Six Nations: Wales v Scotland live … visitors hold on by the skin of their teeth

Scotland U-Turn means roof will be closed

Image: Craig Watson
Image: Craig Watson

Thank you for reading our live blog. We’ll be back later this week with all the build-up to Scotland v France.


  • Saturday 9.55pm

Read Finn Russell’s reaction HERE.


  • Saturday 8.54pm

TOL match report HERE.



  • Saturday 7.13pm

Finn Russell:

“Probably a little bit disappointed to be honest. The win is brilliant but that second half was nowhere near where it needed to be.

“We played really well first half and controlled the game; second half our discipline was poor and two yellow cards allowed Wales back into the game.

“As happy as we are to win, that’s not a performance that we need, especially the second half.

“When we scored that try at the start of the second half we probably got a bit complacent to be honest and thought the game was done.

“Fair play to Wales, they came back and put us under a lot of pressure. The pleasing thing was that at the end of the game we managed to hold them out.

“A lot of positives but we need to be a lot better.”


  • Saturday 7.12pm

Gregor Townsend:

“A lot of our players are disappointed and we’re trying to say to them this is a really important win. Important for the next few weeks of the Championship, but also in terms of not winning here for so long.”


  • Saturday 7.11pm

Warren Gatland:

“The message at half-time was go out and play some rugby. We were probably a little bit unlucky at the end. Whether we gave Scotland too much respect in that first half, I’m not sure.”


  • Saturday 6.43pm

If Ben O’Keeffe had awarded a penalty try after George Turner was sin-binned for collapsing the maul, instead of awarding Wales’ first score to Botham and forcing Ioan Lloyd to kick the touchline conversion, which he missed … then Wales would have won this game.


  • Saturday 6.39pm

They came for the victory and they got it after 22 years of hurt in Cardiff. But Gregor Townsend and his team will be deeply concerned about coughing up 26 unanswered points after taking such a commanding lead. The penalty count in the second half was through the roof. They picked up two yellow cards and coped really badly.

There is a brittleness about this team which will be exploited by better/more experienced sides.

Wales won the try count 4-3.


  • Full-time

Scotland hold on for the win.

Wales 26 Scotland 27


  • 80 + mins

TMO called in to look at a possible try for VDM. But a Welsh arm gets in the way of his grounding.


  • 80 + mins

Clock in the red as Scotland huff and puff through several tight phases on the Wales line. They just need to stay where they are.


  • 78 mins

Scotland finish on the attack.  Bursting from a dominant scrum. Steyn goes from half way to five metres.


  • 75 mins

Scotland continue to make life hard for themselves with an overthrown line-out.


Kick tennis. Which suits Scotland more than Wales at this stage as it takes the sting out of this febrile contest.


  • 73 mins

But a brainless kick from Russell is charged down and Wales win the penalty on the deck.


  • 73 mins

Despite the upheaval, Scotland have managed to take control of the ball and start running down the clock just inside Wales’ half.


  • 71 mins

Crosbie is able to walk off with his right arm in makeshift jersey sling. That means Redpath comes on and Tuipulotu has to fill in at flanker. Not ideal when your backs are to the wall.

George Horne is on for Ben White


  • 71 mins

Luke Crosbie is down and seems ro be in real pain with a shoulder injury.


  • 69 mins

Ashman on for Turner. Elliot Millar-Mills for Zander Fagerson.


  • 68 mins

Wales strike again. Unbelievable stuff.

Wales win the line-out, Alex Mann bursts from the maul and a fleet of cart horses pulling in the opposite direction wouldn’t;t have stopped the replacement back-rower getting over. Lloyd converts.

If you didn’t laugh, you would cry.

Wales 26 Scotland 27


  • 67 mins

Another breathless passage of play. Dyer on a mazy run up the left. Adams involved twice. Another penalty. Another kick to the corner.


  • 64 mins

Scotland send on flesh blood to try to get a foothold back in this match. Alex Hepburn on for Pierre Schoeman, and Jack Dempsey on for Jamie Ritchie.


  • 61 mins

Wales score immediately from the tap penalty. Aaron Wainwright barges over. Lloyd converts.

Wales 19 Scotland 27


  • 60 mins.

Wales bombard the Scottish line. Tuipulotu is yellowed – just minutes after Turner’s return.


  • 58 mins

Ben O’Keefe has a word with Russell about the number of penalties being conceded.

Wales are zipping the ball east and west, and are sniffing out gaps.


  • 56 mins

It’s now all Wales. Hymns and Arias is reverberating around the Principality.

Surely not Scotland … surely not!!!!


  • 51 mins

Another try for Wales. They  won a scrum penalty and rumbled another line-out maul towards the Scottish line. It didn’t make it but the pressure stayed on and slick hands led to Rio Dryer going over on the left. This time the touchline conversion Ioan Lloyd bisects the posts.

Beard is back on for Teddy Williams.

Wales 12 Scotland 27


  • 51 mins

Wales bench clearance continuities. Mason Grady for Owen Watkin this time.


  • 50 mins

Another Wales replacement. Alex Mann for Adam Beard.

Ewan Ashman comes on as a temporary replacement for Crosbie while Turner is on the naughty step.


  • 48 mins

Botham is immediately replaced by Teddy Williams


  • 47 mins

Finally something for the Welsh fans to cheer about. Close-range line-out rumbles over the line and James Botham, gets it down. No conversion.

George Turner yellow-carded for bringing the maul down.

Wales 5 Scotland 27


Welsh journalist Simon Thomas says this is comfortably the worst Wales performance he’s seen under Gatland.


  • 42 mins

Tries against Wales  are like buses for van der Merwe. He waited ages for one and then two came along in quick success. Scotland start the second half with a bang with Russell sending the bigger winger on a 50-yard rampaging run to0 the line. Russell converts

Wales 0 Scotland 27


Halftime replacements for Wales – Elliot Dee for Ryan Elias, Keiron Assiratti for Leon Brown and Tomos Williams on for Gareth Davies.


  • Halftime

Scotland lead 20-0. Wales have lost five line-outs, they can’t get quick ball  and they seem bereft of ideas. It feels like Scotland have more gears to go through. Will they really put their hosts to the sword after the break?


  • 36 mins

Rugby incident apparently. Costelow goes off for an HIA with Ioan Lloyd coming on.


  • 35 mins

Luke Crosbie could be in trouble for head to head contact on Sam Costelow. Ref Ben O’Keefe taking a long look.


Fun fact: Wales were the only Six Nations team Duhan van der Merwe hadn’t scored against.


  • 31 mins

Scotland substitution: Sam Skinner for Richie Gray


  • 29 mins

Try for Duhan van der Merwe. A long passage of play eventually leads to Russell sniffing a gap via that wraparound that he and Tuipulotu are so good at. Delayed pass gives the big winger a walk-in. Russell converts.

Wales 0 Scotland 20


  • 28 mins

But home attack lacks bite and Schoeman snaffles possession before Russell launches a 50-yard clearance.


  • 26 mins

Tommy Reffell does well and rides his luck to win a jackaling penalty and Wales take the line-out on Scotland’s 22.


Scotland will be delighted with opening quarter. They’ve taken the buzz out of the Principality Stadium and built up a handy scoreboard lead, without yet hitting top gear.


  • 21 mins

Josh Adams flicks the ball into the crowd to prevent a quick Scottish throw and is penalised. Russell says ‘thank you very much’ and takes the three points.

Wales 0 Scotland 13


  • 20 mins

Brilliant 50-22 from Russell puts Scotland back on the front foot after a period hemmed into their own half.


Schoeman’s try –

Image: Craig Watson

  • 15 mins

Ball gets bogged down in a ruck leading to first scrum of match. Five yards from Scottish line with Scottish put-in.


  • 14 mins

High tackle, initially by Rowe with Tuipulotu joining in, on Cam Winnett gives Wales a chance to kick to the corner and their first attack.

Welsh crowd wanted a card. Of course they did.


  • 12 mins

Scotland line-out malfunction. George Horne overthrows Jamie Ritchie in the middle.


  • 11 mins

Scotland line-out steal. Kyle Rowe breaks clear and sends a lovely flat pass to Kyle Steyn, who scrambles past a few red jerseys, with the move culminating in Pierre Schoeman rumbling under the posts to score. TMO wa required but didn’t take long to think about it. Russell slots easy conversion.

Wales 0 Scotland 10


  • 8 mins

Another penalty kicked into the 22, another clean line-out take for Scotland, but this time a ruck penalty conceded in  midfield means it comes to nothing.


  • 7 mins

Hair care is key in the press box.


  • 6 mins

Penalty kicked to touch give Scotland an attacking line-out on Wales’ 22 which nis caught at the tail by Richie Gray. Two punches in midfield from Sione Tuipulotu and Huw Jones, leads to an offside penalty in front of the sticks, which Russell has no bother turning in three points.

Wales 0 Scotland 3


  • Saturday 4.43pm

Tribute to JPR done, anthems done, game on.


  • Saturday 4.21pm

Adams and Tompkins taking full part in the warm-up.


  • Saturday 4.06pm

Fan’s view: All roads lead to the Principality Stadium


  • Saturday 3.55pm

Rumours circulating in the Principality Stadium press room that Wales are poised to make two late changes, with George North (who missed out on original selection due to a shoulder injury) replacing Nick Tompkins in the centre, and Mason Grady replacing Josh Adams on wing.


  • Saturday 3.22pm

Photo updates coming throughout the match from this guy.


  • Saturday 2.46pm

The Italy 17 England 8 scoreline in Rome is hardly dampening spirits!


  • Saturday 2.32pm

Fan’s view: The pubs around the Principality are bouncing, as you would expect just two and a half hours ahead of kick-off on Six Nations opening weekend. There is also a pro-Palestinian march on St Mary’s Street to add to the frenetic atmosphere..


  • Friday: 8.57pm

Scotland Under-20s lose their Six Nations opener, 37-29 to Wales at Colwyn Bay. Read the match report HERE.


  • Friday: 4.48pm

Scotland captain Finn Russell has his say on ‘roof-gate’.

“For me, personally, it doesn’t change too much,” he said in pre-match president conference. “I was at Racing for five years, who have got an indoor stadium, so I’m pretty used to it.

“I think the weather conditions changed over the week so that’s why it’s now closed.

“I think it will make for an exciting, fast, free-flowing game of rugby tomorrow. It does mean it will get slightly greasier inside the stadium with the humidity, but both teams will have the same conditions.

“Whether it is open or closed, I don’t think it will change too much.”


  • Friday: 2.45pm

Confirmation of the close roof at Scotland’s captain’s run, courtesy of Craig Watson.


  • Friday: 11.33pm

Change of plan, the roof is going to be closed, revealed Wales second-row Adam Beard at his pre-match press conference.

“I am not too sure. All I know now the roof is closed, it is going to be great to have the fans in a full stadium, the crowd will be buzzing, if it was open or closed, we didn’t mind,” he said

“But we are 100 per cent happy it is closed. The crowd make a massive impact and the noise and atmosphere make it 10 times better having a closed stadium.

“The buzz, noise, everything about it is unbelievable. That feeling is something you can’t explain, of passion and pride from the crowd that you get. It’s like having an extra man out there on the field and I know the players are looking forward to it tomorrow.”

Sounds like a Scotland U-turn.


  • Thursday: 10pm

Gregor Townsend talks through his team selection, read HERE.


  • Thursday: 4.12pm

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is asked at team announcement press conference about the decision not to have the roof open at the Principality Stadium.

“I thought we had 48 hours to decide, but it was Wednesday when they said we had to come to a decision,” he said. “I looked at the forecast and it looked quite nice. I much prefer playing with the roof open if we can, because when it’s closed, obviously it’s noisy.

“They [Wales] are disappointed they won’t get that but also the pitch gets greasy with the roof closed. There is a 20-30 per cent chance of rain in the morning [on Saturday], and so we made the decision on Wednesday.

“You know that this happens every year when there is a decision to be made on the roof. I hope the weather stays dry, we want it to be a dry day and if that’s the case the conditions will be better than when the roof’s closed because the ball does get greasy and sweaty when the roof is closed.

“You play rugby at every other ground without a roof. You play in the dry and wet. On Wednesday afternoon it looked like it wasn’t going to rain [on Saturday] and we made the decision then.

“If it is a wet day then it’ll be trickier to move the ball but I’ve confidence that our players can do that, or find another way to put pressure on the opposition through the defence, through the kicking game. I hope it’s a dry day; rain in the morning and none in the afternoon. But we do play in the winter in our sport so players are used to the wet ball.”

Earlier, Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: “The roof’s going to be open. Scotland want the roof open which I think is a little bit disappointing from an atmosphere point of view. When that roof is shut it does tend to create a lot more atmosphere and noise in the stadium. But that’s the decision they made.

“Both teams have to agree. The decision has been made now. We haven’t really spoken about it as a squad. We’ve said to the players it’s open and we have to deal with that.

“Maybe they felt potentially more comfortable playing in the wet conditions. Scotland haven’t won here in a long, long time and it’s an opportunity for us to continue that record.”


  • Thursday: 2.14pm

Scotland team is out …

Scotland: K Rowe; K Steyn, H Jones, S Tuipulotu, D van der Merwe; F Russell (c), B White; P Schoeman, G Turner, Z Fagerson, R Gray, S Cummings, L Crosbie, J Ritchie, M Fagerson  Substitutes: E Ashman, A Hepburn, E Millar-Mills, S Skinner, J Dempsey, G Horne, B Healy, C Redpath.

Wales: C Winnett; J Adams, O Watkin, N Tompkins, R Dyer; S Costelow, G Davies; C Domachowski, R Elias, L Brown, D Jenkins (c), A Beard, J Botham, T Reffell, A Wainwright. Substitutes: E Dee, K Mathias, K Assiratti, T Williams, A Mann, T Williams, I Lloyd, M Grady.


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44 Comments

  1. A win – just.. Our lineout disruption ended when Richie went off. Finn worked well with the ref. Discipline was awful what’s worse it was the same offences over and over again. We’re supposed to be pros we have to learn how the ref is deciding things and act accordingly. WE won the first game, France lost badly we’re at home so hopefully we can win next week.

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    • Finn worked well with the ref!!??

      Sorry – what evidence was there for that? The ref surely broke a world record for the number of consecutive penalties against one team in a Test Match.

      Not sure how you can say that – just cos he managed not to get marched? That’s normal. A 16-4 penalty comparison is not.

      Incredibly concerning. A complete failure of leadership is at least one major reason for nearly losing g this match.

      Finn played great but he should not be captain – learning on the job is not good enough at this level and he doesn’t need to have the extra responsibility.

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  2. Trying to be level headed here…. Difficult! Can’t help think that a lot of that came down to coaching, prep, and half-time chat. Hats off to Gatland and the young Welsh team in particular Wainwright, Reffell, Williams, and Dyer for almost turning that round – but serious serious questions we have to ask of ourselves. Central to that is Toonies persistence in picking players who have played well, but not those that ARE playing well. Back row could/should have been Bradbury, Christie and Dempsey with Bayliss on the bench. Young Fagerson deserved to start, just didn’t have a good ‘un. If Ritchie not playing well enough to keep the captaincy then he’s not playing well enough to get picked? Gotta move on for next week, and no room for sentiment.

    Positives, Rowe was solid and will improve, deserves to keep his place at FB. Stick with the whole backline, but forwards need a hard look at themselves and selection – lock being an issue if RG is out…. Wouldn’t that we love to have a McCarthy in our ranks but alas we don’t.

    Sorry for the downer of a post, we won after 22 yrs after all, but that second half just typifies our lack of consistency and mental fragility that other sides seem to get coached on better than us.

    • U think we can’t beat France after nearly losing to that bad a Wales side from 27 nil up??? I’ll have a pint of what your on!!

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    • Ha ha, now that’s optimism !

      Having said that neither France nor England looked great. Conversely Italy will be pushover in Rome ….

      Can’t really see anything other than an Irish grandslam at this point.

      Calmed down now so reality was Wales were v poor. If they had just been average we would probably have won by a handy 10 points.

      Yellow cards are just so damaging, discipline must be the biggest work on in the coming week.

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  3. Good win. Great first half.

    Referee gave 14 consecutive penalties against us, many either wrong or v soft, wasn’t even looking at Wales and did a great job of making it a spectacle. All the 50/50s went to them, and so did the momentum. Seemed to start with the conversation about the scrum with Turner, who was complaining about their tight head boring in (which he clearly was). Got on his wrong side and made it a long day. These guys are meant to be pros though. Would love to see a full Rassie Erasmus review of the ref.

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      • And Skinner getting pinged for going off feet when their player pulled clearly pulled out. And Turner getting pinged for not rolling when he was cleared out onto the Welsh side by their player. And Ritchie getting pinged when he had his hands up, nowhere near the ball and was held in. Even the Cumming’s offside charge down was really marginal and didn’t impact the game. Meanwhile renfell constantly didn’t roll, had hands on the ground before the ball. Any one of those calls going the other way would have killed Welsh momentum.

    • Absolutely no chance we can point at ref today!! None…. We’ve not had a more tartan ref in years….I don’t even like O’Keefe but this might have been his best ever most neutral performance. We ended up in a mess because of GT noone else.

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  4. So here goes my first apology to Mr Townsend.You won which I in my humblest opinion thought this was not going to happen so well done. I hope that another FOUR are forthcoming. After the French performance you must be a little optimistic but a word of caution the 14 off France performed pretty well against a rather magnificent/ferocious Ireland.

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  5. Three lineout maul tries, poor defence needs sorted
    Ashman a good player, but his throwing needs to improve or he can’t be picked again
    Two new props looked solid
    Finn perhaps also guilty of panic?
    Ref maybe over penalizing us in that second half?
    Turner is great, but can’t get on with the ref.
    Finn a very valid point re team no ot listening to the orders – stop competing when it’s lost !!!? Someone should be dropped for that.
    Hope RG injury not serious
    Must learn from that one, mind you I don’t expect to 27 nil up against anyone else.
    Suspect Wales will be taken to the cleaners by everyone except perhaps England.

    However we have a week to learn to play like the first half for 80 mins !!!!!!!

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    • Hookers both dreadful in different aspects of the game. What has Johnny Mathews done to offend GT when he has the best scoring record of any pro player in the world per minutes played.

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      • I’d love nothing more than the idea of Matthews scoring those tries at international level Balls Up but it’s a whole other ball game in terms of physicality, size and split seconds. Matthews for me is a good club player but too small and underpowered for these games. Remember too he’s scoring from the back of mauls where those in front are providing the heft – excellent as he is at steering the rudder.

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      • Same as Horne who effectively saved us from one of our most humiliating ever defeats against possibly the worst ever Welsh side post ww2….and Bradbury n Christie who are miles ahead of the utterly anonymous back row GT picked. He’s done this his whole career. Rails against some in form players as if it’s to just annoy his detractors. Finn has been at wrong end of it too as has Strauss. Matthews to start and cherry if fit on bench. Ludicrous someone saying Matthews isn’t physical enough for this when he dominates the very same opponents urc and can actually throw to the line out and not antagonise ref. GT should be long gone. 27 nil up after 43 min against an awful team determined to kick the ball away at all costs and not getting bonus PT is shocking….nearly losing us utterly disgraceful. Fagerson back to giving away multiple scrum pens too despite the ref being pretty lenient towards us for the whole game.

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      • As for Matthews not being ,’physical enough’ no hooker scores from back of maul when they throw the ball to the other team like Turner and Ashman do. Franco backs Matthews again at….checks notes….the very same players in urc that play for Wales Italy a d Ireland and also plays in Europe against….checks further notes…. English n french international players….

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      • That’s braw Rugby Fan but, erm, what else does he do? Checks notes.Turner melted Welshmen several times toda,is proven at this level, came up through our system and is one of our most dynamic carriers. Sorry but Matthews doesn’t and can’t do that. Checks notes.

      • And btw Rugby Fan if you seriously think what goes in the URC or even Champions Cup level goes at international level level you really know rugger ball!!

      • Turner is dynamic and physical but not physically bigger than Matthews who is similar size. Turner also always seems stressed and talks a lot to refs. Matthews is a more intelligent player – solid in the scrum and lineout but also with good hands and great footwork and speed in loose play. He’s not just a set piece player – he has scored some outstanding tries from distance for Glasgow. Franco Smith rarely talks up individual players but he has described Matthews as special who brings something different …

      • Dynamic and physical is the winning brand, Scot Abroad. Said before, rightly or wrongly, the ugly, nasty stuff is what is winning games (i really wanted NZ to win RWC final because it would’ve been a triumph for running rugby we Scots typically prefer) – we lack it taken as a whole, but Turner does have a bit of that about him. You’re calling for Bradbury, rightly in my view, for that very reason. On the hooker slot, Rambo was always my preferred option of recent times in all honesty but…

      • Mathews was poor against Northampton in Europe, which probably cost him a place in the 23. Whole Glasgow line-out was poor in Europe. We need to find better options who are this side of 30, but none of the young hookers get any game time for Pro teams.

  6. Tonight demonstrated why Finn is not a captain. As great a player he is, at 27-0 we needed someone to manage the second half to close the game out once Wales got a sniff. We need a hard nosed pragmatist captain. And can we please bring in Bradbury to help with the grunt up front. Luke Crosbie carried the grunt all on his own tonight – relentlessly taking it first man into contact and ended up leaving the game looking like he’d spent a Saturday night in the old Maryhill Tavern! The boy is a colossus but he should not be expected to carry so much grunt on his own. And this is not being disrespectful to Fagerson or Richie who both played well. But we need 2 big men and a pure 7 in the back row. MOM in the first round of games all big hitters, Joe McCarthy, Evan Roots and Aaron Wainwright …

  7. Tonight demonstrated why Finn is not a captain. As great a player he is, at 27-0 we needed someone to manage the second half to close the game out once Wales got a sniff. We need a hard nosed pragmatist captain. And can we please bring in Bradbury to help with the grunt up front. Luke Crosbie carried the grunt all on his own tonight – relentlessly taking it first man into contact and ended up leaving the game looking like he’d spent a Saturday night in the old Maryhill Tavern! The boy is a colossus but he should not be expected to carry so much grunt on his own. And this is not being disrespectful to Fagerson or Richie who both played well. But we need 2 big men and a pure 7 in the back row. MOM in the first round of games all big hitters, Joe McCarthy, Evan Roots and Aaron Wainwright …

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  8. Just watched the tries again and id forgotten that 3 of the Wales tries were from line out mauls. Shocking defence when on all three we defended only one side of the maul and got sheared off the side and they romped over. I thought our maul defence had become pretty decent but completely disorganised today. You always have to defend across the full width of the maul. Another one for the Monday debrief.

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    • What Monday debrief? There’s a queue and RWC2023 is one ahead in the queue….oh sorry your call time has elapsed please call back later,

  9. That was a shocking capitulation in the 2nd half against a callow, young & inexperienced Wales side, and they should take all the plaudits.
    As for Scotland, a settled and vastly experienced team who just crumbled, my goodness can you imagine what England, France, Ireland & Italy made of that headless chicken second half performance, hardly concerned methinks, put a wee bit of pressure on them and they’ll crumble? 15 x penalties in a row against Scotland c/w 2 x Yelloa Cards, which I struggle to rationalise from an experienced side.
    Harsh some will say, yes some decent individual performances but this is a team game, and as a team they fell apart for 35 mins of the second half, and lost it 26-0 😲

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  10. 2nd half a perfect example of the advantage of running at the opposition versus the kick game. Running provokes penalties, penalties lead to yellow cards, the opposition goes onto the back foot.

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  11. Well that was a nerve shredder. At half time I was basking in what I thought was one of the best 40min of rugby id ever seen from Scotland. Total Control with Finn getting an armchair ride. And then when we went 27-0 up i was thinking of some record scores. You always knew that Wales would have a period of supremacy but not for the next 35 min. Fair play to Wales they had nothing to lose and just threw the ball around. We however should have managed the game better but we seemed to get so passive in defence just conceding the ball to Wales at every ruck and allowing them to through the ball around. We stopped putting pressure on them in the midfield as well.

    When I heard that we had conceded 11 consecutive penalties I was staggered and I think it ended up 14 or 15 without a single penalty against Wales in the 2nd half – talk about keeping the ref onside. That must be a record and not one to be proud off. I think we became so scared of getting another yellow card that we got even more passive and yet still conceded all these penalties. There is no way Ireland would allow that to happen.

    Sorry but i’m feeling like this was a loss when I know it was the first win in 22 years in Cardiff. Plenty to work on and id love to listen in to the post mortem on Monday to find out what the players were thinking.

  12. Unusual to feel so dejected after a win. There is indeed a brittleness, a flakiness to us that has been there for some time. Wales are a very limited team and we made exceptionally hard work of it.
    Positives are the win and the first half. Crosbie was excellent and I hope his injury is not too serious. It was good too to see Turner, yellow aside, looking something like his self of old. White’s game management and kicking was excellent. Finn was Finn. Thought the two replacements props were crucial at the end in shutting the game down, steadying the set-piece, and slowing Wales down. The long stoppage came at a very opportune moment.

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    • Yes White’s kicking was useful. But he’s slow digging the ball out of the ruck and generally has slow distribution. As usual, chalk and cheese when Horne came on.

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      • Aye, I hear you Duncan, and i understand calls for George Horne. I think his game management has improved and is improving but my observation as someone who never played nine(!) is he’s not quite there yet. His box-kicking to dig us out of trouble a la Du Pont hasn’t the requisite range I feel. I suppose it depends what kind of gameplan we favour – fast and loose, Horne’s defintely yer man. Septic+9 usually has interesting insights on the 9s.
        The lack of physical presence at lock will come back to bite us at some point i’d wager.

    • The whole game revolved around discipline, or the lack of it. It has always been a problem for us and Finn Russell’s reaction in the post match interview makes me wonder if some of our guys just refuse to be coached out of bad habits. At the end of the day the win was what we needed and what we got. So back to Murrayfield and France next Saturday.
      Come on you floo’ers.

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  13. What a perfect example of coaches over thinking a simple game.
    Just let the players play.
    JPR will be happier now.
    Great game. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿👍

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  14. OMG. Is that the best bunch of players that the whole of Wales can muster?
    Although all the players on the Welsh side are actually Welsh.
    Wonder what JPR would thing about kicking at every opportunity.🙈🥴

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  15. Decision making and discipline need to be right from our players. Then be the best they can be and I’ll accept any outcome.
    Come on you floo’ers.

  16. This is all getting out of hand. Gatland knows he needs the maximum out of the home support to support home advantage. He also knows how good Russell was at Racing under a closed roof.

  17. From 4.45 tomorrow afternoon it stops being about Gatland and Townsend and becomes about 23 vs 23. I believe individually and collectively Scotland are better than Wales and can get off to a great Six Nations start.
    So come on people. Set aside your likes and dislikes. Take off your coaches hats and just support OUR team.
    Come on you floo’ers.

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    • Exactly. Forget all the pre-match waffle and so-called mind games from those who don’t have enough brain cells to waste on them. If you are not there turn the TV on ten minutes before kick-off listen to the anthems and then watch the game. Simple!

      • If only they would stop talking when play is held up so we could all listen to the referee explaining his thinking to the players.

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