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Stade de France - Friday 01 February 2019
KO: 21:00 HT: 16-0 Att: tbc
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HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
France v Wales Just over half an hour to go until kick-off and atmosphere in the Stade de France is building nicely for the first game of this year's Six Nations
France v Wales Tonight's officials...Referee: Wayne Barnes (England), AR : Matthew Carley (England), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand) TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)
France 0-0 Wales Ken Owens becomes Wales' most capped Hooker, whilst Morgan Parra will become the joint most capped Scrum Half for France
France 0-0 Wales The teams are out and ready to line up for the anthems
France 0-0 Wales 1m Gareth Anscombe gets things underway in rainy Paris and finds Picamoles, but Wales reclaim and look to attack
France 0-0 Wales 2m Wales are pinged for not being on their feet offering the hosts an attacking line-out as they kick for field position
France 0-0 Wales 3m We have our first scrum and despite the enormous weight advantage, Wales secure a penalty as France are pinged for collapsing
France 5-0 Wales 6m The hosts are on the attack deep in the Welsh 22, Hadleigh Parkes puts in an important tackle but Picamoles powers his way over for the first try of the evening
France 5-0 Wales 7m Parra's conversion attempt is wide and we're back for the re-start
France 5-0 Wales 8m It seems the French are targeting Tomos Williams at Scrum Half, enforcing an error. Wales are penalised for being off their feet and Parra opts for the posts
France 5-0 Wales 11m It's two misses from two for Morgan Parra as despite having the distance, he's off target
France 5-0 Wales 14m Wales secure a penalty, Anscombe opts for the posts despite the distance and like Parra, his attempt is wide
France 5-0 Wales 16m The hosts are on the attack but Josh Navidi turns over to set up a Welsh attack, it's great handling from Wales before Liam Williams cuts back inside, ignores the supporting runners and dives over for the try
France 5-0 Wales 17m Barnes awards the try, but just as Anscombe is about the attempt the conversion the crowd are influential as we go to the TMO who deems Williams lost control as he was grounding, so no try
France 5-0 Wales 20m From right on the French try line play is right back in the Welsh 22 as the hosts attack. Liam Williams wins the aerial battle, calls the mark but France continue testing the Welsh defence
France 10-0 Wales 23m A beautiful pass from Iturria finds Yoann Huget who dives over in the corner, and there's nothing that George North can do to stop him. Again, Parra is unable to add the extras
France 10-0 Wales 27m Wales get the opportunity to get points on the board through the boot of Anscombe, but the kicking nightmare continues as he's off-target with his relatively easy penalty attempt
France 10-0 Wales 29m As the rain teems down, the errors continue to creep into the Welsh game. Penaud puts up a superb kick forcing Tomos Williams to carry the ball over the try line and it's a scrum v for the hosts
France 10-0 Wales 32m Solid scrum from Wales, but they're pinged for off-side and Camille Lopez steps up for the easiest kick of the night!
France 13-0 Wales 33m The kicking duck is finally broken as Lopez's kick sails through the posts. From the restart another handling error from the visitors offer the French a chance to attack
France 13-0 Wales 36m The Welsh errors continue...losing a line-out in the French half. The French attack, secure a penalty in the Welsh 22 and opt to kick for the corner
France 13-0 Wales 38m The French drive forward off the line-out but a huge effort from the Welsh forwards see them secure the put-in at the scrum
France 13-0 Wales 39m The hosts are pinged for driving early, offering the Welsh a free kick
France 16-0 Wales 40m Anscombe deliberately keeps ball in play, offering France the chance to counter-attack. As the half draws to a close, Lopez extends their lead with a well struck drop goal
France 16-0 Wales HT T: Picamoles, Huget P: Lopez DG: Lopez | -
France 16-0 Wales 40m The teams are back out for the second half. Wales really need to cut out the errors whilst the French just need to carry on doing what they're doing!
France 16-0 Wales 41m The Welsh pack try to get the ball into the French half, Tomos Williams forces an error from the French and Wales secure a scrum near halfway
France 16-0 Wales 43m Another handling error from the men in red and it's a French put-in at the scrum
France 16-0 Wales 44m It's scrappy but the French get the ball away, offering Josh Adams the chance to counter, the visitors are still in possession as they inch towards the French 22
France 16-7 Wales 44m Wales are finally on the scoreboard! Josh Adams breaks before offloading to Tomos Williams who dives over the whitewash. Anscombe adds the extras
France 16-7 Wales 48m Adam Beard is replaced by Cory Hill for Wales, Demba Bamba comes on for Uini Atonio
France 16-14 Wales 52m Wales secure a penalty at the scrum, Barnes plays advantage as Anscombe kicks ahead, Huget can't gather and George North is on hand to score Wales' second try! Anscombe adds the conversion and it's game on!
France 16-14 Wales 53m Wales ring in the changes at half back with Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar replacing Tomos Williams and Gareth Anscombe
France 16-14 Wales It's all Wales now - Jon Davies breaks before Ross Moriarty crashes over, but the try is disallowed for an infringement on Picamoles - a very harsh decision!
France 16-14 Wales 58m Both sides bring on the replacements, including Samson Lee on for Tomas Francis and Baptiste Serin replacing Morgan Parra. France secure a penalty, but Lopez is wide with his effort
France 16-17 Wales 62m Wales take the lead for the first time as 'Land of My Fathers' rings out in the Stade de France. Replacement Dan Biggar kicks the penalty to put the visitors ahead by a point
France 16-17 Wales 65m France turn the ball over and are on the attack as Wales have Liam Williams down injured. In contrast to the first half, the errors are creeping into the French game and it's scrum time again
France 16-17 Wales 66m Anscombe is forced to return to the pitch as Liam Williams leaves with blood dripping down his face. The visitors set up and attack, keeping the ball tight before kicking forward and knocking the ball on
France 16-17 Wales 67m It's dramatic stuff as Lopez looks to add a second Drop Goal but Wales charge it down, the hosts counter attack but spill the ball forward and it's a Wales scrum
France 19-17 Wales 69m Despite the weight advantage, France secure their first penalty at the scrum. Up steps Lopez who slots over the simple kick right in front of the posts, and France are ahead once more
France 19-22 Wales 71m Ntamack is left with his hands in his head as George North intercepts and there's no stopping him as he charges towards the try line before diving in under the posts
France 19-24 Wales 73m Biggar adds the extras as Wales use up their bench with Elliott Dee and Wyn Jones replacing Ken Owens and Rob Evans in the front row
France 19-24 Wales 76m France work through the phases but don't make any ground as the Welsh defence holds firm
France 19-24 Wales 77m The French have a superb opportunity to snatch the victory at the death. They kick for the corner following a penalty and again work through the phases, but effective defence from Wales and the hosts knock on
France 19-24 Wales 79m Wales are rewarded the scrum penalty, the French aren't happy so we have some handbags, but Biggar kicks for touch and it's a Welsh line-out
France 19-24 Wales 80m Wales can't secure the line-out and France have one last opportunity. Wyn Jones puts in a huge tackle, but the ball remains in play
France 19-24 Wales 80+1 France are still in possession as George North is named man of the match. The ball eventually goes loose and Gareth Davies kicks it off the park.
15 Maxime Médard 14 Damian Penaud 13 Wesley Fofana 12 Romain Ntamack 11 Yoann Huget 10 Camille Lopez 9 Morgan Parra 1 Jefferson Poirot 2 GUILHEM GUIRADO (C) 3 Uini Atonio 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina 5 Paul Willemse 6 Wenceslas Lauret 7 Arthur Iturria 8 Louis Picamoles Montpellier BENCH: 16 Julien Marchand 17 Dany Priso 18 Demba Bamba Ca 19 Felix Lambey 20 Gregory Alldritt 21 Baptiste Serin 22 Gaël Fickou 23 Geoffrey Doumayrou
SCORERS T: Picamoles, Huget P: Lopez DG: Lopez
15 Liam Williams 14 George North 13 Jonathan Davies 12 Hadleigh Parkes 11 Josh Adams 10 Gareth Anscombe 9 Tomos Williams 1 Rob Evans 2 Ken Owens 3 Tomas Francis 4 Adam Beard 5 ALUN WYN JONES (C) 6 Josh Navidi 7 Justin Tipuric 8 Ross Moriarty BENCH: 16 Elliot Dee 17 Wyn Jones 18 Samson Lee 19 Cory Hill 20 Aaron Wainwright 21 Gareth Davies 22 Dan Biggar 23 Owen Watkin
SCORERS T: Tomos Williams, North (2) C: Anscombe (2), Biggar P: Biggar
Man of the Match: George North (Wales)
Referee: Wayne Barnes Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Brendon Pickerill TMO: Rowan Kitt
BT Murrayfield - Saturday 02 February 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: 12-3 Att: 67,144
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HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Scotland 0-0 Italy Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Mathieu Raynal and Shuhei Kubo TMO: Simon McDowell
Scotland 0-0 Italy CHANGE: Tito Tebaldi has pulled out of the Italian squad, Guglielmo Palazzani will move from the bench to scrum-half; Tommaso Benvenuti comes onto the bench
Scotland 0-0 Italy It is time for the anthems…
Scotland 0-0 Italy Italy will kick off the first of today's games.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 1m Scotland field the kick-off and look to carry out of their 22, after two phases Russell kicks. Hogg gathers and chips further ahead. Italy gain possession and attack from their own 22.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 2m With possession, Italy kick before Ryan Wilson carries to just shy of half-way. Play slows inside the Italy half before a chip by Laidlaw sends the ball to within five metres of the try-line
Scotland 0-0 Italy 3m An Italy hand gives Scotland the line-out, the home side secure the ball and look to maul. Scotland barrel over the line but referee Luke Pearce goes to the TMO.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 4m The decision is a double movement, no try. Penalty to Italy, who clear through Allan to the 10m line
Scotland 0-0 Italy 5m Italy secure the ball and look to attack through the midfield, Palazzani kicks before the ball is returned to Italy. The late replacement, Palazzani kicks the ball straight into touch.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 6m From first-phase line out ball, Scotland carve through the defence via Blair Kinghorn. He is stopped just shy of the line and Scotland now attack through pods of forwards.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 7m Some lateral movement leads to Scotland going wide, the Italian defence holds strong and Tommaso Allan secures the penalty for the away side.
Scotland 0-0 Italy 9m Italy box-kick and Kinghorn gathers before Russell sends a little kick over the defence, Italy gather, kick and then strip the ball. Italy penalty for a Scotland high tackle
Scotland 0-3 Italy 10m Jamie Richie's high tackle leads to the first points of the game - Tommaso Allan dissecting the posts
Scotland 0-3 Italy 11m Scotland regather their kick-off and attack inside the Italy half. Good covering defence halts any attack and Italy have possession.
Scotland 5-3 Italy 12m A first-phase play gives Russell with the ball, a perfect kick lands into Kinghorn's hands - who scores in the corner. Laidlaw is unsuccessful with the conversion
Scotland 5-3 Italy 14m Italy have possession as Scotland kick from gathering the restart. Italy attack and are into the Scotland half as Sam Skinner is replaced by Josh Strauss for the home side
Scotland 5-3 Italy 16m A Tommy Seymour knock on looked to be deliberate but he gets away with it, Italy will have the first scrum of the game on the Scotland 10m line
Scotland 5-3 Italy 17m The scrum is reset, the away side somewhat struggling with the lack of Italian flowing from Luke Pearce's mouth - he should really learn some key phrases
Scotland 5-3 Italy 18m Italy get the free kick from the Scrum and choose to scrummage once more
Scotland 5-3 Italy 19m The away side engage early and Scotland get the free kick, a low kick provides Italy with the ball, they return the ball through the air and Scotland attack on half-way
Scotland 5-3 Italy 20m Scotland have a half-way line out, they take it quickly before kicking into the Italian 5m zone. Sergio Parisse saves Italy with a strong carry but a knock on on the 5m line gives Scotland a scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 21m The scrum is won by Scotland, Laidlaw switches the play and the home side pass through the hands, Hogg provides Kinghorn with the ball who scores in the corner - his second of the match. Laidlaw kick is good
Scotland 12-3 Italy 24m Italy field a box-kick but are turned over at the ruck. Russell kicks into space before Italy attack from their 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 25m The ball goes into touch just shy of half-way, after a clearance kick - Scotland win the line out and look to attack
Scotland 12-3 Italy 25m Scotland knock the ball on in open play and Italy will have the scrum put-in
Scotland 12-3 Italy 26m Scotland secure the penalty against the head for a front row collapse. Tommaso Allan goes off for a HIA, Ian McKinley comes on. In the meantime, Scotland kick to the corner
Scotland 12-3 Italy 28m From the line out, Scotland maul but the Italian defence earns a scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 29m Italy secure the penalty and clear to half-way
Scotland 12-3 Italy 30m The line out is secured but McKinley knocks the ball on, Scotland look to attack inside the opposition half
Scotland 12-3 Italy 31m A simple ball movement to the wings is wasted as the ball is knocked on into touch, Italy choose the line out over the scrum
Scotland 12-3 Italy 32m The ball is secured and kicked, Scotland look to attack through the midfield. The ball is then sent wide before Russell kicks. Italy now attack from deep
Scotland 12-3 Italy 33m The away side make no ground and therefore kick through McKinley, Scotland will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 34m Scotland knock on (again) in open play (again) and Italy will have the scrum (again)
Scotland 12-3 Italy 35m Another scrum reset, this time the ball comes out and Italy look to make some ground
Scotland 12-3 Italy 36m Just shy of half-way, Italy box-kick and Scotland now attack in the middle third
Scotland 12-3 Italy 36m A beautiful kick from Jayden Hayward puts the ball just 10m out from the Scotland line. The home side will have the throw as the Allan/McKinley HIA replacement is reversed
Scotland 12-3 Italy 37m Scotland secure possession...just... and box-kick through Laidlaw, Italy will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 38m Scotland secure the penalty as Italy dive in off of their feet, the lone piper is into his 38th minute of playing, 👏👏
Scotland 12-3 Italy 39m Scotland secure their penalty line out on the 22, they attack inside the red zone.
Scotland 12-3 Italy 40m The ball is turned over by the supreme Parisse, Italy clear and will have the line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 40+1m Italy secure the line out but the ball is carried into touch... HT
Scotland 12-3 Italy HT T: Kinghorn (2) C: Laidlaw | P: Allan
Scotland 12-3 Italy 41m Both Italy and Scotland are out for the second half and it will be the home side who kick off this second 40
Scotland 12-3 Italy 41m The Azzurri gather the ball through David Sisi clear through Allan, Scotland have the ball as Stuart Hogg carries into the Italian 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 42m A grubber kick is gathered by the away side and Italy clear following some phase-play but the ball is touched and Scotland have possession inside the Italian 22
Scotland 12-3 Italy 43m The forwards are doing the graft at the moment, eight phases
Scotland 12-3 Italy 44m An offload off the floor by Ryan Wilson is forward Italy get the scrum but there is a TMO for illegal rucking
Scotland 12-3 Italy 44m Stuart McInally dangerously clears Dean Budd while the Italian second-row isn't part of the ruck...Italian penalty
Scotland 12-3 Italy 45m From the line out on half-way, Italy secure and drive into the Scottish halibut the ball ends up in touch, Scotland line out
Scotland 12-3 Italy 46m The line out is secured by Ben Toolis and Scotland carry behind half-way, Russell kicks deep into opposition territory and Italy clear to Huw Jones
Scotland 12-3 Italy 47m Some pressure after kicking tennis gives Scotland the ball just outside of the Italian 22
Scotland 17-3 Italy 47m A beautiful first-phase sees Tommy Seymour cut through the defence, after two phases the ball is grubbed and Hogg touches down to score - Pearce confident of decision but it is checked as the con is lined up.
Scotland 19-3 Italy 49m Laidlaw is successful with the conversion
Scotland 19-3 Italy 50m Tommaso Castello is replaced by Edoardo Padovani for the away side as Palazzani breaks through the ruck, he is tackled within two metres of the line. Ref says forward, it wasn't..Scotland somehow have line out
Scotland 19-3 Italy 51m Simon Berghan replaces Willem Nel as Scotland secure the free kick from the scrum, they kick and clear. Italy attack but the ball is stolen, Hogg kicks and the mark is called
Scotland 19-3 Italy 52m Andrea Lovotti and Dean Budd are replaced by Cherif Traore and Jimmy Tuivaiti as Italy look to carry out of their 22
Scotland 19-3 Italy 53m Scotland have a line out after an Italian clearance, the home side look to find a gap inside the Italian defensive line
Scotland 26-3 Italy 54m Strong carrying from Strauss helps Scotland's attacking play, Jamie Richie breaks through the defence, offloads to Laidlaw who ships it to Kinghorn - the winger dummies, steps and then scores. Hat-trick.
Scotland 26-3 Italy 56m Laidlaw successful with conversion - Scotland earn bonus point
Scotland 26-3 Italy 58m Italy look to carry inside the Scottish half and are into the 22, ten phases up
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m Scotland will have the scrum as Chris Harris, Ali Price and Jamie Bhatti come on for Huw Jones, Greig Laidlaw and Allan Dell
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m The scrum is secured and the home side kick through Hogg but knock it on, Italy look to carry but knock on, scrum for Italy.
Scotland 26-3 Italy 59m Luca Bigi and Jimmy Tuivaiti come on for Leonardo Ghiraldini and Sebastian Negri. Tuvalu came on earlier according to rep sheet, obviously he didn't... apologies
Scotland 26-3 Italy 61m Scotland secure the scrum after a free kick, they carry into the Scottish half before Price kicks the ball into touch around the 22 line
Scotland 31-3 Italy 61m Italy secure the throw and carry before Palazzani kicks to Kinghorn, Hogg cuts through the defence and offloads to Toolis, the next phase sees the ball given to Chris Harris four metres out and he crosses.
Scotland 33-3 Italy 63m Finn Russell is successful with the conversion
Scotland 33-3 Italy 64m Jake Kerr replaces Stuart McInally as Italy spread the ball wide and charge into the Scottish 22
Scotland 33-3 Italy 64m Tiziano Pasquali is on for Simone Ferrari as Italy continue to pressure the Scottish line, they are caught at ruck time however and concede the turnover penalty
Scotland 33-3 Italy 66m The Scotland line out is secured by Italy and the men in blue look to find space
Scotland 33-3 Italy 67m The away side continue to attack, seven phases of play
Scotland 33-3 Italy 67m Italy secure the penalty advantage, Scotland off feet - nothing comes from the free play and Italy kick to the corner
Scotland 33-3 Italy 68m The line out inside the 22 is secured by Italy and they drive to within 10, obvious foul mauling by Scotland should see Toolis with a yellow but it is just a penalty, to the corner again
Scotland 33-3 Italy 69m Again the line out is secured and again the Italians drive, and again the Scotland side conceded a penalty...final warning from Luke Pearce
Scotland 33-10 Italy 71m Another penalty and Scotland will get a yellow card - Simon Berghan has finished for today, Italy go quickly before Palazzani dives over from a close ruck. Allan conversion successful
Scotland 33-10 Italy 72m Tommaso Allan is replaced by Ian McKinley and Ryan Wilson is replaced by Gary Graham as Hogg cuts through the defence again and goes over from long range - referee calls crossing instantly
Scotland 33-10 Italy 74m A lesson for the other four nations Scotland will play... do not kick the ball to Stuart Hogg
Scotland 33-10 Italy 75m Italy attack into the Scottish half and the away side are deep inside the 22
Scotland 33-15 Italy 76m A quick Palazzani ball goes to Federico Ruzza, he gets his hands free and offloads to Padovani who scores. McKinley is unsuccessful with the conversion
Scotland 33-15 Italy 77m Finn Russell is replaced by Adam Hastings as Italy carry out of their 22
Scotland 33-15 Italy 78m Up to half-way, Italy continue to move forward - Parisse plays scrum-half (of course he does) as Italy attack fragments
Scotland 33-20 Italy 79m The away side ship the ball to the left wing, Michele Campagnaro and a simple two-on-one from half way provides Angelo Esposito with a try (5m conversion missed by the try-scorer)
Scotland 33-20 Italy 80m Italy again attack as Tommaso Benvenuti replaces Palazzani but concede the penalty. The ball goes dead and that is the game finished.
15 Stuart Hogg 14 Tommy Seymour 13 Huw Jones 12 Sam Johnson* 11 Blair Kinghorn 10 Finn Russell 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 1 Allan Dell 2 Stuart McInally 3 Willem Nel 4 Ben Toolis 5 Grant Gilchrist 6 Sam Skinner 7 Jamie Ritchie 8 Ryan Wilson BENCH: 16 Jake Kerr* 17 Jamie Bhatti 18 Simon Berghan 19 Gary Graham* 20 Josh Strauss 21 Ali Price 22 Adam Hastings 23 Chris Harris
SCORERS T: Kinghorn (3), Hogg, Harris C: Laidlaw (3), Russell Berghan
15 Jayden Hayward 14 Angelo Esposito 13 Luca Morisi 12 Tommaso Castello 11 Michele Campagnaro 10 Tommaso Allan 9 Guglielmo Palazzani 8 SERGIO PARISSE (C) 7 Abraham Steyn 6 Sebastian Negri 5 Dean Budd 4 David Sisi* 3 Simone Ferrari 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 1 Andrea Lovotti BENCH: 16 Luca Bigi 17 Cherif Traore’ 18 Tiziano Pasquali 19 Federico Ruzza 20 Jimmy Tuivaiti 21 Tommaso Benvenuti 22 Ian McKinley 23 Edoardo Padovani
SCORERS T: Palazzani, Padovani, Esposito C: Allan P: Allan
Man of the Match: Blair Kinghorn (Scotland)
Referee: Luke Pearce Asst Referees: Matthieu Raynal, Shuhei Kubo TMO: Simon McDowell
Aviva Stadium - Saturday 02 February 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: 10-17 Att: 51,700
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HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…
Ireland v England The teams are lined up on the pitch, but it's time for the Irish shenanigans of the Presidential salute and hand-shaking before we can get to the three anthems before KO...
Ireland v England Captain Owen Farrell is introducing the little leprechaun to his team, but his face says it all...he just wants to get on with the rugby!
Ireland v England Three anthems done. Cannons explode. We're almost ready for KO...
Ireland v England Today's officials: Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Glenn Newman
Ireland 0-0 England 0m Faz kicks off the match finally, and both teams have everything to play for, though Ireland are clearly the favourites...
Ireland 0-0 England 1m England begin as they mean to go on, bulldozing their way into the Irish 22 using all the truck-sized forwards...
Ireland 0-5 England 2m ...a superb pass comes from Faz and it goes into the electric hands of Jonny May who charges along touch to score in the corner
Ireland 0-7 England 3m The conversion is a difficult one from the touchline, but Faz executes it with aplomb and it's 7-up to the visitors very early on
Ireland 0-7 England 5m The restart isn't so clever for the Irish and in no time, England are quickly back at halfway and up to the Irish 10m in no time
Ireland 0-7 England 7m The homeside put a stop to this England chariot firmly with a good turnover, and a penalty comes for Johnny Sexton to clear from just outside his own 22
Ireland 0-7 England 8m Rory Best preps to throw into a midfield lineout, executing well and they're up to the England 10m but being forced backwards
Ireland 0-7 England 9m A chip comes from the English side, the ball bounces by a whisper on touch, giving the Irish possession again deep in the England half
Ireland 0-7 England 10m A penalty comes for the Irish, May preventing a try, and likely conceding only 3 points instead to the boot of Sexton
Ireland 3-7 England 11m Of course Sexton won't miss from in front of the posts, as long as he's in the advantageous half, and Ireland are on the board...
Ireland 3-7 England 13m A lineout comes for Ireland, but Maro Itoje has other ideas and disrupts the play for the homeside...
Ireland 3-7 England 13m ...but a little further back for Keith Earls who goes to clear the ball, Tom Curry, on his #6Ns debut, is sent to the naughty step for a late tackle led by his shoulder. Harsh.
Ireland 3-7 England 14m But as long as Ref Garcès is consistent in dishing the penalties, everyone now knows which way the wind is blowing
Ireland 3-7 England 15m Advantage being played for England, and Ref calls it - time for the first scrum but not until the waterboys have come on with messages from the coaches no doubt...
Ireland 3-7 England 16m Good defensive scrum for England and Ben Youngs chips it ahead over halfway for Robbie Henshaw to collect and push England back up to the midfield...
Ireland 3-7 England 17m Josh van der Flier knocks on, England have a lineout on halfway and the setpiece is good, Conor Murray blocks May from playing but Ref Garcès gives the penalty to the Irish
Ireland 3-7 England 19m Faz has a word with Ref about the Irish blocking which was obviously pointed out in the ref meeting yesterday - Garcès isn't fussed; Best starts arguing with the Ref next.
Ireland 3-7 England 20m Midfield lineout for Ireland which has them deep in the England 22 after May misses a ball-capture...
Ireland 3-7 England 21m ...Garry Ringrose is almost all over the ball, but England affect a turnover and they clear the Irish back up to halfway
Ireland 3-7 England 22m Well, if you were hoping for a gentle walk in the park this afternoon in Dublin, it's not happening! This is fierce rugby and England are marshalling being a man-down really quite well - 10 seconds to go...
Ireland 3-7 England 24m Curry is back on after England are pinged for offside in preparation for an Irish attacking lineout after Best opts to have the ball kicked to the corner
Ireland 8-7 England 25m Too many Englishmen commit to defending the lineout and the Irish take advantage by going slightly wide and Cian Healy finds the whitewash to score
Ireland 10-7 England 26m At 14 men, England don't concede a point; back up to the full complement and they leech 7 points immediately with Sexton's conversion!
Ireland 10-7 England 28m Restart has Henry Slade cross the Irish 10m and despite Tadgh Furlong's best efforts to stop him from getting to the ground, Slade continues his good work, ending with an England lineout on the Irish 22
Ireland 10-12 England 30m Some fascinating jiggery pokery from the England leadership, the lineout is good, Elliot Daly chips ahead, Jack Nowell on his flank and Daly reaches it to score before Ireland can disrupt the score
Ireland 10-14 England 31m Faz adds the extras and the visitors are back in front on the board
Ireland 10-14 England 33m May is just everywhere today, as is fiery new backrower(!) Nowell, and the restart has England just outside the Irish 22 rather than the Irish in England's...
Ireland 10-14 England 34m Ireland respond very well and turnover possession to move play away from the danger area and England back up to halfway...
Ireland 10-14 England 35m The players are audibly blowing hard already and eventually a much needed break arrives with the ref's whistle...
Ireland 10-14 England 36m It's an England 10m attacking lineout and the ball heads to the goal line but may can't reach it before Henshaw gathers it up and saves a try
Ireland 10-14 England 37m But Murray's clear doesn't find touch; excellent hands from England and they're right back in the Irish 22 but the ball goes wide out to Nowell and he's bundled into touch
Ireland 10-14 England 38m Best wants to take a quick lineout; Ref's not having any of it. 5m defensive short lineout for Ireland and they are pinged for not straight - England attacking 5m scrum looms...
Ireland 10-14 England 39m Strong scrum but ball comes out and goes to Nowell out wide - he is swamped with green shirts to prevent the try and England are forced to play on and recycle towards the far touch from the nearside...
Ireland 10-14 England 40m A huge effort from England and Mako Vunipola drives over the whitewash and George Kruis is elated at the try; but...
Ireland 10-14 England 40m ...Garcès decides he can't award it - it's grounded but goes to TMO for check double movement
Ireland 10-14 England 40m After a heap of faffing, an no double movement, Garcès decides Mako V used his knee to push the ball forward so no try - TMO Glenn Newman sounds unconvinced but it's no try - just a penalty to England
Ireland 10-17 England 40+1m But it's Faz at the tee - he's not used to missing, and he doesn't, taking England into the break a score clear
Ireland 10-17 England HT T: Healy C: Sexton P: Sexton | T: May, Daly C: Farrell (2) P: Farrell
Ireland 10-17 England 40m We're back for a final 40 minutes...can England keep up the pressure? Can Ireland find their feet? What a game so far!
Ireland 10-17 England 41m Jordan Larmour has replaced Earls on the wing - message is it's tactical, not an injury. Hmmm...
Ireland 10-17 England 42m You can't tell much in the first couple of minutes, except the rest has done them all good, and be ready for another rollercoaster...
Ireland 10-17 England 43m England have a midfield lineout; they just hold onto possession but Faz puts up his hands and is mad as hell at himself for overcooking the kick
Ireland 10-17 England 45m Another attacking lineout for England just inside the Irish half, and much of the play has been in this section of the pitch so far this half...
Ireland 10-17 England 46m Possession with Ireland, even tho they're on backfoot; Peter O'Mahony tries to start on Kyle Sinckler - latter keeps his cool (makes a change!) & POM decides shouting the 'c' word at him is appropriate. FFS!
Ireland 10-17 England 47m Garcès attempts to have a word, but is completely ineffectual. Meanwhile, England are getting busy playing rugby - penalty for May under high ball
Ireland 10-17 England 49m Visitors do well from their penalty and are slowly edging back deep into Irish territory, heading toward the 22 with some urgency but steadily
Ireland 10-17 England 51m Ireland have to defend had and it's Ringrose who steals possession and before you can blink, Ireland are at the England 22 as the ball slips from Slade's hands
Ireland 10-17 England 52m Time off as Courtney Lawes replaces Kruis - even more firepower for England as they prepare to defend their 22 from an Irish scrum
Ireland 10-17 England 54m Nine phases in and Ireland aren't getting closer to the whitewash, but they still have the possession; the whistle goes while Itoje gets treatment on his leg; Nowell's limping too...
Ireland 10-17 England 54m ...and the whistle went for an apparent high tackle from Sinckler. Itoje is gingerly walking off the pitch slowly as Nathan Hughes replaces him after colliding with Best
Ireland 13-17 England 55m Play resumes with Sexton teeing up and adding a 3-pointer to narrow the gap to just 4 points
Ireland 13-17 England 56m Daly knocks on from the restart so advantage being played; called after Manu Tuilagi takes out Bundi Aki. The pace has slowed significantly - another time off already after Devin Toner is forced off
Ireland 13-17 England 57m Quinn Roux has come on for Ireland as the homeside have a defensive scrum on their 10m - has to be reset
Ireland 13-17 England 58m Ireland scrum well but are forced wide rather than making yards, and Slide tackles brilliantly to prevent the homeside gaining ground, forcing the Irish into touch
Ireland 13-17 England 59m England attacking scrum just at the Irish 10m - England know the need to get some daylight on that scoreboard as it's the infamous Sexton opposite who steals matches at the death
Ireland 13-17 England 61m England win the penalty following the scrum, and Faz tees up to cancel out that last Irish penalty...
Ireland 13-17 England 62m But another mistake from Faz as he misses the uprights; meanwhile, Dave Kilcoyne and Andrew Porter replace Healy and Furlong
Ireland 13-17 England 64m Ireland have possession, but they're still in their own half, desperate to escape just outside their own 22 as the tackles come in hard and fast
Ireland 13-17 England 65m Sexton looks to have had a knock to the ribs while play moves to the midfield, England earn a penalty from the opposition and Sean O'Brien replaces CJ Stander
Ireland 13-17 England 65m Time off as Sinckler waddles off - he's had a hell of a game! Harry Williams on in the front row
Ireland 13-17 England 66m It's an England scrum just inside their own half and it's a super play from the visitors as Henshaw blocks May after he chips ahead along touch and Slade spurts ahead to score in the corner!
Ireland 13-22 England 67m No question on the try but Ref Garcès wants to make sure Slade was not offside before he sprinted - TMO Newman confirms he was level - another try for England
Ireland 13-22 England 68m Faz misses another shot at the uprights while O'Mahony takes over the captaincy as Sean Cronin replaces Best in the front row
Ireland 13-22 England 69m Ireland are in possession and heading into England territory when Lawes makes an awesome tackle on Ringrose, and a penalty goes to the visitors for Irish bodies not rolling away.
Ireland 13-25 England 70m Faz decides halfway is within his range, and he's ecstatic as the ball just has the distance to splice the uprights and add another 3 points and insist on Ireland scoring two converted tries to take a lead...
Ireland 13-25 England 72m Joey Carbery replaces Ringrose as England have another attacking lineout outside the Irish 22, while the Irish fans are unhappy at Swing Low drowning them out - you don't hear that often in Dublin!
Ireland 13-25 England 73m However, complacency creeps in and the Irish steal possession - though not for long.
Ireland 13-25 England 75m Chris Ashton comes on for Nowell as England have to start again with their attack with a midfield lineout - this one they don't fluff
Ireland 13-30 England 76m Sublime rugby from England as the Irish turnover the ball on their 22, pass out wide for Slade to intercept and slam down a brace in Dublin!
Ireland 13-32 England 77m Faz adds the extras while Mako V - man of the match - takes a well deserved break, Ellis Genge comes on; for Ireland John Cooney replaces Murray
Ireland 13-30 England 78m As a fan before being a journalist, I've never understood losing-side fans leaving in droves before a match is over - never seen it in Dublin til today.
Ireland 13-32 England 79m George Ford & Luke Cowan-Dickie came on for Tuilagi & Jamie George
Ireland 18-32 England 79m More complacency from England allows Cooney to saunter over the whitewash, despite a previous forward pass
Ireland 20-32 England 80m Sexton adds the conversion but it really is too little to late.
Ireland 20-32 England 80+1m There's just time for a restart and Ireland hope to make some more headway but England intercept and Ford runs it into touch for a final whistle.
15 Robbie Henshaw 14 Keith Earls 13 Garry Ringrose 12 Bundee Aki 11 Jacob Stockdale 10 Jonathan Sexton 9 Conor Murray 1 Cian Healy 2 RORY BEST (C) 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Devin Toner 5 James Ryan 6 Peter O'Mahony 7 Josh van der Flier 8 CJ Stander BENCH: 16 Sean Cronin 17 Dave Kilcoyne 18 Andrew Porter 19 Quinn Roux 20 Sean O’Brien 21 John Cooney 22 Joey Carbery 23 Jordan Larmour
SCORERS T: Healy, Cooney C: Sexton (2) P: Sexton (2)
15 Elliot Daly 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Slade 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Jack Nowell 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Youngs 1 Mako Vunipola 2 Jamie George 3 Kyle Sinckler 4 Maro Itoje 5 George Kruis 6 Mark Wilson 7 Tom Curry 8 Billy Vunipola BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ellis Genge 18 Harry Williams 19 Courtney Lawes 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Dan Robson* 22 George Ford 23 Chris Ashton
SCORERS T: May, Daly, Slade (2) C: Farrell (3) P: Farrell (2) Curry
Man of the Match: Mako Vunipola (England)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès Asst Referees: Romain Poite, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Glenn Newman
BT Murrayfield - Saturday 09 February 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Romain Poite Asst Referees: Pascal Gaüzère, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Rowan Kitt
Stadio Olimpico - Saturday 09 February 2019
KO: 17:45 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Matthieu Raynal Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Shuhei Kubo TMO: David Grashoff
Twickenham Stadium - Sunday 10 February 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Nigel Owens Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Brendon Pickerill TMO: Glenn Newman
Stade de France - Saturday 23 February 2019
KO: 15:15 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Nic Berry Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Andrew Brace TMO: Rowan Kitt
Principality Stadium - Saturday 23 February 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Jaco Peyper Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Alexandre Ruiz TMO: Simon McDowell
Stadio Olimpico - Sunday 24 February 2019
KO: 16:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Glen Jackson Asst Referees: Wayne Barnes, Karl Dickson TMO: Graham Hughes
BT Murrayfield - Saturday 09 March 2019
KO: 14:15 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère Asst Referees: Luke Pearce, Federico Anselmi TMO: Marius Jonker
Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 09 March 2019
KO: 16:45 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Nic Berry Asst Referees: Paul Williams, Andrew Brace TMO: Simon McDowell
Aviva Stadium - Sunday 10 March 2019
KO: 15:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe Asst Referees: Angus Gardner, Karl Dickson TMO: Ben Skeen
Stadio Olimpico - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 13:30 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Matt Carley Asst Referees: Nigel Owens, Andrew Brace TMO: Graham Hughes
Principality Stadium - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 14:45 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Angus Gardner Asst Referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Karl Dickson TMO: Marius Jonker
Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 16 March 2019
KO: 17:00 HT: tbc Att: tbc
HEAD TO HEAD
Referee: Paul Williams Asst Referees: Jérôme Garcès, Federico Anselmi TMO: Ben Skeen