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Six Nations - round two

  • 80 mins: Clock has gone red as Scotland win the scrum and look to move away from their own 10-metre. It comes back to Weir and he launches it into the stands. 
    2/8/2014 6:41:17 PM
  • [full-time]SCOTLAND 0-20 ENGLAND
    A comfortable evening for England as they get their 6 Nations challenge underway. It was definitely a war of attrition for the purists as conditions dictated the run of play more than player quality. Luther Burrell and Mike Brown both touched down their second England tries, while a drop-goal from Danny Care and seven points from the boot of Owen Farrell gave the visitors a commanding scoreline. 
    2/8/2014 6:43:55 PM

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  • England climb up the stairs at Murrayfield and Chris Robshaw is handed the Calcutta Cup after England kept Scotland scoreless for the first time since 1978. 
    2/8/2014 6:46:14 PM
  • That's it for the live action today, thanks for joining us! You can relive all the events from the afternoon with our match reports and don't forget to join us again tomorrow as France take on Italy at the Stade de France.
    2/8/2014 6:49:18 PM

  • 2/8/2014 7:18:26 PM
  • GOOD AFTERNOON
    And welcome to coverage of the third, and final, chapter of this round two story in the Six Nations. After comfortable wins for Ireland and England yesterday, all eyes are no focused in Paris. France face Italy, with the fixture getting underway at 3pm.
    2/9/2014 2:18:57 PM
  • TEAM NEWS - FRANCE
    Les Bleus left it late to squeeze past England on home turf last time out. Coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made three changes from the starting line-up for last Saturday. Stade Francais winger Hugo Bonneval will make his debut on the left wing instead of Maxime Medard, who has been dropped from the squad completely, while hooker Dimitri Szarzewski starts ahead of Benjamin Kayser. Yoann Maestri come in for Alexandre Flanquart at lock.
    2/9/2014 2:26:41 PM
  • TEAM NEWS - ITALY
    Coach Jacques Brunel introduces five new faces to the starting XV that pushed Wales close before succumbing to a 23-15 in Cardiff last weekend. Zebre's Tommaso Iannoni will replace Angelo Esposito on the right wing, while club team-mate Gonzalo Garcia returns after an eight-month absence to start in the centres in place of Alberto Sgarbi. In the pack, there are places for Biarritz lock Joshua Furno, Benetton Treviso prop Alberto De Marchi and Treviso flanker Francesco Minto.
    2/9/2014 2:29:47 PM
  • Reaction from England's 20-0 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield

    2/9/2014 2:38:03 PM
  • We know the Italy team has loads of experience, is physically very strong, with a lot of rugby under their belts. They are a top class outfit, we are very wary of this team

    France captain Pascal Pape on facing Italy
    2/9/2014 2:40:03 PM
  • France: Dulin, Huget, Bastareaud, Fofana, Bonneval, Plisson, Doussain, Domingo, Szarzewski, Mas, Pape, Maestri, Nyanga, Le Roux, Picamoles.
    Replacements: Kayser, Forestier, Slimani, Vahaamahina, Chouly, Machenaud, Trinh-Duc, Fickou.

    Italy: McLean, Iannone, Campagnaro, Garcia, Sarto, Allan, Gori, De Marchi, Ghiraldini, Castrogiovanni, Geldenhuys, Furno, Minto, M. Bergamasco, Parisse.
    Replacements: Giazzon, Rizzo, Cittadini, Bortolami, Zanni, Botes, Orquera, Esposito.

    Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
    2/9/2014 2:41:26 PM
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    2/9/2014 2:48:08 PM
  • Rousing national anthems done and dusted, it's time to get into the action in this third and final game of the second round. Allan kicks towards the French pack to get things underway. 
    2/9/2014 3:00:47 PM
  • 1 min: Early kicking exchange between the sides to get going before a strong kick to touch by Plisson. Italy win the ball from their own line-out. 
    2/9/2014 3:02:16 PM
  • 2 mins: Doussain looks to make a break off the back of the scrum but there is no advantage for France and Plisson kicks the first penalty of the match into touch. Line-out for France on the Italian 22. 
    2/9/2014 3:03:41 PM
  • 4 mins: France will the line-out and drive well over the gain-line knowing they had the advantage. Picamole driving with intent but France spill the ball at the breakdown and Doussain lines up to take the three points.
    2/9/2014 3:05:13 PM
  • 5 mins: Dreadful first attempt from Doussain as he pulls it left of the posts from a relatively easy position. Looked like a nailed on lead for France, as it is, we remain scoreless.  
    2/9/2014 3:06:10 PM
  • 6 mins: Italy penalised straight from the restart for an early tackle from Iannone and Doussain points to the posts. It's just inside the Italian half.
    2/9/2014 3:07:10 PM
  • 7 mins: Another miss from Doussain, which will do little for his confidence. This time it didn't even reach the posts. Despite missing two kicks, France look potent as they continue to attack. 
    2/9/2014 3:08:15 PM
  • 8 mins: France work their way through eight phases before Plisson loses patience and makes a hasty drop-goal attempt, which ended as ugly as Doussain's early place-kicking.
    2/9/2014 3:09:20 PM
  • 9 mins: Knock on from Gori results in a scrum on the Italian 22. The visitors are struggling to get away from their own territory early doors. 
    2/9/2014 3:10:09 PM
  • The French crowd always bring colour to any Six Nations game

    2/9/2014 3:10:30 PM
  • SKY BET ODDS
    [betting]Sky Bet are underway in their in-play odds on France v Italy. The visitors are a massive 10/1 to conjure up a win, but they’ll surely have to get the first try of the game if they’re to do so. We go 7/2 on that. Bet in-play here.
    2/9/2014 3:10:56 PM
  • 10 mins: Doussain feeds it into the scrum and Picamoles picks up from the back and drives on. France looking to use the width of the pitch but their attack break downs as Italy force the turnover. 
    2/9/2014 3:11:31 PM
  • 11 mins: Italy force their way into French territory, courtesy of their veteran leader Parisse. The break forces France to concede a penalty and Italy point to the posts. 
    2/9/2014 3:13:26 PM
  • 13 mins: Garcia takes his time to line up the kick but lacks the distance. Three kicks at goal between the sides, no score as yet. On we go...
    2/9/2014 3:14:33 PM
  • 14 mins: Italy threatening to break their way into French territory but the kick doesn't find touch and France come back at the visitors. 
    2/9/2014 3:15:53 PM
  • 15 mins: After a steady start, Italy are starting to get their foot in the door as the launch another attack before conceding the penalty at the breakdown, which Plisson kicks to touch. 
    2/9/2014 3:16:41 PM
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  • 17 mins: Scrambled line-out eventually collected by France and they move quickly, leaving Italy briefly on the back foot. Italy soon offering some resistance and Plisson kicks for touch, just inside the corner flag. 
    2/9/2014 3:18:19 PM
  • 18 mins: Parisse takes the line-out by Italy are tackled on their own try line. Scrum on 5 metres and France have the put-in. Excellent chance to drive over the line from here. 
    2/9/2014 3:19:37 PM
  • 19 mins: Excellent scrummaging from Italy, forcing France to concede the penalty but their kick to touch fails to make it out. France charge back with ever-potent Bastereaud, who charges through a series of tacklers. 
    2/9/2014 3:21:35 PM
  • 20 mins: Once again, the Italians out-scrum the French pack and McClean successfully kicks to touch from the subsequent penalty. 
    2/9/2014 3:22:32 PM
  • 22 mins: Italy take an audacious kick through the middle, knowing they have the penalty advantage. None gained and Garcia again lines up the kick from just inside the France half. 
    2/9/2014 3:24:31 PM
  • 24 mins: Garcia gets this distance on this occasion but unfortunately not the accuracy as his kick drifts right of posts. 
    2/9/2014 3:25:40 PM
  • 25 mins: France win a penalty from the restart and Plisson kicks deep into the Italian 22. France take their own line-out and look to establish a driving maul. 
    2/9/2014 3:26:37 PM
  • Dimitri Szarzewski tries to find a way to score a try

    2/9/2014 3:27:21 PM
  • 26 mins: France sustaining the pressure on the Italian defence, working through seven phases, before winning the penalty. Doussain will kick for the posts. 
    2/9/2014 3:28:17 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league]FRANCE 3-0 ITALY
    Finally, we have points on the board as Doussain quickly slots home the penalty and France are keen to get the pressure back on Italy. 
    2/9/2014 3:29:13 PM
  • 28 mins: Chances for the Italians on the left but it is broken down as Dulin concedes the penalty. Hands in the ruck and the France full-back is lucky to avoid the sin bin for such a cynical penalty. 
    2/9/2014 3:30:35 PM
  • [goal-rugby-league]FRANCE 3-3 ITALY
    Italy match France's score through the boot of Allan after Dulin's infringement. 
    2/9/2014 3:31:25 PM
  • 30 mins: Better scrum from France this time but again Italy are awarded the penalty, which Parisse takes quickly. Put-in wasn't straight, apparently.
    2/9/2014 3:33:39 PM
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