Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Six Nations: Wales v Scotland

Six Nations: Wales v Scotland

Scotland made the early running and a break from Jonny Gray nearly put the visitors through for the opening score in the first few exchanges.

With Scarlets flying high in the PRO14 and Europe, Warren Gatland has picked 10 of them to start in Cardiff - an arena where no matter which XV Welshmen are on the park, makes them a hard proposition.

"Italy are destined for the wooden spoon once again, there doesn't look to be much hope of them not losing all five games - we've priced them at 500/1 to win the tournament to back this up".

Two tries from Leigh Halfpenny - one in each half - plus an early intercept try from Gareth Davies eased Warren Gatland's side to yet another victory in Cardiff over the Scots They have not lost to Scotland on home soil since 2002, and thoroughly deserved their one-sided victory on this latest occasion.

"You've got a team (England) there that's won 22 out of 23 Test matches over the last two years".

Then, when Steff Evans had dropped an offload and a certain try five metres out, Price was adjudged to have fed the ball into the scrum and seconds later, Halfpenny was over in the corner with numbers to spare.

"It was one of great character, especially in defence and a great start".

That was the last clear chance of the first half and Wales headed to their changing room with a spring in their step, but knowing there was still plenty of work to do.

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They were at least able to stop the flow of points but that resistance broke immediately after half-time as four penalties in the first 10 minutes of the second half offered Halfpenny ample opportunity to stretch the lead.

Coverage of the NatWest 6 Nations Championship this weekend on NBCSN begins Saturday with a doubleheader, as Wales and Scotland face off at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by France-Ireland at 2:30 p.m. ET.

His conversion made it 27-0 and there was plenty of time to chase the bonus, with replacement loosehead Wyn Jones going agonisingly close to earning it with quarter of an hour left only to be held up over the line.

A late Peter Horne try was the only blemish on an otherwise flawless afternoon for Gatland's men.

Scotland was being blanked until the second-to-last minute, when replacement centre Peter Horne crossed.

The challenge for Scotland in the final 10 minutes was to both avoid the shutout and deny Wales a fourth try and a bonus point.

Wales: L Halfpenny, J Adams, S Williams (O Watkin 70), H Parkes, S Evans, R Patchell (G Anscombe 62), G Davies (A Davies 65), R Evans (W Jones 50), K Owens (E Dee 62), S Lee (T Francis 50), C Hill (B Davies 55), AW Jones (captain), A Shingler, J Navidi, R Moriarty (J Tipuric 64).

Former captain Greig Laidlaw has been named on the bench, with Ali Price preferred at scrum-half, while Jon Welsh and Gordon Reid are recalled following a number of injuries.

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