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Six Nations week two as it happened

By Tom Fordyce

1856: Fancy more rugby chat? There's an interactive forum in a moment on the Red Button and also on this website. Charvis, Nicol, Logan (G). From me, it's goodnight. Farewell.

1851: Former Wales captain Colin Charvis on BBC Sport: "All the British Lions stood up for Wales today, led by Shane Williams with his two tries. When he's on your side you just don't know where he's going to pop up."

1849: And now BBC Sport's former Scotland international Andy Nicol: "They had a terrible first 20 minutes, but they made 18 errors. They could not get any rhythm to their game because they made so many mistakes."

1848: This from Sam Warbuton: "We are a resilient bunch, and we really wanted to put things right after last week. Everyone's blowing really hard but we got the result out there."

1846: Relief for Warren Gatland, dark beetling brows for Andy Robinson. Scotland as poor today as I've seen them for as long time.

Full time
80 mins: Messy messy messy. Sam Warburton named man of the match... and that's it - Scotland 6-24 Wales. Wales back to winning ways, Scotland back to the same old same old.

76 mins: Quick line-out to the front from Scotland, only to be driven back by the relentless Welsh defence. Tavis Knoyle on for Phillips, Rhys Priestland too.

74 mins: Dismal pass from Parks, backwards through the line to nobody. Murrayfield emptying fast.

72 mins: 18 errors from Scotland so far, and that sums it up. Scotland driven back again, and they just cannot cross the gain line.

69 mins: TRY Shane Williams Sco 6-24 Wales Scotland cough it up again. Jonathan Davies seizes the ball, spots that the full-back is not at home and kicks into the gaping hole - he chases through, but Williams has beaten him to it. The match in the bag, despite Jones's missed conversion.

64 mins: PEN Hook Sco 6-19 Wales Interception from Wales, and Roberts is away - oh, what a tackle that is from Lamont, hauling the giant centre down just a few metres shy of the line. Williams has a go, but there's a penalty coming - yup, easy slot, and Stephen Jones replaces kicker Hook as soon as the ball sails over.

61 mins: Wales' turn to go stodgy, plenty of possession ending in nothing. Now Scotland have a two-man overlap down the right, and they make an awful mess of it. Up in the home technical area, coach Andy Robinson punches the wall.

57 mins: PEN Parks Sco 6-16 Wales Tedious sequence of scrum re-sets, and eventually Referee Clancy goes for a seemingly random penalty award to Scotland. Parks opts to take the three points.

55 mins: Scotland butcher more possession, and after a clearing kick is charged down Wales should win turnover ball on the Scottish line, only for Alun Wyn Jones to go off his feet. Williams then takes a quick mark and tries to find space, only to throw a forward pass.

53 mins: 16 phases from Scotland, and it all ends with a poorly-directed cross-field kick from Parks that Shane Williams takes under little pressure. Poor second half so far, and an atmosphere to match.

50 mins: Scotland struggling to go anywhere with their possession. Turnover, kicked away, Hines goes again.

48 mins: Poor couple of minutes, Hook kicking the ball away and neither of the two Scottish men deep calling or going for the ball.

46 mins: The Scottish scrum buckles, Murray ending up with nose in the Murrayfield turf, and Hook will have a three-pointer from halfway - it's got the legs, but not quite the accuracy. Blair on for Lawson.

45 mins: Lamont on permanently for Southwell now. Welsh scrum on halfway after a scrappy start to the second period.

43 mins: Scotland rumble into traffic again and again. Barclay then bursts through a weak tackle from Hook, only to spill the ball in contact to cede advantage back to Wales.

41 mins: Hook with the re-start, and Parks will find touch with his clearing kick.

Injured Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter on BBC ONE: "Wales look like a team with confidence while Scotland look nervous with the mistakes they have made. Scotland have gifted Wales nine points and when they are in the Wales half, they lose the ball. It's costing them dear. Scotland had field position when Wales were down to 13 and Wales will be happy with just three points conceded. Wales look comfortable."

Half time
39 mins: First bit of fisticuffs, Ryan Jones getting involved after Stoddart smashes someone to the deck. That's not fighting, it's rolling about on the ground. James pinged for not binding properly, and Parks will have a slot from long distance... hoopla, makes a complete mess of it.

37 mins: Scotland go through the phases, but that's poor - no breaking the gain line, no coming onto the ball at pace. And here comes Byrne - Wales conceded just three points with the two men down, and that could be crucial come the final whistle.

34 mins: Ansbro spills with the line at his mercy. Wasteful, and Davies is now out of the bin.

32 mins: PEN Parks Sco 3-16 Wales Welsh possession, and they can waste some sinbin time with short drives her... no, silly from Lydiate, isolated and pinged for hanging on. Scotland finally have a foothold.

28 mins: Scottish line-out on the Welsh 5m line. 15 plays 13. Barclay goes - stopped in his tracks. Parks with the cross-kick for Walker over Williams - taken, but Shane takes his man down. Brown rumbles - super tackle from Phillips, and Wales have turned the ball over. Outstanding defence, and Welsh cheers ring out once again.

Yellow card
26 mins: Evans down the left - high, very high from Lee Byrne, and Wales are down to 13 men...

Yellow card
23 mins: Now then. Phillips spills a simple catch straight on to Lamont, and the full-back hammers on - Bradley Davies with a cynical obstruction, and he'll go to the bin for that. Scotland - at last - have a glimmer.

21 mins: PEN Hook Sco 0-16 Wales Lamont on as blood replacement, and there's another infringement in the Scottish half - one more of those, says our ref, and someone goes. Hymns and Arias from the delighted Welsh contingent, and Hook pops over his 11th point.

19 mins: Ooof - Southwell takes Byrne out in there air, but the Scottish full-back has come off worse - blood everywhere, and I think he took a boot in the chops. The claret helps him escape the yellow.

17 mins: PEN Hook Sco 0-13 Wales Kelly Brown isolated as he runs back a Phillips kick, and Wales will go again. Roberts again - he's involved this week alright - and Ross Ford is pinged for coming into the ruck from the side. Hook from 30m, and he's been flawless so far.

13 mins: PEN Hook Sco 0-10 Wales Max Evans wrapped up by Roberts, and there's a knock-on - scrum Wales. Roberts smashes through one tackle and is tap-tackled by Parks, but Scotland go offside. Hook has the chance to add three more from 25m - straight through the gates.

9 mins: Wonderful run from Hook to set up that try. Southwell boots an attempted garryowen straight into touch, but Scotland win the ball back and advance down the left touchline with good hands until Jacobsen spills the ball.

Try graphic
6 mins: TRY Shane Williams Sco 0-5 Wales Scrum to Scotland - and Wales have won it. They stay patient, go left, recycle... oh, Hook at his gliding best, slicing a huge hole in the Scottish defence and there's Williams on his shoulder for his 52nd try for his country. The experiment pays off... Hook with the extras for 0-7.

3 mins: Slow start - Scotland try to put the ball through hands, but they're going nowhere. Attacking line-out for Wales, but they lose it.

1 min: Dan Park gets us under way, and Shane Williams gathers.

1700: Mmmm. The cold Edinburgh air rent with red-hot passion. Shall we?

1658: A warm thank you to Prans, and we'll have some anthems. Stirring.

1655: Right, Tom is back and ready to take you through events as they unfold at Murrayfield...

1649: Some team news to relay - Scotland second row Richie Gray, who was outstanding against France in Paris last week, has not recovered from a stomach bug so Nathan Hines will take his place in the second row. And how about this for a stat? The last England player to score four tries in a single championship match was Ronald Poulton against France in Paris 1914, in the final game before the first World War. I remember that game as if it was yesterday...

1639: Italy coach Nick Mallett: "Our line-out didn't function and when you are having to defend as much as we did, then you have to win your first phases. We won four out of 12 or 13 line-outs and when you are under pressure, you end up giving away penalties. It was a disappointing day for us. The massive difference between the two teams was the speed of Ashton and Cueto, [Matt] Banahan or [Danny] Care, our defensive tackles weren't good enough. England played well, but a lot of that was off Italian mistakes. I don't think there's a 40-point different between England and Ireland. They played well but we played badly."

1631: Hello, Tom has nipped out to rest his unbelieving eyes so my goodself, Pranav Soneji, will take you through the build-up to the second match of Saturday between Scotland and Wales in Edinburgh. Interestingly, but BBC pundits at Twickenham, Keith Wood and Jeremy Guscott, have tipped the hosts to win. What say you Wales fans??

1626: England manager Martin Johnson on Chris Ashton's swallow-dive celebration on BBC ONE: "I thought he would at that point [when Ashton crossed over for the first try]. The boys gave him a whole heap of grief when we walked into the changing room. It's OK, it's a bit of fun. The guys gave him the chance, Toby gave him the first chance and Banners {substitute Matt Banahan] did with the second. Chris is a finisher, like Mark [Cueto]. We won't get too many chances to score the next time we play here [against France on 26 February] but we did what we needed to do and that was play well and execute our plans."

1622: Not content with scoring nine tries in nine games, Chris Ashton becomes the first player to score four tries in a single match in the history of the Six Nations.

1620: Man of the match Chris Ashton on his 'swallow-dive' celebration following his first try: "I thought it was the right time to do it - I knew he [England manager Martin Johnson] would be a bit annoyed so I thought I would do it."

Full time
FULL-TIME: England 59-13 Italy Care kicks into touch to draw Joubert's final whistle, and that's it - a wonderful performance from England from the start, dynamic, ruthless and classy. Italy never got started. England's progression continues to accelerate.

78 min: The least surprising news of the afternoon: Chris Ashton is named man of the match. Wallop - wonderful try-saving tackle from Wilkinson, smashing his man into touch and - plus ca change - hurting himself in the process.

Try graphic
75 min: TRY Ashton Eng 57-11 Italy Four! It's four! Messy Italian line-out deep in England territory, Haskell pounces on the loose ball, Banahan charges through and Ashton - as all game - is there on his shoulder to sprint away for England's eighth try. The celebratory dive is there again, and this time Johnson is laughing his socks off. Wilko converts for 59-13.

Try graphic
71 min: TRY Haskell Eng 50-11 Italy Nice quick tap pen from Care, Hape out to Haskell - oof, the Italian defence parts like a blue sea and the flanker thunders through to bring up the half-century of points. Wilko makes it 52-13.

Try graphic
69 min: TRY Ongaro Eng 45-11 Italy Old-skool driving maul from the Italian pack, and the replacement rumbles over from the back. Berga thumps over the conversion for 45-13.

67 min: Touch scrappy from England, trying to do too much too early - turnover by Parisse, and Italy are awarded successive penalties. They run the first and kick the second to the corner.

63 min: England camped out in the Italian half, but I think there's been a trip - yup, Banahan, but he's not shown a yellow card. Where's the replay - hmmm, marginal.

60 min: More replacements - Fourie on for Wood, Wilson for Cole. England line-out on the Italian five metre line.

Try graphic
57 min: TRY Care Eng 43-6 Italy Relentless power and speed from England, and the replacement scrum-half bursts through Berga's tired tackle to dive over. Wilkinson draws huge cheers for his first two points of the day - 45-6.

56 min: Youngs and Flood off, Care and Wilko on. Atmospheri carnavale in south-west London, as they probably don't say in Rome.

Try graphic
53 min: TRY Ashton Eng 36-6 Italy Crashing run from Banahan off another cute inside pass from Flood - he's stopped a yard short, but who's there to pick up from the base and dive over? Hat-trick for Ashton, and he now has five tries in this championship already. The record stands at six... Flood pops 'em over for 38-6.

50 min: Haskell on a rumbling dash from his own half. Want to see Ashton's first try? It's on the website's front page now - good work, video bods.

48 min: Banahan on for Cueto, Thompson on for Hartley. Italy riding out Castro's absence.

46 min: Great line-out steal from Wood, but England then go sloppy. Slightly quiet at Twickenham with the game already done and half an hour left.

45 min: Silky from Palmer, flicking on a pass to give Cueto a dart that ends in a pen. Shaw on for Deacon.

Yellow card
43 min: Uh-oh - more trouble for Italy - Castro is off to the bin after cynically slapping the ball out of Youngs' hands as he tries to take a quick tap pen.

42 min: We're under way again, and England get turned over just inside their own half.

1520: And England's injured captain Lewis Moody: "I am sure Chris Aston will cop a bit of flak again this week for that try celebration. As long as he scores tries for England, that's all that matters. The message at half-time will be: be consistent. The only time Italy have looked dangerous is when we have turned it over. We mustn't start to play sevens rugby, just do the basics."

Jeremy Guscott
1520: This from BBC Sport's Jeremy Guscott: "Italy aren't a poor side - they gave Ireland a good run for their money last week - but England are on a high. They are confident, their execution has been spot on and everyone is looking for tries."

Half time
HT: Eng 31-6 Italy Wonderful flowing stuff from England, dismal from the visitors. This could get very, very messy...

38 min: Bang - Tindall through again on the inside ball, and he's got Cueto roaring up outside him - nope, not this time, the pass poorly timed.

37 min: Naughty - Parisse takes out Easter in the air, and he's lucky to stay on for that.

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24 min: TRY Tindall England 29-6 Italy Right - who had money on both Cueto and Tindall scoring tries? The ball is moved dleft off a perfect line-out, Easter bursts through and feeds his captain with a deft off-load. Twickenham in raptures. Flood - ah, you know the drill. 31-6.

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29 min: TRY Cueto England 22-6 Italy It's happened, it's finally happened - lovely interchange from Hartley and Flood, and this time it's Cueto on the inside ball for his first try in 19 Tests. Lordy did he enjoy that.. Flood pops over an easy two points for 24-6. Worrying times for Italy - England rampant...

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24 min: TRY Ashton England 15-6 Italy Decent rolling maul from England, then the pass out to Hape - half through, and guess who's on his shoulder to spin and pivot over the line? Flood converts for 17-6.

23 min: Switch from Cueto to Flood, into Ashton and back - will Cole get over in the corner? Nope, but England recycle - ach, Easter's optimistic long pass picked off by Berga, and it takes a rapid retreating tackle from Hape to bring him down on halfway. Frenetic.

21 min: Wood now penalised for not rolling away, but the slotter is wide of the right-hand upright from Berga. Tough one.

19 min: Touch frenetic from England after an almost-break from Tindall - the ball is turned over after Tom Wood gets crunched. Ouch.

17 min: Almost another inside break from Flood, but this time Ashton can't gather under pressure.

15 min: Italy crab across the pitch and back again, failing to break the gain line again and again. No threat there at all.

12 min: PEN Bergamasco Eng 10-6 Italy Very open, flowing game so far - Italy spin it around, and Hape gets penalised for not releasing. Nice confident slot from the curly blond one.

9 min: PENALTY Flood Eng 10-3 Italy Berga offside, and although England go close as the move continues - Cueto snagged two metres short of the line - play is called back. Easy peas for the in-form Leicester 10.

6 min: England possession midway inside their own half, and Flood bursts through again from a lovely tap-and-go from Youngs - the ball goes loose out on the left wing and Parisse will snuff out what looked like try no.2.

4 min: PENALTY Bergamasco England 7-3 Italy With Twickenham still abuzz, Nick Easter gets pinged for obstructing and that's an easy three points. Wonder what MJ will think of the Ashton celebration...

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2 min: TRY Ashton England 5-0 Italy Youngs, Flood makes the break, draws the full-back and Ashton sprints under the posts from 20m out. Celebration? The full arm up and swallow dive... Flood adds the extras for 7-0.

1 min: Craig Joubert on the whistle, and we're off - Louis Deacon takes the kick, and Mark Cueto will kick long.

1429: Anthem time. Ah, you have to love the Italian one. Flames exploding all around, sun out. We're moments away.

1426: Quick word with Italy coach Nick Mallett:"Getting close like that against Ireland has two aspects, firstly there was huge disappointment that we did not manage to close it out but secondly, there was pleasure that we managed to hold them as close as that."

1423: Here comes the Italian team - throaty roars of "EEE-TAA-LIIAA!" echoing round the packed stands."

1420: There's a bloke abseiling from the roof. In an official capacity, I should add - he's towing a huge St George's flag.

1416: This fresh in from Martin Johnson: "Let's bring the energy, and let's play. Let's be patient when they have the ball, but let's go after them at scrum time."

1411: Your viewing/listening options: BBC One for live television coverage of both games; 5 live sports extra for live commentary of both; video at the top of this story (UK only, website); plus, should it take your fancy, you can listen to 5 live commentary over the TV pictures. Bit of a snub to Eddie Butler/Andrew Cotter if you did, but still. On your shoulders.

1405: Timings? England-Italy off at 1430, Scotland-Wales 1700. With a brief gap in between to stretch legs and refresh glasses.

1400: Glimpse there of eight Italian supporters all wearing blue Pippa Longstocking wigs - the obvious look for such an occasion.

BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer on Twitter: "Kicking guru Dave Alred overseeing bit of practice on pitch. Wilko linin up goal kicks..along tryline. Flood aimin between posts tho."

1350: Decent conditions overhead at Twickenham after the thrashing rain of the past three days. Oh, there's clouds of course, but they're white and moving across rather than heavy and anchored. Pitch looks decent for Feb too. No excuses.

1345: Remember the reverse fixture a year ago? No, I try not to either. Along with the Argentina match the autumn before, it was possibly the nadir of the Martin Johnson regime. Except in the eyes of then-skipper Steve Borthwick, but let's not dwell. Ugly business.

1340: A few stats on chomp on pre-match: England have beaten Italy in all 16 of their meetings so far. Their record margin was the 67-6 during the '99 World Cup (think I was at that one - all a bit hazy) and the closest one the 23-19 in Rome three years ago.

1335: Last time they were at Twickenham, Italy were undone by a tactical experiment so bizarre that my colleague Ben Dirs began his post-match blog: "In 1962, the psychiatrist Louis Jolyon West and his colleague at the University of Oklahoma, Chester M Pierce, decided to inject an elephant called Tusko with 297mg of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Simply, it would seem, to see what might happen." But Nick Mallet hasn't picked Mauro Bergamasco at scrum-half this time around, and his grizzled front row will be licking their hairy lips at the thought of getting stuck into England's youngest ever front three.

1330: I'll be honest - I'm a little over-excited. A double-headed ding-dong: a burgeoning England versus what Martin Johnson thinks is Italy's best ever team, followed by a Scotland-Wales clash that I've changed my predicted result on five times already. I may have peaked too soon.

BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer on Twitter: "Glorious sunshine greets arrival of Italy team bus outside West Stand. players look keen, got match shirts on already."

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see also
England 59-13 Italy
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Scotland 6-24 Wales
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Ashton runs in four England tries
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Highlights - England 59-13 Italy
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Johnson happy but still eyes improvement
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
England need to improve - Johnson
13 Feb 11 |  English
England v Italy photos
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Scotland v Wales in photos
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
England v Italy stats
12 Feb 11 |  Rugby Union
Hines replaces Gray for Scotland
12 Feb 11 |  Scottish
Six Nations table
10 Aug 06 |  Tables

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