Wales survive fightback to defeat Scotland at Murrayfield

Tommy Seymour- cropped

Scotland showed better intent in the second half but their aggressiveness did not yield any point until the 58th minute when a combination of Russell, Byron McGuigan and Adam Hastings sent Darcy Graham over the line as they scoreline became 11-15.

England now have 20 points from four games and play their final match against Scotland, who are yet to win a game, at Twickenham next Saturday.

Wales nearly finished the half with more points, but an Anscombe penalty into the sun rebounded off the left post, Parkes regathered, and Adams knocked on to end the chance.

"People will say we've got nothing to play for - but we've got pride to play for, Scotland to play for".

Victory for Wales would leave them needing to beat Ireland in Cardiff tomorrow week to secure the Six Nations crown - they last won it in 2013 - and a first Grand Slam for seven years.

Replacement Hamish Watson was to the fore in the Scottish comeback, bringing some of the carrying power that Scotland had lacked in the first half with a series of bruising charges.

I don't know who was talking about Grand Slams but Scotland did a job on us in 2017 and they nearly did it again in the second half.

The more Wales tried to close out the game the more Scotland began to find gaps in the usually formidable Welsh defense.

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Davies scored the second after a coolly composed 24-phase buildup that was reminiscent of Wales' match-turning 35-phase try against England two weeks ago.

Scotland's chances were not helped by a number of injuries, notably in the back three where Blair Kinghorn, Tommy Seymour and Graham were all forced off during the game.

Wales may be without Liam Williams for the Principality clash after the full-back left the pitch before half-time with a shoulder injury.

Prop WP Nel returns from a calf injury, with Simon Berghan named among the replacements as Scotland bid to derail Wales' bid for a Grand Slam in the penultimate round.

Scotland, meanwhile, faces the prospect of ending a disappointing campaign with a solitary win unless they can inflict a shock defeat against England in its final fixture.

Their coach Gregor Townsend nonetheless said the spirit shown by the second half fightback meant Scotland could look back positively on Saturday's defeat.

"It was a comfortable first half and then you don't get out of you own half in the second", the Wales coach said.

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