The Scottish wave broke against Wales. The English dyke had given way on the first day of the Six Nations Tournament, and Wales came close to being swept away by the tide on Saturday February 13 at Murrayfield. At the end of a crazy match, the Welsh finally signed their second victory in as many matches (24-25). While waiting for the result of Ireland-France, the XV du Poireau is the only leader in the standings.
Kicking as a detonator
The Scots immediately imposed a tough fight on their opponents. Far from being stingy in the matter, Wales responded in the Murrayfield trenches. Result: a rough first quarter of an hour, with little ground gained and two penalties to open the scoring. The physical dominance of Scotland gradually asserted itself, but the waves of forwards did not crack the Welsh. To find the fault, the scrum half Ali Price has been able to vary. With the Welsh defense disorganized, he adjusted a perfect kick towards Darcy graham. Five meters, no more, just enough to launch the winger towards the in-goal (10-3, 18th).
Rebelote five minutes later, this time with a kick to be followed by Stuart hogg. The Scottish full-back is at the start … and at the finish, helped by a defensive disagreement between Leigh halfpenny and Louis Rees-Zammit (17-3, 24th). The Welsh rout was then to be feared, with a XV Leek visibly unanswered. But the highlight of the Scots did not bring more points. At fault on the second try, the winger Rees-Zammit caught up. At the conclusion of a game off, he put Wales in the right direction before the break (17-8, 38th).
The Scots, first to blame
Back from the locker room, Scotland had the opportunity to sink once and for all the Welsh. A long running streak for the Scots could have ended on their third try of the game, but an obstruction saved Wales. This warning shot woke up the Welsh, authors of their best streak from the next action. A fault recovered on the ground, then an intelligent offshore game, with a redoubled pass to create the surplus and throw Liam Williams on trial (17-15, 53rd). The Scottish motorway has turned into a path of brambles.
Rather than leading the way, the pillar Zander Fagerson chose to leave his team behind. The Scottish mainstay was sent back to the locker room after an attempt to clear away directly into an opponent’s head. A dangerous game sanctioned by a red card, then by a Welsh try in stride. Wyn jones, precisely victim of the charge of Fagerson a few minutes earlier, came to finish in the in-goal a good job of the Welsh forwards (17-20, 56th).
The Welsh Saved by Rees-Zammit
In front of the score and in numerical superiority, the Welsh could have, or should have, taken the match to their account. Yet Scotland have once again shown that they are the best team on the pitch. For long minutes, Wales found themselves cornered in front of their goal. Ambitious, confident, the Scots went through the phases of the game, refusing several opportunities to equalize at the foot to get a try. Come to be inserted on the wing, Stuart hogg finally rewarded the work of his teammates (24-20, 65th).
But the actors of this meeting were determined to offer us an anthology match. Rees-Zammit, again, made his speed speak on a kicking game. Two Scots left behind and a corner try, enough to put Wales in the lead. But the transformation missed by Callum sheedy left Scotland within reach of victory (25-24, 71st). Despite an unbreathable end to the game, the Scots failed to turn the situation around one last time. Far from being impressive, Wales remain undefeated in this Six Nations Tournament. The Blues, who still have to face the two British nations, are warned.