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Result: Italy 23-20 Scotland

Result: England 33-10 Ireland

Result: Wales 29-12 France


By Rob Hodgetts

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1925: "There's 150,000 mad Welshmen enjoying the party in Cardiff now and I'm going to join them now."
Wales legend and BBC Sport pundit Jonathan Davies.

Enough said. That's all folks. Thanks for your company. Roll on next year.

1915: "It has been a joint effort but at the end of the day it's about the players. They deserve the credit and for a lot of these players the last six or 12 months has been tough. They deserve the reward for all their hard work. They've got stronger mentally, they've definitely got stronger physically and they've learnt to cope when the pressure comes on."
Wales coach Warren Gatland.

"I have tears of happiness and would love to have been there. So proud to be WELSH."
From an ex-Llanelli granny in Bath.

1912: "It's amazing to think the World Cup and the Six Nations has been in the same season. It's all down to hard work. We've gathered momentum and things have snowballed since then, really. The coaches have worked us hard and they've been honest with us and we've put 100% into training. I think we'll have a good party tonight."
Wales fly-half Stephen Jones.

1908: "I found it very difficult to get involved in the game, to be honest with you. The try was one in a million. It just goes to show how hard we've worked since the World Cup. The effort today was amazing."
A Champagne-soaked Shane Williams, who became Wales' all-time leading try-scorer

"It's a sensational feeling, the manner we've performed throughout this Six Nations, and I couldn't be prouder of the lads. It's gone better than my wildest dreams. We'll go to South Africa in the summer as champions of the northern hemisphere and with that goes a responsibility."
Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards

"Hopefully for Wales this could be the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully, the honeymoon period for the new coaches will last for the next four years until the next World Cup."
Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones

1857: Wales captain Ryan Jones receives the trophy and thrusts it skywards as fireworks explode all around him. Coaches Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards join the players on the rostrum before Wales set off for a lap of honour. Flashbulbs fire all over the place, as does the Champagne when the side pose for the official photos. The PA system belts out "We are the champions" and the whole of Wales kicks off a monster party.

1855: The Welsh players receive their winners medals one by one and each is greeted with tumultuous roars by the Millennium Stadium crowd which almost to a man, apart from the French ones, has stuck around to see their heroes get the trophy.

1848: "I'm knackered more than anything else. I've talked all along about people having dreams and what more can I take away from this. It's absolutely amazing. We've defended superbly and that's what's won us this championship. It's just been a magnificent eight weeks."
Wales skipper Ryan Jones

"It's an unbelievable feeling. There's 30 or 40 people who have worked so hard for this. We had to dig deep that first half, we played for long periods without the ball. We've had a bit of luck along the way but we've worked hard as a group."
Man of the match Martyn Williams

"Brilliant second half again from Wales,deserving the Grand Slam after a fairly poor Six Nations from other sides. Well deserved!"
Big Dil in Bridgend via text

Full-time: Wales claim the Grand Slam in glorious fashion with a slick and controlling performance over a lacklustre French side.

77 mins: TRY Wales 29-12 France
The crowd have now gone officially, seriously and deservedly wild. Martyn Williams bursts through the middle to score and Stephen Jones adds the gloss as Wales seal a second Grand Slam in four years. Cardiff, prepare for mayhem.

76 mins: The Welsh fans dare not celebrate yet but France have created little and are showing very little urgency to force the matter. Surely it's in the bag. Well, it would have been if Mark Jones scored the breakaway. Agonisingly, he runs almost 80m and is only dragged down about a foot from the French whitewash.

72 mins: PENALTY Wales 22-12 France
Stephen Jones give Wales some more breathing space.

"Hi, I'm a French supporter, I think Marc Lievremont has done France a huge disfavour in picking & mixing so much, you don't blood so many new players at this level. It would have been more advisable in some friendly's. Bring back Bernard Laporte!"
Anon via text

69 mins: PENALTY Wales 19-12 France
France have nothing to lose and are beginning to throw it about but they're not quite clicking yet. But they win a penalty in the Welsh half and Dimitri Yachvili, on for Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, bangs it through the middle.

"If France are going to win this, Wales must make them earn it."
BBC Sport commentator Brian Moore.

68 mins: "And now the real thing begins. Wales have to show they will be worthy Grand Slam winners, as France will throw kitchen sink and any other items at them. Get ready for a storm."
LatvianAllBlacksFan on 606

65 mins: France have an ominous attacking scrum in the Welsh 22 but the red pack put in a massive shove to win the ball against the head. That's a huge moment and could be decisive.

63 mins: PENALTY Wales 19-9 France
Stephen Jones slots another penalty for Wales to tighten their grip. The atmosphere is building to a crescendo in the Millennium Stadium.

60 mins: TRY Wales 16-9 France
Gavin Henson makes a promising half-break down the right but France turn it over. But Shane Williams pounces on a wayward pass in the French midfield and hacks forward. He bursts through two French defenders to touch down under the posts to claim the Welsh try-scoring record with 41, overtaking Gareth Thomas. That's also six tries in this season's competition for Williams. Stephen Jones converts.

"I remember an English player once saying 'Shane who?' Well, I guess you now know who he is!"
Wil, Pencoed via text

55 mins: "Even watching on the TV you can sense an anxiety in the crowd that just wasn't there at the start."
Hawick on 606

Welsh fly-half James Hook is off for Stephen Jones, while Matthew Rees comes on for hooker Huw Bennett.

"They've brought Stephen Jones on just for a controlling influence, someone to put them into the right places, and if it's not on, to carry the ball over the gain line."
Former Wales star and BBC Sport pundit Jonathan Davies.

51 mins: Wales string together some good phases as Gavin Henson and Tom Shanklin pick up good balls off their toes to keep the move alive.

"Wales had to get their hands on the ball. A kick is only as good as its chase and they've got to concentrate on that."
Former Wales star and BBC Sport pundit Jonathan Davies.

49 mins: Gavin Henson is back from the sin-bin for Wales who will be slightly relieved they only conceded three points in his absence.

48 mins: Duncan Jones comes on for injured prop Gethin Jenkins.

46 mins: PENALTY Wales 9-9 France
Gethin Jenkins is groggy on the floor as Jean-Baptiste Elissalde levels the score. Gavin Henson is still off and when Jenkins stumbles off that leaves 13 Welshmen on the park.

45 mins: "Why doesn't Jonathan Davies coach Wales?"
Anon via text

42 mins: France are in danger of not so much shooting themselves in the foot as blowing the blimming thing off. Damien Traille attempts to outjink Shane Williams in his own 22 and Wales claim another penalty. But fortunately for France, James Hook drags it left.

41 mins: France kick off the second half with Wales down to 14 men.

"I'm slightly apprehensive. It's all or nothing for Wales now. It's in their hands to claim the Grand Slam."
Former Wales star and BBC Sport pundit Jonathan Davies.

Half-time: "We can feel quite comfortable. We know France need to win by 20 points and there's a little sense that Wales are off the gas and just doing enough."
Wales star Colin Charvis

"Loving those turtle necks from the french contingent."
Marktennis on 606 is referring to the French management's sky-blue jumpers worn under suits, just like 1970s detectives.

39 mins: PENALTY Wales 9-6 France
A little passage of aerial tennis ensues with neither side able to break out of a thin strip either side of halfway. But it's France who end the half the stronger and they win a penalty in injury time when Gavin Henson takes out open-side Fulgence Ouedraogo with a high tackle. Henson gets a yellow card and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde slots over the penalty.

35 mins: France try a new tactic with David Skrela chipping over the top. Lee Byrne gathers but Shane Williams miss-times his pass on the wing and the counter breaks down. Wales are just losing their way a touch after the early storm.

32 mins: "France just beginning to get a foothold in the game."
Hawick on 606.

And he's/she's right. France are building up a small head of steam on Wales' 22. Until that is, Martyn Williams turns over the ball and Wales clear.

30 mins: Off the ball French centre Damien Traille slaps Lee Byrne with a swinging forearm, cue Welsh outrage. But instead it's Tom Shanklin down injured, though obviously not as a result of that incident you understand.

28 mins: Wales have got an interesting tactic going on - they appear to have decided not to commit any players to rucks, at one point leaving a pile of Frenchman on the floor and a thin red line strung out wide.

25 mins: A big cheer from the home crowd as Shane Williams chases a high ball towards Vincent Clerc. But the Frenchman clears up well and France attack into Wales 22.

21 mins: PENALTY Wales 9-3 France
It's penalty tennis at the moment as James Hook slots over another to restore Wales' six-point lead.

"The Welsh have the look of supermen, more focused than a brain surgeon in competition."
ColmanH on 606.

19 mins: PENALTY Wales 6-3 France
A touch of Welsh indiscipline as the home side squander their advantage by handing a penalty to Jean-Baptiste Elissalde.

18 mins: PENALTY Wales 6-0 France
James Hook bangs over another penalty as Wales slowly turn the screw, both on the scoreboard and in French hearts.

17 mins: France have the air of desperation about them and you could easily see Wales romping this one. But then again, it could only take one small spark to ignite one of those all-too-familiar Gallic renaissances.

16 mins: Wales charge down David Skrela's clearance kick and earn a scrum just inside France's 22. The shove comes on and number eight Ryan Jones picks up but he is shackled quickly and Wales are pushed back.

14 mins: James Hook misses a penalty kick from out on the left.

12 mins: The Welsh centres Gavin Henson and Tom Shanklin are giving their opposite numbers something to think about as they surge time and again into the French midfield.

10 mins: Wales string another promising attack together as Gavin Henson thrusts in midfield and Lee Bryne has a dart down the right flank.

8 mins: France's David Skrela manages to shank his restart and the ball actually goes backwards.

5 mins: PENALTY Wales 3-0 France
Wales stage the first meaningful break as Mark Jones romps down the right flank. He slips as he comes inside but Wales continue to recycle the ball and they rumble to within metres of the line on the left wing. But Wales earn a penalty as France stray offside and James Hook slots over the kick.

3 mins: A muscular start for both sides as they attempt to stamp their early authority on the close exchanges.

1 min: Wales full-back Lee Byrne has a crack at a drop-goal from inside his own half. Not sure that's such a good early tactic.

1704: James Hook kicks off for Wales.

1701: The French anthem La Marseillaise is fairly thunderous and a cracker it is, too. But it's nothing compared to the reception for Land of My Fathers. The stadium is rocking. The only man not singing, other than all the French of course, is Ryan Jones. He just stares ahead with steely determination.

1659: Here we go then, team. Wales march slowly and serenely onto the Millennium Stadium pitch to a rapturous ovation. The country is on the brink of ecstacy. Just imagine the scenes in Cardiff tonight if they win. Gulp.

By Bryn Palmer

1654: OK folks, I'm handing you back to Rob Hodgetts now to take you through the final game of this Six Nations Championship. Take it away Rob.

Jamie Noon is named man-of-the-match but Danny Cipriani is likely to take all the headlines. The fly-half tells BBC Sport: "I thoroughly enjoyed it. It may have been my first game but I have played it a million times in my head. I was awake until 4am this morning thinking about it. But when your forwards play like that it is easy for a number 10. Our forwards were outstanding today."

80 mins: That's it. England have beaten Ireland for the first time since they secured the Grand Slam in 2003.

79 mins: Ireland are pressing for a try in the final minute, but O'Gara drops the ball and England flanker Tom Croft escapes out of defence. Time almost up folks.

77 mins: For the record, hooker George Chuter is also on for England, while Paddy Wallace and Bernard Jackman are given run-outs for Ireland, who must wish this match is already over.

76 mins: Ireland's day in a nutshell. Ronan O'Gara's pass goes through Rob Kearney's legs and bounces into touch. Oh dear.

75 mins: England send on Paul Hodgson of London Irish for his debut at scrum-half.

73 mins: PENALTY: England 33-10 Ireland
Ireland concede a penalty at a ruck, and England opt to kick for goal, to the disappointment of a few in the crowd. But Danny Cipriani edges ever closer to Wilko's world record - well, 1081 points away anyway - by taking his tally to 18 for the day.

71 mins: Ireland send on Peter Stringer for Eoin Reddan at scrum-half, and they have nine minutes to salvage some pride.

69 mins: TRY: England 30-10 Ireland
Goodnight Ireland methinks, and possibly goodbye Eddie. A solid England scrummage, and Cipriani sends the impressive Jamie Noon, who has enoyed a fine match, over in the left corner. Cipriani, needless to say, adds the extras from the touchline. The 20-year-old hasn't missed one yet.

68 mins: Matt Stevens, and then fellow replacement James Haskell, both drive into the heart of the Irish defence, as England earn a scrum in a central position. Good chance to seal things here.

67 mins: Ireland send on prop Tony Buckley for Marcus Horan, while Mick O'Driscoll is on for the injured David Wallace. Mathew Tait is back on for England, too.

67 mins: The ball is sent along England's backline to Jamie Noon, out on the right wing, who tries a neat chip over the top and almost collects after a nifty piece of footwork.

65 mins: James Haskell is sent on to replace Michael Lipman, who has enjoyed another decent outing in the England back row.

64 mins: Ireland's game is falling apart as they try to get back into it. An inside pass from O'Gara eludes Andrew Trimble to hand the ball back to England, via a scrum.

61 mins: It's raining hard at Twickenham, but England's future - and perhaps that of Brian Ashton too - looks a little brighter as things stand.

60 mins: Jamie Noon puts in another big hit, this time on Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip, before England skipper Phil Vickery, who is having treatment to a knee problem, is replaced by Matt Stevens. Simon Shaw also troops off, with Ben Kay coming on.

58 mins: Tait departs after his scoring intervention, with Paul Sackey returning to the fray.

57 mins: TRY: England 23-10 Ireland
Cipriani, Wilkinson and Vainikolo combine before Balshaw enters the line and feeds Mathew Tait, who steams past a flimsy attempted tackle from Rob Kearney to score in the right correr. Cipriani adds the conversion and suddenly England are firmly in the driving seat.

56 mins: Cipriani performs a nice little loop around Wilkinson, but scuffs his chip ahead.

"My firm has just gone to wall, got no job, was verbally abused and received a death threat from a bully boy employee. But do I care? Not on your life, got my Welsh shirt on. That's all that matters!" Kenneth from Flint in North Wales, on 606

52 mins: A big cheer from the Twickers hordes as Jonny Wilkinson - remember him? - is sent into the fray. He is on at inside centre, replacing his Newcastle team-mate Toby Flood.

51 mins: Tommy Bowe looks threatening with ball in hand, but England defend well and Ireland knock-on.

49 mins: Mathew Tait dithers in defence and Ireland pile on the pressure. Tom Croft is forced to dive illegally on the ball and concedes a penalty. But Ronan O'Gara pushes his attempt narrowly wide. Let-off for England.

48 mins: Tom Croft is proving England's best source of line-out possession, and another take launches the hosts on their way again.

47 mins: A barnstorming move from Ireland with Rob Kearney and Luke Fitzgerald combining beautifully before the latter's pass is spilled. Meanwhile, England wing Paul Sackey has gone off for running repairs to a cut above his eye. Mathew Tait is on for the time being.

44 mins: PENALTY: England 16-10 Ireland
Ireland infringe again at the ruck and Danny Cipriani lands his fourth successful kick at goal from four attempts.

42 mins: Shane Horgan straightens up the Irish line but no-one is running off him and England's defence yields a penalty, which Cipriani hoofs 50m upfield.

41 mins:: We are up and running again folks, and Ireland are quickly into their stride.

1557: The players are back out on the field and we are just about to start the second half. A big 40 minutes for both teams, and both coaches you suspect.

1550: Don't forget the third instalment of this RBS Six Nations Super Saturday is coming up at 1700 GMT - Wales, chasing a Grand Slam, against France, who need a 20-point win to deny the hosts the title. Bit of news from Cardiff for you..."You don't want to see the scenes in Walkabout and Yates' - it's like Armageddon on WKD." BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce

"It was a worrying start for England but they have turned it around well and come back on the scoreboard. There was a lot of pressure on Danny Cipriani but he has handled it really well. He started off with three or four solid kicks and when he gets the chance he is playing flat on the gain line. It has been a great start for him and a good recovery from England." Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio.

40 mins: Half-time approaching, and England are on the attack. Cipriani shows more evidence of his burgeoning confidence with an arcing run. But the move peters out and Australian referee Stuart Dickinson brings an intriguing half to a close.

38 mins: Iain Balshaw displays a bit of clever footwork to deal with O'Gara's kick towards the touchline, and clears confidently. A more assured display - thus far - from England's full-back.

"Vanikolo, rubbish, absolute rubbish." A disgruntled thyra7 on 606

35 mins: Bad news for Ireland. Geordan Murphy appears to have aggravated the Achilles injury that threatened his participation in this match, and is replaced by Leinster wing Luke Fitzgerald. Kearney reverts to the full-back role he occupied against Wales.

33 mins: Giant England lock Simon Shaw takes a long kick from Rob Kearney right on the touchline, and gets the hosts back on the attack.

32 mins: England are pinged for pulling down an Irish line-out. Ronan O'Gara takes the visitors to within 30m of the English line but they mess up the line-out, Rory Best throwing it over Paul O'Connell's head.

30 mins: TRY: England 10-10 Ireland
Invention from Toby Flood at first receiver, with a nice chip and gather, and as Ireland concede a penalty Cipriani tries a drop-goal attempt. He misses, but lands the kick at goal to put England in front for the first time.

27 mins: Ireland work a good move off the top of a line-out tap from Donncha O'Callaghan, but Shane Horgan is penalised for crossing in midfield.

26 mins: Vainikolo loses the ball in contact - poor technique that by the big man - and Tommy Bowe scampers away, but Noon manges to shepherd his kick ahead into touch. Steve Borthwick and Phil Vickery both receive attention for some war wounds.

25 mins: England have a scrum metres from the Irish line, but Andrew Sheridan is penalised and O'Gara clears to touch.

24 mins: England flanker Tom Croft takes his second line-out of the afternoon, and Jamie Noon is soon bursting through the midfield onto Cipriani's clever pass. But Tommy Bowe and Geordan Murphy just manage to hold up the England centre inches short.

23 mins: Ireland get a shove on at the scrum but concede a penalty, prop Marcus Horan adjudged not to have been binding properly.

"Making a difference having a fly-half prepared to pass than going straight to the boot". Anon, by text.

19 mins: TRY: England 10-10 Ireland
Cipriani, confidence of youth personified, sends his Wasps team-mate Paul Sackey through on a midfield break. England are patient, recycle at pace and Balshaw sends Sackey over for his third try of the campaign in the right corner. Cipriani bangs over the conversion and England are level.

16 mins: Lesley Vainikolo, seeing more of the ball in these opening moments than in the entire championship to date, skips round one tackle as he charges out of defence. Good signs for England.

15 mins: Jamie Noon pummels Trimble with another superb tackle in midfield, lining up the Irish centre perfectly.

13 mins: Ireland have been forced to make an early substitution, Simon Easterby coming on for Denis Leamy in the back row. No word yet as to the nature of any injury.

12 mins: PENALTY: England 3-10 Ireland
Jamie Noon collars Andrew Trimble in the Irish 22, but O'Gara clears, temporarily. Balshaw runs it back, Noon gives Vainikolo a hospital pass but Ireland infringe at a ruck and Danny Cipriani strokes over his first international points. Only 1096 to go to catch the master, on the bench for the first time in a Six Nations match.

9 mins: England have a chance to hit straight back but number eight Nick Easter tries a long pass on the Irish 22 that is knocked back by Kearney. Lesley Vainikolo gets a chance to stretch his legs too.

7 mins: PENALTY: England 0-10 Ireland
Iain Balshaw runs the ball out of defence and is penalised for holding on at the tackle. O'Gara bangs over the penalty and Ireland are off to a flier.

4 mins: TRY: England 0-7 Ireland
Lightning start by the Irish, chasing a third straight win at Twickenham, and a fifth straight win over England. Geordan Murphy slips an inside pass to wing Rob Kearney, who forces his way over. Ronan O'Gara converts superbly from wide out.

1504: There's been some rain at Twickenham and the players are slipping around on the greasy surface. Lively opening two minutes before Ronan O'Gara, leading Ireland for the first time, clears to touch.

1502: Nick Easter claims an early Eoin Reddan high ball, but Ireland turn it over.

1501: We've had the anthems and Danny Cipriani kicks off.

1458: Rob's off for a deserved rest but he'll be back with you for the title decider in Cardiff later. After the anti pasti in Rome, I'm here for the primo piatti at Twickers.

A quick reminder of the teams:

England: I Balshaw; P Sackey, J Noon, T Flood, L Vainikolo; D Cipriani, R Wigglesworth; A Sheridan, L Mears, P Vickery (capt), S Shaw, S Borthwick, T Croft, M Lipman, N Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: G Chuter, M Stevens, B Kay, J Haskell, P Hodgson, J Wilkinson, M Tait.

Ireland: G Murphy; T Bowe, S Horgan, A Trimble, R Kearney; R O'Gara (capt), E Reddan; M Horan, R Best, J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell, D Leamy, D Wallace, J Heaslip.
Replacements: B Jackman, T Buckley, M O'Driscoll, S Easterby, P Stringer, P Wallace, L Fitzgerald.

Referee: Stuart Dickinson (AUS)

1455: "England know that the nation expects and if I was Danny Cipriani I'd be asking captain Phil Vickery to make sure his forwards give me a big platform."
Former England captain and BBC Sport pundit Lawrence Dallaglio.

1453: "Deposed England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson and the wonder kid who has taken his shirt, Danny Cipriani, have just been practicising their kicking no more than 10 yards away from each other.

"Jonny nonchalantly pinged 40-yard drop-kicks off either foot, but could not resist stealing a glance to see how Danny's goal-kicking was getting along.

"After having a few pops at the sticks from the five-yard line on the left-hand side of the pitch, Cipriani ambled across to the other side to try his luck from a different angle.

"The 20-year-old Wasps rising star is less than an hour away from his first England start - is he feeling as cool as he looks at the moment?"
BBC Sport's James Standley at Twickenham.

1450: Watch first-half highlights of Italy v Scotland here:

Check out the state of the Six Nations table:

Full-time: Italy claim their first win of the campaign under new coach Nick Mallett and there are tearful embraces with his skipper Sergio Parisse.

Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch is named man of the match but finds that scant consolation.

"Absolutely gutted to be honest," he said. "We were hoping to build on the England game but we seemed to take our foot off the gas. In the first half we had a lot of runners flying onto the ball but we dropped our intensity."

"Scotland's second half was as poor as their first half was good. They were outplayed when it counted."
BBC Sport pundit Andy Nicol.

79 mins: DROP-GOAL Italy 23-20 Scotland
Italy set up the drop-goal platform for full-back Andrea Marcato, who slots it between the sticks to claim victory for Scotland. But the Scots still avoid the Wooden Spoon on points difference.

77 mins: Italy earn an attacking line-out just short of Scotland's 22. They recycle well and spread the ball left before a prolonged wrestling session ensues on the Scottish line.

75 mins: Sergio Parisse puts Alasdair Strokosch under severe pressure as Italy ward off a promising Scotland attack.

72 mins: PENALTY Italy 20-20 Scotland
Italy ruin their good work of the last few minutes by giving away a penalty and Chris Paterson steps forward to make it 33 out of 33 kicks.

68 mins: PENALTY Italy 20-17 Scotland
Italy press hard in the Scotland 22 but they run out of ideas and Chris Paterson gathers a chip over the top and hoofs it upfield. But Alasdair Strokosch is penalised for offside and Andrea Marcato strokes Italy in front.

"That's it... come on Italy! Taxi for Hadden!"
GK1982 on 606

Meanwhile, Kelly Brown is on for Ally Hogg for Scotland.

64 mins: This is turning into a bit of a comedy of errors. One Scotland player falls for the old dummy kick routine, before Chris Paterson makes a right old hash of a chip-ahead and then Italy fumble the ball again. Who wants to win this? Anyone?

62 mins: The home fans are getting excited and a booming chant of "Italia, Italia" rings around the ground.

59 mins: TRY Italy 17-17 Scotland
Scotland's Dan Parks throws a shocking interception in Italy's 22 and Sergio Parisse thunders upfield before flinging a slightly forward-looking pass inside to Gonzalo Canale to score under the posts. Andrea Marcato converts. It's not been Parks's day. At all.

"This will be Parks's last game???"
Anon via text

58 mins: "This game is more frustrating than watching England. Every time the Italians put three passes together they drop the ball."
Mattsimp90 on 606.

56 mins: Things are getting a bit ragged with Italy notching nine errors and Scotland 10. The game is there for the taking for whichever team is able to tighten up, regain some shape and exert a bit more control.

55 mins: Scotland's Mike Blair punctuates a period of midfield stalemate with a probing kick deep into Italian territory. But it is a tad long and Italy are able to clean up and ease the pressure.

52 mins: "Walking bicep factory" (as BBC Sport commentator Andrew Cotter calls him) Jason White replaces Scott MacLeod, while Scott Lawson is on for Fergus Thomson.

50 mins: Some pretty woeful tackling in both midfields drives BBC Sport pundit Andy Nicol to distraction. "That's weak at international level," he says of one Dan Parks effort.

"Tackling is 15% technique, 85% commitment," adds Nicol.

47 mins: Italy win a penalty when Alasdair Strokosch is ruled to have joined a ruck from the side but Andrea Marcato drags his kick well wide.

45 mins: Scotland look lively as powerful centre Simon Webster bursts upfield but Italy remain firm. The home side may be boosted by an injury to fly-half Andrea Masi, who has not been at his best. But actually he's OK.

42 mins: Apparently Frank Hadden and the entire Scottish coaching team had already gone to the dressing room when Mike Blair scored at the end of the first half. They'll be able to watch highlights on this website straight after the game, plus the match in full on iPlayer from tomorrow. So that's OK then.

41 mins: Andrea Marcato kicks off again for Italy in Rome.

1400: "It's started raining at Twickenham, and weather looks likes it's going to remain changeable for the rest of the afternoon. That could make the ball very greasy for handling."
BBC Sport's James Standley at Twickenham.

1355: "Just sneaked into the Millennium Stadium for a pre-match look at the pitch. It's spookily quiet at the moment with the roof closed but the pitch looks in super condition. No excuses for not producing the match of the tournament."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Cardiff.

Half-time: "Scotland have put together their best 40 minutes of the Six Nations. They'll be very pleased."
Former Scotland scrum-half and BBC Sport pundit Andy Nicol.

40 mins: TRY Italy 10-17 Scotland
Just when we thought the half was drawing to an end, Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair picks up a loose ball in midfield and hits the afterburners to score under the posts. Chris Paterson adds the conversion.

"Much better last ten minutes from us. Bit of control, but again we don't turn pressure into points and back to 10-10. "However Italy are there for the taking and good to see us playing some 'rugby' today."
Hawick on 606

38 mins: Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair slips the first tackle and scampers upfield, releasing the visitors on what could be their last chance of the first half. But Italy snaffle the ball and launch their own attack down the left with some good, quick handling as the half draws to an explosive conclusion.

36 mins: PENALTY Italy 10-10 Scotland
Italy full-back Andrea Marcato slots a long penalty from just inside Scotland's half to level the score.

35 mins: "Dan Parks looks like the sort who would make a good Robin Hood if another Sherwood movie was shot."
LachlanKerr on 606.

31 mins: The visitors are camped on Italy's line and earn a line-out 10m out. Scotland build the pressure and rumble forward before Mike Blair spots the penalty coming and kicks into touch. Scotland choose another line-out but are ponderous in their delivery and Dan Parks lofts a cross-kick high into the left corner. Full-back Andrea Marcato catches cleanly and Italy clear their lines.

28 mins: Scotland are easing into their rhythm now and offloading nicely in the tackle. Centre Graeme Morrison makes a lovely break through midfield.

27 mins: "More action in twenty minutes than the whole of last week's Scotland v England."
Portnawak on 606

25 mins: PENALTY Italy 7-10 Scotland
Scotland earn a penalty just inside Italy's half and Chris Paterson defers to the bigger boot of Dan Parks, who finds his target.

23 mins: Italy fly-half Andrea Masi does his best Dan Marino impression and launches a ridiculous forward pass. Some of the basics of the Italians leave a little to be desired.

"The sooner the Italians move Marcato to fly-half the better. That kid has talent and Masi looks lost."
Marktennis on 606

20 mins: TRY Italy 7-7 Scotland
Some good stuff here from Scotland as they work through the phases with neat handling. The chance comes on the right as Alasdair Strokosch and then Dan Parks put Andrew Henderson into space, but the replacement blows his chance. But Scotland keep up the pressure and Allister Hogg rumbles over. Chris Paterson converts.

17 mins: Italy string another half-decent attack together, though in truth it probably looked better than it was as they crabbed across the pitch.

15 mins: "Scotland seem to be copying England's style of play, collapse if the opposition attack, come on Scotland play your own game, lets have an away win."
Yorkshireman46 on 606

"Italy's problem is that whenever they get the call to within 5 metres of the opposition line, they go to pieces. Their handling keeps letting them down."
Anon, via text

13 mins: PENALTY TRY Italy 7-0 Scotland
The fired-up Italians go on the rampage again and Kaine Robertson breaks down the right before chipping into the corner. Italy win a scrum and Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair is penalised. Italy opt for another scrum and when it collapses referee Nigel Owens awards a penalty try. Andrea Marcato converts.

8 mins: Andrea Marcato misses with Italy's first penalty kick as Scotland collapse a scrum.

"It may be lashing down in Cardiff but, while Twickenham is currently overcast, it is dry and very mild - if the rain holds off we could have perfect conditions for running rugby.

"Anyway, why is Tom complaining - doesn't he know there's a roof on the Millennium?

"Snack update: Queues for Waterloo snack concessions were five deep, slightly weighted in favour of green shirts, white shirts, however, comfortably dominating Twickenham snack queue scene.

"Main topic of on-train conversation - how bad train service to Twickenham is. Plus ca change."
BBC Sport's James Standley at, or at least en route to, Twickenham.

6 mins: Italy disrupt the Scottish scrum and pile through behind opposition lines. Italy storm to within inches of the Scottish line but blow a virtually certain try with slow ball from the ensuing ruck. The Scottish defence scrambles and pushes Italy back to snuff out the immediate threat but Simon Danielli lands heavily on his ankle and is stretchered off. Andrew Henderson comes on with Simon Webster moving to the wing.

3 mins: Italy intercept and and recycle for Andrea Masi to pump a ball deep into the Scottish 22. Simon Danielli is bundled into touch and Italy have an attacking line-out.

1 min: Scotland pile forward with a powerful early driving maul. Dan Parks lofts a big up-and-under but Simon Webster is unable to take the ball cleanly and Italy earn a scrum on their 22.

1302: Dan Parks kicks off high into the Roman sky to get the final weekend under way.

1256: The Stadio Flaminio is packed to the rafters as fans get ready for the Wooden Spoon clash. The "Flower of Scotland" reverberates around the ground, and as the camera pans in on Dan Parks I think I can spot a small goatee beard, though it could just be a thin moustache.

The rousing Italian anthem follows, building up into a thrilling crescendo. Let's hope the match follow suit.

"Rugby Six Nations is on at last! I've been waiting all week to support England and Wales, so will soon be settling down with my Irish dog to cheer them on! Rugby is the true beautiful game, forget all the football twaddle."
Emily, Sussex via text.

1250: Over in Rome it's a beautiful sunny spring day. "To measure a side's success you need to win so today's a real opportunity for us," said Italy coach Nick Mallet. "What we really need to do is start scoring tries."

1246: "I think England will win today but they've got to play for 80 minutes. They've only done that in the France game. Ireland are the same and I've never seen an Ireland pack dominated like they were in Wales."
Jonathan Davies again.

1240: "Wales have been made favourites but the French can go anywhere in the world and beat anyone. They have made some changes and brought in some experience, so I am a little bit nervous. This is the toughest test for Wales, but they put in their best performance so far against Ireland last week so if they make any improvement they will be tough to beat."
Former Wales star Jonathan Davies, talking to John Inverdale at the Millenium Stadium.

1235: Clearly the rugby is where it's at today, but if you did want to dip your toe into the murky world of football, follow Our Stevo's live text commentary on today's Premier League action. Then come back to us.

1229: "Soggy scenes here in Cardiff. It's been lashing it down since breakfast time but the mood is still bouncy. The refreshments started early and the pubs are doing a brisk trade, particularly as no-one wants to spend any time at all outdoors. Spring seems a long, long way away."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Cardiff.

1215: World Cup winner Matt Dawson has just been on 5 Live, talking about England v Ireland. "The only way is up for both of these teams. The loser of this game, and particularly the coach of the losing side, is going to be under severe pressure."

Apparently, on Friday England coach Brian Ashton said they had created as many chances as anyone in this Six Nations campaign.

Dawson, however, disagrees.

"I think there's a huge amount of spin-doctoring going on," said Dawson. "Everyone knows that England played badly last week. The public, the media, everyone wants them to hold their hands up and say they are going to put it right this week."

1200: Welcome, team, to the final Six Nations weekend. I trust you're all well and ready for one last push.

Sure, I know, there'll be mixed emotions out there. If you're Welsh you'll be cock-a-hoop at the prospect of a second Grand Slam in four years. If you're Irish, you're probably wistful and dreaming of better days, maybe wondering whether you will have the same coach next season.

Ditto England. In spades.

The Scots out there, well, I guess you'll be pleased with last weekend and hoping to stave off a second Wooden Spoon.

To all our French friends out there - good luck, it's going to be a tall order to beat Wales by 20 points but if anyone can, you can.

As for the Italian fans joining us today - Ciao.

Grand Slam omens
15 Mar 08 |  Rugby Union


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