As it happened: Six Nations Saturday

Updated: Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 19:07

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Relive Wales' win over Italy and England's success over France in the third round of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations championship.

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FT: Italy 9-26 Wales
FT: England 23-13 France

By Tadhg Peavoy
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18:48

That knock on from France was the last action of the tie. It was even Stephen's until midway through the second half, with the score at 17-13. Then both coaches emptied the benches and the game changed. 

The England subs upped the standard for the red rose. While the France subs were disjointed and off the pace, they allowed England to dominate the game and edge their way further ahead.

A superb rugby match, England are 60% of the way towards a Grand Slam.

France head to Dublin on 9 March, knowing defeat would mean they have lost their first four championship games in a season for the first time since 1982.

A report on this match will follow on the site shortly.

I'll be back for Scotland versus Ireland tomorrow. Kick-off 14:00.

See y'after.

18:43

FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 23-13 FRANCE

18:41

82 mins: France win their lineout and attack with Picamoles and Ducalcon. They try to sling it out wide right and Fofana gets it, but is hammered back in the tackle. Szarzewski makes some ground as France in desperation try to gain some ground. France win a penalty as Browne tackles Dusautoir high. Michalak feeds Maestri, who knocks on in the England 22.

18:39

80 mins: Machenaud boxkicks to touch for France with Les Bleus under pressure all over the pitch. France win a penalty as England hold on to the ball on the ground. Michalak kicks the penalty to touch on the England 22.

18:38

79 mins: That's the game won for England, as they show they are a squad not a team, and have the strength to bring on their bench and not weaken, but strengthen the XV on the pitch.

18:36

77 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND - FLOOD

England attack again now as they dominate the game and push the tempo up. Once more France are done for indiscipline as they play the ball at the breakdown. This time it was Machenaud, I think.

From wide left of goal, from near the 22, Flood nails it.

England 23-13 France

18:34

74 mins: France have emptied their bench bar Fritz and have lost their shape, their structure, their discipline. It would appear England's strength in depth has won them this game.

18:32

74 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND - FLOOD

England win the lineout and move to midfield where they win a penalty as France fail to roll away from the ruck. From the centre of the pitch, outside the 22, Flood bisects the posts. 

England 20-13 France

18:31

72 mins: England turn over the ball again as France fail to exert basic control of the egg. Care chips for the corner and Huget fields it before evading Ashton and bashing the ball to touch. This is harem-scarem scintillating stuff.

18:29

71 mins: England lineout. Robshaw wins at two and Flood feeds Tuilagi in midfield. The big English centre gets isolated and is penalised for holding on. France kick the penalty to touch but lose their own lineout and Flood boots long to Clerc.

18:28

69 mins: Flood - now on for Farrell, who came off injured - chips to the corner for Ashton. The ball is every so slightly too long and bounces into touch. 

18:26

68 mins: England come again as they are kicked back possession. Vuniploa picks and drives. Haskell does the same. But Picamoles snaffles possession. Anything you can do, I can better - Robshaw steals the ball back for England.

18:23

67 mins: Ducalcon and Suta are on France as England attack and chip into the France 22 to chase onto. Clerc gets back to touch down under pressure from two Englishmen. Superb cover defence.

18:21

65 mins: Michalak makes a break and chips over the England defence, he tries an offload outside him, but the ball is intercepted. England kick possession back to France and Picamoles storms up the wing. Eventually England win possession back as France knock on through Michalak.

18:15

62 mins: Sorry for the gap in coverage there! Technical gremlins in operation in Montrose! In the meantime England have missed a penalty on goal. Farrell was the guilty man. But  it looks as though he pulled a groin making a clearing kick just before and wasn't 100% taking the kick on goal.

18:13

58 mins: PENALTY - FRANCE - MICHALAK

England concede a penalty almost immediately after scoring, as they are caught offside. From just right of goal, outside the 22, Michalak nails it.

England 17-13 France

18:10

56 mins: TRY - TUILAGI - ENGLAND

Domingo engages early at the scrum - free-kick England. Farrell launches and up-and-under. The French fail to control it and the ball is stolen by Tuilagi. He finds himself with acres of space, which he runs into to cross for England's opening try. Farrell pushes the conversion wide right, from the left of goal.

England 17-10 France

18:10

54 mins: Michalak on for Trinh-Duc.

18:09

53 mins: France attack up the centre and England get their hands on it, but knock on. 

18:08

53 mins: Marler, Hartley and Lawes are off for Tom Youngs, Vunipola and Haskell.

18:06

52 mins: France win their own lineout and Trinh-Duc bring Fofan into play. Dusatoir picks and goes. But England turn it over and Hartley and Goode make good ground. The red rose spin it out wide left. Launchbury charges up the centre. Brown comes off his wing to attack, but then Wood is penalised for holding on at the ruck.

18:05

50 mins: England claim the restart and Youngs bashes long to France. Bastareaud up the middle for France and the ball goes loose. France scramble to secure it and then kick possession away. Goode gets back to claim and clears to touch on halfway.

18:03

48 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND - FARRELL

England win with Parling at four in the lineout and England crab infield. France pull the maul down and England win a penalty. Farrell opts to kick at goal. From right of goal, on the France 22, he nails it.

England 12-10 France

18:02

46 mins: Hartley throws the lineout to two and France steal it. Trinh-Duc clears his lines towards halfway.

18:01

45 mins: France win the lineout with Dusautoir before kicking back to England. England return the egg. Maestri and Samson pick and go. But then Mas is penalised for sealing off the ruck. Penalty England and Farrell kicks to the corner.

17:59

44 mins: England attack up the centre, with Ashton joining the line. But the red rose turn it over and Parra bashes back to England. Farrell boots long to touch. 

17:58

42 mins: France kill England in the scrum as Cole stands up. Penalty France. Parra goes for goal, from 40m out, just left of goal. The France No 9 pushes it wide right. Sacre bleu.

17:57

41 mins: We're off with the first bit of meaty action a scrum for England just inside their own half.

17:56

The teams are back out on the pitch in London.

17:45

A wonderful 40 minutes of rugby. Two packs going hammer and tongs at each other. Some wonderful line breaks and tackles in midfield. Great place kicking from Farrell and Parra. And a quite simply stunning try from Fofana. France lead by one at half-time. Please Sir, may I have some more?

17:44

HALF-TIME: England 9-10 France.

17:41

40 mins: Farrell boots to touch and France win their own lineout. But England took the player out in the air. Cole was the guilty party. Parra decides to kick for goal. From near halfway he puts it wide and short. That's the last action of the half.

17:40

39 mins: England kick possession away to Fall. France then use Fofana in the middle as he jinks past Hartley. Trinh-Duc kicks the ball away as Farrell calls the mark.

17:40

38 mins: Nyanga steals the lineout and Parra boxkicks to touch into the England 10-metre area.

17:39

37 mins: The ball ends in touch from Farrell. France win the lineout with Nyanga and set the ruck. Parra boxkicks and Nyanga takes the catch, with Robshaw hammering him into touch.

17:38

36 mins: England kick it to France, but Parra then boots long to Goode. The France No 9 chases and forces England to hold on to it.

17:36

35 mins: Trinh-Duc restarts and Robshaw takes it. Youngs tries to clear but Maestri blocks it down. Goode is there to touch the ball down as it enters the in-goal area.

17:34

33 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND - FARRELL

England back on the attack with Browne pumping the legs up the wing. England go phase after phase as they grind out the hard yards. Eventually Domingo kills the ball at the ruck. From just outside the France 22, Farrell lines up the ball on the tee. He slots the penalty from just left of the sticks.

England 9-10 France

17:31

30 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - FRANCE - FOFANA & PARRA

France use it this time and spread it wide left across the line. It reaches Fofana who beats Lawes and Ashton in his own half, before handing off Ben Youngs and avoiding an Ashton tap tackle to complete a wonderful solo try from 60 metres. Parra converts from wide left.

England 6-10 France

17:30

29 mins: France attack wide with Bastareaud, he is stopped well by England. Parra boots possession back to England. Goode then boots to Huget. And you guessed it, Huget boots back to Goode. And once more Goode kicks! Clerc claims and goes to touch.

17:27

27 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND - FARRELL

England kick the penalty to touch and win the lineout with Wood. The red rose maul into the France 22. Then it's moved wide and England make good ground before Tuilagi jinks to within a metre of the France line. He is stopped. Farrell chips to Ashton in the corner. The kick has too much gas on it, but play is brought back for a penalty to England.

Amazing tackle from Parra to stop Tuilagi on the France line.

The penalty is left of goal, in the France 22. Farrell nails it.

England 6-3 France

17:25

24 mins: Scrum England: Farrell spins outside him and Barritt is crushed in the tackle by Picamoles. Hartley makes good ground. Robshaw then attacks well. Mas fails to roll away from the ruck - penalty England.

17:24

23 mins: Ashton tries a grubber, but the ball is blocked by French feet. England regain and recycle. Barritt bashes forward, followed by Tuilagi. Robshaw is next. England attack with Launchbury up the right wing, before France turn over and Huget breaks from his own 22. Kayser loses control of the ball as he attempts to continue the attack.

17:22

22 mins: England win the scrum and the ball is booted deep to Huget to field. Trinh-Duc takes to contact before Parra feeds wide to Mas. Picamoles carries along the touchline before the ball is put into touch off a blue foot. 

17:21

21 mins: England scrum as the French national anthem rings out around Twickenham.

17:20

20 mins: France scrum: Parra puts in and Picamoles picks from the base. Nyanga drives up front. Fofana makes good ground. But again the ball goes loose in contact and Lawes claims it for England. Scrum England.

17:19

19 mins: France win the lineout and Parra pops to Picamoles. Bastareaud drives up the centre. At halfway, France pick and go. Now England turn over at the ruck, but the ball is knocked on by Cole - again.

17:18

18 mins: Parra pops the penalty to touch.

17:17

17 mins: England attack up the middle, Goode comes into the line. Cole makes hard yards. Farrell takes a crash ball. Dusautoir steals the ball at the ruck and then Marler is done for playing the ball off his feet.

17:16

16 mins: France win the scrum and move wide to Trinh-Duc, the ball is popped outside him and England steal it. At the next ruck, France kill the ball. Farrell boots the ball long to touch.

17:14

15 mins: England kick and chase and Barritt fails to roll away after making a tackle. Penalty France deep in their own half. Trinh-Duc boots to touch and Nyanga wins the throw. Bastareaud takes up the middle. France chip over the top with Parra, but play is brough back for a knock on from Tuilagi as he made the tackle on Bastareaud.

17:12

13 mins: Maestri wins the lineout and Fofana attacks up the middle. The ball goes forward - scrum England. Another free-kick as France engage early.

17:11

12 mins: This time the scrum holds and the French drive England back, penalty to France. Parra bashes the penalty to touch.

17:11

11 mins: At the second scrum, England set early, free-kick to France. Les Bleus go for another scrum with the free-kick. 

17:10

10 mins: England win a free-kick as France engage early.

17:09

9 mins: After a couple of phases, Parra chips his box kick and fails to make touch. The breaking ball is knocked on by France. Scrum England.

17:08

8 mins: France win a penalty from the ensuing scrum. Goode boots long to Parra to claim. 

17:07

7 mins: Wood wins the lineout and England again attack up front with Dan Cole making ground, but England knock on in contact. Cole was trying to place the ball back and the trailing leg of Lawes knocked it forward.

17:06

6 mins: England drive with Tom Wood as they make ground with forward charges. Barritt is nailed in the tackle and Farrell kicks over Fall's head towards touch, the kick doesn't make it and Huget kicks long to touch in the England half.

17:04

4 mins: PENALTY - FRANCE - PARRA

Penalty advantage to France is given, no advantage is made. Joubert calls play back for England infringing at the ruck. From just outside the England 10, Parra opts to kick at goal. He slots the kick well.

England 3-3 France

17:03

3 mins: Huget receives the ball deep for France and Clerc jinks into touch. Trinh-Duc chips ahead and Fofana claims the breaking ball. 

17:01

2 mins: PENALTY - ENGLAND - FARRELL

Lawes wins the lineout and Launchbury takes to contact, Maestri gets his hands caught in the cookie jar as he comes over the top at the ruck. Penalty England. Farrell lines up the ball on the tee, and from wide right of goal, knocks over the three points.

England 0-3 France

17:00

1 min: Farrell starts the match with a deep kick to France. The ball is returned to touch by France.

16:59

Craig Joubert of South Africa is the man in the middle.

16:59

Action is moments away.

16:57

The roof is ripped off the stadium as God Save the Queen rings out.

16:56

National anthem time in London.

16:55

The teams are emerging from the tunnel in west London for Le Crunch.

16:42

A report on the Ireland women's victory over Scotland women, which gives them a first ever Triple Crown, and qualifies them for the Rugby World Cup, is available here. 

16:19

Report on this game to come on the site shortly. And text updates on England versus France to come too. Kick-off at Twickenham is 17:00.

16:19

FULL-TIME: ITALY 9-26 WALES

16:17

80 mins: Wales look for try number three. They pick and go on the edge of the Italy 10. It's forward-dominated retention as they go again and again. Eventually the ball comes back to Hook, who pops the ball into touch. Wales defeat Italy.

16:16

79 mins: Another knock on from Italy, this time it's Derbyshire in midfield. Italy want a shower, a rub down and a plate of pasta.

16:16

78 mins: Leigh Halfpenny is named Man of the Match.

16:15

77 mins: If this was a boxing match, the fight would be stopped. Italy are just empty now.

16:14

76 mins: Italy win their own lineout and attack hard, with Favaro making a charge. The Azzurri spread wide left and Davies turns it over at the breakdown. Williams box kicks long and Italy run it back with Derbyshire. Again Burton kicks possession away needlessly.

16:12

75 mins: Wales win the lineout and Williams boots it long to Italy. Masi throws a pass which Cuthbert tries to intercept, but deliberately knocks on. Penalty Italy deep in their own half. Burton bashes the penalty to touch.

16:10

74 mins: Mitchell enters the fray in place of Adam Jones for Wales. Lloyd Williams snipes from the back of the scrum, but the ball is lost in contact and Italy bash it downfield.

16:10

73 mins: Italy have an overlap out wide left, just outside the Wales 22, but Zanni spills the ball forward. Shame.

16:08

73 mins: Italy attempt to run it from deep, but they only succeed in making no ground and getting hit by some very hard tackles. Botes box kicks clear to Wales.

16:08

72 mins: Cittadini is on for Castrogiovanni.

16:06

71 mins: Warburton and Hook on, Ryan Jones and Biggar off.

16:05

71 mins: Wales win the lineout and then spill the ball forward.

16:04

70 mins: Vosawai is back on for Cittadini as Castrogiovanni returns. 

16:04

69 mins: Biggar pops the penalty to touch. 

16:02

68 mins: Wales put six phases together and attack up the right wing as they reach the Italy 22. Italy come in the side of the ruck, Garcia was the guilty man.

16:01

67 mins: Wales win a penalty Favaro blocks a run by Cuthbert illegally. Biggar bashes the ball to touch.

16:00

66 mins: Vosawai is brought off for Cittadini to allow the scrum to take place in Castrogiovanni's absence.

15:58

65 mins: Zanni wins at the tail for Italy and the Azzurri make drive after drive as they look for a gap. Wales defend well, picking their man and hitting hard. Eventually the ball is knocked forward.

15:57

64 mins: Lloyd Williams is on for Mike Phillips.

15:56

63 mins: Italy back on the attack as they pick and go up front. Ryan Jones fails to roll away at the tackle, penalty Italy in the Welsh half. Burton pops the penalty to the corner.

15:53

60 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - WALES - CUTHBERT & HALFPENNY

Twenty minutes left in Rome and Wales attack with pick and goes up front. AW Jones and Ken Owens make ground on the Italy 22, before the ball is moved from Biggar to Cuthbert, who hits the ball at speed, breaks the line and sprints over for Wales' second try. From wide left, Halfpenny nails the kick.

Italy 9-26 Wales

15:51

59 mins: Back in Rome, Poite has sin binned Castrogiovanni as Italy again  come in sideways in the ruck. If Wales can get another try the game will certainly be over.

15:49

Ireland women have beaten Scotland women to win a first ever Triple Crown and qualify for the Rugby World Cup. A late Niamh Briggs try made the final score Scotland women 3-30 Ireland women.

15:48

For Italy, Davide Giazzon, Alberto di Marchi and Quintin Geldenhuys are on for Andrea Lo Cicero, Leonardo Ghiraldini and Francesco Minto.

15:47

AW Jones, Ken Owens and Paul James are on for Wales for Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard and Andrew Coombs.

15:46

Siobhan Fleming scores another try for Ireland women, which Briggs converts. Ireland women 25-3 Scotland women 3

15:44

52 mins: PENALTY - WALES - HALFPENNY

Halfpenny decides to go for goal. From wide left, just inside halfway, he nails it. Quite simply a stunning kick. Brilliant.

Italy 9-19 Wales

15:43

52 mins: Wales scrum: Italy collapse and it's a penalty Wales.

15:43

51 mins: Burton again kicks for the corner but over does it as the ball goes over the dead ball line. Scrum back for Wales.

15:42

Ireland women still lead 18-3 and are now ten minutes from a first ever Triple Crown.

15:40

49 mins: PENALTY - ITALY - BURTON

Pavanello wins the lineout at two and Vosawai picks and goes. Penalty Italy as Wales take out the line-out jumper. Burton opts to go for goal. The outhalf gets it.

Italy 9-16 Wales 

15:39

48 mins: Wales make a mess of the ball as Coombs knocks on and the ball goes to touch for an Italy lineout. 

15:39

47 mins: Masi launches a massive kick right to the Wales corner.

15:38

47 mins: Masi attacks with ball-in-hand. Burton chips to the corner before Halfpenny gets back to boot it back to the Azzurri.

15:35

44 mins: TRY & CONVERSION - WALES - DAVIES & HALFPENNY

Italy win back possession before kicking deep to Cuthbert. Ping pong kicking ensues before Biggar wins an up and under. From the ruck, Phillips box kicks into the Italy 22, Gori and Burton both watch as the  ball bounces betwen them and up into Davies's arms to collect and waltz over the tryline to touch down. Halfpenny lands the conversion from right of the sticks.

Italy 6-16 Wales

15:32

43 mins: All the second half has been Italy's so far. They batter away at the Wales line and eventually Burton pops back into the pocket. Again it goes wide. Very negative from Burton, Wales were all out defending there. He should have kept ball in hand or kicked to the corner.

15:31

41 mins: Action in Rome is back underway. Italy attack with Zanni taking ball in hand. Burton then chips ahead for the corner. Masi attempts to collect the ball five metres from the Wales line but knocks on under huge pressure from Biggar. The outhalf stopped a certain try for Italy there.

15:22

Scotland have a women in the bin and Ireland have extended their lead. Alison Miller has crossed for another try and Briggs has converted.

Scotland women 3-18 Ireland women

15:18

Briggs lands a penalty to move Ireland women further ahead.
Ireland women 11-3 Scotland women

15:16

HALF-TIME: The ball is booted to touch for half-time. A scrappy yet engaging match in Rome has reached half-time. Wales lead 9-6, more to come.

15:15

40 mins: Wales launch an up-and-under and Italy claim it before the ball is spilled forward by Jamie Roberts.

15:14

39 mins: Italy win the lineout with Pavanello before Vosawai knocks on in contact as he tries to break the Welsh defence.

15:13

38 mins: Biggar claims another Italy up-and-under and puts the egg to touch.

15:12

38 mins: Wales and Italy exchange kicks as neither side want to play with it. Again the ball is touched down in the Wales in-goal area.

15:11

37 mins: Burton launches an up and under at Wales and it ends in the Wales in-goal area.

15:11

Scotland women are dominating the opening exchanges of the second half in Lisswade.

15:10

36 mins: Italy kick and chase before Biggar is forced to grubber the egg to touch near halfway.

15:08

34 mins: Castrogiovanni steals the ball at a ruck and makes a snipe up the wing, before Gori has a box kick blocked down. Wales turn it over from that block down and Italy then kill the ball at the next ruck. Penalty Wales. Gethin Jenkins made that block down on Gori's kick. The loosehead prop has been superb so far today. Halfpenny opts to kick the penalty at goal. From wide left, the fullback pushes the ball wide right, as he leaned back as he smacked the egg.

15:07

33 mins: Italy move the ball across the line and the final pass to Venditti from Canale is behind the the winger and goes to touch. Wales lineout.

15:06

Ireland women versus Scotland women has kicked off for the second half in Lisswade. Still 8-3 to Ireland.

15:04

30 mins: Gori launches an up and under at Wales. Halfpenny claims the breaking ball. Biggar then kicks away Wales' possession needlessly. Italy then return the ball, before Wales move it wide right to Cuthbert, who surges down the flank and is threatening the line. However, Canale gets across to make a superb ankle-tap tackle and put the winger into touch for an Italy lineout.

15:02

30 mins: PENALTY - ITALY - BURTON

Italy are dominant in the scrum and Wales pull it down, this time it was Adam Jones at fault. Penalty Italy. From the centre of the pitch, Burton slots it over. 

Italy 6-9 Wales

15:01

29 mins: The rain is now pelting down. Crazy west coast of Ireland-style rain.

15:01

28 mins: The ball is chipped ahead and Halfpenny gets down on it to claim back possession. However, the ball spills forward - scrum Italy.

14:59

27 mins: Coombs knocks on for Wales and Italy gain possession just over halfway.

14:59

27 mins: Burton drops back into the pocket and has a pop at the drop goal but shanks the effort wide. Biggar catches him as he tries to make the block. Nothing in it.

14:57

26 mins: Scrum Italy: they win it and Vosawai makes a great break off the base and into the middle of the park. The Azzurri ruck over and then Minto looses the ball in contact as Italy must scamper back to retrieve it.

14:56

25 mins: Italy are kicked back the ball and Buron returns the kick. Biggar claims and goes to contact. But he fails to release the ball - penalty Italy. Burton fails to make touch with the penalty, but Cuthbert knocks on a metre from his own line.

14:55

24 mins: Burton kicks down the throat of Halfpenny, but the fullback takes it, goes to ground, is back up and on the attack. He's every bit the Lions fullback today.

14:54

23 mins: Wales win the lineout and next ruck, but Phillips' box kick goes straight out.

14:54

23 mins: Italy receive and bash the ball long to touch.

14:53

22 mins: Another scrum is awarded for Italy crossing. Wales win the scrum and set a ruck before Biggar pops the ball long to Italy.

14:52

21 mins: A quarter way into this one and Wales look comfortably the better team.

14:52

21 mins: The Italian brass band are pumping out the tunes in the Stadio to get their boys going. A toothless performance from the Azzurri thus far.

14:51

20 mins: PENALTY - WALES - HALFPENNY

Again Halfpenny decides to go for goal with the penalty. From wide right, the No 15 makes no mistake from 50 yards out.

Italy 3-9 Wales

14:49

19 mins: The packs set and again Wales crush Italy as the Azzurri pack collapse and concede a penlty. Gethin Jenkins is destroying Castrogiovanni.

14:49

18 mins: Wales win a free-kick as Italy close the line at the line-out. Wales opt to take the scrum.

14:48

17 mins: McLean kicks Italy to halfway as they look to gain possession and edge their way back into this one.

14:47

16 mins: PENALTY - WALES - HALFPENNY

Halfpenny opts to kick the penalty at the sticks. From wide left of the sticks, the fullback slots it over. 

Italy 3-6 Wales

14:45

15 mins: Wales win another scrum and win another penalty as the handbags kick-off with Lo Cicero and Tipuric arguing over who's lipstick suits their complexion better.

14:44

13 mins: Wales dominate Italy in the ensuing scrum and win a penalty as Italy boss Jacques Brunel shakes his head in disbelief.

14:43

12 mins: Venditti breaks up the right wing and is done for crossing as Wales look under pressure. A let off for Rob Howley's side.

14:42

Ireland women still lead 8-3 against Scotland just before half-time.

14:40

10 mins: PENALTY - ITALY - BURTON

Gethin Jenkins concedes a penalty for Wales as he brings a scrum down. From wide left, Burton will go for the posts. He slots it over. The sides are level.

Italy 3-3 Wales

14:37

6 mins: PENALTY - WALES - HALFPENNY

Wales win the lineout and pick and go, followed by a drive by Faletau. The Italians defend stoutly, but are caught offside. Wales are awarded a penalty by Poite. From wide right Halfpenny slots the penalt. Wales lead.

Italy 0-3 Wales

14:36

5 mins: Italy go through several phases, five in total, before Wales win a penalty just inside their own half. The peno is bashed to touch deep in the Italy half.

14:35

5 mins: Burton chips for the corner, before Wales return possession to the Azzurri. 

14:34

4 mins: Another Italy scrum. This one is solid and Italy break before Burton boots deep to North on the wing. The ball is up-and-undered back to Italy.

14:34

3 mins: Italy engage early and Wales run it with Faletau knocking on sloppily.

14:33

2 mins: Early scrum deep in the Italy half. 

14:31

2 mins: Early stoppage in play as Ghiraldini catches a knock to the knee.

14:30

1 min: We're off in Rome as Wales kick deep and chase. Italy receive and Burton relieves to touch.

14:30

Referee Roman Poite looks like a drowned rat as he stands on the halfway line about the get the game underway.

14:28

The Italian players and fans sing the second verse of their anthem a cappella.

14:27

The conversion is missed in Scotland, so it stays 8-3 to Ireland.

14:27

That's Miller's fourth try of the championship.

14:26

Ali Miller has crosses for a try for Ireland in Lisswade. Scotland 3-8 Ireland.

14:25

Time for the Welsh and Italian anthems in Rome.

14:25

That Briggs penalty came after 21 minutes in Scotland.

14:23

Ireland women go 3-3 against Scotland with a Briggs penalty.

14:22

Over in Rome, both teams are out on the pitch, and getting ready for action. The rain is absolutely pelting down in the Eternal City.

14:20

Very tight game so far in Lisswade, with little between the sides. Scotland are defending very well.

14:14

Ireland women are currently 3-0 down to Scotland women in Lisswade RFC. Kick-off was 14:00 in that game.

14:09

Very interesting stat from the Six Nations so far: metres made.

1,017m Italy, 833m England, 802m France, 752m Wales, 672m Scotland, 522m Ireland.

14:09

Listen to injured Ireland winger Simon Zebo on the Marian Finucane show here:

http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/player/369233/?autoplay=1

13:53

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13:06

The first action of the day starts at 14:30, so not long to go. Get your thoughts on the game in to me at sportonline@rte.ie or tweet @TPeavoy.

13:06

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Heard there was good Craic on the joe duffy show yesterday.. Anyone care to fill me in?</p>&mdash; Cian Healy (@ProperChurch) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProperChurch/status/305296390735687680">February 23, 2013</a></blockquote>
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13:05

Wales: L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Scarlets), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), G North (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), M Phillips (Bayonne); G Jenkins (Toulon), R Hibbard (Ospreys), A Jones (Ospreys), A Coombs (Newport Gwent Dragons), I Evans (Ospreys), R Jones (Ospreys, capt), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

13:05

Italy: A Masi (Wasps); G Venditti (Zebre), T Benvenuti (Treviso), G Canale (La Rochelle), L McLean (Treviso); K Burton (Treviso), E Gori (Treviso); A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), L Ghiraldini (Treviso), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester, capt), A Pavanello (Treviso), F Minto (Treviso), A Zanni (Treviso), S Favaro (Treviso), M Vosawai (Treviso).

13:04

Wales have won their last three away games in this tournament, the last time they won four on the bounce was in the 1970s (1977-79).

13:03

Italy have beaten Wales just twice before in 19 meetings with both of these victories coming at home (2003 & 2007).

12:39

Brian O'Driscoll is backing tomorrow's debutants to shine against Scotland

12:16

Italy have made 37 offloads in their two games so far with Alessandro Zanni top of the individual charts with seven.

12:13

All four of Wales’ tries in this tournament have originated from a lineout, as many as the other sides in the tournament combined.

12:04

The story so far. 

 

12:00

Brendan Cole is going for Wales and England to win, check out his previews here

11:55

Good afternoon and welcome to the RTÉ.ie match tracker for Saturday's 6 Nations action. 

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