10 things we learned from round four of the Six Nations

A step forward for Scotland against Wales but more progress required against England at Twickenham next week

George North
Wales wing George North gets to grips - illegally - with Scotland scrum-half Ali Price during Saturday's Six Nations clash. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson
  1. It was closer than they will have liked during the second half, but Wales were always in control without having to be at their best.

  2. Stuart McInally is the best hooker in the Six Nations – so long as his throwing arm does not let him down.

  3. Rugby is about scoring points – forgoing kickable penalties is a fraught policy

  4. Adam Hastings is a real option at full-back for Scotland.

  5. Darcy Graham is as ready as he is ever going to be – but Joe Cokanasiga is still a big ask – though Cammy Murray versus Jonah Lomu back in 1999 is a ready made exemplar.


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  1. The Laidlaw-Price debate remains unresolved, so it will be a choice between experience or potential for the No 9 jersey at Twickenham.

  2. Lack of cutting edge in midfield is a problem – with Nick Grigg and Peter Horne papering over the crack. If only Scotland could call on the 2015-16 vintage Alex Dunbar (he’s still only 28) – especially with Manu Tuilagi coming down the track like a runaway locomotive.

  3. Scotland could conceivably field a full Edinburgh pack at Twickenham: Dell, McInally, Nel, Gilchrist, Toolis, Ritchie, Watson, Bradbury.

  4. Next Saturday is a tough – but not impossible – mission for Scotland.

  5. Ireland are going to have to get back to somewhere close to the level they were at in November if they want to spoil  Wales’ Grand Slam party.


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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.