Wales inch closer to Grand Slam after beating Scotland 11-18

12 March, 2019, 13:40 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Wales Justin Tipuric wins a line out against Scotland during their Six Nations Championship at BT Murrayfield Stadium Edinburgh Saturday. — Reuters

The former Ireland coach praised his players for the resilience they showed at the end of their hard week and for a superb second-half defensive effort helping them to protect most of the advantage they gained through first-half tries from winger Josh Adams and centre Jonathan Davies. Wales' renowned defence also came to the fore, as it made 138 tackles in the second half after 66 in the first.

Wales stand one win away from a Grand Slam in Warren Gatland's final Six Nations campaign, after they battled to an 18-11 victory over injury-hit Scotland at Murrayfield.

The Scots have won just once in this year's championship.

Every game against Scotland has extra on it, I think they have a healthy dislike of the English and we would certainly like to reciprocate the welcome we got up there previous year.

The unbeaten tournament leaders' fourth successive Six Nations victory - and their 13th of a record-breaking winning run - has teed up a mouthwatering occasion in Cardiff.

Wales will be crowned Six Nations Grand Slam champions if they beat Ireland next Saturday after surviving a major scare to beat Scotland 18-11 at Murrayfield. "This is the one game they get themselves up for", said Jones.

In the lead-up to this fixture, Gatland said his players had been distracted by talk of a proposed merger between the Ospreys and Scarlets, but Wales looked totally focused as they built a 15-6 lead in the opening 40 minutes.

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"We know that's their game of the year", shrugged the England coach. The buildup, dominated by the forwards, featured two big crashes into the defense by Davies' midfield partner Hadleigh Parkes.

A Graham break earned a second penalty kick by Finn Russell, but Anscombe pushed Wales further ahead with a penalty, though he couldn't convert Jonathan Davies' try after a coolly composed 24-phase buildup that was reminiscent of Wales' match-turning 35-phase try against England two weeks ago.

Then, suddenly, Wales became the punching bag in the second half. A rolling maul drew in the Welsh defense, a Russell inside pass to Byron McGuigan put the replacement wing in space, and Hastings sent Graham diving into the right corner.

Scotland was alive and kicking with more than a quarter left, but the injury-hit backline was creaking, and they couldn't finish off the stubborn Welsh.

"I'd be lying if I said I was happy that it wasn't in our own hands but it's like anything in life - whatever happens before our game will happen".

"We cost ourselves defensively in the first half, gave them a couple of soft tries". "We saw how they carried on past year after they beat us".

Scotland has lost three in a row, and faces a daunting finale next weekend at Twickenham, where it hasn't won in 36 years.

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