39 min Wales 3-10 England: Youngs boots long down the touchline, spotting May, who gives Tipuric a 10 yard head start in the chip-and-chase and still beats him to the ball. He’s bundled into touch and England have a line-out about five metres out from the Wales line. Mere seconds ago, they were defending for their lives under their own posts.
37 min Wales 3-10 England: Wales turn over the ball at the English scrum and gallop towards goal. England repel them and Ben Youngs kicks clear.
35 min Wales 3-10 England: Wales line-out, about 30 metres from the England line. They mess it up and England win possession and get a scrum.
31 min Wales 3-10 England: Wales are in full flow, making metres into England territory, but almost come a cropper as they switch Owen Farrell almost getting away, only to be stopped by a last-ditch tackle.
29 min Wales 3-10 England: Owen Farrell has started slowly, missing a couple of tackles and misjudging a few kicks from hand, but he puts Wales under all sorts of pressure on this occasion with a kick from deep. Wales scrum just outside their own 22. They advance up the field after good interplay between George North and Jonathan Davies. Wales in possession on the halfway line now and making metres over the gain line.
TRY! Wales 3-10 England
Tom Curry goes over for England following a scrummage under the Wales posts. After a Courtney Lawes interception as Wales tried to clear the ball, Curry picked the ball off the ground, spotted a gap and went for it. “No guard there, no blocker in front of the ball,” declares Brian Moore in the BBC commentary box. “Justin Tipuric was out of position.” The conversion is put over and England lead by seven.
23 min Wales 3-3 England: Advantage penalty for Wales as Gareth Anscombe kicks wide for Hadleigh Parkes to catch and try to go over, but there’s too much weight on his kick. Penalty for Wales 18m from the England posts, a little to the right. Gareth Anscombe slots the ball over and it’s all square.
20 min Wales 0-3 England: It’s been an extremely attritional opening quarter, during which the ball has spent an awful long time in play. Wales are rewarded for their efforts with a penalty just inside the England half. Tom Curry, I think, refusing to release the ball after the tackle. Wales kick for touch and get it, halfway inside the English 22 metre area.
17 min Wales 0-3 England: Wales are penalised for collapsing the scrum, with – to this non-front-rower’s untrained and uneducated eye – Rob Evans appearing to go down under pressure from Kyle Sinckler. Owen Farrell has a kick at goal straight in front of the posts and makes no mistake.
15 min Wales 0-0 England: Some industrial language from the scrummage, in a distinctly Welsh accent, as somebody roars: “No fucking freebies, come on let’s go!”. On the BBC commentary team, Brian Moore issues the obligatory apology to any snoflakes who might be offended, finishing up by saying: “I don’t know why I’m apologising, I didn’t do it.” I would also like to apologise to anyone offended by my reporting this effing and jeffing from the front line of Six Nations rugby.
12 min Wales 0-0 England: A top-spin kick for touch deep in Wales territory by Ben Youngs sees the ball go out of play for the first time in what seems like aeons. England get a free-kick for some infringement or other by Justin Tipuric in the line-out. England are seven metres out and in control of the ball. Their hard work comes to nothing as Henry Slade runs on to a forward pass when England try to put him through with a “crash-ball”.
10 min: A powerful tackle by Cory Hill on Billy Vunipola gets the crowd gasping, then there’s more excitement as an Owen Farrell kick is blocked down. The bounce isn’t kind for Wales and qwe find ourselves back at the halfway line, with Gareth Davies putting a high ball up, up in the air for his team-mates to chase.
9 min Wales 0-0 England: Ben Youngs hoofs clear from the scrummage and Wales full-back Liam Williams gathers before skipping through three tackles.
6 min Wales 0-0 England: Wales are forced backwards but win a line-out on the England 22. Cory Hill drives forward, then Rob Evans, before Ross Moriarty is driven backwards and England turn the ball over. They have the put-in, on their own 22.
4 min Wales 0-0 England: We’re in midfield with Wales in possession and the referee spots an offside, but plays advantage. Courtney Lawes the man not living up to his name in that instance. Wales have a penalty just inside the England half and Gareth Anscombe kicks for touch, deep in the England 22. Wales line-out, 10 metres from the England line.
2 min Wales 0-0 England: A knock-on by Ben Moon in midfield and Wales get the put-in in the first scrum of the game. There’s a pause as England winger Jack Knowell gets treatment for an early injury. There’s a change of mind from the referee, Jacob Peypar from South Africa, who has decided – or been told – news of some non-existent no-arms tackle I failed to spot in the slow-motion replays. It’s a long, long way out and Elliot Daly sends his effort well wide. On the BBC’s coverage, the commentary team are bemused by the referee’s decision to award that penalty.
Wales v England is go!
1 min Wales 0-0 England: Owen Farrell gets the ball airborne and it’s gathered by Ross Moriarty, who goes on the charge from deep inside his own half. Wales send the ball skywards, and at full-back for England, Billy Vunipola makes his first catch of the day.
The teams are in the tunnel: Wales are first out of their dressing-room, led by Alun Wyn Jones. England follow soon after, with Owen Farrell leading the troops. The doors to the corridor leading down to the pitch are opened and out they march. A full houes, loud music blaring over the PA system and pyrotechnics greet their arrival and they line up for their respective anthems. Kick off is only a few minutes away.
Stat-attack: “France’s 17 point victory is their biggest in the Six Nations against anyone other than Italy since they won 28-9 against Wales eight years ago,” writes Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis, Gracenote.
Meanwhile in Wales, the Principality Stadium crowd are raising the roof with a stirring rendition of Delilah, a heartwarming Tom Jones ditty about the cheery subject of betrayal and a domestic assault that ends in the fatal stabbing of a woman.
Paris: France have snared a bonus-point win after pressing on for the necessary try for eight additional minutes:
In Paris: France lead Scotland 15-3 in a much-improved display (so far):
Six Nations: Wales v England
Wales meet England at the Principality Stadium, with both sides looking for their third straight win in this year’s Championship. Victory for Wales would make it their 12th straight Test win, but in beating France and Italy in their opening two matches in this Six Nations, they have only beaten the two worst sides in the competition. Today’s Test promises to be a lot more … em, testing. Kick-off at the Principality Stadium is at 4.45pm (GMT), but stay tuned for team news and build-up.