Scotland vs Wales – Six Nations 2017 – Round 3

Both teams had suffered defeat last week so were battling to take the win. Finn Russell, who’s kicking had been questioned during the week, exchanged a penalty with Leigh Halfpenny. Wales then snatched the first try of the match after Rhys Webb decided to take a quick penalty. The ball was then worked to Halfpenny who simply delivered the pass to Liam Williams in space and he used his speed to get over in the corner. Halfpenny marvellously stuck the conversion from the touchline.

The Welsh were nearly in again after Liam Williams burst down the short side again. However it was deemed that Webb, who had passed to Williams, had pulled back Tommy Seymour. Just to make matters worse, Russell notched his second penalty of the match.

Scotland were on the up and they came very close to scoring the try of the tournament. Stuart Hogg, who has been superb throughout the championship, grubbered for Seymour to gather. The Glasgow wing then found Huw Jones who evaded George North but was tackled just short. Wales were there in numbers though and managed to get the turnover and cleared their lines. Close but no cigar!

That was unlucky but after halfime they were playing to expansive rugby we have been used to seeing from the Scots this tournament. It was Hogg and Jones combining to make a nice decoy runner move allowing Tim Visser the time and space to find Tommy Seymour who was over in the corner. It was tight but after TMO referral, it was deemed he had just squeezed in. Russell superbly banged over the conversion from the touchline.

Wales had fallen behind by six points after another Finn Russell penalty so were in need of a reply. Webb nearly got over the line after he sniped from a scrum but fortunately for Scotland, Visser had covered back and tackled the scrum-half into touch.

Finn Russell had been fantastic off the tee all game but then secured the victory with a wonderful flat pass to Stuart Hogg. Hogg then flicked the ball on with speed to Tim Visser who finished off. Russell converted and added a penalty to confirm a Welsh loss and a Scottish victory. Murrayfield has seen two superb victories for the Scottish and they will be hoping that will continue!

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