ireland 56-19 Italy 79m Mattia Bellini thinks he's away for that score but an immense tackle from Earls and the Italian hopes are thwarted by Ireland
Ireland 56-19 Italy 80m Italy wrestle back possession and are on the attack one last time but a knock on comes & Kearney is right there to collect...
Ireland 56-19 Italy 80+1m Italy can't secure that elusive bonus point try and the ball heads to touch for the final whistle and the eight tries to three win for Ireland
15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Robbie Henshaw 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Jack McGrath 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Iain Henderson 5 Devin Toner 6 Peter O’Mahony 7 Dan Leavy 8 Jack Conan BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Cian Healy 18 Andrew Porter 19 Quinn Roux 20 CJ Stander 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour
SCORERS T: Henshaw (2), Murray, Aki, Earls, Best, Stockdale (2) C: Sexton (5), Carbery (3)
15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Tommaso Benvenuti 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Mattia Bellini 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Marcello Violi 1 Nicola Quaglio 2 Luca Bigi 3 Simone Ferrari 4 Alessandro Zanni 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastien Negri 7 Braam Steyn 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini 17 Andrea Lovotti 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Maxime Mata Mbanda 21 Edoardo Gori 22 Carlo Canna 23 Jayden Hayward
SCORERS T: Allan, Gori, Minozzi C: Allan
Man of the Match: Conor Murray (Ireland)
Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Matt Carley TMO: David Grashoff
Twickenham Stadium - 10 February 2018
KO: 16:45 HT: 12-3 Att: 82,000
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
England v Wales So, Twickenham is still miserable & wet & grey...but the anthems are underway
England v Wales Leigh Halfpenny is out with a foot infection so Gareth Anscombe replaces him at fullback
England 0-0 Wales We have KO at Twickenham, and the refs are: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Mathieu Raynal, Nic Berry TMO: Glenn Newman
England 0-0 Wales 1m Wales KO the match, Hartley's off for an HIA already while Wales have an attacking scrum for a no arms tackle already
England 0-0 Wales 2m The Welsh scrum is fine but George Ford reclaims the ball & clears over halfway awfully quickly
England 5-0 Wales 3m Danny Care box kicks neatly from the back of the breakdown in his own half & Owen Farrell kicks through perfectly for Jonny May to score slithering triumphantly over the goal line
England 0-0 Wales 4m Faz may have set that up beautifully for May, but his kicking off the tee is the same as last week...not so great as he misses the conversion
England 0-0 Wales 5m Immediately following an excellent score, England are caught offside and Rhys Patchell tees up from in front of the posts...
England 0-0 Wales 6mins ...but Patchell's nerves get the better of him and he misses Wales' first opportunity for points
England 5-0 Wales 10mins Hartley is back from his head injury assessment so George returns to the bench
England 5-0 Wales 8mins England are quickly back on the front foot despite George Ford's poor kick & Joe Launchbury has England into Welsh territory
England 5-0 Wales 10mins However, Wales get that ball after an England lineout and kick to touch for a defensive lineout back in their own half
England 5-0 Wales 10mins England rapidly move play back into the Welsh half and the ball heads into the 22 but is promptly cleared back out
England 5-0 Wales 11mins England head back towards the 22 but Mike Brown is pinged for not releasing at he breakdown and Wales are free to clear England out again
England 5-0 Wales 12mins Wales force play back into England territory and the homeside have a scrum just inside their 10m
England 5-0 Wales 14mins The scrum has to be reset & flies over halfway to Anscombe and Wales try to run it back
England 5-0 Wales 15mins Aerial football ensues and Ford kicks another ball directly at Anscombe; Care is left to deal with it & Wales are inside the England 10m again...
England 5-0 Wales 16mins But Wales are pinged at eh breakdown while England turnover neatly and a quickly at the Welsh 22
England 5-0 Wales 18mins England are forced to recycle rapidly as the red wall comes in hard, especially from Ross Moriarty, but Wales can't force the turnover & England are just 5m short
England 5-0 Wales 19mins The red wall may be solid but England are up to 25 phases and have the advantage...
England 10-0 Wales 20mins A sublime past from Faz to Launchbury and he releases just in time to May who secures a brace already
England 12-0 Wales 21mins This time Faz finds his footing and aim and secures the conversion; Wales have a long way to go to regroup and recover from this
England 12-0 Wales 22mins But Launchers can't quite regain his focus and Wales have another penalty directly after England have scored...
England 12-0 Wales 23mins Wales have a very advantageous lineout deep in England territory and they attack with some serious pace, though Care attempts to thwart a try...
England 12-0 Wales 24mins Anthony Watson & Anscombe both race for the ball & Garcès heads up to the TMO Glenn Newman for try or no try as they both have hands no the ball
England 12-0 Wales 25mins Anscombe has no control over the ball so it's no try, much to the ire of the Welsh; back for the penalty...
England 12-3 Wales 25mins Patchell pings over 3 points and opens the Welsh scoring account
England 12-3 Wales 26mins Before you can blink, from the restart, England are almost at he Welsh 22 but get turned over & cleared back
England 12-3 Wales 27mins England retaliate and are right back at he 22 but again, Wales steal back possession and clear the homeside back over halfway
England 12-3 Wales 28mins It's a Welsh lineout following another unimpressive kick from Ford, and England are promptly pinged for encroaching no the lineout and Wales have a penalty
England 12-3 Wales 29mins Wales make some inroads into England territory, a high ball comes back at Brownie and he knocks it on for a Welsh penalty in the England half
England 12-3 Wales 30mins Hartley, who returned after passing his HIA at 10 minutes has blood cleaned up in the time off before the Welsh lineout on halfway
England 12-3 Wales 31mins Play is still in the midfield, but Faz kicks it high over halfway and Wales are in possession on the 10m...
England 12-3 Wales 32mins England are furious at Wales winning a penalty at the breakdown after the ball was clearly out just in their own half and are determined to win the ball back; handbags are drawn...
England 12-3 Wales 32mins Time off for an eyelash out of place and Garcès calls over the captains for a chat...
England 12-3 Wales 33mins One could cure insomnia with the telling off from Garcès for the teams 'having a scuffle'
England 12-3 Wales 33mins Welsh kick to touch gives them a lineout but another time off and Hartley is forced to change his blood- covered shirt almost redder than the Welsh strip *yawn*
England 12-3 Wales 34mins Eventually we get back into the game & Wales are deep in the England 22, forced wide to touch and recycling but going backwards by the 9th phase before a knock on...
England 12-3 Wales 35mins Medics are back on and the clock is stopped again... What a bore!
England 12-3 Wales 35mins Halfway into their 22, England have a defensive scrum and we wait for a put in....
England 12-3 Wales 36mins It does happen...and then lets have a break for a rest shall we...
England 12-3 Wales 36mins Garcès shouts 'use it' at the England side, the Welsh get over the ball but we are resetting...AGAIN...in England's favour
England 12-3 Wales 37mins Finally Care gets the ball away and play is back in the midfield in Welsh hands
England 12-3 Wales 38mins England force the Welsh backwards and can't get any forward momentum so forced to kick it clear...deep into the England 22 and Ford calls the mark - which he didn't need to
England 12-3 Wales 39mins Ford clears for a Welsh lineout and they battle back into England territory but Courtney Lawes spoils the Welsh party and steals it...
England 12-3 Wales 40mins The ball could have been cleared to touch for halftime, but England play on 30 seconds before it does head out for the whistle
England 12-3 Wales T: May (2) C: Farrell | P: Patchell
England 12-3 Wales 40m We're back on at HQ and Sam Underhill is on for Sam Simmonds...
England 12-3 Wales 41m Apparently Simmonds is off injured; England is on the attack and up to the Welsh 22 though being shut down quickly
England 12-3 Wales 42m Watson heads for the corner and can't get through, but a crazy pass, possibly from Care, is completely bonkers & England are suddenly almost back a the Wales 10m rather 5m short of the goal line
England 12-3 Wales 44m Watson is off injured and limps off, and Jack Nowell is on while Wales are in their 22 but in possession
England 12-3 Wales 45m England set up a 22 lineout but Wales quickly have ball in hand as they run out of their own 22, up to the 10m and to the midfield
England 12-3 Wales 46m England come back but Dan Cole is pinged for not rolling away and Wales clear England back into their own half
England 12-3 Wales 47m But Wales hand over possession from a knock on and England kick it back over halfway...
England 12-3 Wales 48m A delightful intercept from Aaron Shingler and he bolts over halfway, kicks through and is eventually shut down but what a footrace...
England 12-3 Wales 49m Possession is regained by England and they breach the Welsh 10m and head to the Welsh 22...
England 12-3 Wales 50m Nowell carries the ball deep into the Welsh 22 and Shingler's leg swipes it forward...
England 12-3 Wales 51m After yet another break, we finally have a Welsh defensive scrum, but England come away with the penalty; George returns to the field of play for Hartley
England 12-3 Wales 52m Play is back at the halfway line and it's a breakdown where Wales come away with the ball, are forced back but Patchell kicks long for Brownie to thump it back...
England 12-3 Wales 53m Wales win the penalty despite England being in advantageous territory; England have had so much territory but have made nothing of it so far...
England 12-3 Wales 55m Wales have had opportunities but have been unable to capitalise on them; as for Maro Itoje - where is he this match?
England 12-3 Wales 56m Anscombe is shuffled to 10 as George North replaces Patchell and it's an England attacking scrum just outside their own 22...
England 12-3 Wales 58m Rob Evans & Samson Lee replaced by Wyn Jones (not to be confused with AWJ!) and Tomas Francis
England 12-3 Wales 59m England get a get out of jail card again, but Wales are back bothering the 22 quite rapidly...
England 12-3 Wales 60m The excellence of England's first half appears to have dissipated in this second one, and only Wales' ineptitude has prevented a score-fest against England in this third quarter
England 12-3 Wales 61m Scott Williams makes for the corner with some determination, and if not for a brilliant tackle from Underhill, would have scored!
England 12-3 Wales 62m Time off for Mako Vunipola getting some attention; England 5m defensive lineout which Itoje collects and Wales are shoved outside the England 22...
England 12-3 Wales 64m Richard Wigglesworth & Harry Williams replace Care & Cole while Elliot Dee & Justin Tipuric are on for Ross Moriarty and Ken Owens
England 12-3 Wales 63m Wales attack again through Shingler again but he's tackled hard and Cole forces the knock on for a defensive scrum in the England 23
England 12-3 Wales 65m England find their way out of their own 22, up to the midfield, but again possession is kicked away(!)
England 12-3 Wales 66m Aled Davies replaces Gareth Davies while England are finally back in Welsh territory, halfway between the 10m & 22...but England haven't looked like scoring for a quarter
England 12-3 Wales 67m Wales knock on in their own half, England head back to halfway but come back; meanwhile, Ben Te'o and George Kruis are subbed on for Ford and Launchbury
England 12-3 Wales 69m England are still on the front foot, on the attack and into the Welsh 22 and cannot even think about messing this up so close to the goal line…
England 12-3 Wales 71m Phase 21 and England are barely 3m short but are forced backwards; play continues with England still in possession...
England 12-3 Wales 72m ...but Wales smartly force the turnover and England are back on halfway in the blink of an eye
England 12-3 Wales 73m A high kick comes from England and Anscombe gets under it but he slides towards touch and his wrist hits it for England possession in an attacking position
England 12-3 Wales 74m While Bradley Davies replaces Cory Hill, it's an England lineout outside the Welsh 22...and can they actually do anything with it?!
England 12-3 Wales 76m Nope. Wales win back possession and they hurtle towards the England 22...oh so close but the ref's whistle goes just before Wales hit the goal area
England 12-3 Wales 77m It's a penalty to Wales and Anscombe puts Wales back within a score with four minutes remaining...
England 12-3 Wales 77m England take their time with the restart after Alec Hepburn replaces Vunipola...
England 12-3 Wales 78m England are right back up at the Welsh 22 but it's the visitors in possession at this crucial time
England 12-3 Wales 79m Wales make it just outside their 22, but are quickly heaved back in but have a penalty coming after Ben Te'o, on for Ford a while back, high tackles
England 12-6 Wales 80m Wales try to get away from their own half but a knock forward at the breakdown and Wiggy passes out to Faz who almost doesn't collect but does and kicks to touch for full time
England 12-6 Wales FT Apologies for denying Wales their 2nd 3-pointer in the score for an age
England 12-6 Wales FT Cannot quite believe how much possession England kicked away in 80 minutes; the homeside were unimpressive in the second half
England 12-6 Wales FT Mike Brown gets Man of the Match. Hmmmm...I'd have given it to Shingler.
15 Mike Brown 14 Anthony Watson 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Owen Farrell 11 Jonny May 10 George Ford 9 Danny Care 1 Mako Vunipola 2 DYLAN HARTLEY (C) 3 Dan Cole 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Maro Itoje 6 Courtney Lawes 7 Chris Robshaw 8 Sam Simmonds BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Alec Hepburn 18 Harry Williams 19 George Kruis 20 Sam Underhill 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Ben Te’o 23 Jack Nowell
SCORERS T: May (2) C: Farrell
15 Gareth Anscombe 14 Josh Adams 13 Scott Williams 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Steff Evans 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Gareth Davies 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens 3 Samson Lee 4 Cory Hill 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Aaron Shingler 7 Josh Navidi 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Wyn Jones 18 Tomas Francis 19 Bradley Davies 20 Justin Tipuric 21 Aled Davies 22 Owen Watkin 23 George North
SCORERS P: Patchell, Anscombe
Man of the Match: Mike Brown (England)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Mathieu Raynal, Nic Berry TMO: Glenn Newman
BT Murrayfield - 11 February 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-20 Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Scotland v France It may be freezing at Murrayfield, but the sky is blue, the fans are pumped (including plenty of French), and were almost ready for KO to see just who will hoist the The Auld Alliance Trophy, to be contested for the first time between Scotland and France, which falls in the centenary year of Armistice. It specifically commemorates the captains of the two nations in the last matches played before the First World War – Eric Milroy (Scotland) and Marcel Burgun (France), both of whom perished in the conflict. It is also a tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In all, 22 French and 30 Scottish internationalists were were killed in action, along with countless other club players from both nations. The driving force for the creation of the trophy was Patrick Caublot from the Amiens club in the north of France, who promoted it with David Anderson, a great-great nephew of Eric Milroy.
Scotland v France The anthems are done, and La Marseillaise was magnificent as ever! Not sure there is another that tops it
Scotland 0-0 France 0m John Lacey blows the starting whistle and Les Bleus kick of...& the French fans are in fine voice already!
Scotland 0-0 France 1m But the Scottish fans are no quieter as the French are in possession but deep in their own half, the ball having flown from one end to the other already
Scotland 0-0 France 2m France work their way up to half to be turned over by Scotland, but the French return the favour immediately & breach the Scottish 10m...
Scotland 0-5 France 3m Oh the French make it look so easy as Teddy Thomas sprints with ball as it comes to him out wide, hesitates for a second but goes again to score magnificently
Scotland 0-7 France 4m Maxime Machenaud is encouraged by La Marseillaise reverberating round the stadium again and he adds the extras
Scotland 0-7 France 5m The restart has Scotland firmly in French territory, but there's a pretty solid blue wall hindering any forward gains, & a penalty goes to the visitors...
Scotland 0-7 France 6m It's a French scrum inside their 10m, but not before a time off already; Les Bleus have the weight advantage here...but it has to be reset
Scotland 0-7 France 7m Scotland are pinged for Gordon Reid on his knee in the front row; French penalty & they set up an attacking 10m lineout
Scotland 0-7 France 8m The French lineout is just fine, the Scots do get their hands on the ball but captain John Barclay is pinged at the breakdown for another French penalty
Scotland 0-10 France 9m Machenaud tees up from inside the 10m almost in front of the posts and pops over an easy 3-pointer; Scotland need to rein in those penalties
Scotland 0-10 France 11m The restart results in a Scottish scrum inside the French half which is solid and they play out wide to the nearside touch but Thomas kicks the ball into touch behind the goal line
Scotland 5-10 France 12m Good Scottish 5m lineout and they play the ball wide to the far touch for Sean Maitland to collect the final pass and he touches down next to the corner post
Scotland 7-10 France 14m The kick is from an acute an angle as is possible but it's Greig Laidlaw off the tee and no one knows Murrayfield better than him - it's perfect
Scotland 7-10 France 16m The French get under the high ball from a 22 dropout and they're over the halfway line into Scottish territory, but quickly pushed back from good defensive pressure...
Scotland 7-10 France 17m Possession changes hands & the Scots push the French back to their own 10m before Finn Russell chips through to Geoffrey Palis in his 22 who sends it right back
Scotland 7-10 France 18m A little to-ing and fro-ing puts the Scots back in possession in their 22, play shifts to the midfield and aerial football ensues again...
Scotland 7-10 France 19m The frantic pace so far has both teams blowing a tad; more kicking & Scotland are trying to carry out of their half but Rabah Slimani says no
Scotland 7-10 France 20m Unlike yesterday where there was no opportunity to play running wide rugby in the incessant rain, Murrayfield is perfect for it...but it's all a kicking game so far
Scotland 7-10 France 22m A momentary breather for the teams before play resumes and France secure a penalty at the breakdown through Geoffrey Doumayrou
Scotland 7-10 France 23m Lionel Beauxis thumps ball downfield for a 22 lineout but the Scots steal it in the air; however, Russell than kicks the ball far too long & the French have an attacking 10m lineout
Scotland 7-10 France 24m Les Bleus retain possession this time and head towards the Scottish 22 but the ball is spilled forward for a defensive Scottish scrum
Scotland 7-10 France 26m Scots scrum well and the ball is cleared into French territory; Palis is isolated for a moment but he recovers and they run the ball from their own 22 to the midfield and over halfway
Scotland 7-15 France 27m A sharp pass from Palis to Thomas who sprints from the midfield, chips ahead, chases & reaches it before any Scotsman as it bounces into his hands & he scores again
Scotland 7-17 France 28m A simple conversion for Machenaud from just wide of the uprights and France have a nice two-score cushion
Scotland 7-17 France 29m Well, this is turning out to be a lovely afternoon of exciting rugby in Edinburgh; Scots steal the ball at the breakdown putting them in a great position, but Russell kicks to o long again
Scotland 7-17 France 31m So it's a French scrum, but it results in a Scottish lineout on halfway which they execute well and charge into French territory...but Laidlaw spills it forward
Scotland 12-17 France 32m France clear the Scots back, the Scots thump it back and make some excellent yards with delightful hands out wide, back in to Huw Jones who scores under the posts
Scotland 14-17 France 33m Laidlaw adds the extras and suddenly Scotland are right back in it (not that they were actually out of it at any point so far!)
Scotland 14-17 France 35m The restart gives a good lineout to France as captain Guilhem Guirado throws in and a huge drive follows...
Scotland 14-17 France 36m Scotland eventually wrestle back possession and have a penalty coming in the midfield, and it does for Russell to kick towards the 22, & Thomas' acrobatics can't halt it
Scotland 14-17 France 37m Scottish lineout is thwarted by France who clear Scotland way back from their 22, almost back up at eh 10m, & this time the Scots hang on to it
Scotland 14-17 France 38m After another fierce breakdown battle, it's time off with a French player down...
Scotland 14-17 France 38m It was Machenaud but he's just fine; the French clear the Scots back from their 22 and set up a defensive lineout just inside their half
Scotland 14-17 France 39m Handbags threaten - Scottish forwards really shouldn't walk around with the French captain's neck in their grip in front of the ref!
Scotland 14-17 France 40m The French have rattled the Scots; French penalty & the ball is kicked to the 22 for an attacking lineout...
Scotland 14-17 France 40+1m French fans roar as the lineout is good; Jonny Gray is pinged for attempting to interfere with the Arthur Iturria in the air and gifts another penalty
Scotland 14-20 France 40+2m Machenaud is absolutely on target yet again and the French go into the break with a bounce in their step
Scotland 14-20 France HT T: Maitland, Jones C: Laidlaw (2) | T: Thomas (2) C: Machenaud (2) P: Machenaud (2)
Scotland 14-20 France HT It's great to see France back on form in the Six Nations - there's flair and verve and the makings of a return to running rugby
Scotland 14-20 France 40m Scotland restart the match for the second half and Baptiste Serin has replaced Machenaud at scrum half
Scotland 14-20 France 42m The homeside have the ball but are being haled at eh French 10m as they battle along the width of the blue wall of fierce
Scotland 14-20 France 43m Grant Gilchrist breaches the wall and Serin is pinged for coming in at he side - Laidlaw tees up ...
Scotland 17-20 France 44m Laidlaw kicks it perfectly and the gap is reduced to just 3 points
Scotland 17-20 France 46m The French are catching up to Scotland for penalties, but Russell fluffs the penalty kick which is promptly followed up by Stuart Hogg blocking his defender
Scotland 17-23 France 47m So Hogg cancels out Laidlaw's last penalty kick is Serin thumps over the ball from the midfield in front of the posts, splicing the uprights perfectly
Scotland 17-23 France 48m However, Iturria reciprocates the penalty by tackling his man beyond the ruck and Laidlaw tees up again, from only 27m in front of the posts...
Scotland 20-23 France 49m ...and of course Laidlaw doesn't know how to miss those kicks
Scotland 20-23 France 50m The restart ends in a French defensive scrum; they secure the ball and clear but Scotland bring it straight back over halfway...
Scotland 20-23 France 51m Iturria redeems his previous infringement by getting over the Scottish ball at eh breakdown just in his own half, effecting the turnover
Scotland 20-23 France 52m French lineout outside the Scots 22 but before that, Doumayrou and Hogg draw their handbags on the touchline(!)
Scotland 20-23 France 53m Les Bleus lose all their ground at eh Scottish 22 when they hand over possession and are back up in the midfield to work their way back...
Scotland 20-23 France 54m Gilchrist has a job on his hands trying to subdue Thomas, but France simply recycle...Doumayrou carries hard into the Scottish 22 and advantage being played
Scotland 20-23 France 56m The advantage is quite long and Virimi Vakatawa makes a break to edge closer to the goal line before the penalty comes through Laidlaw with hands in the ruck...
Scotland 20-26 France 58m Cannot remember the last time the French fans were so consistently vocal as La Marseillaise starts up again while Serin stretches the lead to 6 points
Scotland 20-26 France 60m Jamie Bhatti & Ben Toolis on for & Gilchrist | Cedate Gomes Sa, Louis Picamoles & Eddy Ben Arous on for Slimani, Marco Tauleigne & Jefferson Poirot
Scotland 23-26 France 61m Meanwhile, France waste no time in reducing the score by three with yet another penalty for Laidlaw to pop over
Scotland 23-26 France 63m Scotland are on the attack in the midfield, make some ground and the ref is playing advantage as the ball flies into touch...back for the penalty
Scotland 26-26 France 64m And from 38m out, Laidlaw thumps over the ball to equalise the scoreboard
Scotland 26-26 France 65m The French bounce back and are in an excellent position...until Beauxis kicks himself for spilling the ball with slippery hands!
Scotland 26-26 France 65m Scotland get right back on the attack immediately and are into the French 22 before a penalty goes to the visitors for a defensive scrum
Scotland 26-26 France 66m Ali Price & Dave Denton replace Russell and Barclay while France get out of jail promptly, clearing the Scots back to the midfield
Scotland 26-26 France 68m 12 phases in and Scotland are back deep in the French 22, and the ref is again playing advantage which comes through Gomes Sa
Scotland 29-26 France 70m Both teams can take a breather, except for Laidlaw who tees up from 24m and wide of the posts ; he takes the lead for the homeside for the first time with just 10 minutes remaining
Scotland 29-26 France 71m Flower of Scotland is belted out while Paul Gabrillagues & Anthony Belleau replace Beauxis & Sébastien Vahaamahina
Scotland 29-26 France 73m Adrien Pélissié replaces Guirado at hooker
Scotland 29-26 France 73m Scottish scrum takes an age to set on the halfway line and the French hold them back in their own half...but France are pinged for hands in the ruck
Scotland 29-26 France 74m Hogg finds touch deep inside the French 22 and the Scots meander over to set the lineout - there's no hurry here
Scotland 29-26 France 75m The lineout is good, France are hurried by the Ref and he pings Yacouba Camara for not rolling away, while he was desperately trying to get away from the ruck but was being prevented by the Scots on top of him
Scotland 32-26 France 76m It's easy pickings for Laidlaw as he adds another 3 points from inside the French 22, but they're not home and dry yet...
Scotland 32-26 France 78m France aren't done yet, and following a Scottish penalty for not rolling away, Belleau can kick to the corner for a 5m attacking lineout...
Scotland 32-26 France 79m Picamoles wins that lineout for France but the Scots get over the ball to win a penalty and a 5m defensive scrum...
Scotland 32-26 France 80m The ball is held in the scrum for a while, possession is retained as the clock is about to turn red and another penalty comes for not releasing at eh Scottish 22; Hogg kicks it to touch for the win
Scotland 32-26 France FT Scotland are the proud inaugural recipients of the Auld Alliance Trophy, the latest addition to the Six Nations cabinet, and it is collected by captain John Barclay.
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Pete Horne 11 Sean Maitland 10 Finn Russell 9 Greig Laidlaw 1 Gordon Reid 2 Stuart McInally 3 Simon Berghan 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Jonny Gray 6 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 Hamish Watson 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Scott Lawson 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Jon Welsh 19 Ben Toolis 20 David Denton 21 Ali Price 22 Chris Harris 23 Blair Kinghorn*
SCORERS T: Maitland, Jones C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw (6)
15 Geoffrey Palis 14 Teddy Thomas 13 Rémi Lamerat 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 11 Virimi Vakatawa 10 Lionel Beauxis 9 Maxine Machenaud 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Arthur Iturria 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Yacouba Camara 8 Marco Tauleigne BENCH: 16 Adrien Pelissié 17 Eddy Ben Arous 18 Cedate Gomes Sa 19 Paul Gabrillagues 20 Louis Picamoles 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Anthony Belleau 23 Benjamin Fall
SCORERS T: Thomas (2) C: Machenaud (2) P: Machenaud (2), Serin (2)
Man of the Match: Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)
Referee: John Lacey Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Paul Williams TMO: Rowan Kitt
Orange Vélodrome- 23 February 2018
KO: 21:00 HT: 11-7 Att: 50,000
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
France v Italy It's anthem time at the spectacular Stade Vélodrome in Marseilles, & La Marseillaise is perfect in its grandeur!
France v Italy Jacques Brunel should have at least have the inside track on the Azzurri having coached them for so long, But Conor O'Shea has stamped his mark to a degree already...
France v Italy Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: John Lacey, Luke Pearce TMO: David Grashoff Mr Barnes is ready to kick off this first French match outside of Paris
France 0-0 Italy 1m The Italians kick off the game and France attack back immediately almost up to halfway before kicking possession away already to the visitors
France 0-0 Italy 2m Marcello Violi puts up a high ball back to the midfield & the Italians, led by Sergio Parisse, clear the French away from getting their first...
France 0-0 Italy 3m The penalty goes to France at the breakdown & the ball is cleared to just outside the Italian 22 for a French lineout
France 0-0 Italy 4m The lineout is fine, there is a drive but it makes little ground but a penalty comes anyway & Yacouba Camara offloads to Benjamin Fall who makes some yards
France 0-0 Italy 5m The Azzurri are pinged at the breakdown; Parisse the guilty party and the French take the penalty to kick for the corner for a 5m attacking lineout
France 5-0 Italy 6m An excellent example of catch and drive off the lineout; looks like a penalty try is coming but is not required as Paul Gabrillagues gets the ball down for the first try
France 5-0 Italy 7m Maxime Machenaud misses the conversion; naughty boy Mathieu Bastareaud was pivotal in creating that attacking position for France
France 5-0 Italy 8m Italy almost gain advantage with a clever setpiece move from the restart, but he ball is knocked on into touch & Les Bleus have a defensive lineout on their 22...
France 5-0 Italy 9m The lineout was passable, but Italy claim possession at the breakdown and are a strong position at the French 22...and they maul they way into it.
France 5-0 Italy 10m Barnes is playing advantage after Sébastien Vahaamahina comes in from an offside position but the Italians drive forward with their maul & touchdown for a try...
France 5-0 Italy 11m ...but the replay alerts TMO David Grasshoff to a possibility of no grounding so he plays it back; it wasn't grounded by Leonardo Ghiraldini but the French clearly collapsed the maul
France 5-7 Italy 12m An even better result for the Azzurri as Barnes awards a penalty try & the visitors are in the lead
France 5-7 Italy 14m The restart results in a French defending scrum; it collapsing and the penalty goes to Les Bleus who kick it long for an attacking lineout on the Italian 10m
France 5-7 Italy 15m Much better lineout and the French are firmly in control but he Italian wall of blue is strong to force them back before gaining any ground...
France 5-7 Italy 16m ...but break thru they do and before long the French have forced pay into the Italian 22. But it doesn't last & the Azzurri defence wins them a penalty for play to return to halfway
France 5-7 Italy 18m The French are back in possession on halfway and they have a lot of ground to make up; up to the 10m but Parisse is everywhere causing problems
France 5-7 Italy 19m However, Les Bleus are there in numbers and they swamp the defence to reach the goal line; can't find a way thru & go wide but Italy gazump them & clear over halfway
France 5-7 Italy 20m The improvement in the Italian side is evident tonight whilst Les Bleus aren't looking too clever, blowing chances deep in the Italian 22
France 5-7 Italy 21m The Italians get on with the game with an attacking lineout while the BBC commentators are still griping about a French try not seen by anyone...
France 5-7 Italy 22m By BBC commentators, obviously it's Jonathan Davies having a whinge...no surprises there then... meanwhile, time off in Marseilles
France 5-7 Italy 23m It's an Italian attacking scrum on the French 10m that is executed well but they haven't made much ground as yet...
France 5-7 Italy 24m The attack is slow but steady, the ball being looked after and they breach the 22 with a kick but possession belongs to France & they clear Italy back just a few metres
France 5-7 Italy 24m The clear is poor and France have to win back possession from the lineout and run the ball away from their 22...they do but handbags erupt after an excellent tackle from Matteo Minozzi
France 5-7 Italy 25m Barnes eventually calms the petulant children down enough for the Italians to prepare for a defensive lineout deep in their own half
France 5-7 Italy 26m The French cause an affray at the breakdown and come away with e penalty, kicking to the corner for an attacking lineout...
France 5-7 Italy 28m Italian defence is quite strong and they hold the French just off the goal line, but a penalty is coming for Les Bleus so they attack freely...
France 8-7 Italy 29m Machenaud tees up the penalty after Barnes' whistle goes & the latter has to tell Parisse to get his boys to back up into the goal area...kick is good & France are just in the lead
France 8-7 Italy 31m A scrum is being set on the halfway line in favour of Les Bleus, but it's gone down twice already....
France 8-7 Italy 32m Looks like the fault is lying with the Azzurri so far, and Barnes has little patience of collapsed scrums; finally it is completed & France do come away with it
France 8-7 Italy 33m Some good hands from France and they've fought their way to the Azzurri 22 as Parisse shuts down Hugo Bonneval; Italian penalties are coming in hard and fast...
France 8-7 Italy 34m Fall is frustrating the Italian attempts at escaping their 22 as Minozzi after Bastareaud can't ground a ball over the goal line; what a beast of a man!
France 8-7 Italy 34m George Biagi replaces Dean Budd who is sent off for an HIA while the Azzurri clear the French way back away from their 22 again
France 8-7 Italy 35m The French are back in possession but back in the midfield, making some ground but Italy grab the ball & kick possession away; the French kick it right back...
France 8-7 Italy 36m The Azzurri have ball in hand and run it out from their 22, all the way up to halfway before they breach French territory
France 8-7 Italy 37m Ball goes high and Lionel Beauxis calls the mark; Les Bleus opt to run the ball too out of their dangerzone before a kick comes putting the Italians back in their 22
France 8-7 Italy 38m The ball really is flying from end to end until France run it from halfway deep into the Italian 22 from a Bastareaud rip, Fall chips ahead & a penalty comes to Les Bleus
France 8-7 Italy 39m In the mêlée, French captain Guilhem Guirado catches his head on Sebastian Negri in the tackle enough for Barnes to send him off for an HIA; Adrien Pelissié replaces him
France 11-7 Italy 40m Machenaud takes the penalty and puts a chink of light in the score before the ball finds touch after time for a restart
France 11-7 Italy HT T: Gabrillagues P: Machenaud (2) | T: PT
France 11-7 Italy 41m We're for the second 40 & the ball finds touch quickly for a French attacking lineout...which they promptly lose thanks to Parisse
France 11-7 Italy 42m France catch the Azzurri on the backfoot and manage to steal the ball at the breakdown and pounce deep into Italian territory...
France 11-7 Italy 43m Les Bleus go out wide and sprint towards the 22 but the ball goes long and uncaught; play is halted the penalty results in a French attacking lineout again
France 11-7 Italy 44m This time the French hang on to possession and they creep closer to the Italian 22 before a timeout is called
France 14-7 Italy 44m Alessandro Zanni is pinged for a high tackle and Machenaud punishes the Azzurri with a penalty kick
France 14-7 Italy 46m 8 penalties so far from the Azzurri which will be their downfall ultimately; Guirado passed his HIA and returned to the field of play after the break
France 14-7 Italy 47m France's penalties are beginning to mount to, tho not quite as high; the Azzurri have a great attacking position for a lineout just outside the French 22 but they lose it and all momentum
France 14-7 Italy 48m Another lineout for Italy a tad further back is won; Maxime Mbanda looks to have knocked it on but Barnes says no, play on...
France 14-10 Italy 50m A brief time off before the Azzurri get to take their penalty for a French knock on at the break down & Tommy Allan adds to the Italian tally, reducing the deficit to just 4 points
France 14-10 Italy 50m Meanwhile, Edoardo Gori has replaced Violi at scrum half
France 14-10 Italy 51m There's another break as an Italian has a medic out to check him & Frenchmen are changing boots...
France 14-10 Italy 52m It's an Italian scrum on halfway which immediately collapses & needs to be reset...Italy finally get the ball away and make some yards...
France 14-10 Italy 53m Even the crowd are restless as the French win back possession and have a defensive scrum; continuity is not a strong point in this match so far, but not anyone in particular's fault
France 14-10 Italy 55m A little more attention to Fall having his hand strapped before an Italian lineout & suddenly the Azzurri are into the French 22
France 14-10 Italy 56m Italy make some serious ground are right there on the front foot thru Negri but Wenceslas Lauret is all over the ball at the breakdown for a turnover
France 14-10 Italy 57m Kélian Galletier
France 14-10 Italy 57m Kélian Galletier on for Camara and Nicola Quaglio replaces Andrea Lovotti in the front row for the Azzurri
France 19-10 Italy 59m The French have sorted themselves out with some quick hands, good support & Bonneval out to Rémy Grosso back to Bonneval who sprints round behind the posts to score
France 21-10 Italy 61m Machenaud tees up the conversion and this time has no issues with nailing it putting two-score daylight between the sides on the scoreboard
France 21-10 Italy 62m Time off from the restart as Parisse is down on the ground in pain - looks like a rib hit...
France 21-10 Italy 62m But it's Parisse - we may as well rename him Thor for his ability to just keep bouncing back!
France 21-10 Italy 63m Dany Priso on for Jefferson Poirot; Jayden Hayward & Tiziano Pasquali have replaced Simone Ferrari & Tommaso Boni
France 24-10 Italy 64m With changes incoming fast, Italy hand over yet another penalty which is promptly punished by Machenaud with three more points
France 24-10 Italy 66m Gaël Fickou & Romain Taofifenua on for Geoffrey Doumayrou & Vahaamahina; jeez this match is stilted tho and there is little momentum being allowed to shine
France 24-10 Italy 67m France win a penalty off the scrum after the Azzurri try to spin it while Luca Bigi replaces Ghiraldini
France 24-10 Italy 68m This is France's time to shine as the Azzurri are tiring & the French appear to have sorted that folly they possessed for years; Les Bleus are deep in the Italian 22...
France 24-10 Italy 69m Yet another penalty from the Azzurri is handed over & the penalty comes; Machenaud takes his time teeing it up... both teams are blowing slightly but Italy far more
France 27-10 Italy 70m It's an easy 3 points for France
France 27-10 Italy 71m Cedate Gomes, François Trinh-Duc are on while Baptiste Couilloud makes his debut for Machenaud, Slimani & Beauxis; Pelissié returns for Guirado
France 32-10 Italy 72m Federico Ruzza has replaced Negri while France run rings round the Italian defence and Bastareaud adds his name to the tally sheet of tries
France 34-10 Italy 73m Trinh-Duc adds the extras while Carlo Canna has replaced Allan
France 34-10 Italy 75m The Italians are now fraught, and can't hold onto possession for any length of time as the get turned over yet again as the French attack with some finesse...
France 34-10 Italy 76m ...just delightful hands, but only until Bonneval drops the ball forward when really that was a shoe in
France 34-10 Italy 77m It's an Italian scrum but it's on the back foot in defence; they win their ball & push France back, but not back to the midfield yet..
France 34-15 Italy 78m Quick ball from the setpiece for Italy and they sprint down the short side, completely unmarked by France for Minozzi to score
France 34-17 Italy 79m Canna wastes no time with the conversion & there's time for a restart, but there's a faff with a time off before we continue...
France 34-17 Italy 80m Les Bleus are in possession and they work forward steadily building the phases, up to the Italian 22...
France 34-17 Italy 80+1m The French hold on tight to the ball and bulldoze their way to the goal line tho the defence forces them to recycle...
France 34-17 Italy 80+2m Another penalty comes & the French tap & go, just 5m short of the tryline & they battle their way forward; Bigi is sent to the naughty step for a deliberate knock on
France 34-17 Italy 80+3m Play resumes, another penalty comes & Ref Barnes has had enough & blows the whistle for full time, France grinding out a convincing win
15 Hugo Bonneval 14 Benjamin Fall 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 11 Rémy Grosso 10 Lionel Beauxis 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Paul Gabrillagues 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Yacouba Camara 8 Marco Tauleigne BENCH: 16 Adrien Pelissié 17 Dany Priso 18 Cedate Gomes Sa 19 Romain Taofifenua 20 Kélian Galletier 21 Baptiste Couilloud* 22 François Trinh-Duc 23 Gaël Fickou
SCORERS T: Gabrillagues, Bonneval, Bastareaud C: Machenaud, Trinh-Duc P: Machenaud (5)
15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Tommaso Benvenuti 13 Tommaso Boni 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Mattia Bellini 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Marcello Violi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Simone Ferrari 4 Alessandro Zanni 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Maxime Mbanda 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Nicola Quaglio 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 George Biagi 20 Federico Ruzza 21 Edoardo Gori 22 Carlo Canna 23 Jayden Hayward
SCORERS T: PT, Minozzi C: Canna P: Allan Bigi
Man of the Match: Yacouba Camara (France)
Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: John Lacey, Luke Pearce TMO: David Grashoff
Aviva Stadium - 24 February 2018
KO: 14:15 HT: 15-13 Att: 51,700
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Ireland 0-0 Wales 0m It’s Dan Biggar to kick-off, making his first appearance of the tournament
Ireland 0-3 Wales 2m The visitors take an early lead via the boot of Leigh Halfpenny
Ireland 0-3 Wales 3m Rob Evans is pinged offering Sexton a chance to equalise! It hits the posts!
Ireland 0-3 Wales 5m Ireland have the put-in at the first scrum, it’s steady and Ireland inch closer to the Wales try line
Ireland 5-3 Wales 6m Superb pass from Sexton and Jacob Stockdale dives over in the corner for the first try
Ireland 5-3 Wales 7m Sexton’s second miss as he fails to add the extras
Ireland 5-3 Wales 10m Aaron Shingler is pinged at the breakdown and the home team is back on the attack
Ireland 5-3 Wales 11m Ireland fumble the ball so it’s a scrum to Wales. The all-Scarlet front row hold firm
Ireland 5-3 Wales 13m Wales pinged for holding on. Sexton misses another easy kick to the relief of the Welsh!
Ireland 5-3 Wales 15m It’s all Ireland so far with play barely venturing out of the Welsh half
Ireland 5-3 Wales 17m Superb kick from Scott Williams as he holds it a good 70m downfield, but Ireland secure the line-out and Wales are defending once more
Ireland 5-3 Wales 19m Ireland working through the phases but turnover ball and Wales are finally on the attack in the Irish 22
Ireland 5 - 8 Wales 20m Shingler does the hard work at the breakdown and it’s a Try for Scrum Half Gareth Davies from close range
Ireland 5-10 Wales 22m Halfpenny adds the extras to give the visitors the lead once more despite Ireland playing the majority of the rugby
Ireland 5-10 Wales 24m Solid scrummaging and the Irish are back on the attack but the men in green are penalised and Halfpenny steps forward for a long-range penalty attempt
Ireland 5-10 Wales 26m The accuracy is there, but Halfpenny’s kick hasn’t quite got the kegs
Ireland 5-10 Wales 28m Alun Wyn steals the line-out and Wales are on the attack. Biggar loses the ball forward but the replay shows the ball is kicked out so Halfpenny has a chance to make amends
Ireland 5-13 Wales 30m Another kick from distance but this time it’s straight through the posts
Ireland 5-13 Wales 32m Keith Earls breaks through and Ireland work through the phases, great hands as Farrell is brought down inches short of the whitewash
Ireland 5-13 Wales 34m Welsh defence is tested but they manage to hold the ball up. Sexton offered an easy three-pointer
Ireland 8-13 Wales 35m Sexton finally finds his kicking boots to bring the home team back to within 5 points
Ireland 8-13 Wales 37m Stockdale secures Murray’s box kick and the Irish are on the attack once more
Ireland 8-13 Wales 38m Shingler pinged for off-side and Sexton’s kick deep in the Welsh 22 gives Ireland a last chance of the half
Ireland 8-13 Wales 40m Clock’s red but Ireland are still attacking, welsh defence is firm
Ireland 13-13 Wales 40+m Over 41 mins on the clock and finally try number two comes for the home team with Bundee Aki bursting through at close range
Ireland 15-13 Wales 40+m An easy penalty attempt from Sexton gives Ireland the lead at the break
Ireland 15-13 Wales HT T: Stockdale, Aki C: Sexton P: Sexton | T: Gareth Davies C: Halfpenny P: Halfpenny (2)
Ireland 15-13 Wales 40m And we’re underway for the second half with much of the same...Ireland attacking and Wales on the defence
Ireland 15-13 Wales 42m Drop Goal attempt from Rob Kearney is way off the mark!
Ireland 15-13 Wales 43m Turnover ball from the Irish and the forwards make the hard yards before releasing Keith Earls
Ireland 20-13 Wales 45m Irish forward drive towards the whitewash with Dan Leavy claiming the touchdown
Ireland 22-13 Wales 46m Sexton slots over the extras and look firmly in control both in possession and territory
Ireland 22-13 Wales 48m Steff Evans is under pressure under the high ball, but catches before Scott Williams is bundled into touch and it’s another attacking Irish line-out
Ireland 22-13 Wales 49m Wales Unser huge pressure from the Irish rolling maul and are penalised. They kick for the corner but Wales steal the line-out, but Ireland win a scrum 5m out
Ireland 22-13 Wales 52m Stander picks up from the base of the scrum and passes to Murray who is brought to ground by a superb tackle from Halfpenny
Ireland 27-13 Wales 54m The forwards keep the ball with Prop, Cian Healy powering over for the try. Sexton’s conversion is wide
Ireland 27-13 Wales 56m The all-Scarlets Front Row of Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Samson Lee is replaced by Wyn Jones, Elliot Dee and Tomas Francis
Ireland 27-13 Wales 58m A turnover from Sexton sees a foot race for Ireland’s fifth try, but the Welsh manage to scramble back to dab down
Ireland 27-13 Wales 60m Ireland take advantage of Welsh errors. Halfpenny’s defensive play is just outstanding!
Ireland 27-18 Wales 61m Steff Evans shows his pace down the wing, the ball is recycled before Hadleigh Parkes’ pass to team mate Aaron Shingler sees the Flanker dive over for his first try in the Welsh jersey
Ireland 27-20 Wales 64m Superb conversion from Halfpenny bring the visitors back to within a converted try. Both teams bring on fresh legs...George North, Gareth Anscombe & Bradley Davies come on for Dan Biggar, Liam Williams & Cory Hill
Ireland 27-20 Wales 67m Andrew Porter’s first Six Nations start comes to end as he’s replaced by John Ryan
Ireland 27-20 Wales 68m O’Mahony is replaced by Jack Conan
Ireland 27-20 Wales 69m Wales attack from deep and secure a scum. Rory Best is replaced by Sean Cronin...his 50th cap from the bench!
Ireland 27-20 Wales 70m The Final 10 mins from the Aviva, but Wales’ attack is halted by a knock-on from Gareth Davies
Ireland 27-20 Wales 72m Ambitious attacking from Wales, but Farrell puts in a huge tackle on Scott Williams. Rob Evans returns in place of Wyn Jones
Ireland 30-20 Wales 75m another penalty attempt for Ireland, this time Conor Murray takes the kick with Sexton replaced by Joey Carbery
Ireland 30-25 Wales 77m Wales aren’t giving up! A superb offload sees Steff Evans step on the gas to cross for his second try of the tournament
Ireland 30-27 Wales 78m Halfpenny adds the extras to make for an exciting last couple of minutes
Ireland 30-27 Wales 80m Wales in possession, but an interception try from Stockdale sees Welsh hopes of a dramatic steal shattered
Ireland 35-27 Wales 81m Wales in possession as the game reaches a thrilling climax! Welsh hopes of a dramatic steal are shattered as Stockdale intercepts for his brace
Ireland 37-27 Wales 81m Carbery adds the conversion to keep Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes alive, denying Wales of a losing bonus point
15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Chris Farrell 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Andrew Porter 4 James Ryan 5 Devin Toner 6 Peter O'Mahony 7 Dan Leavy 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Jack McGrath 18 John Ryan 19 Quinn Roux 20 Jack Conan 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Joey Carbery 23 Fergus McFadden
SCORERS T: Stockdale (2), Aki, Healy, Leavy C: Sexton (2), Carbery P: Sexton, Murray
15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Liam Williams 13 Scott Williams 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Steff Evans 10 Dan Biggar 9 Gareth Davies 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens 3 Samson Lee 4 Cory Hill 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Aaron Shingler 7 Josh Navidi 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Wyn Jones 18 Tomas Francis 19 Bradley Davies 20 Justin Tipuric 21 Aled Davies 22 Gareth Anscombe 23 George North
SCORERS T: Gareth Davies, Shingler, Steff Evans C: Halfpenny (3) P: Halfpenny (2)
Man of the Match: Chris Farrell (Ireland)
Referee: Glen Jackson Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Matt Carley TMO: Rowan Kitt
BT Murrayfield - 24 February 2018
KO: 16:45 HT: 22-6 Att: 67,144
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Scotland vs England The teams are lined up in the tunnel on a bracing but glorious sunny day at Murrayfield
Scotland 0-0 England The BBC commentary reports there was a scuffle in the tunnel after the warm up between Owen Farrell and a couple of Scots which had to be broken up. Post-match, no disciplinary or warnings are issued.
Scotland vs England England’s Joe Launchbury runs out alone on the proud occasion of winning his 50th international cap for his national team
Scotland vs England HRH Princess Anne has been introduced to and shaken hands with both teams
Scotland vs England It's time for all the (unnecessary) never-ending fanfare at Murrayfield before we can get close to KO...
Scotland vs England For all the fireworks and trumpets and bagpipes and racket, you'd think Scottish Rugby could have functioning Wi-Fi...
Scotland vs England Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Andrew Brace TMO: Simon McDowell
Scotland 0-0 England 1m Finn Russell kicks off the Calcutta Cup 2018 & Launchbury takes the ball in ; England clear quickly from the back of the breakdown and the Scots are back on halfway in possession
Scotland 0-0 England 2m Scots make a few yards before they’re shoved back; they come again thru Peter Horne and head over the 10m where England promptly turn them over
Scotland 3-0 England 3m But the visitors end up isolated at the breakdown and the first penalty goes to Scotland for Greig Laidlaw to thump over to open the Scottish account early
Scotland 3-0 England 4m The restart has England directly into the Scottish 22 but Russell clear the ball back up to the midfield; Nathan Hughes bulldozes thru the opposition and recycled ball has the visitors on the 22 quickly
Scotland 3-0 England 5m England build nine phases in their attack just into the Scottish 22 but Anthony Watson is isolated and pinged for not releasing; Scotland set up a lineout on the halfway line and make swift work of it, going wide to Tommy Seymour who breaks up to the 10m
Scotland 3-0 England 6m England’s defence is there but not up to par as the Scots forge a path into the England 22
Scotland 3-0 England 7m Chris Robshaw is the man who halts the attack and wins the breakdown penalty for Farrell to clear up to halfway for England’s first lineout
Scotland 3-0 England 8m Setpiece is spot on for England and they drive but Scotland shove them right back into touch for a short lineout
Scotland 3-0 England 9m Scots go backwards and wide; Sean Maitland keeps the ball alive as he hits touch but it is recovered by white hands; there is no sign of quick ball and Ref Owens hurries Danny Care along
Scotland 3-0 England 10m Care kicks it away but it comes straight back to Mike Brown to reciprocate; aerial football eventually subsides, England regain possession from a knock on and advantage being played
Scotland 3-0 England 11m But immediately possession is kicked away; advantage over and England just don’t look quite on their usual form today
Scotland 3-0 England 12m Defensive lineout for England is solid and this time Grant Gilchrist cannot effect a reversal in direction and told to back off; red scrumcap does make him obvious!
Scotland 3-0 England 13m England go wide and Jonny May breaks up towards the Scottish 22; Hamish Watson pinged for not releasing his player at the breakdown and Farrell has an opportunity to equalise
Scotland 3-3 England 14m Farrell does not falter and it’s all square at Murrayfield
Scotland 8-3 England 15m Ref Owens appears to be hurrying the game along today and Scotland are taking advantage of their opportunities; England are way on the back foot as Scotland attack into the 22, the defence is uncoordinated as the ball is grubber kicked thru by Russell and Huw Jones is on the ball -literally- to collect and sprint the short distance behind the posts with a mini Ash-splash to score brilliantly
Scotland 10-3 England 16m Laidlaw adds the extra and Scotland have blown away the dearth of tries against England at home since 2004
Scotland 10-6 England 18m Gilchrist gives a away a penalty immediately after scoring for Farrell to tee up and narrow the deficit to just 4, which he does from wide and just outside the 22
Scotland 10-6 England 20m Scots crowd are in uproar at Maro Itoje bumping into Stuart Hogg both in flight but Owens can see there’s nothing in it
Scotland 10-6 England 21m England have a defensive lineout on their own 22 and win the ensuing penalty courtesy of Gilchrist - again
Scotland 10-6 England 21m England are able to run out of their own half and Farrell chips it thru low to Hogg who returns it promptly
Scotland 10-6 England 22m The kicking game finally ends with Scotland in possession in the midfield; ball finds touch and Farrell takes it quickly for the ball to fly deep into Scottish territory before it flies straight back to the England 22
Scotland 10-6 England 23m England’s passing is sublime but only when they are on the back foot in defence; lovely work from Anthony Watson but it’s another penalty to Scotland on the England 22
Scotland 10-6 England 23m But first a time off as Dan Cole gets attention; he’s fine and the scrum is set…
Scotland 10-6 England 24m Possibly the first scrum, and England's pack is significantly heavier but Scotland do come away with it
Scotland 10-6 England 25m England pinged for a wayward hand and the scrum is set again on the 22 closer to the centre…but it collapses
Scotland 10-6 England 26m Reset eventually after a bit of faffing and Laidlaw feeds it directly to his second row; Hamish Watson eventually finds his lost ball and Scotland are steadily creeping further towards the goal line but Hughes disrupts the forward momentum and England have a defensive 5m scrum
Scotland 10-6 England 27m Care also feeds his second row and England win the scrum penalty after Scotland are warned for hinging down to collapse the scrum
Scotland 10-6 England 28m England lineout back up at their 10m so still in defence; Itoje collects and ball goes wide for Brown to throw a poor pass to Anthony Watson which he cannot recover; balls finds touch for a Scottish attacking just inside halfway
Scotland 10-6 England 29m But England steal the ball away and the visitors make serious yards into the Scottish half by keeping ball in hand for a while; delightful pass from Mako Vunipola who offloads to Farrell as he heads to the Scottish 22
Scotland 10-6 England 30m Russell attempts to intercept and chases the ball towards halfway from George Ford’s pass, but whistle goes for an England penalty as Russell could have caught that ball and not knocked it on instead
Scotland 10-6 England 31m England attacking scrum on the Scottish 22 on a rare occasion so far that England have threatened the Scottish defence so close to the goal area; the visitors come away with the ball but John Barclay is all over it at the breakdown and effects an excellent turnover
Scotland 10-6 England 31m Russell throws that ball wide, too high for Jonathan Joseph to intercept and it falls to Jones who makes the break from inside his own 10m and is not shut down until he’s just short of the England 22 as May brings him down, brown just watching on…
Scotland 10-6 England 32m Scotland have ramped up the pace while England’s defence is left wanting, opening up gaps for the homeside to exploit, Farrell halting Stuart McInally 5m short of the tryline in front of the posts; Scotland go wide for Maitland to collect and pounce over in the corner for the try
Scotland 15-6 England 32m Owens heads to the TMO Simon McDowell for any reason the try cannot be awarded; no reason - try Scotland!
Scotland 15-6 England 33m Laidlaw fails to add the extras but so far Scotland thoroughly deserve their lead
Scotland 15-6 England 35m England string together ten phases and reach the Scottish 22 but Brown is pinged at the ruck, and Hogg clears to touch for a defensive lineout inside the 10m
Scotland 15-6 England 36m England win a penalty for a scrum outside the Scottish 22 but can’t get a drive on so Care throws ball out wide as Robshaw and Itoje carry the ball to the 22; Launchbury comes in behind but penalty goes to Scotland
Scotland 15-6 England 37m Off the ball, Hughes and Ryan Wilson get into a scuffle and the replay clearly shows the latter’s fingers scraping the eye area of the England No8, but the entire incident is bypassed as Scotland clear England away from the 22 over halfway
Scotland 20-6 England 38m Scotland have another attacking lineout and it’s Jones yet again who makes the break and no England man can halt his charge to the goal line for a brace
Scotland 20-6 England 39m Again Jones demonstrate his speed and power to get over the whitewash for try no. 3 and it’s a far cry from 14 years of no tries against the auld enemy at Murrayfield
Scotland 22-6 England 40m Laidlaw adds the extras but there’s still time for a restart, England are frantic at the breakdown but Laidlaw eyes the clock before kicking the ball into touch for the Scots deserved lead at half time! England are left most definitely completely shellshocked
Scotland 22-6 England HT T: Jones (2), Maitland C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw | P: Farrell (2)
Scotland 22-6 England 40m Scotland eventually return to the field a while after England have reappeared, and Ford kicks off the second half
Scotland 22-6 England 41m England need to catch up with three scores before they have any chance of redeeming this match, and they start well
Scotland 22-6 England 42m Firmly on the front foot, England head up to the Scottish 22 but lose possession momentarily as Hogg chips over the defensive line but Farrell collects and offloads sharply to Ford who makes a break…
Scotland 22-6 England 43m ...the visitors wrestle it back and Jonny May is within touching distance of the goal line but he can't quite make it & the ball is stolen at the corner!
Scotland 22-11 England 44m Scots push England right back out of the dangerzone & the visitors have to use a practiced setpiece move to release Farrell to sprint around behind the posts to score
Scotland 22-13 England 45m Faz wastes no time with the conversion and England are right back in the game
Scotland 22-13 England 46m From the ruck the ball flies out to Danny Care from an intercept who sprints towards the posts but the whistle has gone...
Scotland 22-13 England 47m Touch judge instigates the stoppage for Joe Launchbury off feet at the ruck so penalty Scotland
Scotland 22-13 England 48m Stuart Hogg misses the uprights by a significant distance and play resumes...
Scotland 22-13 England 50m Scotland think they're in for another try but the ball is knocked on; Ref Owens calls back for a Scottish penalty for Faz offside in front of the kicker back at the breakdown
Scotland 22-13 England 51m There appears to be a whole load of faffing before the game gets going again; the benches are poised to get on the pitch....
Scotland 22-13 England 52m Scotland in possession and up to the England 22 but that wall of white is now stronger than any time in the first half and they're forced backwards
Scotland 22-13 England 53m Courtney Lawes makes a crucial tackle on John Barclay and the ball flies back to be kicked downfield, Anthony Watson chasing it finished by Faz grounding behind the posts. But...
Scotland 22-13 England 54m ... TMO Simon McDowell calls out for a check on the tackle which shows the ball knocked on by Lawes' wrist in the tackle - no try!
Scotland 22-13 England 54m Scotland ball & they charge for the England 22 - Maitland sprints but Mike Brown hurls him down & into touch; but that's not seen by the touch judge 3m away & play continues
Scotland 22-13 England 55m Owens checks a replay elsewhere and eventually admits the penalty is for England; Sam Underhill has replaced Nathan Hughes
Scotland 22-13 England 56m Another penalty comes to England and Care thumps it magnificently while Jamie George has replaced Dylan Hartley & Jack Nowell for Brown
Scotland 22-13 England 57m Jamie Bhatti has replaced Gordon Reid while play resumes in the midfield...
Scotland 22-13 England 59m Launchbury is pinged for interference in the air and it's a Scottish lineout on the halfway line...
Scotland 22-13 England 60m Scotland are steady and firm in their attack, building phases towards the 22 until a chip ahead is collected by English hands and the visitors force Scotland back towards halfway
Scotland 22-13 England 62m The Scots are in possession but are fast pushed back into their own half and promptly pinged for a knock on
Scotland 22-13 England 63m England scrum on halfway after Ali Price replaces Laidlaw; previously Tim Swinson replaced Grant Gilchrist
Scotland 22-13 England 63m The intent from the England scrum is good but the ball goes awry and May can't gather; Scottish scrum results....
Scotland 22-13 England 64m England pinged again at the breakdown but time off for Blair Kinghorn making his debut on for an injured Tommy Seymour...
Scotland 22-13 England 64m England use the time to make their own changed with Harry Williams on for Dan Cole and Ben Te'o for George Ford
Scotland 22-13 England 65m Underhill's only been on shortly but he's off to the naughty step for a shoulder charge with no arms over a good tackle from Williams
Scotland 25-13 England 66m Finn Russell kicks a whopper to splice the uprights and England have a long way to come back a man down and only 14 minutes to go...
Scotland 25-13 England 68m England react quickly and well, on the front foot and Care kicks well to put England into the Scottish 22... but again Owens pings England at the breakdown
Scotland 25-13 England 68m Time off as the water boys pour on and Dave Denton & Willem Nel on for Wilson & Bergen; Joe Marler returns to the fold after his suspension replacing Mako Vunipola
Scotland 25-13 England 70m England are forced back but come back hard and steady, towards the Scottish 22 after 12 phases...
Scotland 25-13 England 70m ...but the advance is sharply halted with England accused of a knock on; Care & Launchbury replaced by Richard Wigglesworth & George Kruis
Scotland 25-13 England 71m Scottish scrum is reset after Peter Horne is replaced by Nick Grigg
Scotland 25-13 England 72m Eventually the defensive scrum gets going and England are pinged for collapsing the scrum & Scots set up lineout inside the England 10m
Scotland 25-13 England 74m The lineout is good and Scotland go wide but Nowell intercepts and immediately offloads to Anthony Watson; despite possession, England are stuck in their own 22 and struggle to escape...
Scotland 25-13 England 76m England are forced side to side and eventually Chris Robshaw bulldozes thru some of the defence...
Scotland 25-13 England 77m Underhill is eventually allowed back on; England are 18 phases in just outside the Scottish 22 and have advantage being played...
Scotland 25-13 England 78m ...the penalty comes and England charge and bulldoze and hurl themselves into the 22 with Anthony Watson just 5m short before...
Scotland 25-13 England 79m ...England are again pinged for a knock on at the breakdown. Scotland's lineout goes awry and England are on the attack quickly and fiercely, desperate for that losing bonus point if nothing else
Scotland 25-13 England 80+1m England battle for their lives but a final pass goes awry and Anthony Watson can't get to it. It's all over for England's Grand Slam hopes
Scotland 25-13 England FT Scotland are proud recipients of the Calcutta Cup for the first time in a decade, and captain John Barclay heads up to collect it from HRH Princess Anne, both beaming with pride
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Pete Horne 11 Sean Maitland 10 Finn Russell 9 Greig Laidlaw 1 Gordon Reid 2 Stuart McInally 3 Simon Berghan 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Jonny Gray 6 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 Hamish Watson 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Scott Lawson 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Willem Nel 19 Tim Swinson 20 David Denton 21 Ali Price 22 Nick Grigg 23 Blair Kinghorn*
SCORERS T: Jones (2), Maitland C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw, Russell
15 Mike Brown 14 Anthony Watson 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Owen Farrell 11 Jonny May 10 George Ford 9 Danny Care 1 Mako Vunipola 2 DYLAN HARTLEY (C) 3 Dan Cole 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Maro Itoje 6 Courtney Lawes 7 Chris Robshaw 8 Nathan Hughes BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Joe Marler 18 Harry Williams 19 George Kruis 20 Sam Underhill 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Ben Te’o 23 Jack Nowell
SCORERS T: Farrell C: Farrell P: Farrell (2) Underhill
Man of the Match: Finn Russell (Scotland)
Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Andrew Brace TMO: Simon McDowell
Aviva Stadium - 10 March 2018
KO: 14:15 HT: 14-3 Att: 51,700
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Ireland v Scotland Just 20 minutes til KO in Dublin!
Ireland v Scotland Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Luke Pearce TMO: George Ayoub
Ireland v Scotland The faffing and fanfare and multiple anthems are done in a freezing Aviva Stadium as we await KO...
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 1m Finn Russell kicks off the match after Wayne Barnes blows the starting whistle & Ireland kick it back for Scotland to retaliate with a kick...
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 2m Keith Earls calls the mark and Ireland keep Scotland at bay back over halfway and winning a penalty
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 3m Irish attacking scrum just inside halfway and they quickly send the ball into the Scottish 22, chasing it well before it is turned over for Scotland to clear
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 4m Stuart Hogg kicks well but Ireland are straight back on the Scottish 22 with an even better positioned attacking scrum
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 5m Ireland venture further in but Johnny Sexton loses the ball tho backwards but Scotland are isolated and have to give up possession
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 6m Earls is thwarted in the corner but Barnes calls for the previous penalty which would be an easy three points...but Sexton kicks to touch instead
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 7m Ireland's 5m lineout is solid but they are forced to go wide before they come back in towards the centre; but the whistle goes as Sexton is pinged for a forward pass
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 8m Sexton is perturbed while Scotland prepare for a defensive scrum just inside their 22
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 9m A solid scrum from Scotland and the ball is cleared way over halfway, only to return promptly in the same fashion; Ireland ball as Wilson can't secure the ball in the air
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 10m Cian Healy, Devin Toner and Dan Leavy keep the ball in hand whilst recycling their way thru phase after phase until Scotland win a penalty at the ruck
Ireland 0-0 Scotland 11m From their own 22, Scotland clear to halfway for a lineout which is lost and Ireland lose possession at the ruck again handing Scotland a kickable penalty
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 13m Greig Laidlaw pops over the first kick at the uprights to open the scoring for the visitors
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 14m Restart has Ireland promptly over halfway into Scottish territory but Sexton kicks away possession straight into the arms of Hogg and he clears long and perfectly
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 15m Ireland are landed with a defensive lineout on their 10m which is fine but they quickly hand over possession to the Scots with inaccuracy
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 16m Scotland have ventured into the Irish 22 and are being forced to recycle but are holding on well as they inch forward....
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 17m Ireland's defence being sorely tested while Blair Kinghorn makes a superb offload before skidding into touch to keep the ball alive
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 18m Injury time off comes as Ryan Wilson is taken off for a Head Injury Assessment; David Denton replaces him while Ref has a word with Pete Horne for being gobby; Ireland penalty
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 19m Another mediocre lineout - they are not going well today for either side - but Ireland mange to gain composure and head up to the Scottish 22 for Sexton to crosskick again...
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 20m ...chased by Earls again who doesn't get anywhere near it & Sean Maitland collects; from the Scottish 22, Ireland are back almost at their own with a lineout for Healy
Ireland 0-3 Scotland 22m The lineout is ok and Ireland push Scotland back towards halfway but they come back hard...
Ireland 5-3 Scotland 23m However, a poorly judged pass from Russell to Horne is intercepted by Jacob Stockdale and he sprints the length of the pitch to score
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 24m Sexton adds the extras; it so tedious to watch the other home nations return to bad habits and previous form after they've stepped it up to play England
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 26m From the restart, it's a an Irish defensive scrum on the 10m from which Garry Ringrose just charges up to the Scottish 22 before he can take a breath after good work from Bundee Aki previously
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 27m Scotland react quickly and turnover the ball but Hogg is unhappy with his kick to the Irish 22
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 28m The ball is back deep in Scottish territory but Maitland offloads to Huw Jones who sprints just as he did against England, but...
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 29m ...but another inaccurate pass and Hogg can't get to it despite a wide open run to the tryline!
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 30m Kinghorn off for an HIA so Lee Jones on for him; Wilson failed his HIA so Denton is on for the match
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 31m Scotland manage to get back deep into Irish territory and Healy throws into a defensive lineout at his 22 and the penalty goes to the homeside
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 32m Pah - not Healy! Best!!! Anyway, Sexton clears upfield for another Irish defensive lineout allowing them to push Scotland further back to halfway
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 33m Scotland have the scrum put in on halfway; both sides are making niggly little errors which are significant enough to lose possession quickly
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 35m Nicely done by Scotland and they are lurking just outside the Irish 22...
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 35m Irish defence is again being tested as waves of Scotsman are hitting the 22 but eventually the counter-ruck comes to win Ireland the ball
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 37m It's not easy work for Ireland to escape their half; they make it from the 22 to the 10m but no further, in fact they go backwards before James Ryan knocks the ball on unaided
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 37m Time off for Healy to get checked after a few knocks
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 37m Kinghorn has passed his HIA and returns before Scotland set the attacking scrum outside the Irish 22
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 38m Ireland win a penalty advantage from a knock on and call for the defensive scrum on their 22
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 38m Conor Murray feeds his back row at the scrum and Ireland clear up to the midfield for a slightly attacking Scottish lineout
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 39m Well that doesn't go to plan for Scotland and before you can blink, Rob Kearney is striding towards the Scottish 22 and Murray takes it in with advantage being played
Ireland 7-3 Scotland 40m Aki gets ridiculously close to breaching the whitewash but he whistle goes for a penalty - scrum to the 5m for Ireland almost in front of the posts...
Ireland 12-3 Scotland 40+1m This time the setpiece goes to plan for the Irish and they go wide for Stockdale to go over in the corner
Ireland 14-3 Scotland 40+3m Sexton has no reason to rush his conversion and Ireland go into the break strong 11 points clear
Ireland 14-3 Scotland HT T: Stockdale (2) C: Sexton (2) | P: Laidlaw
Ireland 14-3 Scotland 40m Sexton kicks off the final 40 at the Aviva and Horne collects but is stopped dead in his tracks
Ireland 14-3 Scotland 41m The ball has to visit Scottish hands in the goal area before it is cleared back towards halfway
Ireland 14-3 Scotland 42m Kinghorn makes a delightful break but Peter O'Mahony brings him down Ireland capturing possession before a time off
Ireland 14-3 Scotland 42m It's O'Mahony getting checked but he insists he is fine and we play on - Best throw in to lineout just at the Scottish 22...
Ireland 14-3 Scotland 43m The lineout is good, the maul spins around and Kearney secures the ball for Ireland on the 22 for a scrum...
Ireland 14-3 Scotland 44m Scotland concede their 6th penalty and Murray kicks to touch for a 5m attacking lineout, again
Ireland 19-3 Scotland 45m Scotland don't contest the ball as Ryan takes it cleanly and the maul is heaved over the tryline for a third try
Ireland 21-3 Scotland 47m Barnes checks the replay for grounding before Sexton adds the conversion
Ireland 21-3 Scotland 48m Scottish attacking lineout is stolen by James and the Irish are quickly over halfway and o the attack themselves
Ireland 21-3 Scotland 49m Scotland wrestle back possession and take advantage, quickly into the Irish 22 on the attack...advantage being played
Ireland 21-3 Scotland 50m And all the momentum is lost by a shocking pass from Hogg that finds touch despite again a wide open run to the tryline
Ireland 21-3 Scotland 51m Luckily the advantage was still being played so it's a Scottish attacking scrum in the 22, but not until Jack McGrath replaces Healy in the front row
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 52m The scrum is solid and the ball goes out wide for Kinghorn to smuggle the ball over in the corner before his body finds touch
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 53m However, Laidlaw can't convert the try and a vital 2 points are lost
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 55m From the restart, Scotland blow yet another excellent opportunity with Horne overthrowing to touch instead of Kinghorn out wide when Jones was begging for it on his inside
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 56m Ian Henderson & Jordi Murphy on for O'Mahony & Toner | Jamie Bhatti & Willem Nel on for Gordon Reid & Simon Berghan
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 58m Meanwhile, Ireland are busy bashing the Scottish defence as they bulldoze their way up to the 22 and breaching it
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 59m As Ireland are close to a fourth try and bonus point, England fans are on tenterhooks as next week could be all for nothing...
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 60m Scottish defence allows England fans to breathe a temporary sigh of relief as they halt the Irish attack. But can they keep it up for 20 minutes?
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 61m Barnes being careful & measured with his instructions at the Scottish defensive scrum, informing all the newbies they are pretty poor in the front row compared to the first half!
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 62m Fraser Brown has replaced McInally as the Scots do well to thwart Ireland another opportunity in their 22, and Andrew Porter replaces Tadhg Furlong
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 64m Scots force the Irish way back up towards the midfield but the homeside come back hard and fast, forcing errors & Denton is pinged at the breakdown
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 66m But Sexton misses the uprights outright from not a difficult position
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 67m Sexton takes over as captain as Sean Cronin replaces Best in the front row
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 68m Ali Price replaces Laidlaw as Ireland have a midfield lineout, and they surge towards the Scottish 22...
Ireland 21-8 Scotland 69m Barclay is pinged at the breakdown with Ireland at the Scottish 22; Sexton opts for the 5m lineout rather than the 3 points
Ireland 26-8 Scotland 69m And it's just too easy for Ireland to secure that bonus point for a fourth try from newly-arrived Cronin from the Irish drive
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 70m Sexton adds the conversion and England HAVE to score four tries against France to secure another bonus point win in order for next week's match to mean anything
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 71m Kieran Marmion on for Murray while Tim Swinson replaces Jonny Gray
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 72m Scotland win an advantageous penalty in Irish territory and set up a lineout in the 22, but not before some changes...
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 73m Joey Carbery on for Sexton and Nick Grigg replaces Horne
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 74m The line out is fine and Scotland edge towards the goal line but the Irish defence is too strong and it's turnover ball
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 75m Jordan Larmour replaces Kearney as the scrum is solid for Ireland and Scotland have to make up ground from outside the 22 with another lineout
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 77m With 3 minutes remaining, Scotland need to salvage some pride here for their error-strewn penalty-heavy performance but they barely breach the 22 for an age
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 78m Scotland cross the gainline but quickly lose possession, Carbery clears Scotland away from the dangerzone and we have a time off
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 78m Rob Kearney grins on the bench as he is announced as man of the match while Ireland have the put in to a defensive scrum inside halfway
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 79m Green shirts are quickly over halfway, over the 10m and threatening the 22 before we await another scrum to be set in their favour, in front of the posts just outside the 22
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 80+1m The 22 has been breached and despite the clock turning red, the Irish are on the hunt for a fifth try before they allow play to end
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 80+2m The Scottish defensive is suddenly standing up well, when it's just far too late, but they do secure turnover ball & win penalty, opting to continue play...
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 80+3m From their own 22, Scotland steadily work the ball thru the centre channel over halfway, holding onto possession firmly and up to the Irish 10m
Ireland 28-8 Scotland 80+4m The ball is lost forward in the tackle and the final whistle goes for Ireland to head to Twickenham with Grand Slam hopes, which only England can thwart after securing a 4-try win this evening
15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 James Ryan 5 Devin Toner 6 Peter O’Mahony 7 Dan Leavy 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Jack McGrath 18 Andrew Porter 19 Iain Henderson 20 Jordi Murphy 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour
SCORERS T: Stockdale (2), Murray, Cronin C: Sexton (4)
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Blair Kinghorn 13 Huw Jones 12 Pete Horne 11 Sean Maitland 10 Finn Russell 9 Greig Laidlaw 1 Gordon Reid 2 Stuart McInally 3 Simon Berghan 4 Grant Gilchrist 5 Jonny Gray 6 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 Hamish Watson 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Fraser Brown 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Willem Nel 19 Tim Swinson 20 David Denton 21 Ali Price 22 Nick Grigg 23 Lee Jones
SCORERS T: Kinghorn P: Laidlaw
Man of the Match: Rob Kearney (Ireland)
Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Luke Pearce TMO: George Ayoub
Stade de France - 10 March 2018
KO: 17:45 HT: 9-9 Att: 78,060
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
France vs England The anthems are done in splendour on a balmy evening in north Paris...
France vs England Referee: Jaco Peyper Asst Referees: Angus Gardner, Marius van der Westhuizen TMO: Ben Skeen
France 0-0 England 1m Francois Trinh-Duc kicks off proceedings in Pars and England have a small mountain to climb...
France 0-0 England 2m The French think they are already in with a try as they approach the England tryline but the first pass on halfway was way forward; England scrum just inside the French half
France 0-0 England 3m Ref Peyper awards the penalty to England & Owen Farrell, today's England captain, tees up from 44m out in front of the posts...
France 0-3 England 4m England fans are in Paris en masse and they roar at Farrell's first penalty kick at the uprights which splices them superbly
France 0-3 England 5m England have a whole new purpose today, and already look transformed from Murrayfield, driving their juggernaut into the French 22 with conviction
France 0-3 England 6m Les Bleus push back with a wall of defence and Sébastien Vahaamahina affects the turnover to put play back up at the midfield
France 0-3 England 8m England respond hard & fast and are promptly back up to the French 22 before Les Bleus win possession back thru Bastareaud penalty to clear the visitors back again
France 0-3 England 9m France clear to touch for a defensive lineout closer to the halfway but England are quickly back in control and inside the 10m, for a French lineout which Maro Itoje steals
France 0-3 England 10m The French defence is good and frustrating any go forward from the visitors, so England are not making too much ground too quickly
France 0-3 England 11m At their own 22, France clear England back again after the visitors are pinged for not releasing after a nano second at the breakdown
France 0-3 England 12m As he has already done once, Courtney Lawes steals the French lineout again and in no time England are back at the French 22, but...
France 0-3 England 13m ...Rémy Grosso intercepts the ball deep in his own 22 and sprints away for France to carry all the way to the England 22!
France 0-3 England 14m Care collects the ball as it bounces into his hands and clears it away but play is halted in the midfield as Jonny May and Hugo Bonneval collide, the latter sent off for an HIA
France 0-3 England 15m Play resumes with Gaël Fickou replacing Bonneval; it's a France penalty from near their 22 and they clear into England territory
France 0-3 England 16m Could do with a time off just to catch my breath at the pace! It's frantic and exciting and hard to type as fast as they are playing...
France 0-3 England 17m French scrum is set inside the England 22 after Les Bleus make some serious ground...
France 0-3 England 18m The scrum is good but a chip thru from Maxime Machenaud goes right into the dead ball area and cleaned up by Care
France 0-3 England 19m England have to be more careful at the breakdown; so far, most of the ref's call have gone in France's favour, and it does again deep in French territory
France 0-3 England 20m Again Les Bleus are able to clear England back over halfway and this time secure their lineout, tho only just!
France 0-3 England 21m Chris Robshaw's play doesn't quite got to plan and France have the scrum put in just inside England's half, but the penalty goes to the visitors
France 0-6 England 22m From his own half, Elliot Daly tees up perfectly and doubles the score for England with an awesome distance kick
France 0-6 England 23m Les Bleus are making the yards in steady fashion from the restart, and are up to the England 10m, regroup at the breakdown and collectively they forge ahead to the 22 before winning another penalty
France 0-6 England 24m Fickou is like lightning carrying the ball forward, but at the breakdown, Nathan Hughes is helped off the pitch injured; Sam Simmonds is on
France 3-6 England 24m The kick shouldn't be difficult for Machenaud at the uprights from 44m and it's not; Les Bleus are on the board
France 3-6 England 25m The restart has England up to the French 22 but they deftly clear England away for an England lineout just in their own half
France 3-6 England 26m With Jamie George at the helm of the lineouts, there has been no issue so far and France are soon pinged for Paul Gabrillagues collapsing the maul
France 3-6 England 27m England have the penalty in the French half now; they move ahead and captain Guilhem Guirado is pinged for Faz to tee up again...
France 3-9 England 28m Faz floats the ball through the uprights to increase the lead further but France are still within a score
France 3-9 England 30m France are struggling to escape their own half but advantage being played and penalty comes as England infringe yet again
France 3-9 England 31m France set up a lineout on the England 22 and they play this one well and breach the England 22, creeping ever closer to the whitewash...
France 3-9 England 32m Advantage being played as Les Bleus are less than 10m short of the goal line but a knock on comes and we're back for the penalty
France 6-9 England 33m The water boys are on as Machenaud tees up from just 21m out and he perfectly splices the posts too; only 3 in it again
France 6-9 England 34m England make hard work of breaching the French half from the restart until George Ford kicks it into the 22 & now they attack...
France 6-9 England 35m Les Bleus force them back somewhat and Yacouba Camara nicks it at the breakdown and advantage being played...
France 6-9 England 36m Actually, George dropped the ball and Camara just cleanly picked it up; England gift another penalty just in their own half & again Machenaud tees up to roars and applause before he's kicked it
France 9-9 England 37m A delightful kick from Machenaud and it's all square at the Stade de France; England fans...don't panic just yet!
France 9-9 England 38m So far, just superb rugby to watch! What a game that has brought the #6Ns back to life, rather than easy wins...
France 9-9 England 39m England have an attacking scrum on the French 22 and need to make something of this before half time to gain a psychological advantage going into the break; it has to be reset twice...
France 9-9 England 40m Peyper's whistle goes to reset yet again and he changes sides before setting again...
France 9-9 England 40+1m The scrum collapses again but Care has got the ball away just in time and take advantage.... but after struggling to breach that 22, the ball pops up into the hands of Trinh-Duc who quickly offloads...
France 9-9 England 40+2m ...and they French head from their 22 almost to halfway but Bastareaud's pass goes forward for half time
France 9-9 England HT P: Machenaud (3) | P: Farrell, Daly
France 9-9 England HT So far, the match is entirely reflective of the match, and it's exciting! England need to switch up about three gears, but it's great to see France playing better under Brunel
France 9-9 England HT But England have conceded 8 penalties already to France's 5; they need to read the Ref better and need to attack more creatively; they can't rely on France's lack of fitness as it's not as bad as it was
France 9-9 England 40m We're back for the second half and England have everything to play for... Ford kicks off the game again
France 9-9 England 41m It takes France an age to clear England away from their 22 as Robbo makes a nuisance of himself at the breakdown, but they do succeed eventually
France 9-9 England 42m England are in possession in the midfield but it's awfully slow ball from Care too
France 9-9 England 43m It may be time to bring on Richard Wigglesworth early for the Saracens powerhouse to kick in for England
France 9-9 England 44m France begin to ramp up their penalty count and the captains calm the situation so hand bags aren't drawn; Faz kick to touch for attacking lineout from halfway
France 9-9 England 45m The French defence is quite magnificent and Ford trying to shift Bastareaud is quite hilarious - penalty to France 5m from their tryline
France 9-9 England 46m Les Bleus have a lineout much closer to the midfield and they retain possession for a while but eventually the ball is stolen, but England get no further than the French 10m
France 9-9 England 47m The breakdown is failing miserably for England and again France regain possession as handbags threaten, but are just kept at bay
France 9-9 England 47m Time off for Camara to get attention then it's a French attacking lineout which England can't thwart and from the midfield, Les Bleus are into the 22...
France 9-9 England 48m The ball goes wide to Benjamin Fall at the corner and Anthony Watson tackles him down and round to prevent the try
France 16-9 England 49m Utter nonsense from the TMO and Ref in replays for a high tackle and try prevention so Watson is binned and a penalty try is awarded
France 16-9 England 49m It was a tackle on the shoulder and it didn't go high and not dangerous and it shouldn't have been a penalty try either. Oh for a decent referee.
France 16-9 England 50m Peyper has stifled the flow of the game from the outset and is ruining a good game
France 16-9 England 51m France have been great and it's brilliant to see them playing so well again; quickly they are right back on the England goal line and look to have scored again
France 16-9 England 52m Peyper says the ball is held up and it's no try; time off and James Haskell replaces Joe Launchbury...let's hope doesn't run into posts blindly
France 16-9 England 53m It's a French 5m scrum and England have a small win by taking that scrum penalty and clearing France back up to the midfield
France 16-9 England 55m The referee continues to be useless courtesy of asst. ref Angus Gardner and awards the penalty to France when it was Machenaud actively obstructing Daly. This match is being turned into a farce
France 16-9 England 57m The sad thing is referees are never reprimanded for messing up games publicly and the losers are the teams and the fans; France in midfield in possession
France 16-9 England 58m England win a penalty and a beautiful kick from Faz puts them in place for a 5m attacking lineout but Lawes is down injured
France 16-9 England 59m Kyle Sinckler has replaced Dan Cole, Cedate Gomes Sa on for Rabah Slimani and France upset the lineout and eventually steal possession
France 16-9 England 60m Watson has returned, Les Bleus have forced play away from their 22, have a put in to the scrum tho still defensive and they make serious yards off it
France 16-9 England 61m England hand over another penalty and France have the chance to take the match beyond a score; Jonathan Joseph replaces Ford
France 19-9 England 63m With changes incoming, Machenaud takes his time and floats the ball through the uprights perfectly
France 19-9 England 64m Joe Marler replaces Vunipola, Luke Cowan-Dickie is on for George; England have to hope the fresh legs will change the game... (not taking anything away from France)
France 19-9 England 65m England find themselves on the front foot but just as they approach the French danger zone, another penalty goes to Les Bleus and all momentum is lost
France 19-9 England 67m Adrien Pelissié, Dany Priso & Kélian Galletier replace Jefferson Poirot, Guirado & Vahaamahina
France 19-9 England 68m France have an attacking scrum as Mike Brown and Wiggy replace Care and Watson
France 19-9 England 69m A bulldozer couldn't stop this French side as they mow everything down in their way and are just 5m short of the whitewash
France 19-9 England 70m The England defence hasn't been this tested in a while - even more so than Scotland a fortnight ago
France 19-9 England 71m The England boys are disciplining themselves as handbags threaten again in their 22, and come up trumps momentarily as Les Bleus are forced back over halfway
France 19-9 England 72m Finally England are on the front foot with an attacking lineout inside the French half and cool play takes them into the 22 tho Brown is forced to kick into touch
France 19-9 England 73m France have a 5m defensive lineout and England promptly steal but don't have an easy run to the whitewash, giving France time to regroup and defend...
France 19-14 England 74m ...but England stay focussed and a crosskick to May is enough for him to gather and score in the corner
France 19-16 England 75m Faz is calm and cautious with his acute kick from almost touch and adds the extras
France 19-16 England 76m Understandably France take their time with the restart, but England are measured and keep ball in hand as they head to the midfield...
France 19-16 England 77m ...but an intercept comes & Les Bleus are back in the driving seat deep in England territory
France 19-16 England 78m Robbo is stuck at the bottom of ruck with no escape, held in by blue shirts and is pinged, giving France the penalty they want in front of the posts
France 22-16 England 79m Lionel Beauxis, who replaced Trinh-Duc earlier, adds three points and England have precious little time to secure a converted try for the win
France 22-16 England 80m In the 80th minute, England are in possession in the French half and have penalty advantage for Faz to kick to touch for a 5m lineout; all is not lost for England...
France 22-16 England 80+2m ...Cowan-Dickie's throw goes long and is kicked towards touch by Beauxis but it doesn't find it! Daly collects much closer to the midfield than he'd like but it's still England's ball and advantage!
France 22-16 England 80+3m A penalty to England & Faz kicks to touch for another 5m lineout which isn't great but this time they out in a full complement of players and win it...but...
France 22-16 England 80+4m ...Itoje carries it to the 5m line, Sinckler barges through just 2m short, Cowan-Dickie takes it another metre but the ball is knocked on and the French erupt with glee for a well-fought and well-deserved win
France 22-16 England FT Massive congratulations to @FFRugby on a well-earned win; huge congratulations to @IrishRugby on winning the NatWest 6 Nations 2018! And officials - sort yourselves out & stop ruining games!
15 Hugo Bonneval 14 Benjamin Fall 13 Mathieu Bastareaud 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 11 Rémy Grosso 10 François Trinh-Duc 9 Maxime Machenaud 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 7 Yacouba Camara 3 Rabah Slimani 4 Paul Gabrillagues 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina 6 Wenceslas Lauret 8 Marco Tauleigne BENCH: 16 Adrien Pelissié 17 Dany Priso 18 Cedate Gomes Sa 19 Bernard le Roux 20 Kélian Galletier 21 Baptiste Couilloud 22 Lionel Beauxis 23 Gaël Fickou
SCORERS T: PT P: Machenaud (4), Beauxis
15 Anthony Watson 14 Jonny May 13 Ben Te’o 12 OWEN FARRELL (C) 11 Elliot Daly 10 George Ford 9 Danny Care 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Dan Cole 4 Joe Launchbury 5 Maro Itoje 6 Courtney Lawes 7 Chris Robshaw 8 Nathan Hughes BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Joe Marler 18 Kyle Sinckler 19 James Haskell 20 Sam Simmonds 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Jonathan Joseph 23 Mike Brown
SCORERS T: May C: Farrell P: Farrell (2), Daly Watson
Man of the Match: Rémy Grosso (France)
Referee: Jaco Peyper Asst Referees: Angus Gardner, Marius van der Westhuizen TMO: Ben Skeen
Principality Stadium - 11 March 2018
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-7 Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Wales v Italy The anthems are done & we await KO from the Italians...
Wales 0-0 Italy 1m Tommy Allan gets us underway & Gareth Davies kicks it back into the hands of the legendary Sergio Parisse for Italy to make some ground immediately from their own half...
Wales 0-0 Italy 2m Allan chips it thru but the Welsh don't make light work of the return in the aerial game...Italian defensive lineout
Wales 0-0 Italy 3m The lineout is fine but the Welsh steal possession at the breakdown and advantage is being played
Wales 0-0 Italy 4m The penalty comes in Azzurri territory & Wales set up an attacking lineout around the 22 and they surge towards the goal line
Wales 5-0 Italy 5m Not too much recycling required and a pass out to Hadleigh Parkes is not stopped by Tommaso Castello as he whacks his head in the tackle while Parkes scores
Wales 7-0 Italy 6m Anscombe adds the extras while Castello should be off for an HIA...
Wales 12-0 Italy 7m Italy go hard from the restart but an intercept allows Wales to forge downfield and for George North to finish off the sprint out stepping Parisse for a second try already
Wales 14-0 Italy 8m Anscombe again adds the extras; Jayden Hayward has replaced Castello for his HIA
Wales 14-0 Italy 10m Italy aren't holding back faced with 2 tries in as many minutes and play a blinder from outside the Welsh 22...
Wales 14-5 Italy 11m Marcello Violi feigns a kick from the back of the ruck to draw in defenders and immediately offloads to Matteo Minozzi who flies over in the corner
Wales 14-7 Italy 11m Tommy Allan converts; not sure where the Welsh defence was as Italy blindsided them completely
Wales 14-7 Italy 12m A brief time off as Maxime Mbanda gets strapped up before play resumes
Wales 14-7 Italy 13m Castello has failed his HIA so Hayward is a permanent replacement; Wales have a defensive lineout and they quickly clear play back deep in Italian territory
Wales 14-7 Italy 15m Anscombe chips thru into touch for an Italian defensive lineout in their 22
Wales 14-7 Italy 16m Giovanni Licata has replaced Mbanda while Wales set up an attacking lineout on the far touch in Italy's 22...the pace has slowed considerably
Wales 14-7 Italy 17m Wales blow their opportunity with debutant James Davies knocking the ball forward for the first scrum with an Italian put in...
Wales 14-7 Italy 18m Italy win their scrum but Wales retaliate with Steff Evans cutting through, shoulder barging Minozzi on the way, offloading to Liam Williams to run in behind the posts, but...
Wales 14-7 Italy 18m TMO Marius Jonker replays the scene and the Welsh are clearly offside - no try and penalty to Italy
Wales 14-7 Italy 19m Italy make serious ground and head towards the Welsh 22, earning another penalty along the way for James Davies shoulder barging Allan out of the way , the ball long gone from hand
Wales 14-7 Italy 21m A good place kick gives the Azzurri a lineout on the Welsh 22 which results in an Italian scrum in the 22
Wales 14-7 Italy 22m The Italians are in possession and Allan looks to get away but Toby Faletau hits him like a bulldozer to take him down and break him
Wales 14-7 Italy 23m Parisse's earlier pass went awry to no one while it was chased and kicked away but Minozzi made a huge effort to keep possession at the ruck
Wales 14-7 Italy 24m Play is halted for a while as Allan is checked out with care; but these are rugby players - of course he's fine and up for the Azzurri scrum in the midfield
Wales 14-7 Italy 26m Good work from Italy who set up a lineout outside the Welsh 22...it is just fine and results in another a tad closer...
Wales 14-7 Italy 27m But he Italians are a tad loose with their play and the Welsh have the opportunity to clear the Azzurri neatly well away from their danger zone
Wales 14-7 Italy 29m A heap of territory and possession deep in the Welsh half comes to nothing in the end for Italy and play resumes in the midfield
Wales 14-7 Italy 30m Anscombe, however, gets himself in a tight spot back in his own half and the isolation gives the penalty to Italy after the ball is deftly ripped away from him
Wales 14-7 Italy 32m Allan tees up from outside the 22 and wide of the uprights, and the kick looks solid but swerves at the last second just wide
Wales 14-7 Italy 33m Italy have the ball in the midfield but is coolly stolen in the air and the Welsh have a chance to attack...but end up back in their own half...
Wales 14-7 Italy 34m It takes Wales a while to make any ground, they make it to the Italian 10m before a knock on and the ball is whipped away by Tommaso Benvenuti
Wales 14-7 Italy 35m A little more play still in the Italian half and another knock on comes for an Italian defensive scrum...
Wales 14-7 Italy 36m Anscombe has a whinge at the ref who ignores him; the scrum stays up long enough for the ball to come out but a mispass goes awry and Wales have a penalty for offside
Wales 17-7 Italy 37m Anscombe tees up and adds an easy 3 points
Wales 17-7 Italy 38m The restart has Italy pinned back in their own half with a defensive lineout; the maul goes nowhere and Violi's kick is charged down; Violi pinged for holding a player back, giving Wales an attacking lineout
Wales 17-7 Italy 39m Lineout is quickly taken and Wales try to get over the goal line; a crosskick is taken by Minozzi who touches down behind the whitewash, but...
Wales 17-7 Italy 40m ...tho the whistle has gone, handbags threaten as Minozzi is complaining to the Ref. Off to the TMO...
Wales 17-7 Italy 40+2m What initially looked like a legal tackle is shown to be a shoulder-led hit on Minozzi's neck by Liam Williams so the penalty is reversed from Wales & it's a yellow card for Williams into the break
Wales 17-7 Italy HT T: Parkes, North C: Anscombe (2) P: Anscombe Williams | T: Minozzi C: Allan
Wales 17-7 Italy HT Looking back at that North try, he performs so delightful for his country; a shame he couldn't be so passionate for his club too. Harks back to the days of Keith Wood at Quins & Ireland...
Wales 17-7 Italy HT Interesting all consensus agrees Wales have got away with that last tackle from Williams who should've been shown red for that high tackle on the neck, especially if you compare it to Watson's ill-judged yellow yesterday
Wales 17-7 Italy 41m Restart and ball goes high which Anscombe knocks on but is allowed to play on...setting up an defensive 5m lineout for Italy
Wales 17-7 Italy 42m Lineout is won but Allan's kick is charged down; for no reason whatsoever Gareth Davies gets antsy with any Italian who comes close even tho it's a Welsh attacking scrum in the 22
Wales 22-7 Italy 43m The scrum works well for Wales, ending in a try for Cory Hill while Italy can do nothing but look on, being hard done by by the refereeing already
Wales 24-7 Italy 44m Anscombe adds the extras and Italy have a long way to come back from three scores down even though they are a man up
Wales 24-7 Italy 46m The restart has Wales on the front foot quickly again, but a little jousting and Italy wrestle back possession
Wales 24-7 Italy 48m The Azzurri head into Welsh territory and have a penalty advantage for a poor off the ball tackle by Gareth Davies...
Wales 24-7 Italy 49m The penalty comes and Gareth Davies is sent off to the naughty step; Italy have a two-man advantage for a couple of minutes, and it's Leigh Halfpenny warming up on the sidelines
Wales 24-7 Italy 50m A perfectly positioned Azzurri attacking lineout deep in the Welsh 22, and they blow it magnificently, Wales able to kick the ball upfield and clear
Wales 24-7 Italy 51m Williams' game is over as the crowd cheer for Halfpenny coming on as play has returned well into Italian territory
Wales 24-7 Italy 52m It's an Italian 5m defensive lineout uncontested by Wales but it's still a struggle for Italy to get Wales out of their 22
Wales 24-7 Italy 54m After a tussle across the 22, eventually the Azzurri can clear the Welsh away back up to the midfield
Wales 24-7 Italy 55m Italy appear to be regrouping and have an attacking scrum to set just inside the Welsh 10m
Wales 24-7 Italy 56m Scrum implodes but Ref says play on so Parisse does, offloading to Violi who goes down the short side but Wales aren't having it and reverse possession quickly
Wales 24-7 Italy 58m As Wales go to clear Italy back, a chip thru goes to James Davis to Faletau to Justin Tipuric to Steff Evans but by then Italian defence is on top of it and force a knock on
Wales 24-7 Italy 59m Italian defensive scrum just outside the 22 as Aled Davies prepares to come on when Gareth D's suspension is over...
Wales 24-7 Italy 60m Tomas Francis is the guilty party as Italy win the scrum penalty while the benches are readied for action...
Wales 24-7 Italy 61m Aled Davies, Rhys Patchell, Ken Owens Rob Evans on for Gareth Davies, Anscombe, Elliott Dee & Nicky Smith
Wales 24-7 Italy 62m Nicola Quaglio on for Andrea Lovotti
Wales 24-7 Italy 63m Wales are still pegging Italy back in their own half, and it's another defensive scrum for the Azzurri
Wales 24-7 Italy 64m Eventually Italy return play to the midfield after winning the scrum and they bring on Tiziano Pasquali & Guglielmo Palazzani for Simone Ferrari & Violi
Wales 24-7 Italy 65m But Wales have other ideas, and kick to touch for an attacking lineout resulting in a quick try, or so they think... Garcès heads up to TMO Jonker for clear grounding view
Wales 24-7 Italy 66m Ref & TMO can't see a clear grounding so it's no try and 5m attacking scrum for Wales
Wales 29-7 Italy 67m Seb Davies & Ellis Jenkins replace Hill and James Davies before a clinical scrum allows North to score a brace
Wales 31-7 Italy 68m Now it's Halfpenny with the kicking boot, it's unlikely he'll miss from anywhere, and he doesn't, adding the conversion
Wales 31-7 Italy 69m Rhodri Jones replaces Francis while Federico Ruzza, Oliviero Fabiani & Carlo Canna on for Sebastian Negri, Leonardo Ghiraldini & Allan
Wales 31-7 Italy 70m Meanwhile, Wales switch on the power again and almost make it a fifth try but Italy dig deep to stop them and push back
Wales 31-7 Italy 71m Italy have another defensive lineout in their 22, win it cleanly and clear Wales back beyond the 210mk for an attacking lineout
Wales 36-7 Italy 72m Halfpenny makes the break, is thwarted but offloads are fast and a float over the top to Tipuric and no Italian can get on the way of him scoring this time
Wales 38-7 Italy 73m Again Halfpenny doesn't falter with his kick and Italy are threatening 40 points on the opposition soon...& they still have 6 minutes to do it
Wales 38-7 Italy 75m Italy, however, haven't given up yet and from the restart they begin to worry the Welsh 22...
Wales 38-7 Italy 76m It takes a while but they make a few more yards before Rob Evans steals the ball at the ruck and offloads to Steff Evans
Wales 38-12 Italy 77m However, Italy steal it back promptly, create an overlap and sublime hands get the ball out wide to Mattia Bellini who runs round for the score
Wales 38-14 Italy 78m Canna adds the extras and Italy have a deserved to converted tries; if only they could play that way consistently for 80 minutes!
Wales 38-14 Italy 79m Wales aren't finished yet and while they close in on the Italian 22, Benvenuti is guilty of the same infringement as Gareth Davies earlier, and he's off to the naughty step for the remainder of the match
Wales 38-14 Italy 80m Hadleigh Parkes is awarded Man of the Match while Wales have an attacking lineout in the Italian 22...works like clockwork and ball flies out wide to North to score; the crowd roars but...
Wales 38-14 Italy 80+1m ...the whistle had already gone for an earlier forward pass so North is denied a hat trick and it's an Italian defensive scrum deep in their 22
Wales 38-14 Italy 80+2m Italy win the scrum penalty and the ref allows the game to play on, Italy setting up a lineout much closer to the midfield...
Wales 38-14 Italy 80+3m ...the lineout is good but a pass is intercepted and Steff Evans charges down the touchline but eventually forced over it for full time
15 Liam Williams 14 George North 13 Owen Watkin 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Steff Evans 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Gareth Davies 1 Nicky Smith 2 Elliot Dee 3 Tomas Francis 4 Cory Hill 5 Bradley Davies 6 Justin Tipuric 7 James Davies* 8 TAULUPE FALETAU (C) BENCH: 16 Ken Owens 17 Rob Evans 18 Rhodri Jones 19 Seb Davies 20 Ellis Jenkins 21 Aled Davies 22 Rhys Patchell 23 Leigh Halfpenny
SCORERS T: Parkes, North (2), Hill, Tipuric C: Anscombe (3), Halfpenny (2) P: Anscombe Williams, Gareth Davies
15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Tommaso Benvenuti 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Mattia Bellini 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Marcello Violi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Simone Ferrari 4 Alessandro Zanni 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri 7 Maxime Mbanda 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Nicola Quaglio 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Giovanni Licata 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Carlo Canna 23 Jayden Hayward
SCORERS T: Minozzi, Bellini C: Allan, Canna Benvenuti
Man of the Match: Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Andrew Brace TMO: Marius Jonker
Stadio Olimpico - 17 March 2018
KO: 13:30 HT: 17-12 Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
15 Matteo Minozzi 14 Tommaso Benvenuti 13 Giulio Bisegni 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Mattia Bellini 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Marcello Violi 1 Andrea Lovotti 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 3 Simone Ferrari 4 Alessandro Zanni 5 Dean Budd 6 Sebastian Negri Da Oleggio 7 Jake Polledri* 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) BENCH: 16 Oliviero Fabiani 17 Nicola Quaglio 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Abraham Steyn 20 Giovanni Licata 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Carlo Canna 23 Jayden Hayward
SCORERS T: Allan (2), Minozzi C: Allan (3) P: Allan (2)
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Nick Grigg 11 Sean Maitland 10 Finn Russell 9 Greig Laidlaw 1 Gordon Reid 2 Fraser Brown 3 Willem Nel 4 Tim Swinson 5 Jonny Gray 6 JOHN BARCLAY (C) 7 Hamish Watson 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Stuart McInally 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Zander Fagerson 19 Richie Gray 20 David Denton 21 Ali Price 22 Pete Horne 23 Blair Kinghorn
SCORERS T: Brown, Barclay, Maitland, Hogg C: Laidlaw (3)
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Andrew Brace TMO: Marius Jonker
Twickenham Stadium - 17 March 2018
KO: 14:45 HT: 5-21 Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
15 Anthony Watson 14 Jonny May 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Ben Te'o 11 Elliot Daly 10 Owen Farrell 9 Richard Wigglesworth 1 Mako Vunipola 2 DYLAN HARTLEY (C) 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Maro Itoje 5 George Kruis 6 Chris Robshaw 7 James Haskell 8 Sam Simmonds BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Joe Marler 18 Dan Cole 19 Joe Launchbury 20 Don Armand 21 Danny Care 22 George Ford 23 Mike Brown
SCORERS T: Daly (2), May
15 Rob Kearney 14 Keith Earls 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Johnny Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 James Ryan 5 Iain Henderson 6 Peter O’Mahony 7 Dan Leavy 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Jack McGrath 18 Andrew Porter 19 Devin Toner 20 Jordi Murphy 21 Kieran Marmion 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour
SCORERS T: Ringrose, Stander, Stockdale C: Sexton (2), Carbery P: Murray YC O'Mahony
Referee: Angus Gardner Asst Referees: Jaco Peyper, Nigel Owens TMO: Ben Skeen
Principality Stadium - 17 March 2018
KO: 17:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD