Six Nations: Scotland v Italy & France v Wales as they happened

Wales beat France 16-6 in the 2013 Six Nations, after Scotland's record 34-10 win over Italy.

9 February 2013 Last updated at 19:23 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 1921: 

    The second instalment of this year's Six Nations lacked the razzmatazz of the opening round of fixtures but not everyone likes jazz hands and breathtaking dance moves. Sometimes a war of attrition is just as compelling. Scotland leap to third in the table after their record 34-10 victory over Italy and in fourth place are Wales after they ended a run of eight successive Test defeats. There will be more rugby on Sunday as Ireland host England in a match which has already been dubbed the 'Grand Slam decider'. Well done, everyone. Thank you, as always, for your contributions. More of the same tomorrow would be splendid. Bye for now.

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    Sale Sharks' Welsh forward Andy Powell on Twitter: "Well done the Welsh boys, well deserved, great defensive effort."

  3. 1914: 

    It was more about brawn rather than beauty in a match which, in the end, was won by the team which was bold when they had to be brave. A first victory for the Welsh under Rob Howley's stewardship and a first Six Nations win in Paris for the men in red since 2005.

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    Hannah Jones on Twitter: "So chuffed with that win...it wasn't pretty but we played as a team! Perseverance pays off!"

    Jon Gripton on Twitter: "Well done Wales. Terrific performance. Gabby's hat was pretty good too!"

    James Burridge on Twitter: "Rubbish game. Stunning finish by North. Biggar justifies his selection with delicious touch."

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    The expressions of the French players sum up the largely despondent mood inside the Stade de France following the hosts' defeat by Wales.

    France
  6. 1906: 

    Eleven months have elapsed since Wales last won a rugby match. The players don't seem to have forgotten how to celebrate. Try scorer George North raises his finger in the air, then flexes his muscles for the photographer following his every move.

    Wales' George North
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    Joe Calzaghe on Twitter: "Great win for Wales!! France for the wooden spoon!....hopefully!"

    Mike Tindall on Twitter: "Congrats to @Jamiehuwroberts on his 50th cap and to celebrate with a win."

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    Wales flanker Sam Warburton on Twitter: "Absolutely amazing win!! hard work pays off, well done boys!!"

    But will get back in the team, Samuel?

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    Sir Clive Woodward, BBC Sport in Paris

    "France are in a real hole now - especially with a trip to Twickenham coming up. If Saint-Andre has got to get his selection right, it has got to be now. France are looking like a predictable team which is sad to see. It's not their strength."

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    Former England hooker Brian Moore on Twitter: "Well done Wales ending a run of defeats & for Welsh fans, a win is a win, but if you're honest a scraped win & very poor French performance."

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    Sir Clive Woodward, BBC Sport in Paris

    "I look at French rugby now and feel sorry for some of their players. You look at how good their club sides are doing, but they are just trying to be too clever and trying too hard for the national side. Philippe Saint-Andre has got to stop messing about with his players and put them in the positions they are playing well, week in, week out, for their club sides."

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    Man of the match Leigh Halfpenny on BBC One: "Words cannot describe how much this means - what a fantastic feeling. The boys played unbelievably well. We dug deep to get this fantastic win - it's been a long time coming."

  13. 1856: 

    Bottom of the table and winless. Probably best for Saint-Andre to stay indoors tomorrow and refrain from opening the curtains, or even switching the lights on. France's sparkle of old has certainly dimmed. That loss means France have now lost their opening two matches in this competition for the first time since 1982. Next for Saint-Andre and his troops is England at, er, Twickenham. Can they rediscover their sparkle for that trip to London?

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    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport in Paris

    "It wasn't the prettiest of matches but it was more important to get that result. The one bit of magic, the one chip, the one chase and a great finish, was the difference."

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    Martyn Williams, BBC Sport in Paris

    "That win was never in doubt! It was an unbelievable win. Wales have come here and won before on the back of three or four wins and full of confidence. To come on the back of eight defeats was magnificent. It was built on a great defence which suffocated France."

  16. 1852: 

    Some wondered whether Wales would ever win again. It seemed their last victory happened in a sepia-tinged aged. But after eight defeats on the trot the defending Six Nations champions - and World Cup semi-finalists lest we forget - stop the rot with a courageous victory in Paris.

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    George North dives over for his crucial second-half try in Wales' gutsy 16-6 win against France in Paris.

    Wales try-scorer George North
  18. 80 mins: 
    FULL-TIME- France 6-16 Wales

    Trinh-Duc chips over the Wales defence to remind those watching of the French adventure of old. It's all a tad too late, though. Halfpenny gathers and boots the ball into touch. Cacophony of boos greet the home team.

  19. 79 mins: 

    Tick-tock-tick-tock. France's followers seem to have sussed that their team aren't going to score 10 points in 60 seconds So they decide to jeer their team. Hymns and arias from the Welsh. France unable to get out of their own half.

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    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport in Paris

    "It's been am immense effort from Wales. It's been a great team effort and they have shown great character on the back of all those poor results to come here and get a win."

  21. 78 mins: 

    Once again, the Welsh front row collapse the scrum. France take the penalty quickly, spin the ball wide to the right wing. No joy so Les Bleus look towards captain Dusautoir for inspiration, but he is blocked by Roberts. The home team lacking a certain je ne sais quoi.

  22. 76 mins: 

    French chins are dropping while Wales seem to have a bucket full of belief and nerve. The Welsh defence rush forward, forcing France to fumble in midfield. Scrum Wales a few meters inside their own half. Four minutes remaining and the visitors are heading toward the final furlong with their necks in front.

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    Matthew Dick on Twitter: "What a try for Wales and North. Fantastic technique. Finally something to get the game going."

    Ruth Thomas on Twitter: "I've never seen Rob Howley be so expressive!!"

    RugbySlowMo on Twitter: "Can the French eat with wooden spoons? Well they will need to learn!"

  24. 73 mins: 
    PENALTY- France 6-16 Wales

    A shrug of the shoulders from France coach Saint-Andre. The travelling Welsh fans are demanding for their team to feed them until they want no more. Halfpenny closes his eyes. Takes a deep breath. Pauses. And it's a gargantuan effort from the full-back as his effort just about sails over from about 35m out.

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    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport in Paris

    "What a great kick by Biggar. The bounce favoured George North and you are not going to stop him from there. What a finish - he managed to keep his left foot in play. That is a massive, massive try."

  26. 71 mins: 
    TRY- France 6-13 Wales (North)

    France fail to stop the red tide. A perfectly-weighted chip by Biggar is gathered by North and the gigantic winger dives over. Replays show he just about manages to keep his feet from grazing the touchline. Halfpenny completes a magical couple of minutes with a wonderful touchline conversion.

  27. 70 mins: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Both teams seem so petrified at the thought of losing that they seem too scared to win. Phillips makes way for Lloyd Williams. Ten minutes remaining and a bunch of fans, wearing red berets, are beginning to cackle. Wales surging forward.

  28. 68 mins: 

    The scrum proving to be as troublesome for France as it has been for Wales and the home team are penalised, and Biggar finds touch with a confident touch finder. Jonathan Davies zooms forward... Cuthbert attempts to push Michalak from his path... Wales retaining possession. Biggar ruins his team's good work with an ill judged kick, which gifts possession to the home team.

  29. 65 mins: 

    The exhilaration and excitement of the opening weekend seems like a distant memory, although this match is set up from a nerve-jangling finale. Romain Taofifenua replaces Suta in the second-row. The lock - who is apparently about 22 stone - has played just 535 minutes in the Top 14 this season.

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    Gareth, London, via text: "This match shows why rugby unions want to control their players' contracts. Both Wales and France look disorganised and exhausted already- a symptom of so many players from both sides playing in the Top 14 which means less time spent with their respective international training squads?"

  31. 62 mins: 

    The Welsh front-row are unable to stand their ground. They wouldn't be much use in a tug-of-war on this effort, although when the ground is as sturdy as a bowl of blancmange then there is little hope for those in the boiler room. France unable to burst through a red brick wall.

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    Carwyn Owen on Twitter: "Wales need to turn possession and territory into points, not quite good enough at the moment."

    Kate Shaw on Twitter: "The most exciting thing about this game is the pitch falling apart. Snore."

    Tim Edwards on Twitter: "I've stopped painting and decorating to watch this match. Disappointing."

  33. 60 mins: 

    Wales plodding forward. Slowly, slowly, before Phillips decides to up the tempo. He need not have bothered, though, as a routine move unravels when Roberts fails to gather the ball in midfield. Another scrum. Once again the front rows cave in. Whistles from the spectators.

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    Jo, Derby, via text: "Cannot understand why everyone rates Dan Biggar, he makes just as many mistakes (if not more) than he makes good kicks. I'd like to see Hook get a chance to show what he can do."

  35. 58 mins: 

    Ken Owens takes Richard Hibbard's place in the Welsh front row. The men in red camped in enemy territory. Wales, again, penalised at the scrum, but it's a poor touch finder by the French. The visitors, back inside their own half, but with possession. George North swerves out of a tackle then barges forward. Phillips kicks ahead - but it's far too long. Sacre bleu, Mr Phillips. Ryan Jones fails to hide his frustration with his scrum-half's decision-making.

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    Sir Clive Woodward, BBC Sport in Paris

    "It's interesting to look at those last two French substitutions. They were made after exactly 10 minutes - it's very preordained. And that sums up the French style at the moment. They have been very preordained. That's not the way the French team plays at its best."

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    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Both teams at the moment are so nervous. They are not playing to win - they are playing not to lose. Psychologically that is very different. You can feel how nervous and tight this game is."

  38. 55 mins: 

    Picamoles gallops down the right wing as he escapes from the maul. Mike Phillips stops him in his tracks - and the Welsh attack from inside their own half. Fred Astaire-like footwork from Halfpenny as he steps inside his man. The visitors recycle and it's Ryan Jones with a lovely touch finder. The captain here, there and everywhere - so beware.

  39. 52 mins: 
    PENALTY- France 6-6 Wales

    Michalak retains kicking duties even though Trinh-Duc is on the pitch. Flags in the colours of the Tricolour are frantically waved in the air which suggests the outside-half was successful. Tres Bien.

  40. 51 mins: 

    What is that I hear? A brass band playing Tom Jones's Delilah. Now, that's entertainment. Back to the rugby... Jones's heroics earns his team a scrum inside their own half. But Wales are penalised for collapsing and the tide has turned, with France in a promising position. Another shrill from the referee's whistle as Wales's forwards fail to hold their ground.

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    Mike Cartmel on Twitter: "Wales need one of their storming second halves."

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    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport in Paris

    "It was lovely break by Mike Phillips to set up the field position for Halfpenny's penalty. He spotted the French prop Nicolas Mas was a little slower than the rest and it created the gap."

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    Tom Grogan on Twitter: "That is shocking decision making by Trinh-Duc, made worse by the fact that he missed. What has happened to French champagne rugby?"

  44. 48 mins: 

    Fofana has a sniff but Faletau uses his sizeable frame to bring the winger crashing down to the turf. It's the men in blue who regain possession, though, and the sound of the fans singing "allez les bleus" reverberates around the stadium. The fans are soon silenced as the ubiquitous Ryan Jones steals possession.

  45. 45 mins: 

    Forward go France, reacting like 15 angry bees whose sleep has been disturbed by playful visitors. The try line is within sight but it's another botched attack. Replacement Trinh-Duc, on as full-back, attempts a drop at goal but his radar is off target and he balloons his effort wide of the post.

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    Former France international Serge Betsen talking to BBC One on the Stade de France touchline: "I said Wales would come with intent and they did - they have come with passion and control. We didn't see passion or determination from France - it's really inconsistent."

  47. 42 mins: 
    PENALTY- France 3-6 Wales

    Szarzewski, the hooker with the One Direction haircut and labelled by some male colleagues in the office as the most handsome man in rugby, is penalised in the tackle area. Up steps Halfpenny for a shot from about 20m out. Boos from the Parisian faithful. The full-back can handle that as his effort sails between the posts.

  48. 1 mins: 

    Ok, time to go again. I know there wasn't much to sing about in the first half but there's 40 minutes remaining and I have hope. And there you go - a dash from Mike Phillips straight from the restart!

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    Lizzie Shaw on Twitter: "Gabby Logan's hat is more exciting than this match."

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    Former England hooker Brian Moore on Twitter: "Right, let's start again - running at space is easier than into players; if you offload they can't defend; scoring in 7 or 5s better than 3s."

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    Amore on Twitter: "I will never understand why Phillips always takes a step before passing at the breakdown."

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    Martyn Williams, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Wales have not really created a golden opportunity, but France had a 2-on-1 opportunity - and they blew it. That could come back to haunt them. Wales are doing a great job around the tackle area at slowing the ball down."

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    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Wales have really struggled to go over that gain line. They have gone through the phases but not gone forward. The French defence has been dominant. But Wales will be happy with 3-3 at half-time - it's all to play for in the second half."

  54. 40 mins: 
    HALF-TIME- France 3-3 Wales

    Rob Howley, hands in his pockets, leaves his seat and starts walking down the steps as his team's final move of the half comes to nadda. Biggar kicks to touch, which will allow everyone to gather their thoughts, quench their thirst and treat themselves to a couple of digestive biscuits. Or something like that.

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    Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Why are Wales running at Bastareaud? He's only there to smash you over. Run at the outside of him."

  56. 39 mins: 

    Groans from the ticket-holders as Huget's kick and chase has a bit too much oomph and Halfpenny comfortably gathers. Dusautoir fails to move away from the tackle, and Biggar finds touch. "How much time?" asks Clancy. 20-or so seconds, according to my clock Mr Clancy.

  57. 36 mins: 

    Inside pass from Roberts to North and the tank-like Scarlets winger does some damage. Faletau surges forward, as does Ryan Jones before Phillips spins it wide. The visitors encamped in opposition territory. Biggar thinks about the drop goal. Decides against it and dances beyond a couple of defenders instead. But the move unravels, Wales lose possession and France kick clear.

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    Andy, Warwick, via text: "Good start for Wales, just need to get the scoreboard ticking over and put the pressure on France!"

  59. 34 mins: 

    France's grizzly forwards, full of menace and bite, inch forward - but the boys in blue are penalised for holding on in the tackle - Picamoles the man penalised - which gives Biggar to chance to, once again, take his team away from danger.

  60. 32 mins: 

    Defence quickly turns into attack and even though Wales have enjoyed most of the territory, France look the more threatening in possession. Clancy says Rob Howley's men collapsed the maul - but it's not quite within Michalak's kicking range so the outside-half decides to find touch instead for a France line-out inside Wales's 22. Danger.

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    Ollie Turton on Twitter: "Wales are there for the taking if France start putting phases together."

  62. 28 mins: 

    The visitors enjoying plenty of possession, but their attacking bursts lacking that killer punch. Ryan Jones is pushed backwards. A chip down the right wing from Dan Biggar and Huget, the last man in defence, kicks into touch with Cuthbert and Biggar zooming towards him.

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    Bryn Palmer, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Mexican wave just gone round Stade de France. It's not been the most explosive game as yet, but it's not that bad surely?"

  64. 26 mins: 

    The Welsh forwards gain some yards but their good work is undone as Bastareud shoves the galloping North backwards. The winger retains the ball, though, and the men in red go forth once again. Coombs steals a few inches. Dan Biggar opts of the up-and-under but it's a tad too long and Yoann Huget comfortably holds, calling for the mark.

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    No quarter has been given by either side in a ferocious start to the match in Paris.

    France v Wales
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    Mike Nield on Twitter: "Anyone else see woman at Stade de France with WHALES written on her face?!"

  67. 23 mins: 

    A Halfpenny kick is charged down a few meters outside his own 22. The home team giving the Parisian crowd plenty of reasons to cheer. Forward the men in blue go but magical play from captain Jones as he tackles his man, stealing the ball in the process. A pick-pocket of some distinction that boy.

  68. 20 mins: 

    Yoann Huget skips beyond one Welsh would-be tackler, barges into another... a glimpse at the power of Bastareud... Flash, bang, wallop. Huget again in the midst, opts to go alone when he should have set Fofana free. The winger raises his arms in disbelief at his full-back's decision to fail to make the most of the two-on-one advantage. Halfpenny boots downfield to give his team a breather.

  69. 18 mins: 
    PENALTY- France 3-3 Wales

    Leigh Halfpenny negates France's early advantage with a simple kick in front of the posts. A wonderful touch-finder by Biggar eventually rewarded with three points.

  70. 16 mins: 

    Wales are presented with the option to kick at goal from just inside their own half, but Ryan Jones tells Dan Bigger to kick to touch - and the Ospreys man boots the ball 5m from the France line. A wonderful effort. A steady line-out by the visitors. The forwards attempt to barge towards the line but are thwarted by the men in blue. Responsibility goes to the Welsh backs...

  71. 15mins: 
    PENALTY- France 3-0 Wales

    Frederic Michalak, used as a scrum-half for his club Toulon in the Top 14 but trusted at outside-half by his country, finds his zen and hits it true between the posts from about 30m out.

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    Martyn Williams, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Wales have started really well - almost all the play has been in the French half. They just have to cut out the little errors and knock-ons. The French look a bit disorganised again. But Wales need to get some points - it's no good having all this territory without scoring."

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    Ed Townend on Twitter: "How long before this game is stopped to allow Titchmarsh and Dimmock on to sort the pitch out?"

  74. 13 mins: 

    Captain Dusautoir handles the ball as if it's been dipped in oil before the match. Wales attempt to capitalise but Jonathan Davies's kick ahead dribbles into touch. France launch another attack from the line-out. They spin it from right to left. Signs of patience from the French who earn a scrum and Wales are penalised, guilty of pulling down at the scrum.

  75. 10 min: 

    Sacreu bleu, or something like that. A mix up between Dan Biggar and Jamie Roberts and the Wales centre fumbles forward, ending a promising attack before it has truly begun. Another scrum to France inside their own half. Les Bleus on the back foot, but silly errors by Wales letting the home team off the hook. Got to be mean, moody and ruthless if you want to defeat the enemy.

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    Bryn Palmer, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Stade de France pitch badly cut up by first scrum of game. Bit of an eye-sore. Solid start from Wales, ruined by few knock-ons."

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    Stephen on Twitter: "Ah France appear to have replaced the grass with gateaux, clever."

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    Lee Richardson on Twitter: "Is that Robbie Savage in the Welsh rugby team at number two? He really had eaten all the pies."

    BBC Sport pundit, and former Wales footballer, Robbie Savage on Twitter: "I'm not number two for Wales tonight, I'm presenting 606 lol."

  79. 7 mins: 

    A quick tap-and-go by Phillips as the scrum-half attempts to injects some urgency into Wales' attack. Biggar attempts a drop goal but fails by some distance, giving Huget plenty of time to gather the ball and launch a dangerous-looking attack from inside his own 22. Worry not, says Wales lock Andrew Coombs, as he stops the full-back in full flow.

  80. 5 mins: 

    A wonderful take from Ryan Jones at the back of the line-out. Mike Phillips shoves defenders out of his way.... Faletau rumbles forward but a knock-on stems Wales's attack. France scrum inside their own 22. "Allez les bleus," sing the patriotic crowd and their support is rewarded with a sturdy platform.

  81. 3 mins: 

    A promising start for the visitors as they earn a line-out inside the French 22 straight from the kick-off. They attempt to spin it wide but Jamie Roberts knocks it on. Scrum to Les Bleus. The pitch looks as if it's been used for harvesting a field of potatoes such is the damage done to the turf by the scrum. No significant attack from either side yet.

  82. 1 min: 
    KICK-OFF

    George Clancey is the man in the middle. A short shrill from this whistle indicates to Dan Biggar that it is a-ok for him to kick deep into the France half. We're off!

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    Brad Hughes on Twitter: "C'mon Wales lets hope your rugby is better than your singing!"

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    Former France international Serge Betsen talking to BBC One on the Stade de France touchline: "I hope France are going to bring passion and power to the game. They have to do more than they did in Italy last weekend. But there is always pressure from the home crowd."

  85. 1659: 

    The Wales squad do their best to fill the stadium with their rendition of the Welsh anthem, even though it is a tad intimidating with thousands of frowning France fans staring at them, arms folded.

  86.   
    Martyn Williams, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Ireland dominated in the contact area but France won't be half as good in there as Ireland were. It's going to be a fantastic game. I can't wait for the contact in the opening 10 minutes."

  87. 1655: 

    Wales interim boss Rob Howley on BBC One: "There's been an intensity and edge to our preparations this week, as you would expect after losing your first game at home. It has focused the mind.

    "We saw enough in the second half performance against Ireland to take and make sure we play like that in the first half this week. It's time to play some rugby."

  88. 1654: 

    Plenty of comments on Twitter about Gabby Logan's supersized bobble hat. Suggests it's quite a chilly late afternoon in the French capital. Plenty of spectators have opted to cover their tetes, too. A stern-looking Jamie Roberts emerges from the changing room. Battle is set to commence.

  89.   
    Bryn Palmer, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Beautifully clear but cold evening in Paris. Good conditions for rugby if players can keep hands warm for long enough."

  90. 1649: 

    The men in red have fallen from the heady heights of last season's Grand Slam success with a thud. A spectacular wallop. Eight successive defeats. Five consecutive home losses for the first time in their history. World Cup semi-finalists in 2011. Grand Slam winners in 2012. Will it be the wooden spoon in 2013? Will Wales ever win again?

  91. 1644: 
    TEAM NEWS

    If you've no idea who is going to be representing France and Wales this evening then I am here to help.

    France: Huget, Fofana, Bastareaud, Mermoz, Fall, Michalak, Machenaud, Forestier, Szarzewski, Mas, Suta, Maestri, Ouedraogo, Dusautoir, Picamoles. Replacements: Kayser, Debaty, Ducalcon, Taofifenua, Chouly, Parra, Trinh-Duc, Fritz.

    Wales: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, Davies, Roberts, North, Biggar, Phillips, Jenkins, Hibbard, A. Jones, Coombs, Evans, R. Jones, Tipuric, Faletau. Replacements: Owens, James, Mitchell, Reed, Shingler, L. Williams, Hook, S. Williams.

  92. 1639: 

    "We need to be up for it, maybe even have some hate in our hearts," said France coach Philippe Saint-Andre ahead of the visit of Wales. The French, of course, need a reason to fall in love their team again after a woeful performance in Rome against Italy. Two changes to the France line-up. The most significant one, perhaps, is the inclusion of the powerful centre Mathieu Bastareaud to form a 10-12-13 axis with his Toulon team-mates Frederic Michalak and Maxime Mermoz.

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    Alex, Cambridge, via text: "For the second week running, I feel compelled to ask, 'who saw that performance coming from Italy?'"

  94. 1636: 

    The great Barry John hasn't attempted to lift the misery, describing Wales's performance during last weekend's defeat by Ireland as "inept, embarrassing, lack-lustre... Yes, they were that bad." I suppose if you're known as King John and represented Wales and the Lions with aplomb then you have the freedom to say it as it is.

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    Holly Brodie on Twitter: "Great signs for Scotland under Johnson. Let's hope it's the start of a real revival."

    Daniel Gaimster on Twitter: "Another good open game in this year's Six Nations."

    Adam Bolas on Twitter: "That was a great Scottish performance, really well defended and great counter attacks."

  96. 1633: 

    Right, where were we? Ah, yes, just about to head to Paris for 80 minutes of brutal, barbarous rugby from the bloodthirsty Welsh and French. Cue more dramatic slow-motion footage on BBC1, accompanied by ghostly choral music. It all suggests it's a bit doom and gloom if you're a follower of either the men in red or Les Bleus.

  97.  

    More from Scotland boss Scott Johnson on BBC One: "Greig Laidlaw is a wonderful lad but a wonderful technician. He knows he is not the most gifted athlete but he's so much quicker with the ball - his mind works faster than opposing players."

  98. 1629: 

    A ruthless performance by Scotland against an Italian team who had high hopes of securing three Six Nation wins on the trot for the first time in their history. It wasn't meant to be. What was Scotland's previous best result against the Azzurri? Well, I have the answer. That was a 26-6 win back in 2009. Strange what information you store in your head. Or on Twitter.

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    Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson on BBC One: "I liked the intent from our boys. We spoke about the contact area all week and straight from the start we were aggressive and turned over the ball. We had our chances and scored from them.

    "That's great sign of things to come. But it all counts for nothing if we don't do that in two weeks' time against Ireland."

  100.  

    More from Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw on BBC One: "I've picked up the man of the match award, but credit to all of the boys. The line speed was there, we stifled Italy and that put us on the front foot.

    "We're not getting carried away though. We hope we can build on this in two weeks' time against Ireland."

  101.   
    Lawrence Dallaglio, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "The Italian revolution is on hold for one more week. They realised the stark reality of international rugby today - if you don't get the basics right you will be punished. But they will bounce back and, on home soil against a Wales side low on confidence, I'm sure they will fancy their chances."

  102.  

    Scotland scrum-half, and man of the match, Greig Laidlaw on BBC One: "It was an absolutely brilliant result. I'm delighted for the fans. It's been a tough time and this one is for them. Scott Johnson spoke through the week about us doing the dirty work and we've done that."

  103. 1621: 

    Poor Luciano Orquera. One week you're king of the hill, top of the heap. The next... well, your kicking goes awry and your marshalling of the game is like a confused, hyperactive traffic cop. Good news for Scotland, though, as that was their biggest winning margin in the Six Nations - beating the 32-10 scorline against Ireland in 2001.

  104.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "That was a very good performance from Scotland - as good as we have seen for a number of years in every aspect. They got the reaction they wanted from last week - a bit of attitude in attack and a bit of attitude in defence."

  105. 80 mins: 
    FULL-TIME- Scotland 34-10 Italy

    The spectators begin their countdown... but they do so a tad too soon as there's enough time for Max Evans to have a foot chase with Masi. It's the Italian full-back who comes out on top and the referee decides to call it a day. By the way, Geoff Cross was sin binned in stoppage-time, just before Evans's dash forward.

  106.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "My man of the match is Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw for his control of the game. It has been outstanding - especially after a difficult game against England last weekend. So many people have helped him become man of the match by giving him the platform. His game management has been great."

  107. 79 mins: 

    Jackson's chip and chase fails, but the outside-half earns a reprieve as the referee deems the Italian defence were offside. The Scot's spin it wide from the line-out. A grubber kick from Maitland which the Italians comfortably deal with.

  108.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "Johnny Beattie trips over Richie Gray's foot and unfortunately for Scotland it allows Zanni to go through the gap left."

  109. 77 mins: 

    Italy have enjoyed over 70% of possession in the second half but the scoreline tells a different story. Swift, intelligent, counter-attacking rugby from the Scots. Three minutes remaining and the home team launch another attack...

  110.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Shane McMenemy on Twitter: "Absolutely brutal Scottish performance. Punishing every Italian error. Clinical."

    Nick Urwin on Twitter: "Sergio Parisse is just too good to be Italian! If only he could play for the Lions."

  111. 75 mins: 
    TRY- Scotland 34-10 Italy (Zanni)

    Parisse picks up from the base of the scrum. He bursts forward and flips the ball inside to fellow back-rower Alessandro Zanni who has to do little other than barge beyond Laidlaw in a miss-match of size and momentum. Orquera makes sure Italy earn the full seven points for their endeavour.

  112.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Robert Graham on Twitter: "My mother is going mental at the rugby. She just broke a vase in sheer delight."

    Syd Pope on Twitter: "Richie Gray throwing Italians around like paper planes - hee! Impending Scotland win - sweet."

  113. 73 mins: 

    The home faithful in full voice. Singing about Proud Edward's army. Stuart Hogg departs the field and on comes Max Evans to win his 44th cap. High-fives for try-scorer Hogg from his team-mates on the bench. The Italian forwards barging through and earn a scrum about 12m from the Scottish line.

    Scotland's Stuart Hogg
  114.   
    Lawrence Dallaglio, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "That was real individual try by Sean Lamont. He recognises that the ball was out and he goes straight through the middle of the ruck. The Italian cover was nowhere to be seen. It is a great feeling when the wide open space opens up and no-one is in front of you."

  115. 69 mins: 
    TRY- Scotland 34-3 Italy (Lamont)

    A ninth international try for Sean Lamont who celebrates with some idiosyncratic hand gesture. No idea what that means. The former Scarlets man picks the ball up from the ruck and there's no defender in front of him so he canters underneath the posts, as one would. Another simple two points for Laidlaw.

  116. 68mins: 

    Matt Scott is on his knees, being helped by the physio, after another brutal tackle from Canale. The Italians spin it wide, but the attack comes to nothing and the visitors are soon on their heels as a statuesque Parisse is found abandoned. Hang on, here we go again...

  117.  

    Murrayfield enjoyed a collective laugh earlier when Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw saw his pass telegraphed by the head of referee Jaco Peyper [see 21 mins]. Even the official managed to see the funny side.

    Scotland's Greig Laidlaw
  118.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "That must have been tight. But fair play to the referee, he was right there. It's all about the hands. If the hands go forward it's a forward pass. If the hands go sidewards, and the ball goes forward, then it isn't a forward pass."

  119. 65 mins: 
    NO TRY

    Roars of encouragement from the patriotic fans as their men rumble forward - but Murrayfield soon erupts into a chorus of disapproval as referee Peyper decides not to award Matt Scott a try because of a forward pass by Sean Maitland. Controversial.

  120. 63 mins: 

    "Oof" go the crowd as Canale stops Visser in his tracks. The winger manages to hold onto the ball despite the force of the collision and the ball makes its way back towards the Scots, who earn a penalty and opt for touch - but the Italians steal the line-out. Fine play by Gray, though, as he chases down a hopeful kick down the left wing, dragging replacement Edoardo Gori into touch.

  121.  
    WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS

    Ireland Women have beaten England Women 25-0. It was the first defeat in 17 games for the reigning Six Nations champions and only the second time they have been beaten in 39 Six Nations matches. Alison Millar scored three tries for the Irish with a fourth by Niamh Briggs. England - who have won the title for the last seven years - play France next at Twickenham.

  122. 60 mins: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Scotland's players have been to the Mr Miyagi school of defending. The Italians running into a blue and white brick walls. Impenetrable defence. Parisse is receiving treatment on the floor, but it doesn't seem too serious. The Azzurri shuffle their pack by bringing on Giazzon and De Marchi to replaced the experienced Lo Cicero and Ghiraldini.

  123.  
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    Kevin Beirne on Twitter: "Re Rob Escott. What an absolutely ridiculous thing to say. A good try, but Hogg is nowhere near Kearney's level."

  124. 57 mins: 

    The usually reliable Parisse fumbles the ball at the base of the scrum. A fine Italian chance disappears into the cold afternoon air. It's now Scotland's put-in at the scrum and it's a perfect platform for Jackson who boots the ball out of play for a breather.

  125.  
    GET INVOLVED

    C MacNeachtáin on Twitter: "Fair play to Scotland, really putting Italy to the sword here. Hopefully they can build on this and beat Wales in a fortnight."

    Rupert Hannah on Twitter: "First time I've ever enjoyed watching rugby! C'mon Scotland!"

    Frederick Dowd on Twitter: "How can you play so well against France and then embarrass yourself against Scotland? Italy are totally bottling it."

  126. 55 mins: 

    Referee Peyper tells Scotland to "keep it positive" after they concede three penalties on the trot. A scrum 10m from the Scottish line for the Italians... Roars of encouragement from the home faithful... One member of the Scottish pack tells his team-mates that that was a jolly good scrum, although not in those words. Crouch.. engage... the Italian heave once again...

  127.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "If Scotland can push on from here, and not let Italy get back into the match, then it really sets them up nicely for two further home matches against Ireland and Wales."

  128. 51 mins: 

    After merely 130 minutes of Six Nations rugby Stuart Hogg can surely make plans for a summer tour Down Under? The shell-shocked Italians attempting to regroup and earn a penalty as the Scottish front-row collapses the scrum. The visitors opt to kick for touch rather than attempt a three-pointer.

  129.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Escott on Twitter: "Stuart Hogg, take a bow. Watch your back Rob Kearney, this lad wants a Lions shirt!"

    Jemma Scott on Twitter: "WHAT AN INTERCEPTION!"

    Alex Bonynge on Twitter: "The Italian side who turned up against France have not turned up today, Scotland deserve to be winning."

  130.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "This place has just gone wild. Because about 30 seconds earlier Italy looked like they were going to get back into the game. Stuart Hogg read the situation really well and he has ran about 80 metres. The Italian forwards did not have a chance to get back."

  131. 47 mins: 
    TRY- Scotland 27-3 Italy (Hogg)

    The Scottish players have fire in their bellies and belief oozing through every pore. Wonderful!! A mesmerising length-of-the field try for Stuart Hogg. It did seem that Masi had created a would-be try for his team, but Orquera's pass finds Hogg. The full-back dinks beyond the plodding Castrogiovanni and the wonderful full-back then puts the pedal to the metal with an 80m dash to the line. A simple conversion for Laidlaw.

  132. 44mins: 
    TRY- Scotland 20-3 Italy (Scott)

    Clinical rugby from Scotland as they secure quick lineout ball. The kilted Kiwi Maitland draws in the defenders, creating space in midfield for Scott to zoom ahead towards the line. Punch of the fist from the smiling Scott Johnson and the peerless Laidlaw converts.

  133. 42 mins: 

    Italy start with intent. Scrum-half Botes content to take the quick tap-penalties. Orquera, though, is perhaps not the heir to Diego Dominguez's throne as he is not controlling the match as he did in Rome. His kicks going awry and into Scottish hands.

  134.   
    Chris Paterson, BBC Sport

    "If Scotland score next then Italy are really chasing the game. Scotland need to continue turning the screw and make Italy chase the game."

  135. 41 mins: 

    One, two, three.... yep, all 30 players are accounted for and back on the field. No changes to personnel. Referee Jaco Peyper is happy to get the second half under way, which is good news as it would be awfully sad were the match to end after just 40 minutes.

  136.  
    GET INVOLVED

    MuseLuver86 on Twitter: "The handling in this match between Scotland and Italy has to be the best ANYONE could hope for! Great spectacle."

    Lizzie Shaw on Twitter: "Tentatively thinking Italy's win last week was a fluke..."

    David Smart on Twitter: "Intriguing first half, crucial that Scotland hold their line-speed for the second 40 minutes."

  137.  
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    Ade, via text: "Never mind colour clashes, how about the most annoying phenomenon in sport, rugby union's idiotic home team wears away strip oddness."

  138.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "Scotland have done everything they didn't do last week. They have played with aggression, discipline and ambition going forward. They have controlled the first half."

  139.  
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    Fernanda G. Rimini on Twitter: "Maybe we've been a little overconfident, us Italians. But after France last week I expected something more."

    Paddy Kelly on Twitter: "Again terrible support from the Italian back row and kudos to Beattie and Brown for snapping up any chance of a turnover."

  140.   
    Lawrence Dallaglio, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "It is a welcome penalty for Italy. They seem to be lacking that shape they had last week. The forwards are toiling against the big Scottish pack but the use of the ball from the half backs has not been great. It's not your typical kicking style, it's a lazy swing - but it's gone over."

  141. 40 mins: 
    PENALTY- Scotland 13-3 Italy

    Scotland needlessly give away a penalty, the fourth time they have been punished by referee Peyper. Orquera makes up for his earlier miss by kicking it true to drag his team back into contention.

  142.  
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    Peter, High Wycombe, via text: "The kits look really similar. Any player relying on peripheral vision could find himself in a turnover situation!"

  143. 38 mins: 

    Matt Scott fails to get up from the tackle and the referee has spotted it, giving the Italians a chance to boot to touch for a line-out inside the Scottish 22. Flanker Zanni plods forward... Orquera is gobbled up by a phalanx of Scottish defenders... Italy failing to pierce the home defence...

  144.  
    GET INVOLVED

    David Smart on Twitter: "Nobody tackling Visser there, fantastic step off the left foot."

    Andy Crisp on Twitter: "Where are the triumphant Italians from last week? Scotland just look too strong today."

    angela on Twitter: "So happy to see Scotland score a try! The music after the try left a lot to be desired though…"

  145. 34 mins: 

    The hirsute Castrogiovanni and Scotland's No8 Johnnie Beattie consider starting a rumpus, but it's harmless stuff. The Azzurri have enjoyed plenty of possession but made too many errors and the Scots are proving to be far more ruthless than they were at Twickenham.

  146.  
    WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS

    Ireland Women start the second half with a fourth try, courtesy of Niamh Briggs, they now lead England Women 25-0. Can England bounce back or are they on for their first defeat in 17 games?

  147.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "Scotland thoroughly deserve that try. They almost scored seconds earlier through Matt Scott but now they have got it through Tim Visser. The build up was fantastic. Scotland were shifting the tempo in the earlier phases. They had two or three passes, bringing it back to the blindside. It was a well-worked try finished by Visser."

  148. 30 mins: 
    TRY- Scotland 13-0 Italy (Visser)

    Tim Visser succeeds where Matt Scott failed. Jackson's velvet touch sets the the Dutch-born winger free to step in and jink past two Italian defenders. Laidlaw converts to maintain his 100% record with the boot.

    Scotland's Tim Visser
  149. 28 mins: 

    A terrible mistake by Venditti who completely misses the ball when trying to kick through. Ryan Grant grabs the ball and sets Matt Scott free to dash down the left wing but the centre is forcibly ejected into touch by Botes, just millimetres from the line.

  150.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Paul Kelly on Twitter: "Italy's backs are far more imaginative than the Scottish back line. Scots are putting a lot of effort into going backwards."

  151. 25 mins: 
    PENALTY- Scotland 6-0 Italy

    100-cap prop Andrea Lo Cicero penalised for pulling down the maul and there's nothing wrong with Greig Laidlaw's radar. The scrum-half's effort sails between the posts to nudge his team further ahead.

  152. 24 mins: 

    Scotland seem content to defend inside their own half and then boot the ball into the Italian half, patiently waiting for the visitors to make mistakes. And, eventually they do. Jackson finds touch... Harley jumps high... A cross-field kick from the Scottish outside-half but Masi confidently takes.

  153.   
    Lawrence Dallaglio, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "There are a few worrying signs for Italy - they are not getting the ball from the breakdown and it is allowing Scotland to force the turnover."

  154.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "I remember wishing I could do that every time I played, but I didn't have the skills. Greig Laidlaw take your hat off!"

  155. 21 mins: 

    Botes not showing any signs of being booted on the bonce by a back-rower as he dances beyond a Scottish defender. Applause and winces from the spectators as Greig Laidlaw somehow manages to hit referee Peyper in the face with an attempted pass. Helmets required out there. No sniffs at the tryline as of yet.

  156.  
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    Henry Winterton on Twitter: "Every single ruck in this Scotland vs Italy game looks like a wave breaking in the ocean."

  157. 17 mins: 

    A shrill of the referee's whistle as scrum-half Tobias Botes needs treatment after being kicked in the head by Rob Harley. "It's all legal," says Andy Nicol in the commentary box as the dazed Botes stands up. He seems in fine fettle.

  158.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "It's been an even match so far, but I think Scotland, territorially, have been in the ascendency. I've liked their composure and Scotland are just about worth that 3-0 lead at the moment."

  159. 15 mins: 
    PENALTY- Scotland 3-0 Italy

    Scotland's forwards huff and then they puff. A delightful offload from Gray to his second-row partner Jim Hamilton. The attack comes to nothing, although Italy are penalised for an earlier infringement and Greig Laidlaw has a chance to nudge the Scots ahead. The scrum-half does his job from about 30m.

  160. 13 mins: 

    Orquera wastes possession by kicking straight down Stuart Hogg's throat and the outside-half completes a forgettable minute by fumbling the full-back's riposte into touch. Quick possession from Scotland. Richie Gray rumbles forward.... hang on...

  161.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Hannah Cockcroft on Twitter: "Come on Italy if you can beat France you can beat Scotland!"

  162.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "That is twice Sean Lamont has found himself at the base of the ruck and chosen to base-kick. He's not used to being there. Scotland need to control that situation - make sure their blockers are in place so he can get the kick away."

  163. 11 mins: 

    The Italians, camped in the Scottish half for the best part of eight minutes, have successfully stifled early Scottish enthusiasm and have been camped. The Azzurri scrum collapses but the ball somehow finds its way into Italian hands, but it's only momentarily as Scotland steal the ball and boot it upfield. A stop-start few minutes after a pulsating opening.

  164.  
    WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS

    A third try for Alison Miller as Ireland Women dominate the first half to lead England Women 20-0, 36 minutes on the clock.

  165. 7 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY

    First blow to Italy as Scotland concede a penalty about 38m from the posts. Luciano Orquera, after a 100% record with the boot against France, confidently steps up. His effort has the accuracy but lacks venom as it hits the uprights and falls into Scottish hands.

  166.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Tom Sheppard on Twitter: "Why are they both playing in blue and white?"

  167. 5 mins: 

    Honeyed platform for the Italian backs from a sturdy scrum but the Scottish defence easily thwarts the men in blue. A rare fumble from Parisse, but luckily for the number eight the ball goes backwards. Both sides seem eager to attack and the Italians have a line-out in opposition territory...

  168.   
    Lawrence Dallaglio, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "What an amazing start to the game. Last weekend was widely regarded as one of the most entertaining weekends of the Championship. And this match has started where last weekend finished. A cracking start."

    Don't forget you can watch the action from Murrayfield on BBC One or through the video at the top of this page.

  169. 3 min: 

    High octane stuff from the Scots as Tim Visser stretches his legs... Ruaridh Jackson evades one would-be tackler with a jink... A grubber kick from Greig Laidlaw for Visser to chase - but the ball bounces unpredictably like a, erm, rugby ball and bobbles into touch before the galloping Visser, with the try line at his mercy, can grab it. A fine start.

  170.  
    WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS

    Ireland Women have stretched their lead against England women, now leading 13-0 after a second try of the game for Alison Miller who goes over in the opposite corner. Conversion missed, 27 minutes gone.

  171. 1 min: 
    KICK-OFF

    Rip-roaring singing of the goose-bump inducing anthems. One blast of a cannon. Referee Jaco Peyper, from South Africa, toots his whistle... Ruaridh Jackson kicks the ball into Italian territory and I can only come to one conclusion: The match has started.

  172. 1431:  
    Lawrence Dallaglio, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "It just wasn't Italy's result last week against France which was impressive, it is the way they have developed their game. Before we saw a forward-orientated game but they really took the game to France. Not only have they got a big pack but they have also now got players who can cause a real threat out wide.

    "But Scotland have to win this game for their development. With a home crowd behind them I think they will win."

  173.  
    GET INVOLVED

    LJ Davies ‏on Twitter: "The Italian national anthem is fantastic, but I'm sure it belongs in a comic opera. One by Gilberto Sullivani perhaps."

    Sean T on Twitter: "Flower of Scotland gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it during the Six Nations, Especially when the band stops and just the Scots sing."

  174.  

    More from Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson on BBC One: "The tournament is up for grabs - so we've got to do our part today. Italy's win against France was not a surprise to us. This is going to be a top quality test match today."

  175. 1427: 

    Italy captain Parisse introducing Princess Anne to his team-mates. Her Royal Highness has chosen a velour trilby-style hat for the occasion. Bagpipes being played at an ear-splitting level. Red Hot Chilly Pipers providing the musical entertainment, so I'm told.

  176. 1424: 

    The Scots have made two changes to their line-up, with flame-haired blind-side flanker Rob Harley taking over from the injured Alasdair Strokosch and Ross Ford replacing Dougie Hall at hooker.

    Harley's pre-bout chatter will be music to the ears of his team-mates and lovers of the bish, bosh, bash school of rugby.

    "Ask me if I would rather score five tries or produce five tackles where I have smashed somebody and knocked out the ball, and the answer would probably be the tackles," the 22-year-old said. Fair enough, I suppose.

  177.  
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    Steff Brawn on Twitter: "COME ON SCOTLAND! Be the team we all know you're capable of being."

    Robert Middleton on Twitter: "Flying the saltire for Scotland here in Al Ain watching the game on."

  178. 1421: 

    The behemoth that is Sergio Parisse taps Andrea Lo Cicero on the shoulder and the prop, becoming the second Italian player to win 100 caps, runs onto the field on his own while his team-mates wait in the wings. A special day for hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini, too, as he wins his 50th cap. Fireworks erupt and a little boy covers his ears with his hands, protecting his ear drums from the thunderous noise booming around Murrayfield.

  179.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mike Garner, sunny Doncaster, via text: "Predictions for the 6 Nations. Wales to win against France. Italy to pull off another shock and comfortably win. Will go as far as saying if my predictions are correct that Italy will finish above France in the final table."

  180. 1418: 
    WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS

    Don't forget there is also Women's Six Nations action taking place today - and hot favourites England have not made the start they envisaged against hosts Ireland in Dublin. The Red Rose, aiming for their eighth straight Six Nations title, trail 5-0 with around 15 minutes gone after Alison Miller's try.

  181. 1416: 

    Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson on BBC One: "We showed we had potency last week and we can score from well back in the field. But we were poor in the tackle area and we've got to improve it. We're not going to fix everything in a week but our mindset is the key. It's got to be about attitude today - no doubt about it."

  182.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Henry, Radley, via text: "Beattie says Scotland are underdogs. But surely Masi, Venditti and McLean will be no match for Scotland's Visser, Maitland and especially Hogg?"

  183. 1414: 

    Even though the Scots are on familiar turf, flanker Johnnie Beattie believes the Italians are favourites. "We've seen the level of performance that Italy have put together over the last few years," said the Montpellier back-rower.

    "We've come off the back of a disappointing performance against England and Italy beat France. In my eyes, France were pre-tournament favourites, so we are definitely the underdogs for this game."

  184. 1412: 

    As had already been noted, Italy have only won once in the Six Nations away from the comforts of home but that victory was achieved at Murrayfield six years ago. Hope. Scotland's last victory at Murrayfield, though, was against today's opponents back in 2011. Something has gotta give.

  185.   
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Coming up from 14:15 on @BBC5LSX build up to Scotland v Italy with @iaincartergolf and @GavHastings."

  186.   
    Andy Nicol, BBC Sport at Murrayfield

    "There was some good play in last week's defeat against England - particularly in the back three. But there was a lesson learned and that was about the contact in the collision."

    By the way, you can watch the action from Murrayfield on BBC One or through the video at the top of this page.

  187. 1409: 
    TEAM NEWS

    Here is a reminder of the guys who will trot out onto Murrayfield in 20 minutes or so.

    Scotland: Hogg, Maitland, Lamont, Scott, Visser, Jackson, Laidlaw, Grant, Ford, Murray, Gray, Hamilton, Harley, Brown, Beattie. Replacements: MacArthur, Low, Cross, Kellock, Denton, Pyrgos, Weir, Evans.

    Italy: Masi, Venditti, Benvenuti, G. Canale, McLean, Orquera, Botes, Lo Cicero, Ghiraldini, Castrogiovanni, Geldenhuys, Minto, Zanni, Favaro, Parisse. Replacements: Giazzon, De Marchi, Cittadini, Pavanello, Derbyshire, Gori, Burton, Garcia.

  188. 1405: 

    For Scottish fans of a weak disposition then it is probably best not to read what I am about to type because the Scots have lost their last five matches at Murrayfield - and haven't won on their own patch since 2011. But as interim head coach Scott Johnson said ahead of the England defeat: "Statistics are like a bikini, it shows a lot but not the whole thing."

  189.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Euan Simpson on Twitter: "Sadly missing today's Scotland match I was meant to go to due to my tonsils being the size of rugby balls. Gutted."

    Lee Toomey on Twitter: "Here we go again! Any chance it can match the entertainment of last weekend?"

  190. 1403: 

    Dramatic slow motions? Check. Poetry from Eddie Butler? Check. Bagpipers warmed up? Check. John Inverdale and his pals have begun their afternoon coverage on BBC1. Kick off is just 30 minutes away. Oof.

  191. 1359: 

    "When Scotland saw the fixtures for this season's tournament they said 'this year we have to beat Italy to avoid the wooden spoon'," said Italy coach Jacques Brunel as he attempted to put a lid on expectations after his team's brilliant 23-18 victory over France on Sunday. Never before have the Italians won their opening two Six Nations matches. Is this their year or will the Italians, ultimately, end the tournament with another unwanted wooden spoon?

  192.  

    Jacob Kett ‏on Twitter: "Italy 22 Scotland 18, France 30 Wales 18, Ireland 20 England 24."

  193. 1357: 

    Italy have a fine collection of wooden spoons - amassing nine in the last 13 seasons. But they have no desire to collect a tenth. Oh no. A repeat of last weekend's performance against France, one which was full of attacking adventure, will perhaps ensure they don't add to their sizeable batch of stirring implements. But even though Scotland were convincingly beaten by England last Saturday, there was a glimpse into a brighter Scottish future.

  194.  

    BBC Radio 5 live sport extra's Iain Carter at Murrayfield: "All set for what I think will be a cracking match. Live from 2.15, ko 2.30."

    Murrayfield
  195. 1350: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Don't forget to tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcsixnations - or if you're a traditionalist then plonk us a text on 81111. It would be a dull afternoon if you didn't send us your predictions, inform us of your whereabouts or let us know what your pre-match cake of choice is. (Battenberg and bakewell slices currently being gobbled up with little grace - crumbs flying everywhere - in the office.)

  196. 1344: 
    BBC coverage

    So it's a chilly afternoon in both Edinburgh and Paris. That matters not one jot. It's for days like these giant daffodil hats and red-haired wigs were made for.

    As ever, there will live text commentary to guide you through an afternoon of egg chasing, but if you want to watch the action then you can do so on BBC1 and online (from 1400GMT). There is a third option, though, and that comes courtesy of our 5 live colleagues. You can listen to Scotland's match with Italy on BBC Radio 5 live extra (from 1415GMT) while France v Wales will filter through the air waves via BBC Radio 5 live (1700GMT).

  197.   
    Alastair Eykyn, BBC Sport

    "Cold and grey at Murrayfield, pipers already installed on stadium roof for Scotland v Italy. BBC1 from 2pm with Andy Nicol and Lawrence Dallaglio."

  198.   
    Bryn Palmer, BBC Sport in Paris

    "Cold in Paris but sun starting to break through. Will Wales produce something to warm hearts of their suffering supporters? Big day for Justin Tipuric, Richard Hibbard and captain Ryan Jones. Wales need all three to be on song if to win in Paris for the first time since 2005."

  199. 1339: 

    Hello there! Welcome to the second act of the wonderful tournament that is the Six Nations. Put your helmets on, commence countdown and switch your engines on because today we will travel to Edinburgh, where Scotland will attempt to prevent the confident Italians achieving a first away win in the competition since 2007. Once that is done and dusted we will glide across le channel to see whether it will be France or Wales who will bounce back from their opening weekend defeats.

  200.  

    Scotland winger Tim Visser on Twitter: "Right Italy at home here we go! #backingblue"

  201. 1330: 

    Expectations were exceeded. Excellence was achieved. There was Messi-like magic from the boot of Zebo. Rome roared as Italy's search for a fly-half hero ended. And England proved their autumnal verve and ferocity against the men in black was not just a once-in-a-blue-moon feat. Oh, what a curtain-raiser that was. But how can a glorious opening weekend be bettered? There's only one way: Destiny's Child, Tom Jones and The Proclaimers will need to join forces to add some half-time razzmatazz in Edinburgh and Paris.

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