Six Nations as it happened

As it happened

By Mike Henson - BBC Sport & James Standley - BBC Sport

In summary

  • France beat Scotland 23-16 in final match
  • Tries for Fofana & Medard, Visser for Scots
  • 3 Michalak pens after 2 for Laidlaw; 0-6 at HT
  • France finish with Wooden Spoon on pts diff
  • Wales retain Six Nations title
  • Wales beat England by a record 30-3 margin
  • 2 tries for Cuthbert, Halfpenny kicks 12 pts
  • Italy beat Ireland 22-15: first 6N win over Irish

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    The 2013 Six Nations started with a bang, went off the boil in the middle, and ended in explosive fashion.

    A historic win for Italy, France and Scotland throwing caution to the wind in the second half in Paris, and the Welsh demolition squad absolutely levelling England in Cardiff - what a final day it's been.

    Have a nice rest of 2013, and see you back here next year for another gripping edition of rugby union's longest-running and most dramatic tournament.

  2. The hangovers in Cardiff tomorrow will be the stuff of legends - a status this Wales team must surely be aspiring to after a second title in a row.

  3. Ashley Burton: (external)"Wow can't believed England just blew the Six Nations. Massive choke 30-3."

    Ellen Dave: (external)"Dad's miffed cos England lost. Mum's miffed cos Scotland lost. But Ireland came second bottom so every cloud!"

    Caitlin: (external)"Scotland can take a lot of positives from this."

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    Lawrence Dallaglio - BBC Sport at Stade de France

    "It was a great climax to the tournament with the game in Cardiff. On the evidence of what we've seen there's a big gap between Wales and England and the rest of the Championship, which leads me to believe the majority of the Lions will come from those two sides."

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    Shall we have a recap (click link for table)? Champions, for the second year in a row, are Wales after their hammering of England, who finish second.

    Scotland claim a well-deserved third place after a much-improved display under interim coach Scott Johnson, while Italy will be even more delighted after equalling their highest-ever finish.

    After their dazzling start to the tournament, when they blitzed eventual champions Wales in the first half in Cardiff, Ireland will be gutted with fifth.

    And as for France, well, the less said the better...

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    Scotland's Jim Hamilton: "Naturally we're pretty disappointed. We thought we could come here and win. We've had a half decent tournament. We're a team that never gives up. We're on an upward curve, we're trying to learn. There's still a lot of work to do and we're just looking to improve every time we play."

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    A replay of the Michalak/Hogg incident (see 44 minutes) shows the French fly-half hit the Scot in the face with a swinging arm off the ball, before throwing several punches as they tussled.

    He will surely be cited and must be facing a ban, which will add insult to the injury he suffered late in the game.

    It was not a good day for a couple of veterans who should know better, following Brian O'Driscoll's stamp in the first game of the day.

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    Andy Nicol - BBC Sport at Stade de France

    "I thought Maxime Machenaud brought a bit of energy into the second half. In the second half, France were a bit too good for Scotland. We saw the real France in that last 40 minutes of the Championship."

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    There is talk that the French only consider it a Wooden Spoon if you lose all your games - we'll have none of that chat here on the BBC though.

    The Wooden Spoon is awarded to the bottom side, while losing all five games is a whitewash. Glad to be of assistance, mes amis.

  10. FULL-TIME France 23-16 Scotland

    So France win but Scotland secure third place - their best finish since 2006 - while France end with the Wooden Spoon.

    As the conditions improved a decent game of rugby broke out in Paris and France showed glimpses of their ability, but it has been a desperate Championship for the pre-tournament favourites.

    That's far from the case for Scotland. They played with passion, conviction and no little attacking threat, and after several dire years, they are clearly on the up once again.

  11. 80 mins
    France 23-16 Scotland

    Scotland win penalty at a scrum inside their own 22. Can they go the distance? No, knock-on.

  12. Iain Riquelme Condie: (external) "Visser!!! C'mon."

    Neil Jeffery: (external)"It looks like a Wooden Spoon is headed to France."

  13. 79mins
    France 23-16 Scotland

    It briefly looked as though they were going to escape the ignominy of the Wooden Spoon, but surely France are nailed on now.

  14. 75 mins
    TRY (Visser, Laidlaw con) France 23-16 Scotland

    Stunning score from the Scots. They attack from their own 22 and Scott makes the crucial break. He ranges 50m and looks for support outside, but the Scottish runners are covered. However, Visser has run a brilliant supporting line inside and Scott sends him striding over for a marvellous score.

    Visser nearly gets caught on his blind-side by Clerc, but he gets the ball down and the conversion means there's only a converted try in it.

  15. 75 mins

    France bring on 18-year-old Toulouse centre Gael Fickou, who is going to be a superstar.

  16. 74 mins
    France 23-9 Scotland

    Right then, from nowhere the French are a penalty away from condemning Ireland to the Wooden Spoon... but all of a sudden Scotland explode into life.

    Evans escapes down the right but is brought down 10m out by Huget. The supporting Tim Visser gets within two metres and Matt Scott goes even closer, but when the ball is moved wide it is knocked on. Agony for the visitors, and I'm guessing for the Irish too.

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    Chris Paterson - BBC Sport at Stade de France

    "The tempo the French have brought to this half is fantastic. The weakness in the Scottish defence is over the top of the ball. It was a fantastic run from Bastareaud."

  18. 71 mins
    France 23-9 Scotland

    Michalak is taken off with what appears to be a shoulder injury, with the crowd chanting his name. Francois Trinh-Duc comes on in his place at 10.

  19. 70 mins
    TRY (Medard) France 23-9 Scotland

    Massive run from Bastareaud splinters the Scots, Machenaud finds Medard and the French winger cruises over by the posts. Machenaud converts.

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    Lawrence Dallaglio - BBC Sport at Stade de France

    "Mathieu Bastareaud has given them the go forward. There was no real space but Fofana is so strong."

  21. 65 mins
    TRY (Fofona) France 16-9 Scotland

    Absolute class. France surge down the right, Fofona is handed a one on one with Hogg and the French centre uses a combination of pace and a powerful-hand off to dismiss the Scotland full-back. Michalak converts.

  22. Infostrada Rugby: (external) "Coming into this match, France had the lead for only 44 minutes of their 2013 6N campaign - the equivalent of only 11 minutes per match."

  23. 63 mins
    France 9-9 Scotland

    Exciting French attack, with replacement prop Debaty thundering down the left touchline, scattering tiny Scots (one of whom is tight-head Murray - Debaty is huge) before he tries the same trick on Hogg and is brought to ground.

    Shame, as the prolific Clerc was free outside him. Michalak throws the ball in the prop's general direction in disgust.

  24. 59 mins
    France 9-9 Scotland

    France have an attacking line-out on the Scottish 22 but lose possession. The momentum they had five minutes ago has totally dissipated.

  25. 58 mins
    PENALTY (Laidlaw) France 9-9 Scotland

    Scotland win a penalty after Michalak runs up a blind channel. Laidlaw clips it over and France are surely heading for the Wooden Spoon now.