Autumn internationals

Live text as Ireland are beaten by South Africa, after England thrash Fiji and Wales slump to defeat against Argentina

10 November 2012 Last updated at 20:14 GMT

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  1. 1948: 

    A bruising day for Wales and Ireland with defeats by Argentina and South Africa respectively, happier times for England though as they cruise past Fiji at Twickenham.

    I'll be back tomorrow as Scotland face the daunting task of trying to hand New Zealand their first defeat as world champions - kick-off is at 14:30 GMT. There will also be live coverage on BBC One and full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    And there's plenty more to come next weekend. Wales host Samoa on Friday, and on Saturday England play Australia, Ireland A take on Fiji and Scotland tackle South Africa. See you all then.

  2. 1932: 

    Injured Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll at the Aviva Stadium on BBC Two: "We soaked up too much pressure, allowing them to come at us. You can't sit back on a lead against South Africa. They had that pressure and probably deserved their victory."


    SANiceGuy on Twitter: "South Africa there for the taking? Yea if you play both halves rather than just the one. SA turned up 2nd, Ireland didn't."

    SnipBitz on Twitter:"Ireland lacking in speed, creation and running flair. Better performance than in New Zealand though."

    Orthandtrauma on Twitter: "Great match interesting turn around in discipline in SA team."

  4. 1925: 

    South Africa scrum-half Ruan Pienaar on BBC Two: "We had a terrible first half, made a lot of mistakes and forced a lot of passes. But in the second half our forwards made a huge step up, got some good drives going and forced them to make errors."

  5. 1923: 

    Injured Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll at the Aviva Stadium on BBC Two: "South Africa were there for the taking. After a nine-point lead at half-time the lads are going to be very disappointed. We spoke about not letting South Africa have a purple patch, but they did right have one at the start of the second half."

    FULL-TIME- Ireland 12-16 South Africa

    Winning ugly, it's the Springbok way. And boy has this been ugly. I mean we're talking warthog ugly, big yellow tusks, copious facial hair, the works. But a win's a win and South Africa launch their European tour with a victory.

  7. 75 mins: 
    Ireland 12-16 South Africa

    Ireland need a bit of magic here. They move it left and then right but South Africa are hungry for work and replacement flanker Marcell Coetzee comes flying in with a big hit. Ireland recycle but when they take it into contact South Africa's greater power again tells and they win the latest in a series of penalties at the breakdown.


    Lynn on Twitter: "Come on Ireland big effort required for last 10 - you can do it!"

    BBC Sport's Keith Wood at the Aviva Stadium

    "Ireland need to mix up their game. They kicked very well in the first half but need to carry the ball an awful lot more now because South Africa's defensive play has pinned them back."

  10. 72 mins: 
    Ireland 12-16 South Africa

    From the opening moments of the half, as South Africa finally cranked into gear, it looked ominous for Ireland, and the Springboks have now scored 13 unanswered points. They only lead by four points though, and when Ireland win a penalty at a scrum, hope surges anew round the Aviva Stadium.

  11. 69 mins: 
    PENALTY- Ireland 12-16 South Africa (Lambie penalty)

    Ireland are penalised in front of their own posts as Mike Ross folds in at a scrum and goes to ground. Lambie bangs the kick through the posts, and it's hard to see where Ireland go from here.

  12. 65 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Ireland 12-13 South Africa (Lambie missed penalty)

    The youthful Lambie falls short with a long-range penalty attempt. This one's going to the wire.


    Fraser Kay on Twitter: "One of the highlights for Ireland today has to be the play of Simon Zebo at full-back. Quick, great feet and looks dangerous."

  14. 60 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Ireland 12-13 South Africa (Sexton missed penalty)

    Sexton falls short with a long-range penalty. Ireland have weathered the Springbok storm - can they get their noses back in front? They won't get too many chances and another assault runs out of steam in the arms of giant South Africa second row Eben Etzebeth.


    BBC Sport's Jason Mohammad: "Want more rugby? 7pm @bbcthree for tries, debuts and some great interviews from @official_rfu Stuart Lancaster and others."

  16. 58 mins: 
    Ireland 12-13 South Africa

    Ireland go back on the attack but they lack the power to punch through the Bok defence and South Africa boom a clearance kick deep into home territory.

  17. 55 mins: 
    Ireland 12-13 South Africa

    South Africa aren't pretty, but they are very, very powerful, and once they get some momentum they can be fiendishly difficult to stop. Ireland need to get the next score or this game could go downhill for them very quickly.

  18. 52 mins: 
    PENALTY- Ireland 12-13 South Africa (Lambie penalty)

    A colleague returns to the fray with a triple stack of food featuring soup as the crucial middle layer. Surely that's your base - what kind of madness is this? Back in Dublin South Africa's massive forwards are threatening to overpower Ireland and they take the lead as Lambie slots a simple kick.

  19. 44 mins: 
    TRY- Ireland 12-10 South Africa (Piennar try, Lambie conversion)

    South Africa, back to a full complement of 15 players with Pietersen's return, camp on the Ireland line. Pienaar, who plays for Irish province Ulster, dives over from a ruck for the first try of the match and Lambie's conversion from under the posts is a formality. South Africa have engaged four-wheel drive and finally found some traction. Game on.

  20. 43 mins: 
    Ireland 12-3 South Africa

    That's more like it from the Boks. Big, grinding maul from South Africa takes them to within a yard of the Ireland line before Jamie Heaslip illegally drops it and is sent to the sin bin.

  21. 41 mins: 
    Ireland 12-3 South Africa

    We're back under way. Ireland will be more than happy with the scoreline, but surely South Africa will be better in the second half.


    Injured Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll at the Aviva Stadium on BBC Two: "We know South Africa are going to kick a lot. Invariably they take their chances on the ground but they haven't done that this half. If we can continue the positive mindset we had in the first half, we can score more points."


    Doctor on Twitter: "Ireland closer to a try than SA. Simon Zebo most likely to get try in second half on current performance."

    Keith Wood, BBC Sport

    "I think South Africa are going to come back in this half - they have too. They haven't played any rugby yet."

  25. 1824: 
    Injured Ireland wing Rob Kearney at the Aviva Stadium on BBC Two:

    "A nine-point lead going into half-time is a good result. Obviously we won't have fully proved our critics wrong until full-time. South Africa are playing poorly but Ireland are doing everything they should be.

    "We're trying to play rugby, upped the tempo and playing the quick ball. We're not kicking a huge amount of ball. If any side looks likely to score a try it's us."

  26. 1818: 
    HALF-TIME- Ireland 12-3 South Africa

    Ireland have been the better team but they have been ably asisted by the Springboks, who are an ill-disciplined shadow of their normal intimidating selves. South Africa may be missing some of their big names but should not be this poor and their half is summed up as Ruan Pinenaar fails with a long-range penalty on the stroke of half-time.


    Nathaniel Breakwell on Twitter: "Great start for Ireland. Boks look rattled."

    Paul Michael Davies on Twitter: "It's up to Ireland to restore some Celtic rugby pride. They're doing a good job so far."

    Nick Deeble on Twitter: "The Springboks are there for the taking! Come on Ireland!"

  28. 38 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Ireland 12-3 South Africa (Sexton missed penalty)

    Ireland get a maul on the march and win a penalty as South Africa drag it down. Every time Ireland get in their half the Boks infringe but Sexton fails to make it five from five as the ball drifts inches wide.

  29. 33 mins: 
    Ireland 12-3 South Africa

    South Africa are in danger of losing their heads here. From the kick-off JP Pietersen tackles Chris Henry early and without using his arms and is rightly sent to the bin.

    Ireland are not happy and it sparks a big dust-up. It never quite degenerates into a brawl but there are plenty of fired-up players out there now, and when Ireland win a penalty at a scrum soon after, the cheer from the crowd is full-throated.

  30. 29 mins: 
    PENALTY- Ireland 12-3 South Africa (Sexton penalty)

    South Africa infringe once again, Francois Hougaard caught offside, and Sexton edges Ireland further ahead. Solid from the fly-half.

  31. 26 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Ireland 9-3 South Africa (Lambie missed penalty)

    Lambie from a metre inside Ireland's half, the ball drifts wide. The Irish fans lift the noise level as they try to inspire their team. It's not a classic this one, but Ireland are clearly trying to play with more pace and ambition than the Springboks, who are happy to rely on their power game when they have the ball.

  32. 20 mins: 
    DISALLOWED TRY- Ireland 9-3 South Africa (Sexton penalty)

    South Africa infringe, Sexton kicks the penalty, we're back to a six-point gap.

  33. 16 mins: 
    PENALTY- Ireland 6-3 South Africa (Lambie penalty)

    Lambie looks as though he belongs in a chorister's ruff rather than Springbok green but the boyish 22-year-old shows his big-match temperament as he lands the Boks' first points.

  34. 15 mins: 
    Ireland 6-0 South Africa

    South Africa win a penalty after hooker Adriaan Strauss bumps off several tacklers like an irritated hippo. The visitors are starting to get their big ball carriers on the front foot and they soon earn another penalty, this time in kicking range.

  35. 10 mins: 
    PENALTY- Ireland 6-0 South Africa (Sexton penalty)

    Sexton punishes the Bok indiscretion and Ireland lead 6-0 without having done very much. South Africa shooting themselves in the foot here.

  36. 9 mins: 
    Ireland 3-0 South Africa

    Scrappy start in Dublin, knocks-ons and penalties disrupting the flow. South Africa are ruled offside from a poor Pat Lambie kick and Sexton will go for goal.

  37. 6 mins: 
    PENALTY- Ireland 3-0 South Africa (Sexton penalty)

    Ireland win a throw-in near the South Africa line and earn a penalty as Duane Vermeulen interferes with Jamie Heaslip as he jumps for the ball. Jonathan Sexton bisects the uprights, the hosts are on the board.


    Doctor on Twitter: "So far Ireland better at singing the national anthem."

    Polski Pete on Twitter: "Who is who? I can't distinguish between the two!"

    Tom Bonner on Twitter: "Shirts are way too similar in the Ireland game."

  39. 3 mins: 
    Ireland 0-0 South Africa

    A huge roar greets the first Ireland attack. The hosts are wearing a largely black strip with green details - they look like an expensive box of mints.

  40. 1 min: 
    Ireland 0-0 South Africa

    Jonathan Sexton bangs the ball deep and we're under way in Dublin.

  41. 1729: 
    Ireland v South Africa

    Injured Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll on BBC One: "I think Ireland will be very focused on the performance today rather than the result."

  42. 1728: 

    So, the Six Nations champions lose at home to the bottom team in the Rugby Championship. Doesn't augur well for the rest of the autumn does it. First up to try and remedy the situation are Ireland.

    They've won three of their last four games with South Africa but lost the most recent Test, in 2010, and trail 15-4 overall, with one drawn game.

  43. 1727:  
    Keith Wood, BBC SportIreland v South Africa (1730)

    "South Africa are big, meaty men and every game you play against them is based on physicality."

  44. 1725: 

    Helen McNab on Twitter: "Good to see Brian O'Driscoll on #bbcrugby. I'd prefer to see him without a cast on his leg and working his magic on the pitch though."

  45. 1721: 
    Ireland v South Africa (1730)

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer on absent prop Tendai Mtawarira, who was taken to hospital after suffering heart palpitations: "It's quite a setback for us but his health comes first. I was worried but we have a great medical staff. He is in good spirits and I'm happy he is healthy."

  46. 1713: 
    Ireland v South Africa (1730)

    Ireland coach Declan Kidney, ahead of his side's home match against South Africa, insists they have not been psychologically scarred by their 60-0 summer defeat by New Zealand. He told BBC One: "We've got a bit of catching up to do and it's nice to be back on the pitch. I'm not worried about a possible hangover - we've dealt with it and moved on."

  47. 1709: 

    Injured England full-back Ben Foden on Twitter: "Good solid start for the England boys, congrats to all the new caps! Great games for Tom Youngs and MOM Alex Goode!"

  48. 1706: 

    Stephen Orwin on Twitter: "Wish everyone would stop hyping Wales. Argentina deserve it, they are a good team!"

    Damien Townsend on Twitter: "Howley has so far managed four losses from four during his tenure as coach. Poor tactics, selection and game plan consistent in all."

  49. 1653: 

    Next up, Ireland against South Africa at 17:30. Hard to call that one, but after Argentina's win over Wales, you'd have to favour the boys from the south...

  50. 1651: 

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Sky Sports: "We will take the positives - there were lots of things we did well, but also some rusty areas we will have to work on before next week, no doubt. For a first hit out against a committed Fiji side we will take it. But we're going to have to go up several gears for next week."


    Reuben_Henry on Twitter: "Wales were woeful. There's the three W's predicted."

    Ful_Mar on Twitter: "Two cracking tries for Exeter today - Johnson (England) and Camacho (Argentina). Come on you Chiefs!"


    Bew08 on Twitter: "Could have been worse. If the last Argentina penalty went over they'd be above us in IRB rankings"


    Wales fan Joel Hughes on Twitter: "Am sat, dazed and confused in front of the telly..."

    Alan Davies on Twitter: "Crowd should claim their money back."

    FULL-TIME- Wales 12-26 Argentina

    Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe on BBC One: "This is a good win for us. We've been striving for this win as a new group. For us, the most important thing is to reaffirm what we are doing. It's fantastic to win against the team which won the Six Nations."


    Former England captain Will Carling on Twitter: "Decent start by England to the month. Tough game, mentally with what awaits. Plenty to work on, more precision needed but this was first game."

  56. FULL-TIME: 
    FULL-TIME- England 54-12 Fiji

    In contrast to the scenes in Cardiff, there's plenty of smiles from the hosts in London after an enterprising display at Twickenham. England will be frustrated by the chances they left on the field - they could have virtually doubled their tally of tries - but it is still their biggest win against the Pacific Island nation.

    Jonathan Davies, BBC SportFULL-TIME- Wales 12-26 Argentina

    "Wales didn't show anything in attack, but their defending was good in the first half. However, second half Argentina cut them apart. With the injuries they got to key players, it's going to be a very tough month for Wales."

  58. 78 mins: 
    TRY- England 54-12 Fiji (Kalou converted try)

    Fiji have the final word, Sekonaia Kalou drilling over from close range for a converted try, but England will be happy with their day's work.

    FULL-TIME- Wales 12-26 Argentina

    Boos ring around the Millennium Stadium as Wales slump to a fourth straight international defeat - their worst sequence since 2010.

    78 mins:- Wales 12-26 Argentina

    Wales finally show signs of promise in Argentine territory, but McCusker selfishly goes for the line with team-mates in support.

  61. 75 mins: 
    England 54-5 Fiji (Tuilagi try, Farrell conversion)

    Fifty up for England as Tuilagi biffs his way through the attempted tackle of Josh Matavesi (born and raised in Cornwall) to score his second try. Farrell converts.

  62. 73 mins: 
    England 47-Fiji 5

    England win a scrum against the head but spurn a chance to add to their try tally as Mike Brown dives over from a ruck but loses the ball just before he touches down.

    75 mins- Wales 12-26 Argentina

    Sanchez is clearly a man who fancies his chances with the boot. The Pumas win a penalty on the halfway line and he has no qualms about kicking for goal. But he fails to bag another attempt as his effort falls short.

  64. 70 mins: 
    England 47-Fiji 5

    Ten minutes to go, a host of youngsters on the field, can England finish in style?


    Martyn Jones on Twitter: "Somebody call a taxi for Rob Howley..."

    72 mins: PENALTY- Wales 12-26 Argentina

    Captain Warburton leaves the field with blood pouring from a facial wound, seconds after Wales are penalised again for failing to release the tackler. Sanchez steps up and converts from the touchline. It has gone very quiet in the Millennium Stadium.

  67. 69 mins: 
    England 47-5 Fiji (Tuilagi try, Farrell missed conversion)

    That's a bit more like it from England, Tuilagi diving over in the corner. Replacement fly-half Owen Farrell narrowly fails to convert from wide out.

  68. 66 mins: 
    England 42-5 Fiji

    Dropped it! Ben Youngs nearly scores from Sharples' inside pass but the replacement scrum-half just fails to touch down under pressure. England are still well on top but some of the intensity has gone out of the game.


    Fraser Kay on Twitter: "The second half has seen a different Argentina performance, Camacho with a fantastic finish, second try in five minutes."

    James Melsome on Twitter: "Welsh are playing pathetically. We couldn't beat an under 12s team at this rate."

    65 mins- Wales 12-23 Argentina

    Wales win a penalty and take their time over which tactic to adopt. Warburton gives the nod to Priestland - and he whacks into touch as Wales go for the line-out. But it's a poor set-piece as Lobbe beats Evans to Hibbard's throw.

    61 mins: CONVERTED TRY- Wales 12-23 Argentina

    Things have gone from bad to worse for Wales. After winning a line-out deep in Wales territory, Argentina take advantage as Camacho squeezes in the far corner to touch down. Referee Romain Poite goes to the television replay, but there is no doubt about it - try. And Sanchez lands the conversion with a clinical touchline kick.

  72. 57 mins: 
    TRY- England 42-5 Fiji (Sharples try, Flood conversion)

    England get away with blatant obstruction from Brad Barritt in midfield, but when they move the ball the other way Flood's looping pass sets up Sharples to score his second try. England bring on more replacements - which means younger brother Ben Youngs joins hooker Tom on the field. Dad Nick, a former Enland international himself, must be somewhat chuffed. They're the 10th set of brothers to represent England, the first since Steffon and Delon Armitage in 2009.

  73. 53 mins: 
    TRY- England 35-5 Fiji (Matawalu try, Matavesi missed conversion)

    Spectacular solo try from Glasgow scrum-half Nicola Matawalu. He picks off a pass from Ugo Monye, steps past Tuilagi, chips ahead, kicks ahead once more and wins the race to touch down, the Twickenham crowd roaring their approval. Fiji may lack the collective excellence of England but they have some superb individuals in their ranks.

    56 mins: CONVERTED TRY- Wales 12-16 Argentina

    Argentina burst down the middle for the first time - and it reaps a huge reward for the visitors. Two superb off-loads from Leguizamon and then Lobbe put in the supporting Imhoff, who rounds Halfpenny to score a superb try. Big test of Welsh character now. Sanchez adds the extras.

    52 mins: DROP-GOAL- Wales 12-9 Argentina

    Sanchez has missed two penalties for the Pumas but he has certainly found his range with a long-range drop. With few try-scoring opportunities, he has another go - and it's not a bad tactic as it brings his side back within three points.

  76. 48 mins: 
    England 35-0 Fiji (Johnson, Flood conversion)

    Lovely score. England swing the ball from touchline to touchline and Flood and Goode again combine crisply, before Chris Robshaw generously sends Tom Johnson over for his first international try.

  77. 46 mins: 
    England 28-0 Fiji

    Real ambition from England, with off-loads galore as they look to open Fiji up through the middle and out wide. Dan Cole rumbles over but is held up in the tackle. Loose-head Mako Vunipola comes on for his debut in place of Joe Marler - presumably being rested for harder days to come.

    49 mins: PENALTY- Wales 12-6 Argentina

    Leigh Halfpenny turns away almost immediately after the ball leaves his trusty right boot. He knows it is over for his fourth penalty of the afternoon - as does the Millennium Stadium crowd. Bit of breathing space for the home side now.

    48 mins- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    Sad sight as Pumas veteran Felipe Contepomi hobbles back into the stadium on crutches after his first-half knee injury.

    45 mins- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    Another Welsh mistake, this time for feet off the ground, hands Sanchez the chance to make amends. But the Pumas fly-half comically loses his footing and sees his kick skid along into Welsh hands.

  81. 41 mins: 
    PENALTY- England 28-0 Fiji (Penalty Flood)

    Back under way at Twickenham. Just one request from the 82,000 fans at Twickenham - more tries please lads. They'll have to make do with a penalty initially as Fiji struggle at the scrum once again.

    42 mins- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    Argentina have an early chance to level things up for a third time after Wales are penalised for not releasing. Nicolas Sanchez steps up but sees his curling effort hit the inside of the Welsh post. Another sigh of relief for the hosts.

    Wales 9-6 Argentina

    Following Alun Wyn Jones' withdrawal, Wales have been forced into a reshuffle as Pumas get the second half back under way. Back-rower Rob McCusker replaced Jones with Josh Turnbull moving to second row.

    Half-time- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    BBC Sport pundit, and Wales most-capped player, Stephen Jones at the Millennium Stadium: "It's been a slightly frustrating half because of a few handling errors. If Wales keep the ball and go through the phases they will get the scores. The big positive is we are creating opportunities, but have to be more clinical in the second half."


    Former England scrum-half Austin Healey on Twitter: "England and Wales look rusty and lateral in attack. Both must straighten draw and pass."

    Ex-England scrum-half Matt Dawson on 5 live Sports Extra

    "There is only so much you can do as a star player in this Fiji side when your set-piece is getting obliterated. England's line-outs are well drilled and the scrums are verging on a farce because England are so dominant. It was just a matter of time for England because Fiji are giving penalties away willy-nilly and England are punishing them. There are some great signs for England - I am seeing a lot of Chris Robshaw, Tom Johnson, and a huge amount of Alex Goode at the back."

  87. Half-time: 

    It's been a frustrating half for Wales in Cardiff, but England will be much happier with their efforts in London. Wales have been too lateral in attack to open up Argentina, although they are creating opportunities.

    England started slowly and took 15 minutes to get going against Fiji, but once their pack established control they started to dominate possession and territory at Twickenham. They left a few points on the paddock, but will be looking to run in lots more tries in the second 40.


    Matthew Harris on Twitter: "England's rugby team is passing like England's football team."

    Crispin John on Twitter: "Wales looking aggressive when they've got the ball, but they are having trouble hanging on to it. Must TRY harder!"

    Gavin Chapman on Twitter: "Terrible terrible rugby match. Wales showing how they're so overrated though."

    Jonathan Davies, BBC SportHalf-time- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    "Argentina have dominated the game territorially and in possession. It's been a very scrappy first half but no-one is really hitting the straps yet. It's anyone's game."

    39 mins- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    Not Alun Wyn Jones's finest 10 minutes in a Wales shirt. First he loses possession in a promising position, then gets turned over, before finally departing with what looks to be a wrist injury.

  91. 38 mins: 
    TRY- England 25-0 Fiji (Monye try, Flood missed conversion)

    The hosts go close again through Sharples, but the winger is denied a second try when the ball just goes into touch as he tries to touch down his kick ahead. No matter. England come right back at Fiji and when the visitors give away the latest in a series of penalties, Goode takes it quickly and sends Ugo Monye over in the corner. Flood hits the woodwork with the converison attempt from wide on the left.

  92. 35 mins: 
    TRY- England 20-0 Fiji (penalty try, Flood conversion)

    That's more like it, says Marler. After his dire pass a couple of minutes before the loose-head prop returns to the coalface and combines with the rest of the pack to batter Fiji back over their line at a scrum. Referee Glen Jackson has no hesitation in marching under the sticks, making Flood's conversion a formality.

    38 mins- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    But the attack breaks down when Alun Wyn Jones is penalised for coming in from the side. Wasted opportunity.

    36 mins- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    First real try-scoring opportunity for Wales as Priestland's 50m kick - after the Pumas are penalised for not releasing - gives the home side promising field position.

  95. 33 mins: 
    England 13-0 Fiji

    Marler's been taking lessons from Care. A step and delayed pass from Goode creates space out wide but Marler passes straight into the first row of the stands. Not good from the prop, who is normally very comfortable with ball in hand.

    34 mins:- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams on BBC One: "Argentina are controlling the game to be fair. What will please Wales is they have probably only been in Argentina's half three times - and they have come away with nine points."


    Mennem on Twitter: "Looks like the England boys have all been to the hairdresser this week."

  98. 31 mins: 
    England 13-0 Fiji

    After the pace, the power. Youngs hits his jumper at the back of the line-out and a surging maul takes England close. Fiji hold out and from the ensuing scrum the ball squirts loose and Fiji threaten to counter. England intercept but a shocking pass from Care dribbles apologetically along the ground and Joe Marler knocks out. England dominating at Twickenham.


    Chloe Osterloff on Twitter: "Devastated for Contepomi, awful way to have to end a game and possibly your career. No denying that he's one of the best there is!"

    27 mins: PENALTY- Wales 9-6 Argentina

    Halfpenny makes it three from three with another penalty, after the Pumas were caught offside, to put Wales ahead for the first time.

    25 mins:- Wales 6-6 Argentina

    Roberts gingerly clambers to his feet, but is quickly replaced by James Hook. And it seems Roberts will play no further part in this afternoon's action.

    23 mins:- Wales 6-6 Argentina

    Wales centre Jamie Roberts is on the turf and looks dazed and confused after clashing heads with Tiesi. There's a dark circle around his eye - but thankfully it is paint off the turf and not bruising.

    20 mins:- Wales 6-6 Argentina

    Ambitious long-range drop from Pumas fly-half Sanchez - but there's a collective sigh of relief inside the Millennium Stadium as it drifts harmlessly wide.

  104. 25 mins: 
    PENALTY- England 13-0 Fiji (Flood penalty)

    Another pacy attack from England, more points courtesy of Flood's boot as Fiji infringe in desperation. Stuart Lancaster's men are attacking with real verve, Flood and Goode firing out the passes in midfield to feed the weaponry out wide.

  105. 21 mins: 
    TRY- England 10-0 Fiji (Sharples try, Flood conversion)

    Fine score from England to open the scoring. Care, back on the field after his time on the naughty step, makes a half-break from a line-out. England move the ball crisply down the line and Goode feeds Sharples, who slices infield off his wing and beats a handful of Fiji tacklers to score. Not good from the visitors, very nice from the hosts.

    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport

    "I think Argentina have dominated possession. But whenever Wales have had possession they have looked quite threatening."

  107. 19 mins: 
    PENALTY- England 3-0 Fiji (Flood penalty)

    England launch their first real attack, with hooker Tom Youngs featuring prominently. Fiji fall offside and Flood strikes the ball between the posts to put the hosts ahead.

  108. 16 mins: 
    Wales 6-6 Argentina

    Argentina have been forced to rethink their gameplan after Felipe Contepomi was carried off on a stretcher just before Halfpenny's kick. The centre's right knee buckled underneath him in the Wales tackle - it looked very painful indeed.

  110. 15 mins: 
    England 0-0 Fiji (Missed penalty Talebula)

    England lose a scrum against the head, but are awarded a penalty and clear their lines. Fiji enjoying territorial advantage at Twickenham, and they are awarded a penalty as England are penalised for holding on, but Metuisela Talebula's effort falls short.

  111. 14 mins: 
    PENALTY- Wales 6-6 Argentina (Halfpenny penalty)

    Another clean strike from Halfpenny, who converts from the right touchline to level for the second time.

  112. 10 mins: 
    England 0-0 Fiji

    England scrum-half Danny Care is sin-binned for taking a man over the horizontal and not returning him to ground safely. There doesn't look much in it and Care looks baffled as he heads for the touchline.

    Fiji nearly punish 14-man England immediately, with Api Naikatani and Akapusi Qera combining to take them within a couple of yards of the England line, but the hosts hold out.

  113. 9 mins: 
    DROP-GOAL- Wales 3-6 Argentina (Sanchez drop-goal )

    The Pumas drive forward and with few options Sanchez goes for the drop-goal - which sails over the posts.

  114. 7 mins: 
    PENALTY- Wales 3-3 Argentina (Halfpenny penalty)

    Wales level within three minutes as Halfpenny confidently lands a 25m penalty following an Argentine mistake.

  115. 6 mins: 
    England 0-0 Fiji

    Fiji miss a penalty. England threaten to counter through Tuilagi, but his pass is intercepted. Fiji kick possession away and the hosts clear their lines.

  116. 4 mins: 
    PENALTY- Wales 0-3 Argentina (Contepomi penalty)

    Wales lock Ian Evans concedes a penalty for a high tackle and Argentine centre Contepomi converts from 30 metres.

  117. 1 min: 
    England 0-0 Fiji

    Massive scrum first up from England - the home eight rumbling forwards like a cathedral on wheels and leaving Fiji's pack in pieces. Ominous for the Pacific Islanders.


    Matteo Bassan on Twitter: "C'mon Wales! Vamos Pumas! Gimme a good rugby match!"

    Ellis Bailey on Twitter: "Looking forward to watching the rugby this afternoon. Glad to see my boy Ugo Monye back in the side!"

    Jonathan Patterson on Twitter: "82,000 at Twickenham for a second tier nation...a great expression of the nation's interest."

  119. 1435: 

    Fiji offer up the challenge of the Cibi - their version of the haka, and we're under way.

  120. 1432: 

    The anthems are over - Chris Robshaw's girlfiend Camilla Kerslake with the honours at Twickenham - and we're just seconds away from kick-off in London and Cardiff.

  121. 1430: 

    Flames leap towards the roof in Cardiff as Wales and Argentina take to the field. The respective captains place wreaths to mark Remembrance Sunday, which is tomorrow, and a bugler sounds the Last Post. At Twickenham there is a minute's silence to the remember the fallen.

  122. 1425: 

    So the build-up's nearly over, the players are putting on their skin-tight shirts - England scrum-half Danny Care needs a designated puller round the back to get his on - and we've just got the anthems between us and the action.

  123. 1422: 
    And here are the teams for Cardiff:

    Wales: 15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-Alex Cuthbert, 13-Scott Williams, 12-Jamie Roberts, 11-George North, 10-Rhys Priestland, 9-Tavis Knoyle; 1-Gethin Jenkins, 2-Matthew Rees, 3-Aaron Jarvis, 4-Alun Wyn Jones, 5-Ian Evans, 6-Josh Turnbull, 7-Sam Warburton (c), 8-Toby Faletau

    Replacements: 16-Richard Hibbard, 17-Ryan Bevington, 18-Paul James, 19-Rob McCusker, 20-Justin Tipuric, 21-Mike Phillips, 22-James Hook, 23-Liam Williams

    Argentina: 15-Juan Martin Hernandez, 14-Gonzalo Camacho, 13-Gonzalo Tiesi, 12-Felipe Contepomi, 11-Juan Imhoff, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 9-Martin Landajo; 1-Marcos Ayerza, 2-Eusebio Guinazu, 3-Juan Figallo, 4-Manuel Carizza,5-Julio Farias Cabello, 6-Leonardo Senatore, 7-Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 8-Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (c)

    Replacements: 16-Agustin Creevy, 17-Bruno Postiglioni, 18-Juan Gomez, 19-Tomas Vallejos Cinalli, 20-Tomas Leonardi, 21-Nicolas Vergallo, 22-Horacio Agulla, 23-Joaquin Tuculet

  124. 1421: 
    Let's have a look at the teams for Twickenham:

    England: 15-Alex Goode, 14-Charlie Sharples, 13-Manu Tuilagi, 12-Brad Barritt, 11-Ugo Monye, 10-Toby Flood, 9-Danny Care; 1-Joe Marler, 2-Tom Youngs, 3-Dan Cole, 4-Geoff Parling, 5-Tom Palmer, 6-Tom Johnson, 7-Chris Robshaw (captain), 8-Thomas Waldron.

    Replacements: 16-David Paice, 17-Dave Wilson, 18-Mako Vunipola, 19-Joe Launchbury, 20-Tom Wood, 21-Ben Youngs, 22-Owen Farrell, 23-Mike Brown.

    Fiji: 15-Simeli Koniferedi, 14-Samu Wara, 13-Vereniki Goneva, 12-Sireli Naqelevuki, 11-Watisoni Votu, 10-Metuisela Talebula, 9-Nicola Matawalu; 1-Ratu Makutu, 2-Viliame Veikoso, 3-Deacon Manu (captain), 4-Leone Nakawara, 5-Apisolame Ratuniyarawa, 6-Api Naikatani, 7-Malaki Ravulo, 8-Akapusi Qera.

    Replacements: 16-Seremaia Naureure, 17-Setafano Samoca, 18-Manasa Saulo, 19-Sekonaia Kalou, 20-Iliesa Ratuva, 21-Kelemedi Bola, 22-Josh Matavesi, 23-Ravai Fatiaki.

    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport

    "Grey overhead but dry at Twickenham. Pitch in usual tippety-top nick. Minimal wind. What's that? Oh, behave."

  126. 1415: 
    And the oppo?

    After years without regular competition, Argentina finally joined the former Tri-Nations - rebranded as the Rugby Championship - this year. They didn't win a game but drew at home to South Africa and only lost narrowly home and away to Australia.

    They will be as beefy as usual up front but have added a new dimension to their attacking play out wide and Wales cannot afford to be below their best.

  127. 1408: 
    How about Wales?

    Wales, who host Argentina in Cardiff, were probably the unhappiest team this summer after losing their Test series against Australia 3-0. The Six Nations champions may be the best of the European teams but they just cannot win the big games.

    They lost by two and then one point in their final two matches against the Wallabies in the summer and have lost their last seven games against Australia, the last six by single figures. They say international sport is played largely in the head - Wales have to learn how to win games, because few people doubt they have the talent.

  128. 1402: 
    Who are the visitors?

    Everybody's favourite second team, Fiji combine spectacular rugby, imposing size and pace right throughout the team with a lack of power in the tight, a loose gameplan which can come adrift against a well organised defence and a lack of familiarity which comes from too little time training together.

    Their biggest disadvantage is that they have to pull together players scattered throughout the rugby-playing world. Get it right though, and they're the game's great entertainers. Their victory over Wales at the 2007 World Cup remains one of the sport's most memorable matches.

  129. 1352: 
    Where are England at the moment?

    England begin their autumn schedule against the Flying Fijians, followed by consecutive Tests against the southern hemisphere big three - Australia, South Africa and world champions New Zealand.

    By common consent head coach Stuart Lancaster has done a decent job since taking charge, without setting the world on fire, and England have to step up a gear over the next month.

    A match and half into their summer tour of South Africa it looked as though the Lancaster revolution was in danger of coming off the rails, but a second-half fightback in Johannesburg and a draw in the third Test meant England achieved a pass on their end of tour report card.

    They need better than that over the next few weeks though if they are to start threatening the big guns on a regular basis for the first time since the Woodward era.

  130. 1344: 
    Autumn Tests - round one

    We'll kick off our rugby smorgasbord with England v Fiji and Wales v Argentina, both at 14:30 GMT. Ireland tackle South Africa at 17:30, while Scotland play New Zealand at 14:30 on Sunday.

  131. 1328: 
    Brothers in arms

    England hand a debut to hooker Tom Youngs, brother of scrum-half Ben, who's on the bench against Fiji.

    The Leicester pair are following in the footsteps of their father Nick, himself a former England international.

    You can watch our interview with Tom here.


    Former England captain Will Carling on Twitter: "Best of luck to the Home Nations teams this weekend. Some big games. Some tough opponents. Hope they all front up and have no regrets."

  133. 1321: 
    Get in touch

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  134. 1310: 
    So who's in town over the next four weeks?

    World champions New Zealand head the cast list, with Australia and South Africa also ready to strut their stuff. Argentina, fresh from their first season on the southern hemisphere's big stage, complete the quartet of Rugby Championship sides on show. And there's everyone's favourite second teams, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, all big smiles and even bigger hits.

  135. 1300: 

    Autumn in the British Isles. The nights draw in, the leaves fall from the trees and big men from the south turn up to show us how to play rugby. Buckle up Home Nations fans, we could be in for a bumpy ride.

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