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How the Six Nations finale unfolded


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Saturday's staggered finale of the RBS 6 Nations began with four teams - England, Wales, Ireland and France - in contention for the title. Here Press Association Sport maps out how the day unfolded.

1230: Italy v Wales kicks-off at the Stadio Olimpico

Wales needed to overhaul a 25 point deficit to England and 21 point deficit to Ireland to have any hope of a third title in four years.

1232: Warren Gatland's men fall behind in Rome as Italy kick an early penalty to take the lead.

1255: Giovanbattista Venditti's converted try cancels out Jamie Roberts' score and restores Italy's lead.

1318: A Dan Biggar penalty ensures Wales take a one-point half-time lead, 14-13.

1340: Liam Williams scores a try, converted by Biggar, to enhance Wales' advantage.

1343: George North scores a try to give Wales renewed hope of the landslide victory required. He would score two more.

1418: Leonardo Sarto scores a consolation try in the 79th-minute and Luciano Orquera converts from the touchline, to aid Irish and English hopes.

1419: Full-time: Italy 20 Wales 61

Seven second-half tries for Wales gives them a 16-point advantage over England and 20-point lead over Ireland. The Welsh win also knocks France out of title contention.

1430: Scotland v Ireland kicks-off at Murrayfield.

Ireland knew they had to win by at least 21 points to have any hope of retaining their title against a side seeking a victory to avoid the wooden spoon.

1434: The visitors and made a fine start, with captain Paul O'Connell barging over and Johnny Sexton converting for 7-0 after five minutes.

1454: Sean O'Brien scores Ireland's second try to give the visitors a 17-3 lead.

1500: Scotland fly-half Finn Russell darts in and Greig Laidlaw converts.

1517: Ireland lead hosts Scotland 20-10 at half-time, trailing Wales by a difference of 10 points.

1538: Jared Payne's converted score brings Ireland closer to Wales.

1542: Sexton misses a penalty and the chance to give Ireland a 23-point lead and three point advantage over Wales.

1546: Geoff Cross is sin-binned for Scotland, giving Ireland a numerical advantage, but Sexton misses another chance to give his side the championship lead.

1552: Finally Sexton kicks Ireland 33-10 ahead in Edinburgh and in front of Wales in the overall standings.

1605: O'Brien's second try enhances Ireland's advantage and Ian Madigan converts for a 40-10 lead with seven minutes to go.

1609: Jamie Heaslip makes a try-saving tackle on Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg, dislodging the ball to preserve Ireland's advantage.

1614: Full-time: Scotland 10 Ireland 40

Madigan misses a late penalty, but Ireland move into pole position for the title. Scotland finish with the wooden spoon.

1700: England v France kicks-off at Twickenham

After three successive second-placed finishes, Stuart Lancaster was hoping for his first Six Nations title as England head coach. The hosts had to beat France by a margin of 26 points or more.