Wales inch closer to Grand Slam after beating Scotland 11-18

Wales inch closer to Grand Slam after beating Scotland 11-18

Wales coach Warren Gatland felt his players were thinking about next weekend's clash against Ireland during the win over Scotland, Sky Sports report. He and his assistants urged the team to put on a show.

While unbeaten tournament leaders Wales target Six Nations title and Grand Slam success, off the field it is a story of domestic turmoil as debate rages about so-called "Project Reset" and how the Welsh professional regional game will look from next season.

But Scotland spurned several opportunities to kick for goal in pursuit of a second try that never came, leaving Wales to breathe a sigh of relief at narrowly closing out a game they had earlier threatened to steamroll.

"Players are on the phone home, texting, going to meetings and talking to people in clubs".

Wales inch closer to Grand Slam after beating Scotland 11-18

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.

Centre Davies added a second try after a trademark relentless series of attacks by Wales, reminiscent of the 30-phase assault that saw them score against England. The buildup, dominated by the forwards, featured two big crashes into the defense by Davies' midfield partner Hadleigh Parkes. That was Wales' first handling error of the half, at which point Scotland was game as usual but outclassed.

Scotland began the second period in front-foot mode, helped by a powerful run from prop Allan Dell, and Wales were forced into a reshuffle when Williams departed injured, with Biggar replacing him and Anscombe moving to full-back.

The electric winger skipped over after Byron McGuigan sliced through a gap created by a slick inside ball from the returning fly half Finn Russell.

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The whole move went through 23 error-free phases, and Wales had control - despite Anscombe hitting the post with an angled 25-metre penalty kick - as they led 15-6 halfway through the contest. "We had chances to win and weren't accurate enough".

Jones said:"I think they have a healthy dislike of the English and we would certainly like to reciprocate the welcome we got up there previous year".

"We saw how they carried on past year after they beat us".

Scotland, who have not won at Twickenham for 36 years, have suffered three successive Six Nations defeats for the first time since 2015.

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