|Six Countries: Scotland v Wales|
|Scotland (6) 11|
|Are attempting: Graham Pens: Russell (2)|
|Wales (15) 18|
|Tries: Adams, Davies Con: Anscombe Pens: Anscombe (2)|
Wales are now upright one sport a ways from the Six Countries title and a Mountainous Slam after surviving a 2d-half of dread in opposition to Scotland at Murrayfield.
Josh Adams and Jonathan Davies had the Welsh heading within the appropriate route for a thirteenth consecutive ranking – and coach Warren Gatland’s 11th in 11 attempts in opposition to the Scots.
A depleted Scotland have confidence been roused after Darcy Graham scored on his first originate and threatened to cause an upset.
However Wales held on and would possibly maybe maybe maybe clinch the title by beating Ireland in Cardiff.
It became a third defeat in a row for Gregor Townsend’s side, who commute to Twickenham subsequent weekend shopping for a first ranking in London in opposition to England since 1983.
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‘Intensity & accuracy ample for Wales’
Wales didn’t wish to play cosmic rugby to assign their lead. Intensity and accuracy did the trick upright as properly in opposition to a Scottish crew that became passive and error-strewn within the outlet half of – a side lacking within the fundamentals of aggression and focus except they at final chanced on one thing later on and build the heat on the company.
It wasn’t ample to derail Wales, who survived on the help of their defence on a day that introduced a valuable ranking on a extremely tainted day. No longer that Welsh fans will care about the usual. The quantity became ample. Four wins from four video games. One more and it’s glory.
Scotland led thru an early Finn Russell penalty but Wales dominated the rest of the predominant half of. Wales struck their first blow and it became straightforward, oh so straightforward. The strive-machine that is Adams became build away up his left cruise, his assemble being made a total lot more uncomplicated when Blair Kinghorn sold his shuffle and practically threw himself out of Adams’ contrivance.
Gareth Anscombe build over the conversion and the Mountainous Slam-seekers have confidence been up and running. Even when Russell made it 7-6, the dwelling respite became transient. Anscombe banged over a penalty of his grasp soon after, a prelude to Wales’ 2d strive.
The strive that made it 15-6 became all about Welsh mumble thru the phases. Methodical, affected person, acceptable – Wales upright took their time, inched their contrivance forward and waited for their 2d, which duly got here when Davies noticed some dwelling and finished smartly.
Anscombe ignored the conversion, but there wasn’t even the slightest recommendation that Scotland have confidence been going to create him remorse it. The Scots had ample on their plate with their passiveness of their forwards and their startling error rely, but then they started shedding men thru smash. Tommy Seymour exited, then Kinghorn.
‘Scotland fail to assemble again’
One more strive for Wales and this would possibly maybe possibly potentially have confidence been over as a contest; Scotland had Adam Hastings to thank for stopping it when Adams bore down on the Scottish line. They survived, then the strangest element came about – they stirred.
On the starting of the 2d half of, a gargantuan surge downfield by Allan Dell perceived to galvanise Scotland. A lot of the rest of the Take a look at became played down the Wales end with the Scots hammering on their door and the Welsh refusing, in potentially the most part, to let them in.
Home angst became excessive. Possession and territory became Scotland’s in abundance but they chanced on it ferociously exhausting to rupture Wales down. The company’ defence became clinical and cynical. They hung on – and then they cracked. Russell became the architect of the breakthrough, slipping a interesting wanting inner hurry to Byron McGuigan, who chanced on Hastings running free initiate air him. Hastings build Graham over within the corner.
A Scottish pulse at final. Townsend emptied his bench and that introduced them more momentum. Hamish Watson became thunderous in contact and with ball in hand.
With 13 minutes left, and Wales starting to narrate wired, Watson busted thru Ross Moriarty and Alun Wyn Jones and build Scotland on the front foot again. Once again, they couldn’t assemble. Wales scrambled admire hell, defended with their lives and lifted the siege.
Anscombe made it 18-11 with the final kick, a blow that landed on Scotland’s groin as great because it did on the scoreboard. One other defeat for the Scots – three in a row – but it’s all about Wales now and their pursuit of their Mountainous Slam.
They have confidence been sensible, but sensible got the job performed. Gatland received his 11th sport from 11 attempts in opposition to Scotland. On Saturday, in Cardiff, he has a shot at an ancient third Mountainous Slam.
Scotland: 15-Kinghorn; 14-Seymour, 13-Grigg, 12-P Horne, 11-Graham; 10-Russell, 9-Label; 1-Dell, 2-McInally (capt), 3-Nel, 4-Gilchrist, 5-J Gray, 6-Bradbury, 7-Ritchie, 8-Strauss.
Replacements: 16-Brown, 17-Reid, 18-Berghan, 19-Toolis, 20-Watson, 21-Laidlaw, 22-Hastings, 23-McGuigan.
Wales: 15-L Williams; 14-North, 13-J Davies, 12-Parkes, 11-Adams; 10-Anscombe, 9-G Davies; 1-R Evans, 2-Owens, 3-Francis, 4-Beard, 5-AW Jones (c), 6-Navidi, 7-Tipuric, 8-Moriarty.
Replacements: 16- Dee, 17-Smith, 18-Lewis, 19-Ball, 20-Wainwright, 21-A Davies, 22-Biggar, 23-Watkin.
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (France)
Touch judges: Luke Pearce (England) & Alexandre Ruiz (France)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
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