The rugby returns..

Unbeaten Wales travel to Croke Park for a ‘grudge match’ against Ireland, kick off 1.15pm – RTÉ predicts “Ireland should win this match..” Later today, 3.15pm, the Calcutta Cup will be contested between England and Scotland at Murrayfield. Tomorrow sees France hoping to hold their nerve at the Stade de France against Italy, kick off 3pm. The BBC’s iPlayer will have the games you miss. 1st Half And first points to Ireland after heavy work by the forwards. 10 mins More open play from Wales but they miss the penalty. 18 mins Another Irish score. 26mins Wales pull 3pts back. Half-time After sustained pressure from Wales they lose a penalty decision because of ill-discipline. In truth, without the errors and missed penalties, Wales would be deservedly ahead. Ireland 6 – 3 Wales. 2nd Half Wales start a man down and win a penalty on 45min. 50min Wales’ better play rewarded by the first try. 62mins Ireland open up, at last. And get a penalty. Wales down to 14 men again. 67mins Better from Ireland, against the depleted Welsh, another penalty. 75mins Stupid penalty gives Wales 4pt cushion. Full-time Ireland too dull for too long. Wales deserved winners of Triple Crown. Ireland 12 – 16 Wales Murrayfield A scrappy non-event of a 1st half ends Scotland 9 – 3 England Full-time More of the same as Scotland grind out a victory on points. Scotland 15 – 9 England. Paris A much more entertaining game at the Stade de France where a superior French side win over the battling Italians. France 25 – 13 Italy. Now France must beat Wales by 20 pts in Cardiff next week if they’re to win the tournament.

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