Thanks for your company today folks. A few questions answered there, I think. Scotland are still a side on the up despite last week's mauling by New Zealand, England are also going in the right direction after toughing out a hard match against Samoa, Ireland restored some much-needed confidence, South Africa are in a bit of disarray although they were missing some players and New Zealand are white-hot favourites to win the World Cup. You can watch England highlights above, until they expire. Have a great Saturday night.
Before we go, have a watch of
talking about England's victory over Samoa.
And here's Scotland coach
on their famous win against South Africa (text).
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll
: "The overall feeling is we played for 67-68 minutes but in the remaining 13 minutes we got punished and we were chasing for ever more after that. We played some great rugby outside of that and there are some great positives. The conditions were perfect, a long way away from the last two weeks. We made far fewer unforced errors. We were able to play the game we were practising. We played some good stuff and we had them under the cosh for large periods of the first half - although we soaked up a lot of pressure ourselves - but when we did push them we scored some great tries."
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw
: "We had to work hard for it. The Irish played with a lot of intensity and we had to play for the full 80 minutes. We realise teams like Ireland come and play and we knew if we held onto the ball we'd get our opportunities. We scored before and after half-time and then felt in control. It was a good, tough Test match, both teams had a crack and it was very physical."
Full-time: Ireland 18-38 New Zealand
So that's it then. A rousing match and a good effort from Ireland but in the end the Kiwis were just too clinical. They have an uncanny ability to step it up when they need to and kill off the game. "I can be very positive and yet we were soundly beaten," says former Ireland captain Keith Wood.
79 mins: TRY Ireland 18-38 New Zealand
New Zealand aren't in the business of charity and they keep going for jugular, creating a simple second for Kieran Read.
Dan Carter, who is named man of the match, misses his conversion to end with 18 points. He is just three away from beating Jonny Wilkinson (1178) as the record Test point scorer.
The home side can't make much from the scrum but they keep pressing and win a penalty when the All Blacks don't roll away. Another scrum and they fire it out right to O'Driscoll at pace. Ireland win the advantage and they recycle left to put Keith Earls over in the left corner, but the video evidence suggests he loses control as he dives for the line. But the video ref rules he was in touch before any of that and New Zealand get the drop-out. That could be it for Ireland, barring some magic.
Ireland on the offensive but Keith Earls opts to dart back inside instead of seeking the help of O'Driscoll and co outside. But Ireland win the put-in at a scrum. Chances.
Ireland have another sniff as the All Blacks fumble deep inside their own 22. But Ireland can't gather cleanly and the Kiwis clear.
Props. Why do they do it? Ireland building up a promising attack until Cian Healy tries to kick ahead but it goes straight to a black shirt. Still, they've got away with it as New Zealand are penalised and Ireland move into their 22 with a line-out.
New Zealand on the attack again. Hosea Gear hits the gas and darts to within yards of the line. They recycle and the inevitable penalty comes. New Zealand opt for a scrum but Ireland are penalised when Cian Healy puts his hand on the floor. Another scrum and this time the Kiwis spin it right before setting up another ruck on the line. Then another penalty which Albie Mathewson wants to take quickly. McCaw is more tempered and calls for a scrum. Ireland collapse again and Cian Healy is booked into the last-chance saloon. A raft of substitutions follows and from the next scrum Ireland spoil and replacement scrum-half Peter Stringer is able to charge upfield to relieve the pressure. That earlier All Blacks try-scorer, by the way, was replacement Sam Whitelock.
56 mins: TRY Ireland 18-33 New Zealand
Ireland win a penalty under the posts and New Zealand captain Richie McCaw is given a stern warning that the next player to collapse the scrum will be off - looking firmly at Tony Woodcock. Ireland go for another scrum and move the ball left then right. It looks to have broken down when the ball is spilled but Brian O'Driscoll
brilliantly bends and scoops it up in one slick move and dives over. The ref takes his time but awards the try to the unanimous delight of the home faithful. Sexton's conversion misses.
Ireland are not done and Stephen Ferris turns over All Blacks ball to surge up the left wing. They keep up the pressure and are camped on the Kiwi line. The crowd are roaring them on. Bubbling beautifully.
48 mins: TRY Ireland 13-33 New Zealand
Like a superior foe playing with its prey, New Zealand have decided enough is enough and have gone in for the kill. Another slick move involving forwards and backs results in a try in the left corner which Carter converts.
45 mins: TRY Ireland 13-26 New Zealand
Too easy really as the All Blacks clinically create numbers out wide on the right and number eight Kieran Read strolls over. Dan Carter is on target again with that trusty left boot to maintain his 100% record.
Early scare for Ireland as Mils Muliaina is dragged down short of the line and Ireland clear.
Back on in Dublin. Just to say there will be highlights of England v Samoa on BBC Three at 1925 GMT on BBC Three and online and repeated on Sunday at 1130 GMT on BBC 2 and online (all UK users only).
"What a horrible time to concede but it was coming really. I was afraid that the Ireland try might kick the AB's into gear. That said, that was one of the best halves of rugby Ireland have played against the AB's. They are certainly not being overwhelmed." Sir Ivor Biggun
(real name) on
wonders what I meant when I described one of Ireland's attacks as a "beautiful training ground move". Well, it's one of those moves they've rehearsed time and again, probably has a funky name and someone called it beforehand, as opposed to just playing by instinct. And I've used it twice.
Injured Ireland lock Paul O'Connell on BBC 2: "We just need to hang onto the ball. We're stretching them and making little half-breaks. We just need to make sure we play and take them on. The last few weeks have been played in really bad conditions but it's a perfect night for rugby. Tonight we're a good side playing well again and this is more like the real Irish team."
38 mins: TRY Ireland 13-19 New Zealand
A very open period of play. First Ireland make ground but like other northern hemisphere teams, the backs threaten before letting themselves down with the final execution, though a few good loop moves pay dividends. But New Zealand turn it over from a David Wallace fumble and the Kiwis mount a series of probes before lock Anthony Boric barges over. Dan Carter converts. And that's half-time. A gripping match, though.
36 mins: PEN Ireland 13-12 New Zealand
Ireland give away another penalty and Dan Carter makes them pay.
32 mins: TRY Ireland 13-9 New Zealand
A powerful surge from Ireland which goes through several phases before Jamie Heaslip delivers a short, flat pass to Stephen Ferris to crash over the Kiwi line. There'll be much debate about whether it was forward but the score stands and Jonathan Sexton converts.
29 mins: PEN Ireland 6-9 New Zealand
A lively New Zealand attack crafted from Dan Carter's half-break and offload to prop Tony Woodcock to keep the move alive. The Kiwis surge forward and Ireland's Luke Fitzgerald is unable to roll away from a ruck as they concede the three points to Carter.
25 mins: PEN Ireland 6-6 New Zealand
Both sides have lifted their pace and an exciting match is developing. Brian O'Driscoll pumps a good long kick deep into New Zealand's half but the Kiwis take a quick throw and attempt to run it back. Eventually Ireland win a penalty and fly-half Jonathan Sexton lands it from just inside the opposition half.
Beautiful little training ground move from Ireland from a scrum in midfield. Eoin Reddan loops around and receives the ball back before wriggling through a gap in the NZ defence. But his chip-ahead is charged down and New Zealand counter. Ireland, though, are aware of the threat the All Blacks pose on the break and work hard to regain the ball and then launch a secondary attack. Tommy Bowe is close to slicing into open space but is tap-tackled by Richie McCaw and eventually Gordon D'Arcy tries a drop-goal but misses.
17 mins: GK1982
"Sonny Bill Williams not being in the team today I don't think NZ will rack up as many points as against Scotland as his offloads were integral in slicing open the defence.
IRE 9 - 21 NZ." Any thoughts?
15 mins: PEN Ireland 3-6 New Zealand
Ireland's Tommy Bowe is penalised and the left-footed Dan Carter strokes one over from the right.
Ireland win their first put-in at the scrum but it's bad ball and scrum-half Eoin Reddan is under pressure and it translates down the line as Brian O'Driscoll is rushed into a kick which goes straight out.
10 mins: PEN Ireland 3-3 New Zealand
Ireland turn over the ball from the re-start and launch their first foray into the All Blacks 22. A fluent, if predictable, attack down the New Zealand left ends with Rob Kearney spilling the ball. Fortunately New Zealand give away a penalty and Jonathan Sexton cancels out Carter's earlier effort.
7 mins: PEN Ireland 0-3 New Zealand
New Zealand probing at the Irish defence in their own 22 with a succession of quick rucks and wide passes. Eventually the All Blacks win a penalty and Dan Carter slots his opening three-pointer.
A fast start from the All Blacks as they pour down Ireland's right flank. Ireland hold firm and win a line-out in their own half and have a charge at the All Blacks midfield.
And we're off, kicked on our way by Dan Carter who needs 21 points to be the highest points scorer in the history of Test rugby. I'll do it in minutes, rather than time, by the way, as there's only one game.
The All Blacks launch into their haka, the traditional version, greeted by jeers from the Irish fans. Ireland stand hugging each other in a line on halfway. And we're all set. Just quickly, Australia earlier beat Italy 32-14.
Ireland lock Paul O'Connell, who is out injured, says Ireland are a good side playing badly, not a bad side. But former Wales star Jonathan Davies says they could be on the end of a drubbing if they don't get it right. A full house at the Aviva Stadium welcomes the home side out with a huge, piercing roar. They believe, do the players? Scotland's did. By the way, if you refresh you'll get the live video back at the top of your screen. Which is nice.
Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina will become the most capped All Blacks, winning their 93rd caps to edge past Sean Fitzpatrick. New Zealand have won 17 of their last 18 Tests and coach Graeme Henry is keen to keep up the momentum. "We didn't set-piece well last week and we had a flat patch in the second half so we're looking to be better," says Henry.
So Ireland have never beaten New Zealand in 23 meetings, with one 10-10 draw in 1973 at Lansdowne Road. The men in green lost 66-28 to the All Backs in New Plymouth in the summer and despite beating Samoa 20-10 last week, Ireland lost their previous four Tests. "It's going to happen sometime, why not today?" says Ireland coach Declan Kidney. "We'll just have to play very well, hang onto the ball better than we have it the last few weeks, kick our penalties and take our chances."
Our attention now turns to Ireland v New Zealand at 1730 GMT on BBC 2 and online. Let's all take 10, then we'll get into it.
England boss Martin Johnson
: "It was a very different game to last week, very stop-start. A few errors hurt us. They get a lot of bodies around the breakdown and we had to work harder for our go-forward. We could have put a few away in that first half and in a way it was good we didn't. We couldn't quite get away from them and it was good for the players to go through it.
"Some of them were a bit quiet in the dressing room but I said, 'That's a good win. That's Test match rugby. You don't get it all easy'. It's another layer of experience for all these players. They've played a tough, physical side today and they will again next week."
Scotland captain Rory Lawson
: "It was all about field position today and we got the upper hand in those stakes and Danny kicked his goals. Today was all about guts and being together and working hard for each other in these conditions. I'm so, so proud."
Scotland coach Andy Robinson
: "What a difference a week makes. The physicality was top drawer. We knocked them over, last week we let New Zealand run through us. Some people said they were Scottish conditions but we moved quite a bit of ball at times. And I thought our choice of options was spot on."
England skipper Nick Easter
: "I was biting my finger nails for a while there in the second half. They're a top side, we've always found it difficult against them. We're not happy with our performance but we got the result. The breakdown killed us at the end - we've got to sort out how the referee is reffing in the first 10 minutes. It took us 70 to work that out. It's always a step forward, we've got a lot of young guys and they'll learn from that."
1619: TRY AND FULL-TIME England 26-13 Samoa
The visitors snatch a late consolation but England score a good win against a very committed opponent.
1617: FULL-TIME SCOTLAND 21-17 SOUTH AFRICA
So Andy Robinson's men hit back from that miserable performance against New Zealand with an impressive win against the world champions.
Samoa pushing hard at the death and number eight George Stowers looks to have found a way over after a little chip but Tom Croft dislodges the ball as he goes to score.
Scotland's open-side John Barclay wins man of the match at Murrayfield. Minutes left and Scotland have a put-in just inside the Springbok half. Clock's ticking for South Africa.
England subs - Charlie Hodgson on for Chris Ashton to play alongside Flood. Interesting. Armitage on for Hape.
1609: TRY England 24-8 Samoa
Storming finish from England. Matt Banahan sticks up a massive right paw and plucks a Samoan pass out of the air. He offloads to Danny Care who hares upfield before looking back inside to feed sub Tom Croft for a score under the posts. Flood converts. That Springbok scorer by the way was Willem Alberts.
1607: PEN England 19-8 Samoa
Toby Flood nudges his side further out of reach with 10 minutes left. At Murrayfield South Africa have their tails up and go close again in the left corner but the ball bounces across the goal line and Scotland touch down.
1605: TRY Scotland 21-17 South Africa
The Springboks grab a much-needed try but miss the conversion. Names to come soon.
England hooker Steve Thompson incurs the wrath of wing Chris Ashton and puts his side in trouble when he slices a clearance kick from his own 22. Ashton is livid and Thompson accepts it wasn't a smart move. England replacements - Attwood, Care and Croft come on for Lawes, Youngs and Haskell.
1600: PEN Scotland 21-12 South Africa
Dan Parks increases his tally as Scotland edge further ahead. "Rain, lovely Scottish rain, keep it coming!" says Hawick on
England cross for a third time but Mark Cueto's foot is ruled in touch as he passes back inside for Matt Banahan to crash over.
1555: PEN Scotland 18-12 South Africa
In increasingly torrential rain, Dan Parks nudges Scotland further ahead. The Springbok comeback will need to begin soon or Andy Robinson's men could be claiming a famous scalp.
England win a penalty but instead of opting for another scrum skipper Nick Easter shows Samoa some respect by pointing at the posts. Toby Flood is not sure and indicates he wants to go for the corner, but agrees with his captain and then drags it left. Steve Thompson is on for Dylan Hartley at hooker by the way.
Strong period for England as the backs look sharp and the forwards run menacingly, not least Andrew Sheridan with a bullocking charge that wins him 30-odd yards.
1545: PEN England 16-8 Samoa
England's backs looking spritely with a few slick training-ground moves. Samoa are tackling courageously - and offensively - but the visitors are penalised for not rolling away and Flood opens an eight-point gap.
1543: PEN Scotland 15-12 South Africa
Dan Parks keeps Scotland's nose in front in a tight one at Murrayfield.
1540: TRY England 13-8 Samoa
Well, they refocused all right. England move the ball right, Hape delays and disguises his pass to make a half-break before feeding Ashton on the wing. Last week's hero hits the afterburners before looking back inside and supplying the supporting Matt Banahan with a try-scoring pass. Flood converts.
England let off the hook as Seilala Mapusua tries a speculative drop-goal. It's long enough but just wide. Samoa sense this is winnable. England need to refocus fast.
1535: PEN Scotland 12-12 South Africa
Morne Steyn kick-starts the Springbok comeback as he slots three points to level the score.
1533: TRY England 6-8 Samoa
We're back on at Twickers but Samoa silence the fans at HQ. Samoa win a turnover, surge into England's half, nudge closer with some quick offloads and then carve England apart on the left wing as Paul Williams
scores in the corner. He pushes his own conversion to the right but a big shock for England.
Under way again at Murrayfield. South African Pierre Spies, not playing this week, tells BBC1 at half-time: "We've got to keep the ball a bit longer, build up some momentum and some phases, get in their half and convert that into points. We're looking forward to it."
Here's some wisdom from DT
"England want to play, but are trying to force it. We need to be more patient."
And here's SmellslikeSalmon on
"SA often come back in the 2nd half because it's so physically draining playing them. Scotland are going backwards in almost every collision and taking some big hits."
at Twickenham with England leading 6-3 against Samoa.
at Murrayfield with Scotland very much in the game at 12-9
ahead. Dan Parks is winded on the whistle (not on the actual whistle) but gets up and trudges in for a segment of orange. They'll need his boot in the second half.
England win a penalty deep inside Samoa's 22 but opt to kick into the corner. From the line-out they are held up on the line but get a 5m scrum which they rumble forward. Samoa can't stay up and England win another penalty and they opt for another scrum. A free-kick and they take another scrum and the ref warns Samoa about the yellow card option if they can't stay up. The England eight pour through the Samoans and a try looks on the cards but when the ball comes out the backs make a mess of it. Samoa get the put-in and clear their lines. One of those occasions Martin Johnson will pinpoint later as a missed opportunity, I'm sure.
1513: PEN Scotland 12-9 South Africa
Morne Steyn grabs three points back for South Africa.
Monster collision between Chris Ashton and giant Samoan wing Alesana Tuilagi. Suffice to say the England man went backwards. Fast.
1506: PEN England 6-3 Samoa
Some cute running lines from the England backs, with Flood and Hape engineering spaces in behind Samoa. England win another penalty which Flood pumps between the posts. After the restart there is some fisticuffs involving most of the forwards but mainly Ben Youngs and George Stowers. They have a bit of a wrestle on the floor and then Stowers playfully ruffles Youngs hair while they are being spoken to by the ref.
1504: PEN Scotland 12-6 South Africa
Parks is doing a storming job up at Murrayfield and strokes Scotland into a six-point lead. The side look rejuvenated.
Samoa full-back Paul Williams has a long-range shot at a penalty but drags it left. England try to counter-attack quickly up the left. Samoa snuff out the initial threat and then a little Flood dink over the top for Hape sees the men in white surge into the Samoan half. Hape offloads to the charging Ashton, who ghosts in under the posts, but the ref quickly spots the ball went forward and blows up. Not literally, though.
1457: PEN Scotland 9-6 South Africa
Scotland scrum deep in South Africa's 22. Nothing comes and Scotland win a penalty which Parks strokes over from the left of the posts to take the lead.
1454: PEN England 3-3 Samoa
England scrum looking very powerful. England win a penalty in front of the sticks and Toby Flood bangs it over.
1452: DROP-GOAL Scotland 6-6 South Africa
Dan Parks snatches a quick drop which gets a slight deflection from a Springbok hand but nevertheless it sails over and Scotland, it seems, have a gameplan.
1447: PEN Scotland 3-6 South Africa
Dan Parks slots Scotland's first points to keep in touch. Raining at Murrayfield.
Lot of mistakes in both games so far but as I type that England force the first roar from the Twickers faithful. Ashton makes a break through the midfield and lobs a long pass out to Foden on the left. The full-back gathers a suspiciously forward pass and dives over amid a pile of Samoan bodies but the try is ruled out for a foot touch.
From Scotty and Dweeb via text to 81111:
"Broke down on the Norfolk Broads (electrical fire). Waiting to be rescued. Following on BBC text. England by 30. Scotty and Dweeb."
1444: PEN Scotland 0-6 South Africa
Morne Steyne is on target as Scotland transgress again at Murrayfield.
England penalised for a third time for playing the ball on the floor/not getting to their feet. Paul Williams, though, drags his kick left.
1439: PEN England 0-3 Samoa
Full-back Paul Williams is on target for Samoa as Morne Steyn misses another at Murrayfield. Worrying signs for England as Banahan is brushed aside as the Samoan backs look eager for a run.
South Africa's Morne Steyn has a second penalty chance but misses this time. First scrum at Twickers and England put the drive on but Samoa make gains through their backs.
Samoan "haka". England playing in white this week. Just as well, if they'd had on that foul grey of last week you wouldn't have been able to spot them in the west London murk today.
1433: PEN Scotland 0-3 South Africa. 1430:
Under way at Murrayfield. Anthems at Twickenham.
Prediction time. Here's PJHolybloke
"Scotland 9-35 South Africa, England 34-19 Samoa, Ireland 20-33 New Zealand. And if any of those are anything like I'll want some sauce with my hat."
And from Smellslikesalmon
"Interesting to see how Hendre Fourie goes today. I wonder if he's one of the Tunbridge Wells Fouries?
A quick thought on Wales
from Cillian in Ireland via text to 81111:
"Why is Gatland embarrassed? Fiji knocked Wales out of the World Cup 07. People like Gatland and Jonathan Davies are patronising 'this will be a national holiday in Fiji if this kick goes over'. Just because people expect you to be a good rugby team doesn't mean you will be."
Scotland coach Andy Robinson admits to Jeremy Guscott on BBC1 that if his side concede more than 20 points against South Africa they'll lose. Guscott is incredulous and wonders whether the players might as well walk off if they are 20 points down. Robinson says it's about defence. He and his coaching staff went through each position with a fine tooth comb after last week's 49-3 drubbing at the hands of the Kiwis and has come up with four changes and one positional switch. Northampton's Joe Ansbro, the first black player to turn out for Scotland, has been drafted in late for injured centre Max Evans. "We need to look after the ball better and go forwards," is how Scotland attack coach Gregor Townsend sums up the approach this week.
South Africa are reeling from two players being sent home for failing drugs tests and are worried the rest of the squad might be tainted from the same sports drinks. Star wing Bryan Habana has also gone after breaking his hand and the Springboks are looking fallible after narrow wins over Ireland and Wales. Can the real Scotland upset the applecart, or was last week actually the real Scotland?
Let's deal with England first then. Four changes to the team that beat Australia 35-18. In comes Matt Banahan at outside centre for Mike Tindall, Hendre Fourie at open-side instead of rested skipper Lewis Moody, James Haskell at blind-side and David Wilson at tight-head prop with Tom Croft and Dan Cole on the bench. England have beaten Samoa on all of their five previous meetings but were pushed close at the World Cup in 2003 and 2007. Manager Martin Johnson doesn't do complacency, however, and knows a Samoan side featuring seven Premiership players will be no pushover.
"We're not there as a team yet. We're completely aware of what can happen if we get ahead of ourselves. The world is so volatile. It's an instant society, where it's either so high or so low," said Johnson. Fly-half Toby Flood added: "This could be a massive banana skin."
The Samoans are unchanged from the side that lost 20-10 to Ireland last week, but their second-strong had a good 66-25 win against the Combined Services in midweek.
Before we get down to today's nitty-gritty, let's just tidy up the Wales match from last night. A
draw with Fiji left Wales coach Warren Gatland saying he was "embarrassed", while
confessed that he was to blame for giving away an 82nd-minute penalty that allowed Seremaia Bai to level the match. It's already cost Jones, who was back after injury, the captaincy as Gatland has said that Matthew Rees will take the armband again for next week's clash with the All Blacks.
"Fifty thousand turned up to support us and they deserve to see us play better than that," said Gatland, who has now won 16 times in 33 Tests since taking over in 2008. So what do we think? A bad day at the office for Wales, or a sign of a deeper problem?
Afternoon, team, and welcome to what promises to be another feast of autumn Test rugby action. A fascinating day is in prospect as we seek the answers to some of the questions posed last week. Can England show they really are going places by backing up that scintillating win over Australia with another victory against the hard-hitting Samoans? (1430 GMT, Sky Sports 1). Can Scotland show that last week's mauling by the All Blacks was just a blip by downing world champions South Africa? (1430 GMT, BBC 1 and on this website for UK users). And can Ireland restore some much-needed pride - to the team and the country - with a first win against New Zealand? (1730 GMT, BBC2 and on this website for UK users). It should be a cracker, so strap yourselves in, remembering to leave your hands free to join in the chat on
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