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Quarterfinals: all-day special

The SuperSport.com team was in Wellington today to bring you all the action as Ireland and Wales meet in their World Cup quarterfinal.

Our two senior correspondents, Brenden Nel and Gavin Rich, brought us a good-as-there experience from the the Cake Tin.

We also brought you the build-up and live coverage of today's second quarterfinal between England and France.

Our coverage included text updates of the build-up, photos from the venue, video updates, live streaming, a Q&A session and live text commentary.

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Live Commentary: Wal/Ire
Join us for our live text commentary when the match kicks off at 07:00 (SA, CAT, GMT+2).
Live Streaming:
DSTV Subcribers can follow the match via live streaming right here.

Brenden Q&A:
Today's match report-writer, Brenden Nel, will be available to answer your questions from 10:00 to 13:00.
Live Commentary: Eng/Fra
Join us for our live text commentary when the match kicks off at 09:30 (SA, CAT, GMT+2).

06:00 - Good morning and welcome to our all-day special for day one of the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals.

06:10 - Two large passenger ships are parked at the quay alongside Wellington Regional Stadium as the crowds begin to flow into the ground for the first of two World Cup quarterfinals to be played here this weekend.

One of the ships has come in from Sydney, with some former varsity mates of your correspondent having spent three days drinking on the high seas as they steamed towards Wellington. Talking of high seas, the weather here is not nearly as positive as it was yesterday.

Wales and Ireland are set to clash in today's quarter-final here, but you would think it might be a Springbok game if you noted the number of 'Saffas' heading towards the stadium and also out on the tiles in the city last night (Friday). (Gavin Rich)

06:20 - The weather forecast said it would remain clear until the end of the weekend, but it rained steadily in Wellington this morning and it was accompanied by a bitterly cold wind that makes it extremely unpleasant. (GR)

06:25 - This is what it looks like outside the stadium today:

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06:30 - Here are a couple of pics from in and around the venue:

06:50 - The teams are taking to the field. Lots af green here in the Cake Tin. Mostly Emerald green. Still raining on and off.(GR)

06:52 - Funnels of the two ships soar above the stand on the harbour side of the stadium. (GR)

06:55 - Here is Brenden and Gavin discussing the game. We're moving over to the live commentary facility for now, but we'll update this page throughout the day.

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06:55 - Here is what the wind is doing in Wellington today.

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08:40 - What an enthralling win by Wales, beating Ireland 22-10 to qualify for the semis. Stay tuned to this page for plenty more action. We'll bring you the best quotes from the press conferences after the match, and we'll start building up to the England v France match that kicks off at 09:30.

09:00 - Here are a couple of facts and figures after the first quarterfinal:

- Wales progressed to the RWC semi-finals for the second time. Their first quarter-final victory was also in New Zealand, in 1987.

- Ireland lost a RWC quarter-final for the fifth time, equalling Scotland's record. They have yet to win a quarter-final.

- Wales's 12-point winning margin was their largest against Ireland since a 32-20 win in 2005.

- Wales's win is their fourth consecutive RWC victory, equalling their record set at RWC 1987.

- Ireland became the fifth pool winner to get knocked out in the quarter-finals of a RWC.

- Johnathan Davies's converted try gave Wales their highest score in a Rugby World Cup knockout match, surpassing the 17 they scored in their 2003 quarter-final against England.

- Ireland's 10 points was their lowest score in a RWC knockout match.

- Shane Williams scored the equal-fastest quarter-final try in Rugby World Cup history. Olivier Magne's try against Ireland in 2003 was also scored in the third minute.

- Ireland trailed for only five minutes in the pool phase of RWC 2011. They trailed in this match for 72 minutes.

- Wales scored three tries against Ireland for the first time since 2003.

- Wales have scored three tries in three of their four RWC quarter-finals. They failed to cross the tryline against Australia in 1999.

- Ronan O'Gara became the fifth player to kick 200 penalty goals in Test matches.

- With his conversion, Ronan O'Gara became the fifth player to score 100 Test points against Wales. He was already the Irish record holder for points against the Welsh.

- Mike Phillips' try was the 12th scored by starting scrum halves at RWC 2011, leaving fly halves as the lowest scoring starting backs at RWC 2011 (11 tries).

- Wales's George North, at 19 years and 158 days, became the youngest player to play in a Rugby World Cup knockout match. He is the third teenager to do so.

- In Wales's last Rugby World Cup knockout match (2003 quarter-final v England), they also led 10-3 at half-time. They went on to lose that match 17-28.

09:10 - While we're on the subject, here are the head-to-head stats for England and France:

- England and France have met on 94 previous occasions with England winning 51 and France 36. Seven matches have been drawn.

- England and France have met in three Rugby World Cup knockout matches. England have won all three with France failing to score more than 10 points in each. 91 QF (19-10), 03 SF (24-7), 07 SF (14-9). England and France also played in the Bronze final at RWC 1995 which France won 19-9.

- England have won four of the last five Tests against France with the only defeat being 12-10 in Paris during France's 2010 Six Nations Grand Slam season.

- England scored a try in each of those matches but France failed to touch down in three of the five.

- France have not scored more than 13 points in any of their last five internationals against England, a sequence which began with the semi-final of Rugby World Cup 2007.

- England and France are the only teams to have made the last four of both of the last two Rugby World Cups.

09:15 - Here are a couple of post-match quotes:

Welsh captain Sam Warburton: "It was a massive defensive effort from one to 15."

Welsh captain Sam Warburton:"We always say we don't start games good enough, we started the game perfectly today. It was just what we wanted. it's a lot easier to stay ahead of the game than to chase it."

Welsh captain Sam Warburton:"Massive achievement for us, we've worked so hard. The team in '87 did it. They managed to get the third place. We have a semi-final next week, all the boys are absolutely thrilled, (it was a) massive achievement."

Irish captain Brian O Driscoll: "We got outplayed in the second half, they scored two good tries. We had a bit of weak defence but very disappointed to be going home. It was a great opportunity for us winning the group, but they showed they are a worthy semi-finalists, good luck to them."

Irish captain Brian O Driscoll: "We needed to deliver a performance similar to the one against Australia or the one against Italy last week. We didn't do that today, we knocked-on way too much ball. When you turn the ball over that many times against good opposition they make you pay. They took their scores very well."

Irish captain Brian O Driscoll: "We are the ones left disappointed and they are the ones who have something to look forward to next week."

09:22 - The two post-match press conferences are being live tweeted noe. Head over to twitter.com/SuperSportRugby now to follow it.

09:27 - On to the next quarterfinal. The two sides emerge on the field, with all the faces flushed with looks of concentration.

09:28 - The two teams are singing the anthems. The cameras panning through the stadium shows plenty of support for both teams on a clear night. We're off to the live commentary facility. See you there.

11:30 - That concludes our all-day special. Great wins for Wales and France, and we can't wait for when these two sides meet in Auckland next Saturday. Join us tomorrow for another special.


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