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Summary

  1. Result: Ireland 19-9 France - Ireland go top of the table
  2. A Conor Murray try and 11 points Johnny Sexton help Ireland to victory
  3. Result: Scotland 29-13 Wales - Scotland's first win over Wales since 2007
  4. Tries from Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser, and seven kicks from Finn Russell, give Scotland victory
  5. Sunday: England v Italy, live on 5 live sports extra from 15:00 GMT

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Tomorrow

England v Italy (Sun, 15:00 GMT)

Owen Farrell and Eddie Jones
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That is tomorrow's business then.

Eddie Jones has told his England players that he wants them to take Italy "to the cleaners".

Can the Azzurri turn it into something a lot messier for England?

We find out from 15:00 GMT.

See you there.

Ireland lead the way (for now)

Ireland 19-9 France

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Here's what that Ireland win means in the grand scheme of things: they go top.

One, however, would suspect not for long. England will move back above Ireland and Scotland with a win against Italy at Twickenham tomorrow. Anyone not backing a home win?

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Scotland 29-13 Wales

Ireland 19-9 France

Richard Petrie - BBC Sport's man in the Aviva Stadium - has filed his report on Ireland's win.

Joe Schmidt's side capitalised on the errors and indiscipline of their opponents. It was not the most stylish win - Garry Ringrose's occasional bursts aside - but the big W is all that matters.

'A win and nothing else would do'

FT: Ireland 19-9 France

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Conor Murray speaking on ITV:

"We had a few chances on our line and didn't manage to convert, but with the way the weather was it was always going to be difficult.

"It's a win on the cards and we're still in the hunt for this Championship. 70 minutes for Sexton will put him in good stead for games against the Welsh and English.

"A win against the French is always a good one. A win and nothing else would do."

Ireland 19-9 France

Job done for the Irish. And here's how they dominated the battle in snazzy graphical form...

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The Irish handled almost two-thirds of the ball, enabling them to play nearly 75% of the match in the French half.

Ireland 19-9 France

Reggie Corrigan

Former Ireland prop on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

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The question before was could Johnny Sexton come into the side and perform. 

Ireland were very reliant on him and he delivered. But later on, the big plus was Paddy Jackson coming on and seeing the game out.

For me, Sexton needs to lead the way for the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand later this year.

Ireland 19-9 France

Tony Ward

Former Ireland and Lions fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

I think it was a deserved win for Ireland. A workman-like performance. 

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Full-time

Ireland 19-9 France

Last year, Ireland came off second-best in a grind-fest at the Stade de France.

This was not a lot prettier, but they got the job done and keep the wagon rolling towards a final-day showdown with England.

Before that there is a trip to Wales in a fortnight's time.

Ireland react
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Ireland 19-9 France

Tony Ward

Former Ireland and Lions fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

That was a really clever kick by Zebo which forced France to get the ball into touch. 

The game is won, but can Ireland claim another try? 

Ireland 19-9 France

Ireland are pulling the legs off this France side.

Simon Zebo prods a kick into the France 22m. Remi Lamerat has to dribble it into touch.

"Last play," says referee Nigel Owens as the clock goes red.

Ireland 19-9 France

Here's why Johnny Sexton is so important to Ireland. Not only has the returning fly-half booted 11 points for the home side, but he has also made more metres than any other player on the pitch. And he's been off it for about 10 minutes...

Johnny Sexton
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Ireland 19-9 France

Darren Cave

Ulster and Ireland centre on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Paddy Jackson knows that Joe Schmidt trusts him, so the decision to take off Johnny Sexton - who we know is carrying a few knocks - is a good one.

Ireland 19-9 France

Robbie Henshaw with a raking kick downfield forces Remi Lamerat onto the back foot.

Lamerat returns fire, but Ireland are inching upfield with percentage rugby.

Another green penalty, just inside the France half.

Paddy Jackson takes his time as he punts into the France 22m.

Off comes Conor Murray - named man of the match as he goes - and on comes Kieran Marmion.

Penalty - Ireland 19-9 France

Paddy Jackson

That is surely that.

Paddy Jackson flips over the kick to deliver a gut-punch to France's hopes.

Jackson penalty
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Ireland 16-9 France

Penalty Ireland!

France fail to roll away and Paddy Jackson, on in place of Johnny Sexton, has a simple kick to prod Ireland over the horizon and out of sight...

Ireland 16-9 France

A good deep kick-off, combined with a whole hearted chase pin France and Louis Picamoles down in their own corner.

Camille Lopez boots clear, but only to his own 22m.

Ireland line-out.

Picamoles
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Penalty - Ireland 16-9 France

Camille Lopez

Seven points difference, seven minutes left.

Ireland 16-6 France

Devin Toner gives away the penalty with a blatant off-the-ball shoulder charge on Julien Ledevedec.

France's Camille Lopez is lining up the shot at goal...

Ireland 16-6 France

France with possession on the Ireland 22m.

Can they pick the lock? They need a bit of razzle-dazzle from Gael Fickou or Noar Nakaitaci.

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Ireland 16-6 France

Darren Cave

Ulster and Ireland centre on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

I think Ireland can hang on, but they need to get out and find some territory. 

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Ireland 16-6 France

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France look like they are meandering to defeat. There is still time, but there does not look like there is the urgency or belief,

'The best I've seen Scotland play'

Scotland 29-13 Wales

Replacements

Ireland 16-6 France

Peter O'Mahony is on in place of Sean O'Brien, who is getting a head injury assessment.

The front row change is a keeper. Rory Best off and Niall Scannell on.

Ireland 16-6 France

Both sides are going hammer and tongs in a mammoth passage of play.

Defences tiring, space opening up.

There is a knock-on and Nigel Owens takes the chance to review the footage of Uini Atonio clearing out Sean O'Brien over a ruck.

It looks like a neck roll, albeit a half-hearted one. 

Penalty Ireland and a chance to clear up towards France's 22m.

O'Brien
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Ireland 16-6 France

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Ireland are dominating the scoreboard, they are dominating the key stats.

As the clock ticks into the final quarter, the home side continue to enjoy the majority of possession.

And the French are being pinned back in their own half. Over 75% of the game has been played in the visitors' half.

Ireland 16-6 France

Conor Murray with a delicious side-foot nudge down into the corner, brushes the flag and forces new France hooker Christopher Tolofua to throw into a line-out in the shadow of his own posts.

Tolofua hits his man.

Ireland 16-6 France

Tony Ward

Former Ireland and Lions fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

It's been a really exciting contest, although there is no question that it has been riddled with errors from both sides.

Fickou and Earls
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Ireland 16-6 France

Johnny Sexton has recovered from a sneaky late shoulder from former Racing team-mate Eddy Ben Arous.

A couple of changes off the bench though for Ireland.

Iain Henderson is on in place of Donnacha Ryan in the second row with Cian Healy replacing Jack McGrath in the front row.

Sexton treatment
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Ireland 16-6 France

France break out from their own line as Louis Picamoles turns over the ball and Scott Spedding disappears through a hole and, thighs pumping like pistons, charges into midfield.

Keith Earls checks his momentum as he comes up from full-back. Simon Zebo clears up, spills the ball straight to Baptiste Serin.

Finally though there is a knock-forward from Bernard Le Roux and a mammoth passage of play comes to a close. Lactic pumping and oxygen masks needed all around.

Serin
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Ireland 16-6 France

BBC Sport's Richard Petrie at the Aviva Stadium: A more relaxed mood now around the Aviva as Irish supporters sense that their side are firmly in the box seat thanks to those nine points from the boot of the returning Johnny Sexton.

The Ireland fly-half defying the fact that he has only seen 130 minutes of action for Leinster since Ireland's historic win over New Zealand in Chicago on 5 November.

Sexton
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Ireland 16-6 France

Delightful offloading as Ireland's backs and forwards combine and France cannot pin them down.

Ireland are up to within 15m.

Johnny Sexton is getting treatment in the backfield though after a late hit...

Ireland 16-6 France

France need to uncork the champagne rugby fast.

At the moment their discipline and fitness are fading fast and so are their hopes of victory.

Fickou
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Penalty - Ireland 16-6 France

Johnny Sexton

There she blows.

Sexton
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Ireland 13-6 France

Kevin Gourdon has broken his binding early and that is another dunder-headed penalty given away by France.

Johnny Sexton kicks these in his slippers...

Ireland 13-6 France

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Ireland 13-6 France

Johnny Sexton gets a late and loose arm across the chest from Julien Ledevedec. Not a lot in it, but the Irish crowd roar their disapproval.

Scott Spedding has been peppered with high balls today and the French full-back has never looked comfortable.

He spills another one and Ireland have a scrum down on the France 22m with Fields of Athenry echoing around.

Spedding
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Ireland 13-6 France

Tony Ward

Former Ireland and Lions fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

That is cracker of a drop goal from Sexton, especially in the conditions. 

It was reminisicent of when he came onto the scene at Murrayfield all those years ago.

Ireland 13-6 France

Ireland's increased dominance can be illustrated by the number of tackles made by each side.

France have made a third more tackles (88) than the Irish (66), with four of the five leading tacklers all wearing blue.

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