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By Tim Hart
Published: 2pm 12 February 2011
1848: Wales looked confident again today and brought an end to their dreadful run of results. Can they build on this in Rome against Italy in two weeks’ time? Only time will tell and until then stay safe. I’m off to enjoy my Saturday evening, I hope you do too.
1846: There was bit of the good, the bad and the ugly in this match. Wales’ performance was good, Scotland were bad making 19 errors and Lee Byrne’s high kick on Hugo Southwell and high tackle on Max Evans were most certainly ugly.
Full-time: Scotland 6-24 Wales
1845: Joe Ansbro passes to Nikki Walker who tries to break down the right wing but is stopped. Sam Warburton is awarded man of the match.
1844: Scotland aren’t giving up and are looking for some sort of consolation but nothing comes and Wales once more come forward.
1843: There’s is nothing more than a murmur coming from the Scotland fans. Wales on the otherhand are singing Bread of Heaven, they’re loving this.
1842: Wales get a penalty after another error from Scotland at a ruck and Wales are now content, 18 points ahead with three minutes remaining The points are in the bag, is this a turning point?
1841: Substitutions – Lee Byrne, Mike Phillips and Matthew Rees off, Richard Hibbard, Tavis Knoyle and Rhys Priestland on. Priestland is also making his debut.
1840: Dan Parks tries another chip and chase into the corner but Shane Williams gets there first and puts the ball into touch.
1839: Key stat – Errors: Scotland 18, Wales 7. Scotland have been as poor as Wales have been good.
1838: Another penalty for Scotland and this time they tap and go. They’re now just five metres from Wales’ line but a poor pass sees Scotland forced back to the 10 metre line.
1838: Scotland are now throwing everything to try and get back into the match. A penalty is kicked into the corner by Dan Parks. Three points won’t do much now, Scotland need some tries.
1835: Alun-Wyn Jones is replaced by Josh Turnbull who makes his debut for Wales. Scott McLeod comes on for Alastair Kellock in Scotland’s second row.
1834: It’s Williams’ 22nd try in the Six Nations which puts him third in the all-time try scorer rankings for the Championship.
1833: It’s a try for Wales. Jonathan Davies sees there’s no full back and he kicks the ball into the corner which he and Shane Williams chases. Williams gets there first to get his second try of the match. Try number 53 for Williams in the red colours. It’s now Scotland 6-24 Wales.
1832: Things are looking good for Wales again but does anyone remember what happened in this fixture at the Millennium Stadium last year? A great last-10-minute comeback from Wales won the day. Gatland’s men will be wary and hopefully shall keep their concentration.
1830: Hook will be replaced by Stephen Jones after this penalty. Hook’s final contribution in the match is scoring the penalty which means he’s got 14 of Wales’ 19 points today. John Yapp has also come on for Paul James. Scotland 6-19 Wales.
1827: Scotland have the ball on the right flank in Wales’ half but Wales steal the ball and Jamie Roberts is clean through, he’s going to score a try…or is he? A great try-saving tackle from Lamont stops Roberts but Wales have an advantage. Hook goes for a drop goal which is charged down and the referee brings it back for the penalty. If Hook can get this it will make the whole Welsh team feel better.
1826: Scotland have now made 15 errors. That’s just too many in an international match. But somehow Andy Robinson’s team are still in this.
1825: Nikki Walker surges down the right wing for Scotland but a great tackle by Hook stops him. The ball is recycled and comes out to John Barclay who knocks the ball forward. Scotland miss a great opportunity. Wales scrum.
1824: Wales are having a rare bit of possession in this half and are being patient. But Jonathan Davies goes into a tackle and is isolated so Scotland get the turnover ball.
1823: The momentum is now with Scotland and Wales have a loose line-out with Matthew Rees’ throw going straight over line. Wales lucky to hold on to possession.
1821: Dan Parks will kick the penalty for the three points and he gets it. That was an important three points for Scotland. 10 points behind with 20 minutes to go. Scotland 6-16 Wales.
1819: Eight minutes of this game has been dedicated to scrums. Incredible, they are just so over-regulated these days. The latest scrum results in a penalty for Scotland as Wales’ Paul James is adjudged to be hinging down.
1818: Shane Williams gets the ball on the left wing and goes on a run but his pass to Morgan Stoddart is forward so Scotland get a scrum.
1817: Wales get close to the Scotland try line but are penalised for not allowing Scotland to release at the ruck and the Scots can clear with the penalty.
1816: Dan Lydiate has had a great game and he gets a warm applause from the crowd as he is replaced by Jonathan Thomas.
1814: Scotland are on to the 15th phase but they’re not getting any closer. Dan Parks panics and kicks the ball into the corner which none of his team-mates run on to and Wales pick it up. Scotland just aren’t thinking and the Andy Robinson’s frustration is clear for all to see.
1812: Dan Lydiate puts in another impressive tackle. Scotland are now on Wales’ 22. They keep on moving a few yards forward with a series of rucks but Wales holding firm.
1810: Scotland awarded a penalty after a ruck in the middle of the park. Not clear what it was for but the Scots are now trying to go forward but the Welsh defence is snuffing out anything and everything Scotland try to do.
1808: A poor kick from Hook causes trouble in Scotland’s 22 as neither Parks or Lamont call for it so the ball is bouncing about. Very scrappy.
1807: Mike Blair and Moray Low come on for Scotland.
1806: Hook is now lining up a 49-metre kick to get his fourth penalty of the day. But it goes just wide, a decent try from Hook but it’s his first miss ofthe day.
1804: Scotland have had a lot of possession but they keep making mistakes. A poor pass from Dan Parks means Wales win a scrum after a knock on from Allan Jacobsen. And Wales given another penalty as a Scottish player failed to bind.
1802: Scotland recycle the ball and it comes to John Barclay who sets up another ruck. The ball is very slow but Scotland are still creeping forward. And now John Barclay finds a way through but he’s tackled and loses the ball. Hook punts the ball clear to give Wales some breathing space.
1801: Wales with the ball on the halfway line but they lose it and Kelly Brown brings it forward for Scotland. Parks then passes to Lamont who’s quickly smothered.
1759: The teams are back out for the second half. Lamont is still on for Hugo Southwell. So it looks like the blood replacement has become a permanent one.
1752: I wouldn’t disagree with you Jeremy…
1749: It’s been a great half for Wales. The first 20 minutes they stormed into a 16-0 lead and then with Bradley Davies and Byrne in the sin bin only conceded three points. Who would have thought this at the start of the match?
Half time: Scotland 3-16 Wales
1746: Tempers have started to fray after a tackle from Morgan Stoddaer and players come head to head. Let’s just say they’re getting better acquainted with each other. It eventually calms down and we have a scrum. Wales’ Craig Mitchell is penalised for not binding and Scotland get a penalty. Dan Parks is lining up a kick at goal to get some more points on the board before half-time. But Parks slips as he kicks the ball and the ball gets nowhere near the posts. Sums up Scotland’s match so far.
1744: Another scrum and Scotland’s front row is struggling again. Craig Mitchell has a bit of blood on his face but this is a man’s game. He wipes it off and gets on with it. Let’s try that scrum again shall we? But this time Wales concede a free-kick.
1742: Scotland are keeping possession but just going from side to side. If you want to score in this game you have to go forward. There’s a knock on by Sam Warburton and it’s a scrum to Scotland. Lee Byrne is back on the pitch so Wales have the full compliment again. Scotland will be disappointed to have only scored three points with Wales down to 13 players.
1741: Sean Lamont goes forward again, he’s added a spark to Scotland since coming on but they’re not making any progress. They’ve got the momentum but just not being effective.
1740: A Scotland line-out and they take the ball out wide to the left flank but a forward pass to Max Evans is spotted by the referee George Clancy. So it’s a scrum. That’s a bad pass. Too many mistakes from Scotland.
1738: Scotland keep trying to threaten and here comes Sean Lamont who runs to the line by himself but he’s stopped eight metres short. Scotland pour forward as they try to capitalise. But Wales’ sterling defence comes good again. And Bradley Davies is back on the pitch.
1736: Scotland are now awarded a penalty as Dan Lydiate is penalised for coming in from the side at a ruck. Dan Parks is now kicking and he scores to get the Scots off the mark. It’s now Scotland 3-16 Wales.
1734: It’s belt and braces time for Wales as they defend against Scotland. But what a great steal from Dan Lydiate and Scotland give away another penalty.
1732: The referee is now talking with his touch judge and Lee Byrne is sinbinned for the high tackle. And quite right too it was a shocking challenge. He was lucky not to have gone off five minutes ago. Wales are now down to 13 players.
1730: But now Max Evans is bursting down the left wing for Scotland. That’s a bad tackle, really high from Lee Byrne and the referee gives the advantage. Scotland continue to go forward but nothing comes from it so the ref brings it back for the penalty.
1728: Bradley Davies has been sinbinned for a cynical obstruction. Wales are down to 14 men for the next 10 minutes. And Scotland are now deep into Wales’ 22. But Ross Ford panics and knocks the ball forward. Wales have a scrum with Jonathan Davies joining Wales’ pack with Davies off the pitch. Wales are now given a free kick as Scotland continue to struggle with the scrum. Hook clears it to safety and the danger is over for now.
1727: It’s been such a disciplined match so far by Wales. Every time they go into Scotland’s 22 they score.
1725: Wales’ penalty. The referee has given Scotland their final warning after too many infringements in their 22. Hook’s lining the kick up and it’s so easy, right under the posts and it goes straight through. Scotland 0-16 Wales
1724: That looked painful. Lee Byrne jumped up to collect the ball and planted his boot into Hugo Southwell’s face. Should have been a yellow card for Byrne but for some reason it’s not given. Southwell is taken off with a blood injury and Sean Lamont comes in at full back.
1722: Hook’s kick sails over the posts and it’s now Scotland 0-13 Wales after 18 minutes.
1721: Scotland are struggling with Jamie Roberts and they again concede another penalty for a player coming in from the side. Hook has a chance to extend Wales’ lead. Scotland just haven’t got into the game and have no real pattern of play.
1720: Wales looking really confident. Stoddart, who should be on the right wing, has popped up on the left flank. Everyone wants a touch of the ball.
1718: Wales awarded another penalty, this time for not releasing on the ground and the ball’s kicked into touch for a Welsh line-out.
1715: Jamie Roberts charges forward and nearly breaks through the Scottish defence but Wales do get a penalty as Scotland are caught offside. Hook will kick for another three points. And he gets it to make it two kicks from two. Hook’s been flawless so far. Scotland 0-10 Wales
1713: After such a slow start Wales are now flying and they now have a line-out on the half-way line, which they win. Jamie Roberts collects the ball and Wales advance with a number of rucks but Mike Phillips spills and Scotland go on the counter with Kelly Brown but Allan Jacobsen knocks the ball on and Wales have a scrum. Scotland haven’t got any momentum at the moment and they’re struggling with the scrums so far. Wales underdogs? Not judging by the first 10 minutes here.
1711: Great try for Wales. Hook was the creator and he set up Shane Williams to score his 52nd try in 77 caps. Hook converts to make it Scotland 0-7 Wales
1710: Ooh Dan Parks kick is charged down by Paul James but Bradley Davies knocks on and it’s a Scotland scrum. Let’s see how the scrum works this week. Already making a second attempt. Wales have a slight advantage in weight and they win the scrum against the head. Jonathan Davies carries the ball into the Scotland 22 and Shane Williams is tackled just a few metres short of the line.
1709: Scotland looking good at the line-out. They’ve won all three so far.
1708: Not been a great start. Both sides testing each other out. Pretty cagey. Hopefully it will liven up soon.
1706: Scotland are building an attack and advancing into Wales’ half but Nathan Hines spills and Jamie Roberts picks up the ball. It’s now a Welsh line-out after a poor kick by Hugo Southwell. But Scotland steal the line-out.
1705: So we’re underway here a few minutes late and it’s a relatively quite start with both sides kicking to each other. It’s now a line-out to Scotland on the half-way line.
16.59: James Hook has got a steely look of determination. Will he inspire Wales to victory today? If so, it would be Wales first win in nine.
1658: Just had a minute silence for Scotland’s Bill Hogg which was exceptionally respected and now we have the anthems. The Welsh, as ever, are in good voice.
1646: With Gray out for Scotland Nathan Hines is in to second row, Brown at six, Richie Vernon no.8 and McLeod on to bench.
1641: Just seen pictures of Warren Gatland. He looks surprisingly relaxed seeing that he was given a vote of confidence in the week and his team haven’t won in eight test matches.
1639: Richie Gray is out the match for Scotland with an illness. It’s a big blow for the Scots as Gray had a great match against France last week.
1629: There’s a lot of talk about England winning the Grand Slam after beating Italy 59-13. I can’t really understand that. They’ve beaten Wales and Italy who are probably the two weakest teams in the Six Nations. The real test will come against France at Twickenham in two weeks’ time.
1551: As I’ve said our Swansea reporter Dean Thomas is in Edinburgh for the match and he’s tweeting as ever…
1530: Richard Morgan and Dean Thomas are in Edinburgh for the match and they’ve been out and about meeting some of the thousand of Welsh fans who have travelled up for the game.
1525: Shane Williams said in an interview with Richard Morgan earlier this week that Wales are the underdogs playing away to Scotland. It’s the first time in many a year that you could say that.
“The standards of the teams is getting closer and closer. We’re the underdogs for this one but we’re a proud bunch of guys and I hope we go out on to that pitch and get a winning result.”
1522: And Morgan Stoddart passed a fitness test on his broken hand on Thursday and will take his place on the Welsh wing.
Wales assistant coach Roberts Howley said: “Morgan passed a fitness test on Thursday. He came through that really well – our physio, Mark Davies, worked him really hard for 15 minutes.
1520: The big team news for Wales is that James Hook has moved from full-back to fly-half with Lee Byrne coming in at No.15. Ryan Jones will start at No.8 due to Andy Powell’s injury.
Wales: 15-Lee Byrne, 14-Morgan Stoddart, 13-Jamie Roberts, 12-Jonathan Davies, 11-Shane Williams, 10-James Hook, 9-Mike Phillips; 8-Ryan Jones, 7-Sam Warburton, 6-Dan Lydiate, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 4-Bradley Davies, 3-Craig Mitchell, 2-Matthew Rees (captain), 1-Paul James.
Replacements: 16-Richard Hibbard, 17-John Yapp, 18-Jonathan Thomas, 19-Josh Turnbull, 20-Tavis Knoyle, 21-Stephen Jones, 22-Rhys Priestland.
Scotland: 15-Hugo Southwell, 14-Nikki Walker, 13-Joe Ansbro, 12-Nick De Luca, 11-Max Evans, 10-Dan Parks, 9-Rory Lawson, 8-Kelly Brown, 7-John Barclay, 6-Nathan Hines, 5-Alastair Kellock, 4-Richie Gray, 3-Euan Murray, 2-Ross Ford, 1-Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements: 16-Scott Lawson, 17-Moray Low, 18-Richie Vernon, 19-Ross Rennie, 20-Mike Blair, 21-Ruaridh Jackson, 22-Sean Lamont.
Referee: George Clancy (IRE)
Touch judges: Romain Poite (FRA) & Simon McDowell (IRE)
TV: Graham Hughes (ENG)