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Result: Wales 30-15 Scotland

Result: France 26-21 Ireland


By Ben Dirs

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FULL-TIME: France 26-21 Ireland
O'Gara has one last throw of the dice, kicking through for Murphy to chase, but Heymans covers, walks the ball into touch and the referee blows the final whistle. Good game that, but Ireland are unable to do a Wales. You can watch today's action on the BBC iPlayer for seven days from Saturday (UK users only). Get involved, but don't bother watching the first half of the Wales-Scotland match, it was absolutely rubbish. Thanks for the chat and see you soon.

78 mins: Fantastic darting break from O'Gara opens up the French defence, but the support is not forthcoming. Grandstand finish from Ireland - they lose the ball, but Tony Buckley regathers. It's still on...

77 mins: Clerc has been named man-of-the match - he's now got five tries in the tournament, and has scored six in three games against Ireland. Ireland win a penalty, and O'Gara kicks to touch just outside the French 22.

74 mins: PENALTY France 26-21 Ireland
It's still on! Handling on the floor from the French and O'Gara makes them pay with a well-struck penalty kick. Proper game of rugby this.

69 mins: France break, but Heymans is caught and tackled. The hosts showing some spunk, but this time Clerc, who has hardly seen the ball in the second half, knocks on. Even so, it looks like France have weathered the storm.

68 mins: It's been a long, long time since I've seen O'Driscoll stamp his authority on a game like this. Another half-break, but again Ireland are unable to touch down, O'Driscoll flinging the ball into touch.

66 mins: Tremendous stuff this - O'Driscoll finds Trimble with a lovely reverse pass, but Trimble muffs his long pass to Murphy. Good pick-up from Murphy, but Ireland are unable to seal the deal.

64 mins: France make a change: Elissalde is off for the 19-year-old Morgan Parra, the Bourgoin number 9. O'Driscoll, as is his want, acting as an extra flanker and he steals the ball and sets up another Irish attack. Ireland showing plenty of dog and they're all over France at the moment like an Asda suit.

"France gone to sleep, sensational fightback. I'd almost say Ireland have dominated the match but errors have killed them."
hawick on 606

59 mins: TRY France 26-18 Ireland O'Driscoll getting into the game and he steals the loose ball from the back of a ruck and sets up an Irish attack. Ireland on top here, but they need to convert this pressure into another try, and quick. The French pack is getting a real going-over, and David Wallace reaches out and touches down. Ireland right back in the blender. That's a shocking conversion attempt from O'Gara, who drags the ball way left of the posts.

55 mins: PENALTY TRY France 26-13 Ireland earn a penalty five yards out and O'Driscoll opts for the scrum. Three points are not much use at this stage of the game. And Irish pressure pays off, the front five getting the better of their opposite numbers, the French collapsing and referee Nigel Owens awarding a penalty try. This game's not over yet.

53 mins: Plenty of grunt from Ireland and Reddan darts and is dragged down just short of the line, as is Leamy shortly afterwards. Ireland manage to keep possession and have a scrum from close range.

51 mins: A rousing rendition of La Marseillaise and that just about sums it all up - Ireland are getting their pants pulled down. Mick O'Driscoll joins the fray, Malcolm O'Kelly makes way.

48 mins: TRY France 26-6 Ireland
Elissalde kicks through for Clerc - but he's not that quick and the ball runs dead. France, however, keep coming and this time it's the other man in the golden boots - Cedric Heymans - who profits. Elissalde's kick rebounds off O'Driscoll's unmentionables and straight into the hands of France's right wing and Ireland's back three are shredded once again. Skrela kicks the extras from under the posts.

"The Irish line-out is an absolute joke! It is really damaging Ireland and I have seen schoolboy hookers complete more lin-eout throws than Jackman!"
Trident on 606

45 mins: O'Drsicoll makes the half-break and offloads, but France turn the ball over and Skrela makes some serious yards with his punt. Rougerie chases, but Dempsey mops up behind his own try-line. Time running out for Ireland.

"Nigel Owens is a Welsh twerp." namuncura on 606

44 mins: The line-out is a problem for Ireland - Jackman's throw is stolen again and Rory Best may be called into action soon.

41 mins: Kearney makes a half-break before David Wallace makes a decent carry. Clerc is penalised for lifting and dropping Reddan in the tackle and O'Gara has a kick at goal. Oh no he doesn't, he kicks for touch, but France nick the ball and Skrela clears.

"It was a half of missed opportunities. We had two fantastic chances to score and we haven't been able to do it. France have been outstanding, but we're not a million miles away. Get the first score on the board in the second half and we could have a game on our hands."
Former Ireland centre Rob Henderson

HALF-TIME: France 19-6 Ireland
Bit of a pounding that for Ireland, although they haven't actually played that badly. France have simply been very clinical and punished Irish errors - and what they'd give to have a player like Clerc hugging their left wing.

35 mins: TRY France 19-6 Ireland
Gossamer from Skrela, deceiving full-back Dempsey with a cheeky grubber. A spot of class from O'Driscoll though, offloading in the tackle despite a meaty hit and Murphy breaks clear. However, Ireland leave their chins exposed, Heymans makes the break, switches with Clerc and the little winger steps off his left, leaves Kearney clawing at thin air and touches down under the posts to claim a hat-trick. That's five tries in the tournament so far for Clerc, and Skrela adds two more points.

32 mins: Ireland, scrapping manfully, turn the ball over, but O'Gara can only find Clerc with his clearance. France run it back and Ireland really could have done with him finding touch, the pressure is starting to mount.

28 mins: PENALTY France 12-6 Ireland
There's Amelie Mauresmo fiddling with her hair - a handsome woman. And there's O'Gara doing what he does best, pinging over another three points to keep the visitors in touch.

26 mins: That's poor from Reddan. Ireland have an overlap on the left but the scrum-half blobs his attempted long pass. Should have played it through hands and Ireland won't have too many opportunities like that. Apparently we're having some update problems - sorry. Saying that, the fact that we're having update problems means you won't be able to read this so you won't know that we've got...oh, you know what I mean...

22 mins: O'Gara chips through and number 8 Heaslip puts the big hit on Clerc. Not really a fair contest that, but France burgle the line-out and clear their lines. Jackman's throw being tested, France will be targeting him.

18 mins: TRY France 12-3 Ireland
A killer blow from France, attacking down the blind-side and shredding the Irish defence. Skrela beats Murphy on the inside, offloads in the tackle to Clerc and the winger races home to score in the corner. If you are going to wear gold boots, you better make sure you're pretty tasty, and Vincent Clerc is. Skrela is unsuccessful with the conversion attempt.

17 mins: PENALTY France 7-3 Ireland
O'Gara gets Ireland back within four points after Szarzewski goes flying over the top at the breakdown.

14 mins: TRY France 7-0 Ireland
Ireland are turned over in the middle of the park, Elissalde pumps the ball through and there's no-one at home for Ireland - Vincent Clerc chases down the kick and touches down. Harsh for Ireland, they'd been pretty tight before that. Skrela adds the extras.

"Ireland are attacking from deep and after two or three phases, France's defence doesn't look too great."
Former Ireland skipper Keith Wood on BBC One

10 mins: Better from Ireland. O'Driscoll ships the ball wide and Trimble makes yards before feeding Wallace, who wears a massive hit from France hooker Szarzewski. Good passage of play from Ireland, ending with O'Driscoll feeding Trimble on the switch and taking the hit in midfield. This is shaping up to be a decent game, despite the lack of points so far.

5 mins: France punching holes - Dusautoir is pulled down just short of the line before Heymans offloads to Bonnaire, but the number 8 is held up over the line. Frantic start, France playing like France again. Have a look at our stats page - it's ruddy brilliant.

2 mins: Classic France. O'Gara pumps up a Garryowen and Rougerie calls the mark on his own try line before taking the quick tap and surging 50 yards before being hauled down, leopard-like by a pack of green shirts. Skrela has a shot at goal, but misses from 40 yards out and just to the left of the uprights.

1 min: Play is under way and Ireland have the first sniff, Leamy bursting through and Ronan O'Gara lobbing a delicate kick over the top for territory. Bright start from the Irish.

"What does a ticket to a game cost? 50-60? Try flipping 50p coins into your toilet every minute or so. You'll get more pleasure from it than from watching that rubbish." namuncura on 606

"Only Mike Blair and of course Paterson came out with credit. De Luca though I can see glimpses of what might be."
hawick on 606

"The one thing you do not do is come to the Stade de France to find your confidence. The French are full of beans and will start the game with gusto. The Irish front five need to dog it out."
Phillip Matthews on BBC One

1556: Right, players are out in Paris and here comes the Irish anthem. Don't rate the sound system at the Stade de France, the fans carried that. No sound either for La Marseillaise, but plenty of oomph from the French faithful.

FULL-TIME: Wales 30-15 Scotland
That's a wrap - the biggest crowd ever at the Millennium Stadium, 75,100, witness a comprehensive victory for their heroes. Martyn Williams is the man of the match - he was quite simply magnificent.

79 mins: Scotland pile on the pressure as the seconds tick by. Too little, and far too late, and Wales clear their lines.

74 mins: Parker, on for Shanklin, receives the ball out right but is hauled into touch just short of the try line. Scotland then have a dart, Danielli bursting clear before being reeled in and dragged down.

"What a farce. Even the TMO is blind to Welsh bias. What's the point of technology if it isn't used properly? Even J Davies agreed it was foot in touch."
namuncura on 606

71 mins: PENALTY Wales 30-15 Scotland
That's three more points for Wales, Jones banging over a penalty from the left-hand touch-line. That should just about have nailed the Scotland coffin shut.

"I'm absolutely furious with the TMO. It looks like Frank Hadden is making changes, but I can't help thinking it's too late."
Scotland's Rory Lamont on BBC One

67 mins: TRY Wales 27-15 Scotland
Sensational stuff from Shane Williams, ghosting past a brace of Scotland defenders, slipping up a gear and beating Southwell on the outside before touching down in the corner. Got to be honest though, the man upstairs has made a right nause-up: his left foot was clearly in touch. Everyone in the office spotted that after just one replay, no idea what the TMO was looking at. Jones adds the extras from way out left.

63 mins: PENALTY Wales 20-15 Scotland
The Cardiff crowd, who have been pretty quiet to be honest, bay for Scotland blood as Wales surge forward. Shane Williams makes a half-break and Stephen Jones knocks over the resulting penalty. Some England team news: looks like captain Phil Vickery has recovered from a calf injury scare and will take his place in the front row to face Italy in Rome on Sunday:

"Phil Vickery did some work this morning, he trained this afternoon," said England coach Brian Ashton. "Unless there is a reaction overnight, he should be fit to take his place in the starting line-up."

61 mins: Scott MacLeod is on for Nathan Hines in the second row for Scotland. Williams is having another stormer for Wales - he spots no-one is home for Scotland and kicks through, but the visitors manage to mop things up.

"why can professional elite players not catch a ball, mistakes are costing Scotland week in week out. Are they working hard enough on the basics? Are they being coached correctly?"
O29 on 606

59 mins: Shanklin punches a hole, but the pass from Jones was well forward.

57 mins: Gatland rings the changes - off go the half-back pairing of Hook and Phillips and on come Scarlets pair Jones and Peel. Also off is hooker Bennett and on comes Rees. Gatland clearly thinks things are far too baggy out there and he wants to tighten things up.

55 mins: PENALTY Wales 17-15 Scotland
Gough is penalised for a shoulder barge and Paterson knocks over the three points. Scotland still gnawing away, and Wales could very easily blow this.

53 mins: Martyn Williams makes yet another break, picking up from the base of the ruck and making 20 yards. However, his pass to Phillips, which would have resulted in a try, is intercepted by Blair and the scrum-half kicks clear.

50 mins: Wales 17-12 Scotland
Scotland keep gnawing away at Wales' lead, Paterson - does he ever miss? - knocking over a penalty from just right of the posts after a couple of Wales players dive over the top.

47 mins: Shanklin it is now who breaks the line and the game has been ripped open by that try from Wales. A far more entertaining second half so far.

45 mins: TRY Wales 17-9 Scotland
That will teach me to start talking up the Scots - that was truly shocking defence and Wales make hay. Martyn Williams makes the initial break down the left flank before the ball is shipped right. Hook shows and goes, but one or both of Murray and Ford should have put in a hit. Far too easy and Hook adds the extras.

42 mins: PENALTY Wales 10-9 Scotland
Better from Scotland - De Luca sets up Hogg with the inside pass and ground and the Edinburgh flanker makes yards before being hauled down. Paterson makes a dart from the resulting ruck and then knocks over a straight-forward penalty. As bad as scotland have been, they could very easily win this match.

41 mins: Play is under way in the second half - one can only hope it's miles better than the first, which was pretty rucking awful.

"When Scotland keep it in hand they are going forward, when they are kicking the ball Wales are going forward...there's a hint for you Hadden...some tactics please!"
BraveheartJags on 606

"Got a real bad feeling Wales can cut loose at any moment, the last quarter might be very long for us."
hawick on 606

HALF-TIME: Wales 10-6 Scotland Shanklin steps off his left peg and bursts through the Scotland line, but nothing comes of it and mercifully the half is at an end. Too many mistakes from both sides and Scotland will be happy to go in only four points behind.

37 mins: Jonathan Davies says he's heard good reports about Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca, but he's having a shocker today. He snatches at a pass from Blair, knocks on and this game is so bad we've broken off from work in the office to mull over who sung E=MC squared.

35 mins: Scotland break, but a called back for a forward pass with Paterson bursting down the left flank. A Wales player got a finger to it, but it was forward before that. Better from Scotland.

32 mins: PENALTY Wales 10-6 Scotland
Paterson has another shot at goal after Wales collapse the scrum and he doesn't err. Top kicking from the Scotland winger and a spot of Simple Minds on the PA. Strange band, the Minds, like a pauper's U2.

30 mins: Jason White of Sale is off - shoulder injury, big loss for the Scots.

28 mins: PENALTY Wales 10-3 Scotland Wales earn a penalty, John Barclay holding onto the ball on the ground. Hook pings it over from 30 yards out and Scotland have been pretty dire so far. As have Newcastle, they've just gone 4-1 down to Villa. "There's only one kevin Keegan," sing the Villa fans.

25 mins: All gone a little bit quiet in Cardiff...that said, Wales spot an overlap and shift it wide. Roberts is dragged down by Paterson and Wales rebuild. This time the ball is shipped left, but Shanklin's long pass to Williams is poor and forward. Should have been a try.

19 mins: Wales have a scrum five yards out, but Mike Blair puts in the tackle on Phillips and wins Scotland the put-in. Blair cocks the hammer and clears his lines. Not pretty this though from the visitors, but they've survived half of Hines' binning without conceding points. Luxurious beard Hines has got, it looks like it's made of sponge.

15 mins: Nathan Hines is binned for 10 minutes - cheap shot on Byrne, little bit silly. We have a stats thingy on the website that you can look at if you fancy - it tells you about possession, line-outs and all that sort of guff.

12 mins: TRY Wales 7-3 Scotland Southwell chips through and Phillips, who has looked very bright so far, intercepts. From the resulting ruck, the ball is shifted left, Hook delays the pass, Byrne surges through, off-loads to Shane Williams and the impish winger steps off his left foot and scores his 36th try in a Wales shirt. Hook adds the extras and it's no more than Wales deserve, they've been by far the better side so far.

10 mins: PENALTY Wales 0-3 ScotlandWe have a penalty - for Scotland. Joining the ruck from the side apparently, and Paterson, who landed 17 from 17 at the World Cup, pings it over from the right touch-line.

Eight mins: It's all Wales in the opening minutes and wing Jamie Roberts punches a hole in the Scotland defence, but his pass is intercepted by Paterson and the ball is cleared. Harum-scarum stuff in Cardiff as Henderson then intercepts and kicks through, but Shanklin, showing tremendous pace, does well to cover.

Five mins: The ball is shifted to Lee Byrne on the blind-side but he is hauled down just short of the try line. Scotland eventually win a scrum and Dan Parks relieves the pressure. As BBC One commentator Andrew Cotter points out, that will feel like scoring a try for Scotland.

Two mins: Wales have the first sniff of the game, Martyn Williams kicking through after Ross Ford misses his jumpers at the line-out and Hook very nearly pouncing on the loose ball. Scotland, however, mop up.

"You are just plain wrong about Lancashire. I am sat there right now and it's rubbish. Any good in Lancs is counteracted by Chorley, the land time forgot."Anon via text

1400: Land of Our Fathers - now that's an anthem. And here's spot of Bread of Heaven as the players and fans await the kick-off.

1354: Absolute belter of a day up in Cardiff, it's more like May than February, and here come the Wales team...a record crowd of more than 75,000 at the Millennium Stadium. As Flower of Scotland is belted out, there is some chat in the office as to who's got the best anthem in the world. The man opposite says France, the other man opposite says Argentina. Not sure myself, although I do know England's is a load of old rubbish.

"He is more concerned with what he does on the pitch than off it. He looks like a player at the top of his form. He could be a key factor for Wales today, especially against Dan Parks, who is not known for his defensive game."Austin Healey on BBC One

"When confidence is up and the media are talking about Wales, Henson always performs! FACT!" wrexham2007 on 606

"Wales have got a better back-line today than they had last week. Henson is a very cute player and will play well off Shanklin's shoulder."Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol on BBC One

"The players have kept themselves grounded after the win over England. Gavin Henson is happy and he's able to focus on his rugby and that's why his performances have been better of late." Former Wales captain Colin Charvis on BBC One

1344: Good Lord Mike Phillips is a handsome man, and I think he's a pretty decent player as well. My colleague contests he has more physical presence than Dwayne Peel, and I think he has a point. Warren Gatland has stuck a load of ropey pictures up in the Wales dressing room. It looks like a sixth-form art room.

"More misery for Ireland in Paris. They failed to exorcise those WC ghosts against Italy last weekend and I reckon Paris will remain a barren hunting ground for them today as well."tackle99 on 606

1340: Bryce Lawrence of New Zealand is refereeing today's contest: his old man was in charge of the same fixture back in 1988. Bit of Jonathan Davies magic that day and a ripsnorter of a try from Ieuan Evans. Look at that wiggle...

1328: Some chat on TV suggesting Scotland's Championship hopes were smashed last week by France. Since when did anyone think they were in with a chance of winning it? They were mediocre at the World Cup and they're mediocre now. I had some shattering news earlier today: I learnt that my girlfriend's dad plays golf off five. "Whatever happened to moustaches in international rugby?" says John Inverdale on BBC One. Good point. I reckon Adam Jones has nicked them all.

1323: I was just on the Oxford English Dictionary, looking up how to spell auger, and I had a bit of a look around. Apparently 'fanny' can mean 'to deceive or persuade by glib talk'. Here's Keith Wood talking about France v Ireland:

"There is big pressure on Ireland's experienced players today, not only to perform, but to lead also. France played well, but not as well as people said. Scotland were poor and France had the bounce of the ball. Ireland have to prove it was a fluke - but I'm not sure if they can."Keith Wood on BBC One

1317: Much chat on TV about Jonny Wilkinson's future as England's number 10. Here's what Austin Healey had to say on the subject: "He puts himself under more pressure than anyone else. A lot of it comes from the fact that he is such a perfectionist. I think he should switch to the spiral kick - England lose so much territory from him using the toe-over-toe kick."

"Wales won at Twickenham playing badly, so it augurs well for today. But I think it will be a very close game."Jonathan Davies on BBC One

1307: Afternoon ladies and gents. Should be a marvellous day of Six Nations action, and it's sure to be a key one. First up, it's Wales v Scotland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Chris Paterson will win his 83rd cap, so becoming the most-capped back in Scottish history. He'll be on the wing however, and Scotland will have to improve greatly on last week's performance against France to derail Wales' Grand Slam dreams.

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