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Wales overcome Scottish challenge in entertaining Cardiff clash

Wales overcome Scottish challenge in entertaining Cardiff clash
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Wales beat Scotland 27-23 in what was arguably the Six Nations match of the weekend, with both sides scoring some excellent tries to entertain the packed house at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Wales’ winning record against Scotland extends to 2007.

Gareth Davies scored a stunning early try that for all its quality, appeared to have been scored from an offside position. Scotland bounced back, scoring through ever-present Tommy Seymour.

Scotland led 16-13 midway through the second half before Jamie Roberts and George North crossed the whitewash with powerful tries. A late Duncan Taylor try proved consolation for Scotland, who will be frustrated with having come so close but failing to claim the win.

“That’s a bit better than last week, but you’ve got to give credit to Scotland. The way they’re playing they don’t deserve to be zero from two matches,” said Wales skipper Sam Warburton post match.

Injury forced Stuart Hogg, arguably Scotland’s most potent attacking threat, from the field but they stayed in the game and it was actually their set-piece that let them down the most.

“It was a Test match played against good opposition,” said coach Vern Cotter. “It is something that will be looked at and focused on. From game to game, there are always areas you wish to improve. We set our standards high and we would like to improve on that.”

Commenting on the Davies try, Cotter said: “I don’t usually get involved in this sort of thing but I thought, and I could well be wrong, that he was offside. But that is part of the game, everybody makes mistakes.”

As for Hogg, his injury will not be a concern, with the match against Italy in two weeks.

“It was a tough game. We had to dig deep and grind out a victory,” said Wales coach Warren Gatland. “There’s no easy game in this tournament. We have seen the improvement of all the teams in this competition.

“We had to use everything that we had in the tank to get out of that and to get the victory.”

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  • stroudos
    9:51 AM 16/02/2016

    @RD - see pedantry report below: "Gareth Davies scored a stunning early try that for all it's quality.." "Wales skipper Chris Warburton" "We had to dig deep and grind out a victor" You're welcome.

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  • drg
    2:34 PM 15/02/2016

    Best game of the tournament so far, but so frustrating from Scotland to lose their own secured ball from the lineout to Chateris and Wyn Jones, on more than one occasion... There were a few times the ball was right at the back and Chateris (rightly) came through the middle, wrapped up the carrier and then it was turnover ball... I just couldn't figure out how they could mess that up more than once. Hogg was a huge loss, however I actually feel like the rest of the Scottish team all had a little meeting and went "S**t, Hoggy is off, we're actually gonna have to try to win this ourselves now!" and they all seemed to play with more passion and fire, almost as if they realised that the guy that does it all wasn't there.. As for the Davies try, I think it's quite clear that, it in particular should have been disallowed in the perfect world, but it's not the perfect world, things get missed, mistakes are made and the reality is, if that try had been disallowed there are still no guarantees that something else wouldn't have been scored in it's place.... Great weekend, looking forward to the next bout of matches!!

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