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Live Reporting

Chris Osborne and Ben Dirs

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So, how was that for a World Cup taster?

    Ireland and Scotland served up an entertaining, if not technically sound, starter. The Irish were forced to dig in but came out 28-22 winners in Dublin.

    And then England showed flashes of attacking flair to get supporters salivating, but looked messy as it dragged on and did just enough to overcome France 19-14.

    Join us again next Saturday, when we start with Italy hosting Scotland, and France and England go at it again in Paris, with what will probably be stronger looking sides.

    Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  2. Take Sam Burgess to the World Cup?

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "You can't take him to the World Cup for me. He played 80 mins and credit for that. But the way the game went in the second half there was nothing for him to do. The great thing about Burgess is he doesn't make mistakes with ball in hand. But unfortunately, if you're going to be really picky, positionally he wasn't great. He played like a six rather than a 12. There are things that are instinctively he doesn’t know what to do."

  3. Centre men

    Lancaster is giving nothing away in his centre pairing and whether Henry Slade or Sam Burgess have booked their place in the World Cup party. But he says both men impressed today.

  4. 'A bit edgy'

    Quote Message: I thought France had a lot of ball in the first 20 and we held up defensively. We didn't finish the game off as we like and it was a bit edgy. We gave away too many penalties and set-piece second half. from England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Sky Sports
    England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Sky Sports
  5. Backstreet's back, alright?

    Backstreet Boys

    Slade is told that it's tradition for a winning debutant to sing a song on the coach home. 

    He says it will probably be Backstreet Boys' I Want It That Way.

    For those young uns out there, the Backstreet Boys are a highly regarded folk band renowned for their intelligent lyrics...

  6. 'Sam's a massive bloke'

    Quote Message: It was everything I imagined. It was an awesome experience. All sorts of emotions run through my head in the first five minutes. Once I settled down I really enjoyed it. Sam Burgess was massive defensively. He's a massive bloke and did really well. from England centre Henry Slade on Sky Sports
    England centre Henry Slade on Sky Sports
  7. Watson on his first try

    Quote Message: I didn't really think about it. I just carried the ball. If he gives you the outside, as a winger that's something you want to take on. I watch a lot of players like Jason Robinson and try to emulate that. from England wing Anthony Watson on Sky Sports
    England wing Anthony Watson on Sky Sports
  8. Full-time

    England 19-14 France

    What of our centre debuts? Henry Slade showed some good vision, he might have played his way into the final squad. Sam Burgess put in some hefty hits, although didn't show much with ball in hand. He also got sin-binned for a silly tug of a shirt, which will have been noted.  

  9. Post update

    Quote Message: It was important to win in front of our home fans. France are renowned for their tough play and have a heavy pack. We dug in and gave as good as we got. When you’re doing hard work as forwards and you see your wings running in like that it's exactly what you need. from England captain Tom Wood on Sky Sports
    England captain Tom Wood on Sky Sports
  10. Full-time

    England 19-14 France

    A curate's egg of a performance by England today, they were excellent at times in the first half but after the break things rather fell apart. Some wonderful individual moments of magic by England's backs, but England found life very rough up front. But - and it is a big but - there was a lot of chopping and changing among the ranks. France number eight Picamoles was magnificent, you have to say...

  11. Full-time

    England 19-14 France

    Atonio goes on another rumble... but that's the 80 minutes and it's an England penalty, won by Haskell... and there's the final whistle... relief is the overwhelming feeling among the England faithful, their team just about made it over the line, despite bits falling off the team along the way...

    Sam Burgess
  12. England 19-14 France

    England burgled again at the line-out, too much loop on Cowan-Dickie's delivery. Kockott through the line but can't get his back-of-the-hand offload away. May it is with the most carries this evening, 13 so far. Here's Kockott again, bursting into England's 22. May nicks it back, Farrell slices his clearance...

  13. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "Haskell's been impacftul but there hasn't been the organisation in the England side in he second half. England's defence has been very good. Remember, these boys are going to be tired after working so hard this week."

  14. England 19-14 France

    Another England line-out throw goes awry, not a great debut so far for Cowan-Dickie. Kockott clears, another England line-out...

    Rory Kockott
  15. England 19-14 France

    Another scrum collapses like a smashed meringue, it's been torrid up front for England since the break. Better, France peeling off and England winning the penalty. Farrell kicks to the corner...

  16. England 19-14 France

    Cowan-Dickie struggling a bit at the line-out, although he's been bustling in the loose. An England scrum collapses, worrying times for the hosts up front at the moment. Spedding thrusting out of his own 22, but it's another England put-in after another France knock-on. 

    Richard Wigglesworth
  17. England 19-14 France

    It's very harem-scarem now, both teams all over the place in terms of shape. Hang on, here's an England try, Jonny May pouncing on a hack-through... no it isn't, a Frenchman was in touch when he scooped the ball back into play. A Frenchman came in with a trip after the ball had gone, pick the bones out of that lot...

  18. England 19-14 France

    England back to their full quota but here come France on the counter after England are turned over. Great take by Dulin... England are turned over at the breakdown again, as news reaches me that Brookes might have broken his wrist, although that is not confirmed yet.

    Brice Dulin
  19. England 19-14 France

    Cowan-Dickie being a live-wire, wriggling out of a couple of tackles before offloading. Farrell with the up and under, Slade takes and just manages to bring it under control. France get it back and attempt to run it out of their own 22, only for a forward pass to bring things to a halt. Twelvetrees on for Slade in the centres...

    Luke Cowan-Dickie
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  21. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "Fantastic rolling maul from France. Back to the good old days with those enormous wardrobes in the front row. It was set up by a great kick into the corner."

    France scrum
  22. Try (Ouedraogo)

    England 19-14 France

    All the steam has gone out of this match since the restart, but here's France with a line-out on the England line. And France go over, peeling away and securing the try through Montpellier flanker Ouedraogo. France making the most of the extra man, with Clarke in the bin... Kockott, on for Parra, misses the conversion.

  23. England 19-9 France

    Attwood on for Parling in the second row, Care is now England's number nine. Dulin under a high ball from Care and he returns with interest. Wood and Vunipola bring down the marauding Atonio, which must be like trying to bring down a runaway cement mixer. Luke Cowan-Dickie is England's hooker, prop Brookes has gone off with that iffy arm of his...

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  25. Disallowed try

    England 19-9 France

    Brookes looks like he's got a stinger after bouncing off a tackle, but he's up again and back in the mix. France assail the England line and think they've got it over through Atonio, but Parling it was with the tackle and the French prop knocked it on attempting to reach for the line.

  26. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "Calum Clark knows one of his problems is discipline. The coaching staff will have a meeting with him and say 'you can't afford to do that'. You cannot hold a player's neck like a reverse choke - it is very, very dangerous."

  27. England 19-9 France

    As is often the case when replacements are funnelled into the fray, the game has broken up a little. Calum Clark has been binned for a dangerous tackle at a ruck, judo rolling an opposition player. That's not good, he's waited so long for his England debut...

    Callum Clark
  28. England 19-9 France

    A completely new French front row now for France. Wood knocks on under no pressure, before going down on on knee and making as if he has something in his eye. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't... actually, I think he took a knock...

  29. Post update

    There are worse people to get an endorsement from...

  30. England 19-9 France

    Replays show Picamoles drove his head into Slade while the Exeter centre was on the deck. Interesting. Mas off for Atonio in the French front row - the La Rochelle prop is the heaviest man in international rugby, or so I'm told, at 6ft 5in and 24 stone. He went to the same school as Jonah Lomu, who knows what's in the lunch boxes at Wesley College...

  31. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "Henry Slade looks like a young Brian O'Driscoll. It's all coming from Henry Slade - he's talking to everyone. He fits really well."

  32. England 19-9 France

    Penalty for England and Farrell kicks to the corner. Talking of Cipirani, here he is, coming on for Goode at full-back. Lovely offload from Farrell under intense pressure and here's some handbags, no idea what that was all about. Burgess back in the mix after his stint in the bin.

    Sam Burgess
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  34. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "If Henry Slade is not in the World Cup squad I will call Stuart Lancaster and say 'what are you doing man?'" 

    Henry Slade
  35. England 19-9 France

    With Goode playing effectively as a third 10 at the moment, Danny Cipirani is looking like a dead man with regards making England's World Cup squad. It will be interesting to see if the Sale man gets a run at fly-half tonight. 

  36. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "Just look at Alex Goode. Pure class. His ability to dance and still see what is going... There are players that have to impress and step up and Alex Goode has definitely given a moment for Stuart Lancaster to think 'he's doing things that Mike Brown doesn't do'."

    Alex Goode
  37. Converted try

    England 19-9 France

    Wigglesworth feeds Vunipola... Slade with a fine pass, here's Goode with the cross-kick and it's May underneath it and over in the corner... Farrell kicks the extras from the touch-line...

    Jonny May
  38. England 12-9 France

    Goode showing nice feet in a tight spot. Farrell kicks to the corner and Guitoune controls it with his feet before the ball is cleared. May running it back... Webber eventually bundled into touch...

    Owen Farrell
  39. England 12-9 France

    France raiding down the left flank, bringing it out of their own 22. Debaty blasts off a couple of tacklers but it's a penalty for England. Haskell has been thrown into the fray for Morgan, who will have been blowing a gasket having not played since January.

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  41. Post update

    We are under way in the second half...

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  45. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "The wingers are fairly sorted for England with these two - Watson and May - and Jack Nowell with some cover from Mike Brown. You know when you're in camp whether you're in the final squad or on the fringe. You feel like Watson and May know they're in."

  46. Half-time

    England 12-9 France

    France disrupting England's scrum but England manage to gain control and finally get the ball into touch. Intriguing, and you have to say a better quality spectacle than Ireland-Scotland earlier today.

  47. Post update

    Former England 10 Andy Goode chipping in...

  48. England 12-9 France

    France over-complicating at the back of a line-out, England steal it, but eventually it's an England scrum for a French knock-on, just outside the England 22. Couple of collapses, we have a lull...

  49. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "That's a simple rule you need to know about. If you're pulling the man back after a tap penalty you're asking for trouble."

  50. Sin-bin (Burgess)

    England 12-9 France

    Burgess is carded on debut - professional foul, pulling back Parra as he took a quick tap penalty. Little bit silly from Burgess, but he's still a novice in this game - and the French scrum-half made the most of it.

    Sam Burgess
  51. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "Henry Slade cannot make that tackle. For me it's a yellow card all day long. He knew he was never going to get the ball."

    Henry Slade
  52. England 12-9 France

    Henry Slade gets his timing wrong, taking the man in the air, but gets away with it, only a penalty for France. That area of the game has become a grey one. Goode into the game, throwing a couple of dummies, like a man jiggling a key in a particularly stubborn lock, but England eventually give away a penalty...

    Henry Slade
  53. Penalty (Parra)

    England 12-9 France

    Brookes is penalised at the scrum and Parra pops over his third penalty from three attempts. The French still very much in this, it's been a good match so far.

    Morgan Parra
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  55. England 12-6 France

    Dulin is back on the wing, although he probably felt like hiding in a toilet, having been skinned so thoroughly by Watson. Lots of pats of encouragement for Burgess after another tackle on Guitoune. Here's May on the counter, tackling the Gloucester man must be like trying to bring down an electric eel. Picamoles on the gallop! He's France's stand-out player so far, he's trimmed down and looks almost coltish...

  56. Penalty (Parra)

    England 12-6 France

    Burgess with another monster hit in midfield, Dumoulin didn't know what hit him. That's the new boy's eighth tackle so far. But it's a French penalty from a scrum and Szarzewski points at the posts, he needs a foot-hold... Parra slippers over the three-pointer... 

    Morgan Parra
  57. Post update

    Gloucester are maintaining incredible impartiality...

  58. England 12-3 France

    England have got it going on now after a sluggish start and here they are driving France back at the scrum. Parra uses the boot but Goode calls a mark and thumps it down-field. Spedding fields it and the ball is drilled back into England territory... England knock-on, French scrum...

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  60. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "I want to see that try in a semi-final and not now. It was so good. I'm chuffed to bits but I hate giving stuff away. It's such a good move. The combo of Slade and Burgess can be like Barritt and Joseph - give it to the guy with the hands. But now there's a clip that every other country can look at in their analysis."

  61. Try (Watson)

    England 12-3 France

    Another try for Watson! And it's another ripper... intricate backs move by England from a line-out, Burgess doing his bit in the middle, Farrell with the offload under pressure, May off his wing, draws three men, feeds Watson, who steps and goes over in the right-hand corner. Farrell misses the conversion...

    England try
  62. England 7-3 France

    Fickou on for Dulin, although it looks like a blood replacement. Not much give at the scrum, on either side, before Trinh-Duc clears his lines.

  63. England 7-3 France

    Watson like trying to catch a handful of rice, that was real world-class. England turn the ball over, it was Webber, and England make ground through the boot of Slade. Burgess on the charge - loses it, gets it back again. Slade with what looked like a forwadish pass but May latches onto it and is allowed to continue. But it's a France put-in on the other flank...

    Anthony Watson
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  65. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "Watson caught the ball standing still. I could watch it all day long. There didn't seem too much on but when you have feet like that - Stuart Lancaster has been waiting to see that bit of magic."

    Anthony Watson dives over for his first
  66. Converted try (Watson, con Farrell)

    England 7-3 France

    England get a rumble on from the line-out, Morgan with the whip hand... what a finish from Watson! Standing start and he's absolutely smoked opposite number Dulin, standing the poor chap up before going over in the right-hand corner. Farrell sweeps over the extras, let's have a look at that Watson try again - sensational, now you see me, now you don't...

  67. Post update

    England 0-3 France

    England win a scrum in France's half, this will be interesting. England looked to have the advantage but were unable to control things and Nyanga nicked it out of the rubble. France once again finding space in tight spots but eventually they yield a penalty, which Farrell kicks to the corner...

    Yannick Nyanga
  68. Penalty (Parra)

    England 0-3 France

    It's Clermont's Morgan Parra on kicking duty and he clips over three points with that sweet left peg of his. France looking quick-smart so far, England on the back foot.

  69. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "You can see the tactics from France and they're exploiting Sam Burgess a bit. We know about his tackling but he was pulled around a bit and there was an attack down the short side because he's too intent on making the big hits. I don't want to see him around the rucks and mauls playing like a six."

    Sam Burgess
  70. Penalty

    Webber finds Wood at the line-out inside England's 22, Wigglesworth clears and Spedding runs it back. Picamoles with good hands and here comes Szarzewski... it's all France in the early stages, here comes centre Dumoulin after more sweet hands by Picamoles, who looks bright as a button... here he is again, making ground, Dulin eventually kicks too long - but they'll go back for a penalty...

  71. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "England have been defending really well so France have only had the option to kick. The French kicking game has been equal to England's defence."

  72. England 0-0 France

    It's no try, May got his hand on the ball ahead of opposite number Guitoune...

  73. Kick-off

    Right, the referee's shrill whistle explodes and it's France - in red?! - to kick-off. Wigglesworth finds touch, Picamoles takes a quick one... big hit by Burgess on Szarzewski, his first act in an England shirt... France keep the ball, Lamerat kicks through and it's a foot race between May and Guitoune - both men go for the ball and it goes upstairs...

    Sam Burgess
  74. Post update

    Here's the man Alex Goode needs to dislodge if he's to hold on to the 15 jersey.

  75. Post update

    Tom Wood leading England out in the absence of Chris Robshaw and it's a packed Twickenham that greets them. What a moment for Sam Burgess on debut - he played a fair few games for England in rugby league, but he won't have experienced pressure like this, with a World Cup place on the line. Here's the anthems...

    Sam Burgess
  76. Post update

    Matt Dawson

    Former England Scrum Half

    "It's a great opportunity for Tom Wood to show some leadership as captain. It's a great idea by Stuart Lancaster to give the likes of Tom that accountability."

  77. Team news

    England:  Alex Goode; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Sam Burgess, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Rob Webber, Kieran Brookes, George Kruis, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Calum Clark, Ben Morgan

    Replacements:  Luke Cowan-Dickie, Alex Corbisiero, David Wilson, Dave Attwood, James Haskell, Danny Care, Danny Cipriani, Billy Twelvetrees

    France:  Scott Spedding; Sofiane Guitoune, Remi Lamerat, Alexandre Dumoulin, Brice Dulin; Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Louis Picamoles, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Yannick Nyanga; Yoann Maestri, Alexandre Flanquart; Nicolas Mas, Dimitri Szarzewski, Vincent Debaty

    Replacements:  Guilhem Guirado, Xavier Chiocci, Uini Atonio, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Loann Goujon, Rory Kockott, Remi Tales, Gael Fickou

  78. Post update

    No Thierry Dusautoir today for France, the French captain has his not inconsiderable feet up, which means hooker Dimitri Szarzewski will lead the visitors. Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc starts his first international in over two years as he earns his 50th cap in France's 100th Test against England.

    France warm up
  79. Post update

  80. Morgan returns

    Another England player desperate to make an impression today is number eight Ben Morgan, back in the side after breaking an ankle in January. Chances are the Gloucester man, England's player of the 2014 autumn internationals, will have only 45 minutes to prove he's in the requisite nick to do a job at the World Cup, so expect some typical bursts around the fringes and from deep.

  81. Lancaster pre-match

    England v France (20:00 BST)

    Quote Message: It’s a game we want to win - that was the message I gave the players. Can we put into practice what we’ve been doing in training? We had a training session where everyone wanted to get hands on the ball and we looked disjointed. I had to tell the players to have faith in the shape. I’m fascinated to see how it goes. from England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Sky Sports
    England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Sky Sports
    Stuart Lancaster
  82. Saint-Andre pre-match

    England v France (20:00 BST)

    Quote Message: It will be interesting to see how the guys react to six weeks of training. We need to play like a team, this is key. from France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre on Sky Sports
    France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre on Sky Sports
    Philippe Saint Andre
  83. Centres of attention

    Many thanks Chris, this is Ben Dirs.  Big night for debutant Sam Burgess, it's one thing being the best thing since sliced bread in rugby league, it's entirely different trying to master the complexities of centre play in rugby union. 

    Exeter's 22-year-old Henry Slade is outside him and also making his debut. With both of them trying to make an impression ahead of the World Cup - and arguably one centre spot up for grabs - I'd wager they would secretly prefer to be playing alongside somebody slightly more experienced.

  84. Post update

    That's it for Ireland and Scotland then, it was a lovely way to start the evening. It's over to Ben Dirs now who will bring you all the action from Twickenham.

  85. Cotter on Scotland's 'demise'

    Quote Message: We orchestrated our own demise. We want to do a couple of things better after long phases of play. We were slow to start but then the guys showed more composure. from Scotland head coach Vern Cotter on Sky Sports
    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter on Sky Sports
  86. England v France (20:00 BST)

    Plenty of big names at Twickers today. This man might be able to give England a few tips on slaying Australians before the World Cup.

  87. 'We need to improve in all facets'

    Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Quote Message: There was good and bad. The good was we got in front a couple of times, but the bad was we couldn't stay in front. We’ll look at how we can execute with more calm and control. We need to improve in all facets really. We’re piecing things together. from Scotland head coach Vern Cotter on Sky Sports
    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter on Sky Sports
  88. Assessment of Zebo

    Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Simon Zebo, a recognised wing, looked zippy at full-back today. Here's what Joe Schmidt made of him.

    Quote Message: I thought Simon Zebo did very well. He was secure when the ball was in the air, defended well and finished the try superbly. from Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt on Sky Sports
    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt on Sky Sports
    Simon Zebo
  89. England v France (20:00 BST)

    More reaction to come from Dublin, but here's a reminder of what's to come in less than an hour.

  90. 'Lungs were bursting'

    Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Quote Message: I thought it was a genuine test in all natures. Physically they brought a real collision focus. The lungs were bursting at times and we dropped off tackles. It was a test of character, falling behind a number of times and having to rebuild. I think we showed a bit of rustiness. from Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt on Sky Sports
    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt on Sky Sports
    Joe Schmidt
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  92. 'There are positives'

    FT - Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Quote Message: We're hugely disappointed. Ireland played well, but we came to win. There are still positives. We're going in the right direction. We scored three tries against a quality side. We'll have to look at the defence. from Scotland captain Henry Pyrgos on Sky Sports
    Scotland captain Henry Pyrgos on Sky Sports
    Henry Pygros
  93. A Potty game

    J.K. enjoyed that one. Harry Potter puns are welcome to the usual address.

  94. Post update

  95. Former Ireland flanker Denis McBride on BBC Radio Ulster

    The second half exploded, but mostly because of errors. Both teams have a lot of work to do before the World Cup. Boss at times didn't control the game from scrum-half, his box kicking was poor, and it didn't really happen for Fitzgerald either. Madigan didn't really control the game until about 60 minutes in and that was because Boss's replacement Reddan gave him a bit more space and time.

  96. 'We're a bit rusty'

    Quote Message: That was tiring. A really tough game and both teams had intent to play. There's a bit of confidence but at the same time we're a bit rusty. It's a tough standard to jump straight into. The players around me did very well. from Ireland full-back Simon Zebo on Sky Sports
    Ireland full-back Simon Zebo on Sky Sports
  97. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    Ireland were always the superior team in terms of possession but their execution was quite poor. They can't be happy with that and they will want to get rid of those errors before the World Cup. Nobody really put their hands up for selection, but Simon Zebo was a positive, he might have worked his way into the squad because he's shown he can slot in at full-back as well as on the wing. And Reddan has shown he's definitely the back-up to Conor Murray at scrum-half.

  98. Full-time

    Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Scotland almost make a mess of the line-out, but somehow keep hold of it. It's to no avail though, as a knock-on gives Ireland the set-piece and with it the win.

  99. Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Ireland can soak up time with a scrum in their own half. But they concede a penalty and it is put into touch in the nick of time.

  100. Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    It's cramp for Zebo, so don't worry Ireland fans. A bald man is currently stretching his toes back on the bench.

  101. Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Jackson's been good for Scotland today, particularly as he's a 10 playing at full-back. A few nice breaks from the Wasps man. Scotland have a penalty in their half, they stick it out on the Ireland 22 for one last go.

    Talking of good full-back performances, Zebo meanwhile is hobbling off.

  102. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    I don't think we really need to see Ireland winning by nine points, I'd rather see them trying to go over for another try in the time remaining.

  103. Missed penalty

    Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Madigan misses. Odd one that, as he's been superb all game and it's only slightly to the right of the posts. That's his first miss of the game and it gives Scotland a glimmer of hope.

  104. Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    Scotland are absolutely humbled by this maul. David Denton is climbing over the top in a desperate attempt to do something, anything to stop it. That's a penalty for the Irish. There may have been a side entry too.

  105. Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    There are defence coaches pulling their hair out up and down the land right now. Great fun for us though.

    Ireland can turn the screw now as O'Brien's tackle forces a penalty that goes into the corner.

  106. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    Madigan had that plan in his head all along and it was executed brilliantly, his kick took out two defenders because the flight was so perfect. The speed that Eoin Reddan is getting the ball away from the base of that ruck is causing havoc for the Scottish defenders.

    Ian Madigan
  107. Converted try (Fitzgerald, con Madigan)

    Ireland 28-22 Scotland

    You're kidding me.

    Madigan's kick to the corner is majestic and Fitzgerald does not have to break stride as he beats Hidalgo-Clyne to it and romps over.

    Madigan converts - like there was any doubt.

    Luke Fitzgerald
  108. Ireland 21-22 Scotland

    If the World Cup is as good as this, I'm looking forward to it even more. Ireland are picking away on the Scotland 22 now

  109. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    I've really been made to eat my words - it was just terrible from Ireland. It was a missed touch, D'Arcy was left on his own in no-man's land, and next thing you know Scotland are back in the game from an error that could have been avoided.

  110. Converted try (Horne, con Jackson)

    Ireland 21-22 Scotland

    It's all got a bit silly. But I'm not complaining.

    Ireland back off Sean Lamont as he saunters forward and it's a slick inside pass to Peter Horne, who finishes from 30m.

    Jackson is on kicking duty now - and it's straightforward for the full-back, who can usually be found at 10.

    Peter Horne
  111. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    It was a good clear-out and quick ball, there were gaps around the fringe and Ireland identified them. And that was a really good example of what Simon Zebo can do when he's given the opportunity. I'd like to think Ireland can kick on from here and get a few more scores before the end of the game.

  112. Converted try (Zebo, con Madigan)

    Ireland 21-15 Scotland

    That didn't last long.

    Lovely try this. Dave Kearney, fresh off the bench, makes a superb break. It's quick out of the breakdown and Madigan hits the storming full-back Zebo who crosses.

    Simon Zebo
  113. Penalty (Horne)

    Ireland 14-15 Scotland

    Peter Horne needed that, having missed a couple from the tee. It's not a tough one - pretty central - but you have to put them between the posts. Scotland lead.

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  115. Ireland 14-12 Scotland

    Scotland are undeterred and they're plugging away in Irish territory. I wouldn't call it zippy, slick stuff though. Ireland win it back, but Fitzgerald concedes a penalty for not releasing.

  116. Ireland 14-12 Scotland

    After all that there's the biggest cheer of the evening as Paul O'Connell comes off the bench. He's a popular boy around these parts.

  117. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    That was very good patience from the Irish pack and a great set-up.The Irish players didn't panic when Scotland tried to collapse the line-out, got the squeeze on and waited for the door to open. 

  118. Converted try (Cronin, con Madigan)

    Ireland 14-12 Scotland

    Text book work from the line-out for Ireland. Nathan White takes it down and Sean Cronin sneaks around from the back of the maul to cross.

    Ian Madigan hits a lovely conversion from the touchline.

  119. Ireland 7-12 Scotland

    For the first time this half Ireland start to go through the phases. Ian Madigan wants a penalty for a knock-on. And he gets it.

    It goes to the corner.

  120. Ireland 7-12 Scotland

    We've just seen a replay of Zebo's tackle on Visser which stopped the wing in his tracks. I thought he got hand to boot - it's actually a trip. The Ireland full-back has got away with one.

  121. Ireland 7-12 Scotland

    Urgh. It's all a bit ugly. Passes are loose. Handling is messy. But somehow Scotland manage to edge their way to the Ireland 22. Pyrgos sees a chance to kick and chase but it's way too ambitious.

  122. Ireland 7-12 Scotland

    Visser is so close to wriggling free down the left flank, but Zebo just about gets a hand to the wing's boot. Scotland switch it and have lots of lovely green grass to use, but a series of sloppy passes see it go to waste.

    Tim Visser
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  124. Ireland 7-12 Scotland

    Mike Cusack is on for Scotland, replacing Jon Welsh who is having a head injury assessed.

    Ireland win a penalty at the scrum and build from a line-out.

  125. Ireland 7-12 Scotland

    Great defence from Scotland's Cowan, who rips the ball out of Dave Kilcoyne's grasp on his own 22. The visitors have the scrum after a knock-on.

    Dave Kilcoyne
  126. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    It was more badly-organised defence from Ireland but great awareness from Henry Pyrgos. I'm not sure Joe Schmidt will tolerate this for much longer, I think we can expect the Ireland bench to be emptied, there's a real flatness about them and no buzz.

  127. Ireland 7-12 Scotland

    Who saw this coming after the first 15 minutes then? Come on, be honest.

    Some bad news for Scotland though as Ryan Grant, who looks like he has twisted something, is carried off. 

    Ryan Grant
  128. Former Ireland flanker Denis McBride on BBC Radio Ulster

    The problem for Scotland in the Six Nations was that they were getting into the opposition 22 and not able to go over for tries. But they seem to have remedied that by narrowing things and punching holes. It will be interesting to see how Ireland respond to this situation.

  129. Try (Pyrgos)

    Ireland 7-12 Scotland

    Great number nine play from Henry Pyrgos. He gives it to Jon Welsh who's barging forward. Pyrgos collects at the breakdown and it's a pick and go, finding a gap to touch down, despite the grasp of Mike Ross.

    It's not a straightforward conversion and Horne can't nail it. Add that to the penalty he missed in the first half.

    Henry Pyrgos
  130. Ireland 7-7 Scotland

    Chris Henry almost causes chaos for Ireland, mishandling in his own half. He's off the hook as his team-mates turn it over. It gets pretty scrappy as Visser takes an up and under. Richie Vernon is chasing but once again the ball is bobbling everywhere.

  131. Kick-off

    Ireland 7-7 Scotland

    Ian Madigan with the kick. Sean Lamont with the receive. We have second-half action.

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  133. Former Ireland flanker Denis McBride on BBC Radio Ulster

    Scotland have proved they're more credible opponents than Wales were last week. If Ireland were expecting an easy run, it hasn't turned out that way. Part of that is because of Ireland's performance. Joe Schmidt will emphasise the positives - scrummage dominance, that the line-outs have gone well. But disappointing aspects have been handling errors and a couple of occasions when they were exposed out wide.

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    Plenty of photos of delighted Ireland fans with miserable Wales fans from last weekend. Awkward.

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  135. Dylan and Rav

    Don't forget, after we're done in Dublin, it's over to Twickenham where England host France.

    Dylan Hartley will be there. Watching from the stands.

    For those who missed it, the Northampton and England hooker is out of the World Cup reckoning after one moment of indiscipline too many for head coach Stuart Lancaster.

    Rav Wilding is the ex-copper who used to present Crimewatch - best behaviour Dylan!

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  137. HT- Ireland 7-7 Scotland

    I have to be honest. After the first 15 minutes, I saw nothing but Scotland being steamrollered. But they recovered admirably after Henry's try, and have shown they can control the pace and move it into the Irish 22. David Denton has been fun to watch at eight - hard and fast is that boy.

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  139. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    Ireland seem to have been drawn into a tit-for-tat battle and brought down to the level of Scotland. There will be some hairdryer treatment from Joe Schmidt in the Ireland dressing room and a reminder of what's at stake, namely a place in Ireland's World Cup starting line-up.

  140. Half-time

    Ireland 7-7 Scotland

    Ireland are given one last opportunity from the line-out. It's tidy as Conan wins it and finds Cronin, but it breaks down and we're at half-time.

  141. Ireland 7-7 Scotland

    Fraser Brown thinks he's found a gap and tries to go through on the Ireland 22. It's recycled, but Sean O'Brien wins a turnover - it's not his first of the evening.

  142. Missed penalty (Horne)

    Ireland 7-7 Scotland

    Turnover, and Scotland can get in behind Ireland. David Denton is carrying again - you need a demolition ball to bring him to ground. Scotland win a penalty and Horne's effort from just inside the Ireland half is wide of the posts.

  143. Ireland 7-7 Scotland

    Ireland have an opportunity to hit straight back as Jon Welsh concedes a penalty in the scrum. Ireland go to the corner.

  144. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    Ireland will be very disappointed with that. The defensive line was well-organised but Denton put a great hit on Mike Ross, Scotland recycled the ball well and it was the first time we'd seen them do any proper rucking. Joe Schmidt will not be happy with that, he will not consider that acceptable.

    Scotland celebrate
  145. Try (Cowan, con Horne)

    Ireland 7-7 Scotland

    Patient, patient stuff from Scotland. Pyrgos is the calmest man in Dublin, slowing it down at the breakdown. David Denton makes this one, clattering into Mike Ross like a bulldozer. That allows Richie Vernon to put Blair Cowan over in the corner. 

    Peter Horne's conversion from right by the touchline is good.

    Scotland try
  146. Ireland 7-0 Scotland

    Bowe is under Madigan's up and under - it's a lovely, clean take. It gives Ireland a chance to build, with Zebo again charging. I'd love to see the yards he's carried. Bowe gets it back down the right flank but can't execute his attempted grubber.

    Simon Zebo
  147. Ireland 7-0 Scotland

    Isaac Boss slips it into the scrum and immediately Scotland are folding under the pressure. The referee decides to award Ireland the put-in.

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  149. Ireland 7-0 Scotland

    Lovely long, deep kick from Scotland's Tonks. But Zebo is there once again and he's strong enough to keep it under pressure from Visser. Good to see Scotland mix it up though, as they get a knock-on from the break down.

  150. Former Ireland flanker Denis McBride on BBC Radio Ulster

    I'm quite impressed with the way Ireland have played in the last third, upping the intensity, narrowing the play and punching holes. By upping that intensity, Scotland are finding it difficult to defend against.

    Ireland v Scotland
  151. Ireland 7-0 Scotland

    Simon Zebo has seen plenty of the ball and once again he's hitting the angle, coming on to the ball with pace. It comes to nothing though as Sean Cronin impedes in the 22.

    Meanwhile, good to see JK Rowling having her say on the action. Maybe she could lend Scotland a magic wand?

  152. Post update

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  153. Ireland 7-0 Scotland

    Not great this from Scotland. They collapse a scrum in their own half and Ireland kick to the corner.

  154. Ireland 7-0 Scotland

    Ireland have their tails up. Scotland are in a slump. Luke Fitzgerald gets over the halfway line, cuts in off his flank, but gives away the penalty in the tackle from Ruaridh Jackson.

    Luke Fitzgerald
  155. Post update

  156. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    Great finish and great power by Henry, you'd think he'd have to be stopped from that distance. But the real brilliance was in the build-up, Boss was whipping the ball from the base of the ruck every time and it was that speed that was the real difference.

  157. Converted try (Henry, con Madigan)

    Ireland 7-0 Scotland

    Chris Henry starts it. Chris Henry finishes it, The returning flanker makes the running from the line-out and Ireland go through the phases yards from the Scotland line. Henry is there at the breakdown to nip over, and he gets through Jim Hamilton and Hugh Blake to do it.

    Ian Madigan lands the conversion. 

  158. Ireland 0-0 Scotland

    A few phases of play from Scotland midway in Irish territory. It's the longest they've seen the ball. Fraser Brown barrels into the Ireland forwards but can't hold on to possession.

    Ireland v Scotland
  159. Ireland 0-0 Scotland

    Kicked to touch and Grant Gilchrist rises to take the line-out. The release is messy though - it bounces off the back of a team-mate - and Ireland have it back. Here goes Simon Zebo zipping into a bit of space before Sean Lamont makes a tidy tackle.

    Simon Zebo
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  161. Ireland 0-0 Scotland

    Ireland, so good in the set-piece last weekend, concede a penalty at the scrum and miss the chance to apply some pressure on the Scots in their own half.

  162. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    Jared Payne has already made quite an impression, he's got very impressive line speed and is getting right in the face of the Scottish attackers. 

  163. Ireland 0-0 Scotland

    Zebo thinks he's got Ireland flying down the left flank. But his pass to Luke Fitzgerald is messy, and Scotland win possession from the line-out and then a scrum in their own half from a knock-on.

  164. Ireland 0-0 Scotland

    Well, Scotland nick it at the line-out, Grant Gilchrist getting a hand in. Uncharacteristic from Ireland. Hugh Blake tries to get the legs going but is cut off.

    Grant Gilchrist
  165. Ireland 0-0 Scotland

    A decently worked scrum in their own half from Scotland. They get up towards the halfway line but concede a penalty. Ireland go into touch and they will test that line-out which was so impressive against Wales last week. 

  166. Ireland 0-0 Scotland

    Zebo is once again under a high one, this time from Isaac Boss. Scotland with a scrum though after a knock on.

  167. Former Ireland prop Reggie Corrigan on BBC Radio Ulster

    "Apart from the enormous honour, captaining your country is also an extra responsibility on your shoulders, so we'll see how Sean O'Brien gets on today."

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  168. Ireland 0-0 Scotland

    A confident little spell for Ireland to begin with. The ball's moving quickly and Ian Madigan has already had a feel of the leather a couple of times.