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Six Nations - round two

  • Good afternoon and welcome to coverage of the second weekend of the Six Nations - first up: Ireland v Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin
    2/8/2014 12:21:20 PM
  • BATTLE OF THE UNBEATENS
    Ireland and Wales both go into the opening fixture this Saturday afternoon off the back of home wins, albeit in contrasting styles. While the Irish put Scotland to the sword in Dublin on Sunday, the reigning champions had rather laboured their way to victory against Italy 24 hours earlier in Cardiff.
    2/8/2014 12:46:37 PM
  • TEAM NEWS
    Ireland -  who have not opened a campaign with back-to-back victories since their 2009 Grand Slam season - make two changes, with a pair of veteran internationals welcomed back. Paul O'Connell has overcome a chest infection that forced him to miss the Scotland match to start in the second row, while Gordon D'Arcy is back in the centres alongside long-time midfield ally Brian O'Driscoll.
    2/8/2014 12:50:08 PM
  • TEAM NEWS
    Just as O'Connell is back to captain the hosts, Wales too have their regular skipper returning to the starting line-up. Sam Warburton has sufficiently recovered from a shoulder injury to take his place in the visitors' back-row, alongside Dan Lydiate and Toby 
    Faletau
    2/8/2014 12:52:37 PM
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  • STAT ALERT!
    The away teams have won the last two Six Nations meetings between this pair of nations. Ireland triumphed 30-22 in Cardiff last year, a result that ultimately cost Warren Gatland's side the chance to win the Grand Slam, while Wales came out 23-21 winners in Dublin in 2012.
    2/8/2014 1:52:33 PM
  • Alex Payne previews the second round of action...

    2/8/2014 2:02:27 PM
  • EXTRA EDGE
    Now I'm sure Brian O'Driscoll isn't a man to hold a grudge, but today he comes up against a side coached by a man who dropped him for the final British and Irish Lions Test against Australia. adds a little extra to a game that never lacks for intensity anyway
    2/8/2014 2:07:36 PM
  • BO'D goes through his warm-up routine...

    2/8/2014 2:09:52 PM
  • Ireland: R. Kearney, Trimble, O'Driscoll, D'Arcy, D. Kearney, Sexton, Murray, Healy, Best, Ross, Toner, O'Connell, O'Mahony, Henry, Heaslip.
    Replacements: Cronin, McGrath, Moore, Tuohy, O'Donnell, Boss, Jackson, McFadden.

    Wales: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, S. Williams, Roberts, North, Priestland, M. Phillips, Jenkins, Hibbard, A. Jones, Coombs, A. Jones, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau.
    Replacements: Owens, James, R. Jones, Ball, Tipuric, Webb, Hook, L. Williams.

    Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
    2/8/2014 2:21:21 PM
  • Electric atmosphere in the Aviva Stadium as Johnny Sexton kicks towards the Welsh pack to get the game underway.
    2/8/2014 2:31:00 PM
  • 1 min: High ball from Sexton well caught by Halfpenny, but his offload is dropped by Roberts. North was waiting in the wings, could have been another flying start for Wales. Scrum to Ireland. 
    2/8/2014 2:32:56 PM
  • [penalty-rugby]2 mins: Wayne Barnes gives the decision against Ireland for not binding at the scrum and Halfpenny kicks for touch. 
    2/8/2014 2:34:33 PM
  • [penalty-rugby]4 mins: Wales win the line-out and race towards the Ireland 22 but they are soon penalised for not releasing in the ruck. Good kick from Sexton gives Ireland the line-out on the Welsh 22. 
    2/8/2014 2:36:54 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league] IRELAND 3-0 WALES
    There is no advantage for Ireland after Wales were caught offside at the breakdown. Sexton slots his first kick of the afternoon straight through and Ireland take the lead. 
    2/8/2014 2:39:13 PM
  • 9 mins: Sexton's kick from the restart is picked up by Halfpenny, who raced into Irish territory before finding Faletau on the left. The Wales No 8 charged through the crowd before being forced into touch, taking a cameraman into the advertising boards with him.  
    2/8/2014 2:41:51 PM
  • 11 mins: Ireland win the line-out after O'Driscoll kicked through a resilient Welsh defence, which was holding the hosts on the halfway line. 
    2/8/2014 2:44:03 PM
  • [penalty-rugby] Lydiate penalised for a second time for going in from the side. Meanwhile, there is concern over O'Driscoll, who is down receiving treatment after a heavy blow. Not surprising, he returns to his feet to continue. 
    2/8/2014 2:46:07 PM
  • 14 mins: Ireland win the line-out and their driving maul takes them beyond the Welsh 22 but Sexton's kick to Trimble on the right wing is a touch heavy.
    2/8/2014 2:47:28 PM
  • Andrew Trimble just about gets to grips with George North

    2/8/2014 2:48:07 PM
  • 15 mins: O'Connell steals the Welsh through at the line-out and Murray leads the charge into the 22. Sexton opts for the cross-field kick, knowing Ireland have the penalty advantage. Barnes brings it back after Wales failed to roll away at the ruck.
    2/8/2014 2:49:22 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league]IRELAND 6-0 WALES
    Straight forward for Sexton as he doubles the Irish advantage. 
    2/8/2014 2:50:21 PM
  • 19 mins: Wales win their line-out this time but the high kick, in blustery Dublin, is caught by Trimble and Wales are penalised once again. Sexton's kick fails to reach touch this time and Halfpenny brings Wales forward. 
    2/8/2014 2:52:44 PM
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    2/8/2014 2:54:02 PM
  • 21 mins: Wales win the penalty this time and Priestland successfully finds touch inside the Ireland 22. Coombs wins the line-out before Hibbard charges into contact and Wales surrender possession. 
    2/8/2014 2:54:15 PM
  • 22 mins: Coombs wins another line-out for Wales but his delivery to Phillips is below par and Ireland pile the pressure on the visitors. 
    2/8/2014 2:55:14 PM
  • 24 mins: O'Connell rises above the pack to take Best's line-out throw and Ireland race after Sexton's kick.
    2/8/2014 2:57:39 PM
  • [penalty-rugby]25 mins: Murray has the put in at the scrum but never gets the chance. Another penalty to Ireland after Wales collapse the scrum a second time. Sexton sizes up the touchlines and kicks just outside the Wales 22. 
    2/8/2014 2:58:54 PM
  • 27 mins: Excellent break from Ireland as O'Driscoll crashes through contact before Murray spreads it wide to Trimble, who danced his way past three men to break into the Welsh 22. 
    2/8/2014 3:00:22 PM
  • 29 mins: Wales have the numbers going forward but Faletau opts to take the contact and there is a turnover for Ireland. 
    2/8/2014 3:01:41 PM
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    2/8/2014 3:02:14 PM
  • [penalty-rugby]Heaslip concedes the penalty for not releasing. Priestland puts a precision kick inside the Irish 22 from a tight angle. 
    2/8/2014 3:03:26 PM
  • 30 mins: Irish pack dominating the line-outs. Toner didn't even have to jump to steal Hibbard's throw this time. 
    2/8/2014 3:03:56 PM
  • 31 mins: Beautiful kick through from Sexton and Heaslip is bearing down on Priestland, who steps into touch and Ireland get the line-out on 10 metres. 
    2/8/2014 3:05:56 PM
  • [rugby-union]IRELAND 11-0 WALES
    Toner takes the catch down quickly and the powerful Irish driving maul forces over the line for the first try of the match. It's accredited to Chris Henry. 
    2/8/2014 3:07:15 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league]IRELAND 13-0 WALES
    With the wind swirling it looked like a testing kick for Sexton, but the Racing Metro fly-half makes no mistakes in adding the extras. Healthy lead for Ireland with 35 minutes played. 
    2/8/2014 3:08:19 PM
  • 36 mins: Another Welsh mistake opens the door for Ireland, who seize the opportunity and recycle possession before Sexton places another expert kick inside the 22. 
    2/8/2014 3:09:22 PM
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  • 37 mins: Toner does well at the tail of the Irish line-out once again and Sexton pumps the ball forward. Solid set-piece work from the hosts, controlled by Sexton, another line-out deep into Welsh territory. 
    2/8/2014 3:11:10 PM
  • 39 mins: Wales take their own line-out and Ireland knock-on on the halfway line. Scrum called but we are yet to see a completed one. Wales try to drive forward with Phillips.
    2/8/2014 3:13:05 PM
  • 40 mins: Wales continue to lack discipline and concede a penalty inside the Ireland half but Sexton opts to kick for goal. More an exercise to run down the clock you expect, as his kick falls well short of the posts. 
    2/8/2014 3:14:20 PM
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