Scots fail to derail Wales' Grand Slam hopes

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

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

"Any team that's won a Grand Slam, and I think back even to a year ago with Ireland and that Johnny Sexton drop goal, you look back at certain games and know you've had a little bit of luck", said Gatland, on the verge of his third Grand Slam.

Wales maintained their winning momentum as they went on to beat Scotland 11-18 in the fourth round of the ongoing Six Nations at BT Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

Ireland, should they beat France tomorrow, will retain some interest in the championship but with England expected to claim maximum points from two home games, against Italy now and Scotland next week, preventing a Welsh Grand Slam is the realistic goal. Wales' renowned defense bent but didn't break, having to make 138 tackles in the second half after 66 in the first. "Ireland will think the same as well", Gatland said.

"Players are on the phone home, texting, going to meetings and talking to people in clubs". "But they got on with the job and I'm proud of them for digging deep".

The second half did not see much action until the final six minutes when Chloe Rollie's try gave Scotland a 15-10 lead and a glimmer of hope for their first win in the tournament.

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

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.

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. A rolling maul drew in the Welsh defense, a Russell inside pass to Byron McGuigan put the replacement wing in space, and Hastings sent Graham diving into the right corner.

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. By any sensible analysis, Wales should win by a street this afternoon. "We had chances to win and weren't accurate enough". We had a few chances to score and just didn't look after the ball.

It was the third time England had scored more than 50 points at the Six Nations this year after beating Ireland 51-7 in the opening round in Dublin and a 51-12 victory over Wales in Cardiff last month.

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