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Summary

  1. France 15-8 Scotland FT - catch up in 'Live Coverage' tab
  2. Five Lopez pens for France; Fife try, Laidlaw pen for Scots
  3. Beattie sin-binned for Scotland
  4. Italy 3-26 Ireland FT - catch up in 'Live Coverage' tab
  5. Conor Murray, Tommy O'Donnell tries for Ireland

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson and Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. And the winner is...

    Player of the weekend - James Haskell

    Before we bring the curtain down on this opening Six Nations weekend, we'll end with a drum roll and a grand announcement. [Dramatic pause]. Because James Haskell has been voted as your Six Nations player of the weekend. Well done, James, a Blankety Blank chequebook and pen is in the post.

  2. Post update

    The first weekend of many is over and has left us wanting more. Injury-hit England opened with a deserved victory, which would have surprised many, favourites Ireland coughed and spluttered in their win over Italy, while the French used their power and brawn to beat the promising Scots.

    And, perhaps best of all, new heroes have emerged: Finn Russell, Jonathan Joseph, Camille Lopez, Tommy O'Donnell inspiring and setting hearts racing.

  3. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Abbie MacEachin: Awesome game from Scotland, shame France held on to it! @finn_russell is my new hero!

    Nathan Parry: Good effort Scotland! Unfortunately too many silly mistakes for me. Some great rugby today though

    Carwyn Price: What a brilliant game, so entertaining, both played some nice rugby

  4. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Louis Peteranna: Great to watch, just unlucky not to win. There's a lot of good points to take into the next game against Wales

    Sebastian Morrison: Another passionate, gutsy defeat for Scotland in Paris. When will they turn these close losses into close wins?

    Iain McLaren: Year ago I'd have been happy with score, now I'm disappointed. Shows how far we've come and how far still have to go.

  5. Post update

    Wales U20s v England U20s (19:30 GMT)

    England Rugby

    The Red Button coverage is over, but the rugby isn't. England and Wales' under-20s are about to kick off, which is a match you can watch on the Welsh channel S4C.England Rugby tweet: The calm before the storm in the U20s changing room. Can they follow in the footsteps of the Senior side?

  6. Post update

    Gregor Townsend

    Former Scotland international on BBC Red Button

    "There was a lot of discussion about Wales' training methods, they have done a lot of fitness work and it has been done to make sure they last the tournament. So we will see them stay strong throughout the tournament, but the big thing is confidence and we'll see next week how that has been affected by Friday's defeat by England."

  7. Post update

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC Red Button

    On George North: "Hibbard comes in and you see the collision. It's a surprise for the Welsh management not to have seen that, when it was there for everyone to see, and I think there will be serious questions asked."

  8. Red Button coverage

    Gabby Logan and co have turned their attention to Friday night's showdown between Wales and England, and specifically the management of wing George North after the winger suffered heavy head blows in each half of the 21-16 defeat.

  9. Get involved

    #bbc6nations

    JavelBleach ‏Thought #Wales & #England both looked the most accomplished of the 6. We'll see better next round.

    Oliver Milne: We threw away a lot of chances. But some progress. Wales should be interesting.

    Nathan Parry: Good effort Scotland! Unfortunately too many silly mistakes for me. Some great rugby today though #bbc6nations

  10. Vote

    This is your one-minute warning because the vote for the Six Nations player of the weekend is about to come to a close. Will George Ford get your vote? Or James Haskell? Sutart Hogg? Jonathan Joseph? Tommy O'Donnell? Chris Robshaw? Finn Russell?

    The result will be announced here, but small-print fans can get into the nitty-gritty of how the vote works over on our terms and conditions page.

  11. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Chris Paterson

    Former Scotland international on BBC Red Button

    Scotland fly-half Finn Russell is tackled

    "Finn Russell is a comfortable ball player but the thing we have not talked about is his bravery. He is incredibly brave with the ball and that is going to be very important next week when Scotland take on Wales."

  12. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Thomas Castaignede

    Former France international on BBC Red Button

    On Finn Russell: "I really like the way he plays, he gets the ball in strange positions but every time he manages to create some gaps and he can get his head up and kick the ball. He is very clever and for a young player he is doing really well."

  13. Finn Russell makes an impression

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC Red Button

    Finn Russell

    "I really liked Finn Russell's ambition and attitude tonight. He was willing to take things on and have a crack at anything. And even when he missed that drop goal - and it was a bad miss - he immediately put it behind him and didn't get cowed by it."

  14. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Our friends at Opta tell us that France have never before failed to score a try in their 15 Six Nations matches against Scotland. Something to chew on on Saturday night. Or maybe not.

  15. Coach reaction

    France 15-8 Scotland

    Scotland coach Vern Cotter speaking to BBC Sport: "There were some really good things that went on out there, but we are obviously disappointed. We created opportunities and took the initiative and varied our play well. Our defence was good but we perhaps turned the ball over too much and that cost us.

    "The guys worked very hard and we will look at how we can turn that hard work into more points.

    "We have a big game against Wales next weekend but we will analyse this one and then move on."

  16. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Not a word is being said in the Scotland dressing room. The players exhausted and perhaps thinking about the fine margins and the bounce of the ball. What if Tim Visser had intercepted? What if the ball had bounced kindly for Finn Russell?

  17. Get involved

    #bbc6nations

    Abbie Mac Eachin: Awesome game from Scotland, shame France held on to it! @finn_russell is my new hero!

    Clive Marshall: ‏Scotland unlucky today they showed a lot of fight plus great coverage all round by the #bbc6nations

    StuartTogneri: What if. On another day Visser intercepts, or the ball bounces into Russells arms. That was how close the margin was. Bad luck.

  18. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Chris Paterson

    Former Scotland international on BBC Red Button

    "Scotland can be hugely proud of the performance. I think that they looked more dangerous than France, despite having less of the ball which sounds like a strange thing to say, but is true."

  19. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Thomas Castaignede

    Former France international on BBC Red Button

    France replacement prop Uini Atonio

    "France have got some players who can really go through the defence but we need to speed up the team. France is playing strongly with power but we need to be more creative."

  20. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Chris Paterson

    Former Scotland international on Red Button

    "Scotland can be hugely proud of the performance. I think that they looked more dangerous than France despite having less of the ball which sounds like a strange thing to say, but is true."

  21. Post update

    Former England hooker Brian Moore: Scotland brave but over-powered by the French.

  22. Red Button coverage

    If you thought the evening was over, you were wrong because Gabby Logan, Gregor Townsend and Thomas Castaignede are continuing to chat about the match on the Red Button, which you can watch by clicking this or that on the top of this page.

  23. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Dave Somerville: Scotland will be hurting after that narrow and undeserved loss - look out Wales next week..

    Adam Martin: Must be one of the most entertaining games of rugby for a while! Excellent defence and exciting attack from Scotland.

    Dom Bumpstead: So so close for Scotland although well deserved by France great game.

  24. Get involved #bbcsixnations

    Jean Jacques Ellis: Castaignede is spot on, if France play like that against Wales, England et al they will get written off!

  25. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Gregor Townsend

    Former Scotland international on BBC One

    The Scottish disappointment is palpable after a hard-fought defeat by France

    "Scotland defended very well throughout the 80 minutes, especially when they were down to 14 men. But they probably spent too much time on the back foot and did not get enough chances to test the France defence.

    "I though Finn Russell, Mark Bennett and Alex Dunbar defended really well, particularly in the second half when the French were bringing on guys of 24 stone."

  26. Post update

    Former Wales flanker Martyn Williams: One of the best one-try games I've watched. Scotland look good, Murrayfield next Sunday will be very interesting.....

  27. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Thomas Castaignede

    Former France international on BBC One

    "I am really concerned because that was not good enough. Our creativity was not there. We have some powerful players, but there was not enough support runners around the attack. If we play like that against England or Ireland we will get smashed."

  28. Player reaction

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Scotland's Finn Russell, speaking to BBC One: "We are all disappointed not to get the win, we had chances but we didn't take them. It was a good try to score, just before the break and if we could have come out and backed it up we could have won but we made too many mistakes. It was a real battle out there."

  29. Coach reaction

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    France coach Philippe Saint Andre speaking to BBC Sport: "We won so we need to accept that. Scotland played very well, it is a win but we will have to do a bit better than we did tonight.

    "We spent a lot of time in the Scottish half but we did not show enough variation in our play and Scotland played with a lot of spirit. They are a good team. They have good footballers and a great coach so I think the future is bright for them."

  30. Post update

    Score summary graphic
  31. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "It has been a really gutsy performance from Scotland. They have shown ambition with the ball in hand and their defence has been excellent, but they start with a loss again in the Six Nations.

    "There is a lot to take from this individually and as a team - not least shutting out the French side, preventing them scoring a try at the Stade de France."

  32. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Disappointed though I am with Scotland conceding that late penalty, France had all the possession in the second half. Scotland have come up short tonight but I think they can go onto next weekend's match with Wales with their heads held high."

  33. Post update

    FT: France 15-8 Scotland

    Neither team were able cross the whitewash after the break, but it was entertaining nonetheless. Scotland were rocked at times by the French power, but they remained rock solid. Camille Lopez's 100% record with the boot the difference.

  34. Full-time

    France 15-8 Scotland

    Centre Alex Dunbar on the attack for Scotland

    Scotland's wait for a victory in the Paris cauldron continues, but it was close.

  35. Post update

    France 15-8 Scotland

    Seconds to go, France with the line-out...

  36. Get involved #bbcsixnations

    Peter Hardy: The only game with fireworks this weekend was Wales v England ...the rest have been a bit boring

  37. Post update

    France 15-8 Scotland

    The crowd supporting the trumpeters with a rendition of La Marseillaise. The spectators providing their team with the sort of atmosphere which might help them creep over the line.

  38. Penalty - Camille Lopez

    France 15-8 Scotland

    Momentum swinging one way, then the other. Scotland penalised at the breakdown and it's in a kickable spot. Camille Lopez removes his mouth guard and is as reliable as ever.

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    Bastareaud carries
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    Gregor Townsend

    Former Scotland international on BBC One

    "This is the first time that Scotland have been in the France half for a long time and what a time to do it with four minutes left. Scotland have had more dynamism and athleticism and I believe that they can do it."

  41. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Nigel Owens' whistle blows in Scotland's favour which means the Scots visit opposition territory for the first time in what seems like an age.

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    France 12-8 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It seems France have run out of ideas here. They seem happy now just to hang on and win by four points, but that is a dangerous game to play because we all know how quickly things can change."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  43. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Greig Laidlaw

    Five minutes remaining. Four points in it. Finn Russell steals possession, the outside-half kicks high and chases... will he get there? He's sprinting, the ball bounces, and - oof- evades the outside-half.

  44. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    France go forward again, but they've as yet been unable to inflict the mortal blow. Steely defending from the Scots.

  45. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "Tim Visser put everything on the line there as he went for that pass, but, with interceptions, it is all or nothing. If you don't make them you leave a huge hole and Yoann Huget very nearly capitalised."

  46. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Cripes. Where to begin? Tim Visser gambles like a high roller in a Las Vegas casino, attempting to intercept but failing. That gives Yoan Huget the chance to go pumping and snorting down the right wing. It looks like the flyer is going to cross the whitewash - but a super tackle from Mark Bennett helps dislodge the ball from the Frenchman.

  47. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    Mark Bennett has made his mark in attack and defence for Scotland

    "Some of the Scotland defence has been outstanding - Alex Dunbar and Mark Bennett especially.

    "They have been under the cosh for the last 10 minutes but it is still a four-point game as it stands."

  48. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Scotland's line-out is in full song once again. The visitors keeping possession, but it's all inside their own half. France think they've nicked the ball, but Nigel Owens signals otherwise, so the Scots can now regroup and prepare themselves for a stirring finale. Ten minutes to go.

  49. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    A change in the Scotland line-up to tell you about as Ross Ford makes way for Fraser Brown in the front row. Alex Dunbar, who must have made a thousand tackles this evening, is receiving treatment but it doesn't seem too serious. Scotland with a line-out inside their own 22.

    As a team, Scotland have so far actually made 109 tackles to France's 85. Adds a pedant.

  50. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Through-the-legs pass from Stuart Hogg which will be replayed throughout this championship I'm sure. But one moment you're a wizard and the next you're a muggle, as the full-back kicks out of play in the next phase of play. Five minutes remaining of Johnnie Beattie's sin bin.

  51. Get involved #bbcsixnations

    France's Remy Lamerat is tackled

    Stephanie Rutt: Come on Scotland. I need you to win for an opening weekend hat trick in the office sweep stake.

    Kaylan Geekie: Not enough threat at the breakdown for #Scotland. Lack of a quality fetcher conspicuous by its absence.

    Michael Nelson: Scotland will never get ahead in this game with this very questionable referee at the helm.

  52. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Scotland digging deep, delving into their seemingly infinite reserves of energy - but they will surely eventually cave in? They have a man in the sin-bin and have been on their heels for the last 10 minutes or so.

  53. Vote

    Something dramatic in Paris over the next 20 minutes could change your mind entirely, which is why you have until 19:15 GMT to cast your vote for the player of the opening weekend.

    Your options are spelt out on the right-hand of this very page.

    The result will be announced here, but small-print fans can get into the nitty-gritty of how the vote works over on our terms and conditions page.

  54. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "Brilliant play from Finn Russell! Is there anything this kid can't do? He has just stripped the ball from a hulking French forward. That was sheer strength."

  55. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Finn Russell is performing like a veteran with a century of international appearances to his name. The outside-half steals the ball in the tackle, giving his team much-welcomed respite.

  56. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Thomas Castaignede

    Former France international on BBC One

    Thierry Dusautoir and Richie Gray vie for the ball in a maul

    "We started the second half quite well, kicking a bit higher to put pressure on the Scots, but every time they get the ball they're still dangerous.

    "Every time we want continuity we are too slow in the rucks and mauls to give the backs the ball - we need to speed up the game."

  57. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I just feel that this game can still open up and it is still anyone's game. I wonder whether France could be left to rue that missed kick, only time will tell."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  58. Sin-bin - Jonny Beattie

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Fresh legs in the second row for France as the towering Romain Taofifenua replaces Pascal Pape. The lock is quickly into the action, an unstoppable maul forms from the line-out, the Scottish defence have no answer. The ball pops out - but referee says Jonny Beattie tried to stop the maul illegally so off he goes for a 10-minute break.

  59. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    The battering-ram turns creator as Mathieu Bastareaud sets Teddy Thomas free down the right with with a long pass. The left wing side steps, there's a glimpse of stardust - but the French momentum dies a death.

  60. Missed penalty - Camille Lopez

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Scotland have a scrum 5m from their own line, and they fold like eight deckchairs in the wind. Euan Murray, the scrummaging hero 10 minutes ago, is now the villain for falling onto his knees. Camille Lopez with another shot at the target, but his effort ricochets off the post and into Scottish hands.

  61. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's going to be close but Scotland are not going to win this game playing five metres in front of their own try-line."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  62. Post update

    Metres run graphic
  63. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    The French rumble forward. Can the Scottish defence hold firm? The decibels inside the stadium rise... the hosts 3m from the line... they're huffing and puffing... but Pascal Pape's handling lets his team down.

  64. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    The Scottish line-out, usually their ace in the pack, is creaking like an old ship, presenting the French with easy possession. And the hosts are making substitutions, Morgan Parra and Uni Atonio enter the field.

  65. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    It's always important to take in your surroundings when you're on the move, but that isn't Camille Lopez's mantra as the outside-half barges into a member of the French support staff while running back to position after his penalty. She comes away from the collision unscathed, though.

  66. Post update

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    France and Scotland fight for the ball

    "It is still a tight encounter and it's really up to Scotland now to take the game to France. They have had the best of the play since the restart but Scotland need to put them under pressure."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  67. Penalty - Camille Lopez

    France 12-8 Scotland

    Dougie Fife gathers the high ball but slips and slides out of play and the winger throws the ball away in frustration, which gifts Camille Lopez a chance to add to his points tally. Fife is punished for his petulance as the outside-half rattles off another penalty.

  68. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    Silly mistakes from the Scots, losing line-out and then Stuart Hogg kicking the ball out on the full. The full-back raises his hand apologetically, but his team-mates won't thank him for losing 50m or so.

  69. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Mathieu Bastareaud

    "Scotland are playing with a lot of confidence, they seem to have complete control in defence and they just have to keep putting France under pressure."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  70. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "Scotland's defence is holding firm and they have counter-rucked very well. They have been very competitive at the breakdown and that is such a crucial part of any game.

    "I think that the benches will come into play in such a physical game. I expect to see Geoff Cross, Jim Hamilton and Alasdair Strokosch all make an appearance for Scotland."

  71. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    Scotland win a put-in at the scrum and, again, the players need resetting before Scotland earn a penalty with Rabah Slimani erring for the French. The Scots slap Euan Murray on the back, the prop getting the plaudits for that effort.

  72. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    Iron discipline from Scotland as they soak up whatever comes their way. It needs two to stop Mathieu Bastareaud, but somehow Euan Murray and Richie Gray stop the behemoth centre, though their bones will be sore in the morning.

  73. Get involved #bbcsixnations

    Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg attacks

    Georgina Pettit: Oooo err Mrs! Didn't think it'd be this close at HT. Gotta love the passion evoked by the #RBS6Nations

    Mike Colborne: Very entertaining first half in Paris.

    Kaylan Geekie: Stuart Hogg is carving #France to pieces. Discipline & decision making needs to improve.

  74. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    No sign of either team easing off the accelerator. Both continuing to attack with intent when they have possession. The French forwards rumble forward from the line-out, they've set up a honeyed platform for their backline - but Scotland steal the ball, and the hosts lose acres of ground.

  75. Get involved #bbcsixnations

    Stewart Milligan: Hogg is the one who can make the difference for Scotland. Every time he gets his hands on the ball he makes something happen.

    Luke: Scotland are looking fantastic! Really progressing, Quality club players are finally taking their form to country!

  76. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    Jonny Gray steals French line-out ball - it's an area where the French have been having problems in this match. But the visitors lose possession and the French can reboot from inside their own 22.

  77. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    But the Welshman soon emerges, and gives Finn Russell the green light to get this second half under way.

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    France 9-8 Scotland

    There's no sign of referee Nigel Owens so there's a slight delay to the start of the second half...

  79. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    The Scots make their way out from the changing room, looking like a sloth of bears who have just awoken from hibernation; hungry and irritated and wanting to cause havoc.

  80. Post update

    HT: France 9-8 Scotland

    Ram Jam's Black Betty rings out from the sound system, but the atmosphere is more serene in the Scotland changing room, where the Scots have splintered into two groups. The forwards are getting their instructions, while at the other end the backs are plotting and scheming for the second half.

  81. Post update

    HT: France 9-8 Scotland

    Thomas Castaignede

    Former France international on BBC One

    "We started the game well and we look good when we keep the ball in hand, but when we kick the ball back to the likes of Stuart Hogg, that makes things harder for us. Scotland are playing really well and finding holes in the France defence."

  82. Post update

    HT: France 9-8 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "That was real composure from Scotland who so often get white-line fever. There they made all the right decisions. Even prop Euan Murray who found himself out there and made the offload to Dougie Fife to score."

  83. Post update

    HT: France 9-8 Scotland

    Score summary
  84. Post update

    France 9-8 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Scotland celebrate Dougie Fife's try

    "What a fantastic riposte from Scotland, that was absolutely scintillating rugby from them to score the try and right on the stroke of half-time too. It is no more that Scotland deserve and if they can just cut out the mistakes then I would be very happy with the performance so far."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  85. Try - Dougie Fife (missed conv; Greig Laidlaw)

    France 9-8 Scotland

    What a score! Stuart Hogg goes close, Alex Dunbar goes closer - but the Scots maintain their composure, spin it wide and replacement Dougie Fife crosses the line for a fabulous try, and his first in a Scotland shirt.

    Dougie Fife scores
  86. Post update

    France 9-3 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Vern Cotter would still be quite happy with things so far. But Scotland just need to cut out the mistakes they have been making.

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  87. Post update

    France 9-3 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "Scotland's defence is really looking solid but the chances they are giving France are through their own indiscipline. Vern Cotter will be telling them at half-time to make sure they give themselves some space behind the back foot and don't get too over-eager."

  88. Penalty - Camille Lopez

    France 9-3 Scotland

    Scotland creep offside, which gives Camille Lopez the chance to extend his side's lead and the outside-half is as cool as a cucumber which has just come out of the freezer. Or something like that.

  89. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    "You get the impression that Scotland have been working hard on their defence and they have had to be at their best as the French keep trying to maraud through. They are showing an awful lot of composure out there at the moment."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  90. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Both teams are full of promise, plenty of derring-do, but lacking that cutting-egde and poise when the tryline beckons. Five minutes of the half remaining and the crowd roar in approval at every bone-crunching tackle.

  91. Post update

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "Finn Russell made a tremendous tackle in that period of play, going low on Mathieu Bastareaud. You have to when you are giving away a couple of stone because otherwise you will just be shrugged off."

  92. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    It's time for France to go sashaying and charging into the opposition half. Camille Lopez is gang tackled, but attempts to pop a pass Yoann Huget but the galloping right wing cannot gather. That was close, and Scotland are off the hook.

  93. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Ah. Nothing to see. Scotland are thwarted by the toot of Nigel Owens' whistle and France are awarded a pressure-relieving kick into touch from their own 22. Off! This is a barnstorming encounter. Rory Kockott with the break down the right wing...

  94. Get involved #bbcsixnations

    Scotland's Finn Russell attacks

    Adam Martin: Great game of rugby so far!! Open, expansive and exciting from both teams! Love this competition!

  95. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    End-to-end stuff at the moment in what has been a breathless opening 30 minutes, regardless of the scoreline. Fine bit of pick-pocketing by Alex Dunbar who nicks the ball and kicks it towards the left wing for Stuart Hogg to chase... Stand by!

  96. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "Scotland will be very disappointed with that, and Finn Russell especially, because that drop-goal attempt was bang in front. I know they were struggling to make an impact on the France defence, but I think I would have run through another few phases.

    "What was interesting in that passage of play was how Stuart Hogg came in at first receiver a number of times and always made it over the advantage line."

  97. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Finn Russell opts for the drop-goal, perhaps a touch too early for such things, and it lacks accuracy. After much promise, Scotland must pump and snort up field all again if they want to cross the line.

  98. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Richie Gray on the charge for Scotland

    Dreamy side-step from Stuart Hogg and the full-back glides to within 5m of the tryline.. The Scots are sniffing the whitewash. Forward they rumble.. Richie Gray making inroads with the posts in sight...

  99. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Scotland are more than a match for France right now. If they just had the courage or conviction right now to push the ball out for a couple more passes then it might well be to their advantage."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  100. Missed Penalty

    France 6-3 Scotland

    France fail to roll away which gives Stuart Hogg an opportunity to level the match from 51m, but he undercooks it.

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    France 6-3 Scotland

    Thomas Castaignede

    Former France international on BBC One

    Scotland fly-half Finn Russell is tackled

    "I think tactically France are playing really well. They have some good discipline as well. The kicking game needs work and France must keep an eye on Finn Russell because he is the danger in this Scotland side."

  102. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Nigel Owens blows his whistle again, accusing the Scots of infringing - but the touch judge interrupts, and tells the referee a Frenchman was offside so Finn Russell kicks the Scots into opposition territory. Time for the visitors to breathe.

  103. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    France centre Wesley Fofana

    "France are mixing it up and I am pretty impressed in the way they are playing today. They can sometimes be a bit negative but they are trying to spin it out wide and play."

    Listen to full commentary under the live coverage tab

  104. Post update

    France 6-3 Scotland

    France threaten every time they attack and that must be a worry for the visitors. They're managing to stem the tide at the moment, however, and good work by the men in the boiler room, after a solid line-out, allows Greig Laidlaw to kick to touch from inside his own 22.

  105. Replacement Scotland

    France 6-3 Scotland

    An unexpected early finish for Tommy Symour, who has hurt his groin. Dougie Fife replaces the right wing.

  106. Penalty - Camille Lopez

    France 6-3 Scotland

    Nigel Owens blows his whistle, which means the hosts have a chance in front of the posts and it's an easy one for the outside-half.

  107. Post update

    France 3-3 Scotland

    Mathieu Bastareaud barges through the midfield with the finesse of a sledgehammer, but it's effective. The French rumbling forward, moving it from left to right and they're inching ever closer to the try line.

  108. Penalty - Greig Laidlaw

    France 3-3 Scotland

    The captain steps up and the ball sails between the posts. Even-stevens once again.

  109. Post update

    France 3-0 Scotland

    A scrum in the France v Scotland game

    "There has to be space so why are you not giving it then?" says Nigel Owens to the Scottish front-row, like a tired parent telling off a toddler for not doing the simplest of tasks correctly. It could be a long afternoon for the referee. France not engaging properly and Scotland can aim at the posts.

  110. Post update

    France 3-0 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "Fly-half Finn Russell is attacking the line, which is what we hoped he was going to do. He found himself opposite two second rows and found his way through. He likes to do that and France will now know that Scotland have an attacking threat at 10. That forces them to think and stops them fanning out wide quite as quickly in defence."

  111. Post update

    France 3-0 Scotland

    First scrum of the evening is awarded to France. It's messy stuff and referee Nigel Owens is calling for space. "It has to be shoulder-to-shoulder," pleads the Welshman. At the third time of asking, France put it in and get it out, but it isn't the sort of platform from which you can attack from so Les Rouges just boot it downfield.

  112. Post update

    Gavin Hastings

    Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

    Scrum-half Rory Kockott clears for France

    "Both sides you feel are sounding each other out at the moment. You just want to settle down and get some possession to see how the other side come out and that is where France are right now."

  113. Post update

    France 3-0 Scotland

    Scott Spedding into touch - quick line-out ball for Scotland and the Scottish backs are let loose in the middle of the park. Canny by the fresh-faced Finn Russell, a dummy which bamboozles the French defence. Greig Laidlaw to Johnnie Beattie, who coughs up the ball and the outside-half's good work comes to nothing.

  114. Post update

    France 3-0 Scotland

    Andy Nicol

    Former Scotland scrum-half on BBC One

    "That was a dumb penalty for Richie Gray to give away. All France were going to do was kick into touch anyway and give possession back to Scotland. They have to avoid that sort of thing at this stage of the game."

  115. Post update

    France 3-0 Scotland

    Roars around the stadium as Scott Spedding goes on a bulldozing run, but it comes to nothing. France recycling ball, but Scotland are holding firm.

  116. Post update

    France 3-0 Scotland

    Wesley Fofana with a slight gap... Scott Spedding carries on the momentum, making the hard yards... Scotland, so far, absorbing wave after wave of red-shirted attacks on the half-way line.

  117. Post update

    France 3-0 Scotland

    A confident start by outside-half Camille Lopez, who is making his first Six Nations start. Scotland not bothered by falling behind, they simply work their way up-field and inside the French 22 - but foolish by Richie Gray, going in from the side, and Scott Spedding has a pressure-easing touch-finder.

  118. Penalty - Camille Lopez

    France 3-0 Scotland

    France win a penalty despite good work by Jonny Gray in the line-out as Blair Cowan is forced to hold on - and Camille Lopez boots it over, in off the post.

  119. Post update

    France 0-0 Scotland

    Allez les rouge? Yep, France are playing in red this evening, as you may or may have not heard. They've done it before, but it was during a sepia-tinged age. It might take some getting used to. Scotland gather, boot it to touch - but Scotland then disrupt the French line-out.

  120. Post update

    France 0-0 Scotland

    Toot! That's the sound of referee Nigel Owens getting the game started. We're off!

  121. Post update

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    A pipe band provided pre-match music at the Stade de France

    France, as you'd expect with 80,000-strong voices backing them, win the battle of the anthems and Tricolor flags are waved manically around the stadium. There's something in the air tonight, a promise of something magical.

  122. Post update

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    The players make the long, tension-filled walk from the changing rooms to the pitch. There's intake of breaths, the calming of nerves... hearts are beating faster and faster... the decibels are rising inside the stadium... and what sounds like Carmina Burana (though probably isn't) rings around the Stade de France.

  123. A promising year for the Scots

    France v Scotland

    Vern Cotter's Scotland are a confident outfit these days, beating Argentina in the autumn and pushing the All Blacks close. They also have strength in depth, which is not something you could have said a few years ago. It could be a cracker.

  124. France happy at home

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    France v Scotland

    If history tells us anything, it tells us the omens aren't good for Scotland this evening. Not only do France boast a 100% home record in their opening Six Nations matches - but Scotland have beaten Les Bleus only once in 14 opening-weekend matches. That's the worst kind of record. In fact, it's the worst record of its kind in the competition.

  125. Post update

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    Philippe Saint-Andre

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre speaking to BBC Sport: "It is very important for French rugby to start this tournament well. We know that it will be a physical test against Scotland. It will be an emotional Marseillaise today after what happened in January in Paris, but the players need to focus on the game."

  126. Post update

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    Gregor Townsend

    Former Scotland international on BBC One

    "Jonny Gray has the workrate, mindset and real rugby intelligence. He called the line-out in the autumn and had a success rate of more than 90%. He could be a mainstay for the side for years to come."

  127. The picture of Jonny Gray

    Jonny Gray

    The cameras focused on Jonny Gray as he was limbering up on a crisp Parisian evening and it's no wonder people are talking about the second-row because he's enjoyed a remarkable start to his international career, winning eight caps since his debut in November 2013 and - remarkably - missing just one tackle. Remarkable.

  128. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Margaret Corbally: 2 away wins so far, can Scotland make it 3? Fingers crossed!

    David Duncan: Can Scotland for once live up to the promise shown in the autumn test?? A country hopes so.

    Brad Hobson: Scotland need to be disciplined early on as I think new French players may give cheap penalties if pressured.

  129. Post update

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    Chris Paterson

    Former Scotland international on BBC One

    "We have to challenge the outside channels where the French leave space sometimes. If we are accurate we can have some success. A lot depends on what France do, but Scotland under Vern Cotter are an exciting side and I'm looking forward to it."

  130. Team news

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    The teams are warming-up on the pitch, so it seems appropriate to tell you who they are:

    France: Spedding, Huget, Bastareaud, Fofana, Thomas, Lopez, Kockott, Menini, Guirado, Slimani, Pape, Maestri, Le Roux, Dusautoir, Chouly.

    Replacements: Kayser, Atonio, Ben Arous, Taofifenua, Goujon, Parra, Tales, Lamerat.

    Scotland: Hogg, Seymour, Bennett, Dunbar, Visser, Russell, Laidlaw, Dickinson, Ford, Murray, R. Gray, J. Gray, Harley, Cowan, Beattie.

    Replacements: F. Brown, Reid, Cross, Hamilton, Strokosch, Hidalgo-Clyne, Horne, Fife.

  131. Survival of the warmest?

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    Gabby Logan

    Gabby Logan prepared for this evening's match at the Stade de France as if she were planning on slaloming down some slopes. "Paris survival kit," the presenter tweeted, with pictures of fur-lined boots, a woolly hat and hand warmers. Fail to prepare, prepare to get frostbite, as they say.

  132. Post update

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    Scotland coach Vern Cotter speaking to BBC Sport: "I think that the players will play with enthusiasm on this the occasion of the the first match of the Six Nations. There is a desire to carry the ball and try and put the French in difficulty.

    "We are focussed on making sure we can vary our play. Scotland will win here again some day, whether it is today or not we will have to wait and see. But we are going to give it our best shot."

  133. And the wait goes on

    Gregor Townsend

    The '90s - Oasis, combat pants, Noel's House Party... and two Scotland victories in the French capital, the last of which came in 1999 thanks to a little help from Gregor Townsend. Will there be more disappointment in the French capital for the Scots?

  134. Post update

    Richard Nixon (left) with Elvis

    A lot has happened in the last 46 years. We've seen eight American presidents, nine British Prime Ministers; we've started tweeting, snap-chatting, Facebook(ing); lived through the first human face transplant - and the Boston Red Sox even won a World Series! But Scotland have managed just the two victories in Paris...

  135. Post update

    France v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

    Plenty to work on for Ireland then.

    But if you are going to throw in a shoddy Six Nations performance then best to do it against Italy...

    Now we are going to switch sights to Paris, where Scotland are chasing an away win over France.

    Something they last did back in the days when Keith Wood's barber was still deploying scissors. Aimee Lewis to take you through this one.

  136. Post update

    Ireland metres made graphic
  137. Post update

    FT: Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    "Those two tries put a gloss on what was a poor performance by Ireland so you'd expect change against France."

  138. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Hannah Ruddell: Game wasn't great but the win is ours!! C'mon Ireland!!

    Brad Griffiths: Good win for Ireland over the pure strength of Italy.

    Ryan Evans: England look favourites at the moment. Terrible performance from Ireland .Will be interesting to see how France play tonight.

  139. Post update

    FT: Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Rob Kearney

    Ireland full-back Rob Kearney: "It was a slog. I don't know if it was that frustrating, any time you come to Rome that's what you're expecting. It was a bit of a shock for us losing Sean O'Brien right before kick-off, but we prepared really well so it didn't move us from our groove too much."

  140. Post update

    FT: Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Carlo Del Fava

    Former Italy lock on BBC One

    "When Ghiraldini got sent off, that sent a terrible message through to the team. To be in defence, to make 204 tackles in a Test match, is going to be unsustainable. There's no way you can compete while defending for that long."

  141. Post update

    FT: Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "It's not the kind of performance Joe Schmidt would have wanted. He'll be pragmatic, take the score and move on. You wouldn't say that was the performance of championship favourites."

  142. Post update

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    No great scenes of joy or despair at the final whistle.

    Ireland know that was a well below-par performance and that they were flattered by the scoreline.

    Italy can take heart from a stout performance against last year's champions.

    It was not a match to get the turnstiles ticking for Italy's next home Six Nations clash though.

  143. Get involved text 81111

    Gareth in Harpenden, via text: I have no idea how Ireland have gone into a 23 point lead. Credit to Joe Schmidt- he has made the national team just like Leinster who could play dross rugby and still win matches in comfort. Regardless of last night's result you have to say Ireland have to be favourites for the championship if they can play this rubbish and still win convincingly.

  144. Full-time

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Score summary
  145. No try

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    No room for sentiment.

    Italy may have worked hard enough to deserve a try, but the referee is not allowed to dish out sympathy scores.

    Sergio Parisse's fingertips brushed the ball forward and the 'score' is chalked off.

  146. Post update

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "In my opinion, Sergio Parisse's hands just bushed the ball. It's a difficult one to call. Technically he has knocked it forward."

  147. Try review

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Do Italy have a consolation?

    It is a lovely little score if so. A flowing team move, but Sergio Parisse might have knocked on as he attempted to gather a chip ahead. Kelly Haimona dotted down regardless.

  148. Post update

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Tommy O'Donnell, who has taken his chance well in Sean O'Brien's absence, secures the turnover as an Italian runner leaves his support behind.

    The wind is sucked out of the hosts' sails.

  149. Post update

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    A late rally from Italy as they rumble up over the Ireland 22-metre line in the familiar shape of Sergio Parisse.

    Luke McLean takes the ball deeper into the danger zone with neat side-step...

  150. Post update

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Something for the home fans, or supporters of any stripe, to really get their teeth into. Tomasso Allan is at the centre of a slick runaround and out wide and Luke McLean has the space to gallop down the left wing.

    Robbie Henshaw is across to snuff out the threat, but the crowd enjoyed that.

  151. Post update

    Defenders beaten graphic
  152. Post update

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Isaac Boss has been brought on in place of Conor Murray for a late run out for Ireland.

  153. Post update

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Ten minutes to go and the heavens have opened in Rome. Absolutely pelting down and any faint hope of some decent running rugby are now surely down the gurgler.

  154. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Former Wales No8 Scott Quinnell: Soft yellow for Italy. Amazing how it can change the mind set. Italy dug deep for so long in defence. Ireland now in total charge.

  155. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Liz Noonan

    Liz Noonan: #friendlyrivalry

  156. Post update

    Italy 3-26 Ireland

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "Eventually, that tackle count is going to count against you. Tommy O'Donnell shows great pace and the superior fitness of this Ireland team is coming into play. Andrea Masi should have been able to take him."

  157. Try

    Italy 3-26 Ireland - Tommy O'Donnell (Con. Ian Madigan)

    Tommy O'Donnell dives over to score for Ireland

    Leonardo Ghiraldini's repeated infringements don't look so streetwise now.

    With their hooker in the bin, Italy's defence suddenly looks threadbare.

    Tommy O'Donnell spots a hole, shrugging off Andrea Masi and cantering in under the posts from outside the 22-metre line.

    Ian Madigan flips over the extras.

  158. Post update

    Italy 3-19 Ireland

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "It hasn't been pretty but the mauling has been very good today from Ireland, they've kept momentum going and Italy haven't been able to cope with it."

  159. Try

    Italy 3-19 Ireland - Conor Murray (con. Ian Keatley)

    Conor Murray scores for Ireland

    Ireland finally grind a way through to the whitewash.

    Nothing complicated to get your head around here. Line-out ball into the giant mitts of Paul O'Connell, an eight-man shove, and Conor Murray scoops up from the wreckage and dots down.

    Ian Keatley adds the extras before being replaced by Ian Madigan.

  160. Post update

    Italy 3-12 Ireland

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    "Ghiraldini is in there but I don't know if that's particularly cynical. I think Castrogiovanni is very lucky, you knew it was offside. It's three-to-one in terms of tackling. All the momentum has moved to Ireland."

  161. Sin-bin

    Italy 3-12 Ireland

    Leonardo Ghiraldini

    Maybe that will open things up.

    Leonardo Ghiraldini takes a 10-minute sit-down after pushing the referee's patience too far.

  162. Post update

    Italy 3-12 Ireland

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "These penalties have really cost Italy today. They've given them away far too cheaply and haven't been able to deal with this Irish maul at all."

  163. Post update

    Italy 3-12 Ireland

    More like it. A little less grunt, a little more grey matter.

    Ian Keatley puts up the cross-field bomb and Simon Zebo just fails to gather.

    Tommaso Allan replaces Michele Campagnaro in the Italian centres.

  164. Post update

    Italy 3-12 Ireland

    Conor Murray partially charges down Andrea Masi's clearing kick on the Italy 22-metre line and Ireland work the ball left.

    Tommy Bowe, faced with a wall of blue, attempts to grubber forward for himself. Good idea, but his kick cannons off Italian socks and into touch.

  165. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Ireland fans

    Former England hooker Brian Moore: The rainbow over the Olympic Stadium in Rome is the most colourful thing about this game.

    Oh I don't know Brian, some of the Ireland fans are pushing it close.

  166. Penalty

    Italy 3-12 Ireland - Ian Keatley

    Someone wake up the scoreboard operators! We have some points!

    Leonardo Ghiraldini infringes at the scrum and Ian Keatley pops over a routine kick.

    This must be what it was like watching rugby in the 1900s.

  167. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    In the absence of anything of note on the field, the Ireland fans are making their own entertainment singing "the Fields of Athenry".

  168. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Francesco Minto of Italy
  169. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Carlo Del Fava

    Former Italy lock on BBC One

    A divot created by a scrummage

    "When the ground is cutting up, it's extremely difficult to scrummage because all your pressure and purchase comes from your studs gripping the ground. If the ground is slipping underneath you, it puts you under immense pressure."

  170. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Toby Jones: Italy are looking very good this year, could cause a few upsets.

    Lucy Victoria: Ireland's attack way too flat, and lacking any magic. Nothing threatening with ball in hand.

  171. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Changes on both sides by the way with Rory Best replaced by Sean Cronin in the Ireland front row and Alessandro Zanni replaced by Marco Barbini in the Italian backrow.

  172. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Ireland finally manage to work the numbers in their favour.

    Their three-quarter line find themselves opposite some bulking forward beef and Jared Payne makes headway before slipping the ball out the side door for Robbie Henshaw.

    He is hauled down just short of the line by some desperate Italy defence, but Ireland knock on in their haste to play the ball as space opens up out wide.

  173. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    That was a semi let-off for Ireland. Michele Campagnaro gets a palm to Ian Keatley's attempted pass to Simon Zebo but can't gather cleanly. He might have been in there if he had enough pace to make the most of a legitimate interception.

  174. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    A hint of space as Ian Keatley throws the mis-pass to Tommy Bowe out on the left wing. The cover scrabbles across though before the British Lion can fire up the after-burners and there is no green-shirted support to off-load to.

  175. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Ireland international Reggie Corrigan: "Ireland are just trying to grind out this result here. They are going through the motions and there is nothing of the creativeness we are used to seeing instead they are just trying to bosh it up when they get the chance. Italy on the other hand have come out strongly and will want to put Ireland under pressure at every chance they get."

    Listen to full match commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra

  176. Get involved #bbc6nations

    England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth: Back home and now with feet up watching the rest of the Six Nations with my boy, Fred, before heading back into camp tomorrow. Still buzzing from last night. Thought all the lads stepped up and to come back from 10-0 down to win and leave a couple of tries out there showed how well we played.

  177. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Simon Zebo is wrapped up by the Italy defence

    Playing rugby at the Stadio Olimpico looks like trying to fight the rush-hour commuter flow on London Underground.

    Ireland are having plenty of the ball but any creativity is being suffocated by Italy defence that is up in their faces straight away.

    All very narrow. All very unexciting.

  178. Kick-off

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Ian Keatley gets us back going and Italian opposite number Kelly Haimona gets underneath the kick to gather cleanly.

  179. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    "I believe Ireland are going to up the pace and be more focused. There were some silly errors in the first half which were unacceptable."

  180. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Arthur P Winkle: Italy are an inept side that seem to drag their opponents down to their own level of mediocrity. Yawn!! #friendlyrivalry

    Neal B: Englishman hoping for the 'double'. England beat Wales, now come on Italia! And if France can win later the drinks are on me

    Josephine Guckian: Disappointing first half. Too much stopping. Thought Ireland would have scored at least 1 try in 1st half.

  181. Post update

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

    "Will the owner of a Fiat Cinquecento registration number ...."

    The stadium announcer at the Stadio Olimpico has been getting through a lot of admin during the half-time break, drowning out Keith Wood and Carlo Del Fava with massive-decibel announcements.

    We are finally ready to get back under way.

  182. Post update

    HT Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Carlo Del Fava

    Former Italy lock on BBC One

    "There's not much to focus on and analyse because the most exciting thing has been the Ireland maul attack."

  183. Post update

    It has been an eyesore of a game so far.

    The stats don't lie.

    Clean breaks: Italy 0-0 Ireland

    Defenders beaten: Italy 4-3 Ireland

    Metres run with ball: Italy 110-87 Ireland

    One for the purists we could say. If we were being kind.

  184. Post update

    Italy v Ireland score summary
  185. Post update

    HT Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Carlo Del Fava

    Former Italy lock on BBC One

    Italy centre Michele Campagnaro is wrapped up by the ireland defence

    "Italy are securing possession but they're not using it as a devastating weapon. We're winning ball slightly under pressure, it's not as clean and as crisp as it needs to be."

  186. Post update

    HT Italy 3-9 Ireland

    Keith Wood

    Former Ireland hooker on BBC One

    "I think Joe Schmidt wants to keep it simple, but he'd like to see a few tries. You know Ireland are going to kick a lot but the accuracy of that kicking hasn't been up to scratch. It's been lacklustre."

  187. Half-time

    Italy 3-9 Ireland

  188. Penalty

    Italy 3-9 Ireland - Kelly Haimona

    Ireland swarm around the lineout to prevent Italy's rolling maul from getting a head of steam up.

    But Ireland have infringed again and this time, with the clock against them, Italy opt for the easy points.

    And Kelly Haimona does make it look easy, stroking over. That is the final action of the half.

  189. Post update

    Italy 0-9 Ireland

    Italy have a penalty inside the 22 as Tommy O'Donnell drops to his knees over a breakdown.

    Sergio Parisse tells his fly-half to aim his boot for the corner rather than the sticks.

    Ambitious from the Italy captain. Or maybe he does not trust Kelly Haimona's place kicking...

  190. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Shane McDaid: Yes Keatley- earn that No. 10!! Ire v Italy Come ya Green Beasts

    Tony Cooper: I think Ireland are adequate so far...not spectacular

    David Dillon: At least Ireland winning their own line-outs. Unlike that fully deserved defeat of 2 years ago. Stealing one now.

  191. Post update

    Italy 0-9 Ireland

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "The maul has given Ireland another three-point opportunity. I don't imagine Ireland have had the lion's share of the territory, but they've been more disciplined."

  192. Penalty

    Italy 0-9 Ireland - Ian Keatley

    Italy second row Joshua Furno pops up on the wrong side of a maul.

    Conor Murray tries to take matters into his own hands, but can't haul the second row out of the way by his collar.

    The referee has spotted the offside though and up shoots his arms. No advantage so they come back for the penalty and Ian Keatley does not need asking twice. He clips over to stretch the lead to nine points.

  193. Post update

    Italy 0-6 Ireland

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Ireland international Reggie Corrigan: "There's confusion in that midfield about what each of the players is meant to be doing. There have also been a lot of handling errors and unforced ones. Italy have been playing really well and if they can keep it like this until half time they really will think they can take something from the game.

    "Ireland haven't done anything yet to suggest to me they are going to be scoring a lot of tries."

    Listen to full match commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra

  194. Get involved #friendlyrivalry

    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson is multi-tasking this afternoon; watching rugby, taking pictures and tweeting. "Alex is cheering on the Italians I think. I'm going for the men in green!!" says the World Cup winner.

  195. Post update

    Italy 0-6 Ireland

    Italy have been frustrating Ireland though, denying them quick ball as they contest every breakdown.

    Ireland under-commit to a ruck after Simon Zebo charges in and hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini strips the ball from the tackled man.

    Enough glory hunting from the big lads. The Ireland forwards need to get back to basics, hit all the breakdowns and leave the catching and running stuff to the backs.

  196. Post update

    Italy 0-6 Ireland

    Mike Ross has the upper hand on his man at scrum time. The referee blows up to give Ireland a penalty and Ian Keatley finds the corner. More pressure from the men in green.

  197. Post update

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "Conor Murray's kicking has been accurate and has resulted in turnovers and penalties. Ireland are under no real pressure at the moment."

  198. Post update

    Italy 0-6 Ireland

    Things still not quite clicking for the Ireland backs, but Ian Keatley will take confidence from that excellent salvage job.

    The Ireland fly-half scoops up after Conor Murray's pass goes to ground, throws Luke McLean off the scent with a little show of the ball and then punts a trundling kick over the top of a scattered Italy back three and into the corner.

  199. Get involved #bbc6nations

    Maggie Vandermeer

    Maggie Vandermeer: #BBCSixNations watching in Sol in Cape Verde.

  200. Post update

    Italy 0-6 Ireland

    Italy have a decent looking bit of territory just outside the Ireland 22-metre line, but Kelly Haimona looks like a fly-half making it up as he goes along. And not in a good, free-wheeling maverick way either.

    His nothing-much chip into the corner is claimed by Tommy Bowe despite Sergio Parisse's attempt to stick a knee in the Ireland wing's back.

  201. Post update

    Italy 0-6 Ireland

    Phillip Matthews

    Former Ireland captain on BBC One

    "What was good about that is Keatley's maintained his composure and confidence in his kicking because he's made a few errors so far in this game. He needs to be more accurate in what he's doing."

  202. Penalty

    Italy 0-6 Ireland - Ian Keatley