Wales edge out courageous Scotland to set up shot at Grand Slam

Ross Houston
March 11, 2019

"I don't think the Celtic nations could survive in a five-week tournament, England and France could cope but Scotland, Ireland, and Wales have not got the numbers, we wouldn't cope with just the four [Welsh regional] teams", he said. Grant Gilchrist was held up over the line, then Darcy Graham finished a brilliant backs move, and Scotland trailed by only four with 22 minutes to go and their crowd roaring them on.

"Finn Russell was absolutely outstanding that day".

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.

Gregor Townsend's men were nevertheless the much stronger team after the interval, but Wales clung on for a 13th win in a row and can now complete a third Grand Slam under Gatland, who will leave his role following this year's World Cup, when they host reigning champions Ireland in Cardiff next Saturday.

Scotland suffered a setback early in the game when Jamie Ritchie suffered a head injury and left the field in the 9th minute but managed to return back following a Head Injury Assessment.

Wales is on track to win a first Grand Slam since 2012 after it turned over the tournament's early frontrunners England on February 23 with a 21-13 win in Cardiff.

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

England moved one step closer to sealing the Women's Six Nations Grand Slam with a commanding 55-0 victory over second-placed Italy in Exeter Saturday.

In that event, both sides would be level on 19 points.

"As the game's growing we're getting more exposure and it's great to see".

Should Wales slip up at home to Ireland, England will be in position to claim the Championship - but will have to beat Scotland to do so.

Ireland are also not out of the running to defend their crown from 2018, but they will need to beat Wales in Cardiff and also hope for Scotland to do them a favour at Twickenham.

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