Six Nations – Round 3b

The post-mortem of last night’s Welsh defeat is underway. [France’s victory, surely? – Ed] Don’t call me Shirley. Today, Ireland will be hoping that England’s form, and their discipline, doesn’t suddenly improve at Croke Park and that Ireland’s unchanged side become the team they’ve threatened to be – Kick-off 5.30pm – G’s live-blogging it. First up though, Scotland will try to send Italy home with the wooden spoon – despite Brendan Cole’s prediction. Kick-off 3pm. Half-Time at Murrayfield. Scotland 16 – 3 Italy. Final Scotland 26 – 6 Italy. Now 12min in. A bit uninspired so far and O’Gara misses a penalty. 21min. A better passage of play brings another penalty. And another O’Gara miss. 29mins. First points from O’Gara’s boot. 38mins. England level. Half-Time Ireland 3 – 3 England. Worryingly, 3-3 is a fair score at this point. Despite more possession Ireland look vulnerable and seem to be waiting for a miracle play. 2nd Half 42min O’Gara misses again. 45min. A drop-goal from BOD! 54min. Pressure from Ireland’s secure lineout results in yellow for England No3. 57min. Finally, a try. Sustained pressure against 14man England and BOD scores. O’Gara misses. 65min. England pull back a penalty. Replacements on for both sides. 70min. Another yellow against England. Moore agrees with the decision. And O’Gara scores the penalty. 75min. Brian Moore’s Man of the Match.. BOD! 77min. And the crowd start singing. Doesn’t last long. 79min England score a deserved try. Final Ireland 14 – 13 England. It ended in an unruly muddle. Much like the game itself. Ireland were very very lucky today. They’ll have to play much better against Scotland, nevermind Wales, to win the Championship.