ADVERTISEMENT

Gray to miss rest of Six Nations as Scotland face further injury woes

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Tuesday Feb 6, 2024

Scotland came through a wildly exciting match against Wales in the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations with the full five points in the bag despite being pushed all the way by their inexperienced opponents.

ADVERTISEMENT

Unfortunately for the current Calcutta Cup holders, they escaped from the match with more than the one scratch. Experienced lock Richie Gray has been ruled out of the rest of the competition with a damaged bicep, whilst back-rower, Luke Crosbie faces the same fate with a shoulder injury. Grant Gilchrist and Sam Skinner are expected to replace the two injured players.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Alun Wyn Jones of Wales and Richie Gray of Scotland grapple during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Scotland head coach, Gregor Townsend said after the recent match: “A lot of the boys are disappointed. We’re trying to say to them: this is a really important win. An important win for the next few weeks of the championship, but also in terms of not winning here for so long.

“But we were disappointed with the game getting so close at the end, and it could have gone either way, with the momentum that Wales had in that second half.

“The penalty count got against us. That was clearly the case. I think it was 16 penalties to four. Wales weren’t penalised once in the second half … So that pressure will tell. It’ll tell with territory … and then we were down to 14 men on two occasions. Look, there’s more to it than that, but that put the pressure on us. Within that period we maybe didn’t make the best decisions, more in defence, because we didn’t have much of the ball.

“And Wales also played really well. I thought they were very good in the close-quarter exchanges and in the maul. And they got very close to winning the game.

“The atmosphere was tremendous. You heard lots of Scots in that first half. And they were willing us on in that last two minutes, when we were on the Wales try-line. But the Wales crowd was amazing when Wales got back into the game.”

CARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 03: Adam Beard of Wales and Richie Gray of Scotland contest the line-out during the Guinness Six Nations 2024 match between Wales and Scotland at Principality Stadium on February 03, 2024 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach, added: “It was such a disappointing first half. I thought we were absolutely terrible. Our discipline was poor … the lineouts, we had no tempo.

“I wanted to go in the game with some pace and to play some rugby. So the message was, we created a lot of that stuff. Half time, it was: ‘Let’s go out there and play some rugby and play with a bit of tempo.’ Fortunately we were able to do that second half. We got ourselves back into the game, and we were probably a bit unlucky at the end.

“We were just so slow in that first half. It’s a bit hard in terms of the speed, and cleaning rucks, and getting in position. I said at half time, the ball is so slow, the only thing we can do at the moment is kick it. Which we did do. I said: ‘We need to go and play some rugby.’ That’s the way we’d been working hard in training. Whether we gave Scotland too much respect in that first half, I’m not sure.

“A game like that, you can sort of throw the towel in, lick your wounds and think about next week. But the boys showed some character.

“It’ll be massive [for this young Wales team]. They [Scotland] were fully loaded. They were probably at their strongest. So I think we’ll learn a lot from today, and hopefully it’s a good stepping stone for those young players.”

Comments




Related Articles

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Bristol Bears break 20-year record with victory...

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    All Blacks star Jordie Barrett discusses...

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Gloucester's next 'Rees-Zammit' scores incredible...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Bordeaux prop scores the ultimate front row try in the Top 14

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Northampton Saints youngster George Hendy seals the Premiership title

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Springbok centre tears it up in the Top 14 for a crucial hattrick

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    English winger leaves defenders in his dust for long range score in Top 14

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Courtney Lawes: 'We don't need to have a 10/10 performance or do anything out of the ordinary'

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Player handed LIFETIME ban for shocking tackle on referee

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Leinster prospect pulls off outlandish footballing skills in URC quarterfinal

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Wild start at Twickenham as Quins pull off another wonder-try

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    '60 metres, plus change' - massive drop goal stuns fans

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Former French star's 'tackle of the season attempt' goes viral

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious interaction between Simon Zebo and journalist

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Nick David unexpectedly shows up to semi final in full kit

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The worst camera angle in rugby history

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Louis Rees-Zammit's real reason for NFL move exposed

View All

Amateur

  • 74 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 74 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 97 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 97 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 98 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 6 HOURS AGO

    Beno Obano receives judgement following Gallagher Premiership final red card

  • 6 HOURS AGO

    URC Awards: Jamie Richie turnover king and a big win for Jack Crowley

  • 9 HOURS AGO

    Gloucester confirm prop switch to Saracens

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Several top stars to miss Scotland's summer tour as Gregor Townsend announces squad

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Former British and Irish Lion to lead Emerging Ireland on tour of South Africa

View All