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Good evening and welcome to Scrum V Live. Tonight, we travelled North,
for a feast of Friday night rugby. COMMENTATOR:
He can get him. We begin with the Pro12 and the Cardiff Blues, who are
folk hoping to follow last week's win against Treviso with another,
against Edinburgh. And on the final whistle at Myreside we will head to
Broadwood, where the under 20s are in action. Jones collects and
scores. Sit back, make yourselves comfortable, your Scotland and Wales
weekend starts here. So an absolute feast of rugby to look forward to
tonight. We're going to start with our featured Pro12 game, Edinburgh
against the Cardiff Blues, and this is the game the Blues simply have to
win if they are to stay in the race for the top six. Hello, good
evening, welcome to Scrum V Live. You don't need to go anywhere for
the next three and a half hours. We are on air until 10:30pm. Loads of
rugby coming your way. Sean Holley and Richie Reeva here to keep me
company and hopefully get the Tees and cough within later on, but I can
tell you that Wales women are currently 14-0 up, scored a try
since we came on air, against Scotland, full highlights to come
before we're off there as well. We will focus on the Pro12, Edinburgh
against the Blues. It's unlikely to be the free-flowing romp, entirely
different conditions in Myreside, but if the Blues get their fair
share of possession they have a potent backstreet a night. Yes, it
will be a lot sterner than last week's game against Treviso land at
Myreside, not the open expanses of Murray side. It's an international
backstreet, we should see some tries. One man is on fire, Matthew
Morgan. When he is playing well, the Blues pay well. He's playing with
freedom and enjoying himself. He's electric. You can turn people square
and the acceleration he has, it frightens defences. What I like in
the match at the moment is the counterattacking and the fact he has
brought in other people. He is creating opportunities for his
fellow team-mates and the Nipper, as he's called he's playing with a
smile on his face. Almost the forgotten man of Welsh rugby.
Tonight's opponents, Edinburgh, rattling around at the bottom of the
Pro12 at the moment, maybe lacking direction, but they've appointed
Richard Cockerill as the new director of rugby from next season.
Can he bring about a change in fortunes? I think he is, he'll bring
that continuity and that edge. Edinburgh have changed coach over
the last couple of years, Hodge, Solomons of late, so he'll
definitely bring that edge will Richard Cockerill, he'll get the
respect of the players and hopefully the respect of the fans and
hopefully we see a decent, competitive game tonight. We can go
straight to Scotland now, we have a pitch side reporter with the Blues
head coach, Danny Wilson. I am indeed. Danny, just thinking,
we are getting to the business end of the season now. Every point is
important, especially when you are targeting the top six. With that in
mind, what have you told the boys in the changing room? We reinforced a
few messages for individuals, to take control of the team. A good win
for you last week, conditions so different tonight to what they were
at home at the Arms Park last week. Yes, we scored eight good tries last
week and we want to play very different conditions and a different
surface, but that's about as improving our consistency to play a
different venues in different ways and tonight is a different
challenge, and we'll hopefully get a win. You are targeting three wins
out of four in this black of league matches. Slip up maybe against
Connacht, but this is a must win game. The blast that, we have to win
today to give a chance of top six and we need consistency. We have
been inconsistent this season, some great performances, some not so good
and you have to do it on the training field and the playing field
and we get a chance tonight. Disappointing after a strong start
to the season. Consistency comes down to selection with injury
problems we've had, but ultimately on the field we have been too hot
and cold, really hot in Europe, and not good at times in the league. We
will catch up with you in the match, thank you. Thank you.
STUDIO: This is a fixture may have enjoyed
in recent years, they've won 11 of the last 13 against Edinburgh, have
a heart Cardiff Blues. Will that continue? We have the commentary
team, Scott Hastings and Gareth Charles.
COMMENTATOR: Thanks very much, a warm welcome to
Myreside. It was a warm welcome in Scotland this morning, the sun was
blazing, but a drop or two offering before kick off this evening will
make the ball greasy and it's nice and fresh for the players out there,
but the ground as it is now have a different to when I was last year.
The stands either end, it's compact and Bishoo. It's been a good setup
for Edinburgh to move here rather than play in a cauldron at
Murrayfield with only a few thousand fans. A good atmosphere generally.
I'm slightly disappointed there isn't more fans here but a lot of
anticipation in advance of the rugby international tomorrow. David
Wilkinson of Ireland the man in charge this evening. Just waiting
for the final countdown, to let Gareth Anscombe get the game and
away. One win in seven for Edinburgh. Two wins in seven for the
Blues. As they look to try to get up the table and look for some European
rugby, next year, a chance to get in the play-off games.
Nick Williams, back ready and waiting. Matthew Morgan can be so
devastating from those kind of positions, as the game goes on. And
scum, a little think over the top. Jason Tovey, a familiar face for
others, have one season with the Blues, and he looks to set up the
counter. A lovely pop off the deck to Glenn Bryce, normally a
full-back, playing in the centre for Edinburgh. Fraser McKenzie drives
on. Tovey. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, an international
scrum-half, to Ben Toolis. They slowed it down have the Blues.
They didn't quite manage the turnover. It's always interesting in
the early exchanges what type of rugby Edinburgh want to play against
this quality Blues team. We found Chris Dean there, when he was coming
across, he hesitated a bit and sometimes at the start of the game
you just want to put some momentum, hit the contact, go through the
phases and play a little bit of territory early doors, but the big
number eight there, Nick Williams, he's some size and he's been a great
asset to the Blues having transferred. He spent a couple of
seasons in Munster, a couple with a Roni. Is a pretty young Edinburgh
side. The captain, Neil Cochrane, the only one who is the wrong side
of 30. The scrum spins round and Edinburgh
disappointed they weren't given the penalty. Cornell Du Preez looking
for it but it wasn't coming from Mr Wilkinson. You mention the scrum,
Jack Cosgrove and Murray McCallum, the young under 20 Scotland player,
he has impressed me very, very much. He can hold his own in the scrum.
Good tight head is are what you want in the scrum. Interesting one, the
tight head for the Blues, Anton Peikrishvili, the Georgian, the
third start of the season in the Pro12.
This time, Du Preez tries to pick up and give Hidalgo-Clyne some clean
ball, but again, the pressure was on the number eight as the scrum was
crumbling. In goes Rory Scholes to act as scrum-half.
Hidalgo-Clyne, high into the air. Cuthbert waits on halfway and takes.
And then fires it out on the half volley to Halaholo. -- Gareth
Anscombe fires out. Lloyd Williams, the skipper again for the Cardiff
Blues this evening. Christian Dacey released from Welsh squad training.
Hasn't featured a match day 23 in the Six Nations.
The game being played in the middle third in the opening stages. Scholes
half slips a tackle. Look to get the ball away, but it went backwards,
says David Wilkinson. Turned over anyway. Hoeata with a long pass to
Gareth Anscombe. Gareth Anscombe tried to weave his way past the
defence. With the ball this time for the
Blues. Steven Shingler puts the ball downfield.
Jason Tovey on his trusted left boot, puts the ball out of play.
Good positioning. You saw him on the turnover play. He dropped back into
the 22, then slid himself onto this nearside and good play there from
both teams. Tovey had the one season with the
Blues, back in 2012-13, wedged in among eight years at the Dragons.
Dacey, looking for Williams on the short ball. Just checked slightly,
couldn't quite get as much weight into it as he would have wanted.
Running all his 20 and a half stone, picked up and taken on by Hoeata.
The two teams just sizing each other out in the opening stages. Yes,
delivering pick and drive, then it will be released to the backs. You
can see Cardiff Blues actually have momentum within their attack phase
there. That certainly is proving well for them. Cuthbert had gone
over and the intent was there and they knew the penalty was coming
anyway. But just that little edge may be about the Blues' backs in the
opening stages. They have something to run onto their odd because the
forwards gave that front football, that allowed them to get through
this attack. Cuthbert unable to hang onto that and as you can see, just
that drizzly rain affecting the handling as well. It just takes an
edge off you're passing skills. I always find when you are playing in
the rain, it's just that slight adjustment, where if you have a dry
ball it is zipping through the hands. One can only wonder what's
going through the mind of Alex Cuthbert on a night like this, when
his team-mates, his Welsh team-mates, our downtown in the team
Hoeata, looking forward to a game tomorrow. The way things ended
against England, it's great to see him back scoring for the Blues
against Treviso. Needs all the confidence boost he can get at the
moment. Steven Shingler picked up 22 points in that big win against
Treviso last week. And Shingler starts well again this
evening and gets the fourth points on the board for the Blues, within
eight minutes. Just a word on Alex Cuthbert from a Scottish perspective
actually, because he was absolutely pilloried by the press and full
credit to him, because the only way he can do his talking is back on the
pitch and it was good to see him scoring a try last week, but also
more importantly, coming up here, having to test himself and maybe
it'll be curtains for his international career, because when
you are low in confidence and you are exposed in a manner that he was,
it takes a lot to come back. But at the end of the day you can only ply
your trade on the pitch. Knock-on advantage for the Blues.
Lloyd Williams to Anscombe. Straight out to Halaholo.
It will be interesting to see how Chris Dean and Glenn Bryce get the
defensive angles right this evening as well. A new combination in
midfield. Dean may be more used to playing 13.
Kinghorn safely underneath it. Cuthbert just drag him down on
halfway. Hidalgo-Clyne to Glenn Bryce.
Jack Cosgrove, Lu said. -- loosehead will. Jamie Ritchie spinning out of
the tackles of the Blues midfield. Toolis just overran it then other so
Tovey changes his mind, now it's Neil Cochrane trying to get his team
going forward again. Kinghorn, not too much room on this nearside.
There's an opportunity to come blind, three on two down the short
close channels and that's what the players work on.
In from the Samhain, Damien Hoyland. -- from the far wing. The Blues
getting plenty of numbers midfield. That one slips forward.
I cross comes Matthew Morgan, just slips at the last moment, but safely
latches onto the ball. Support from Cuthbert, the ball was there for the
Blues to clear. Nick Williams buying them a bit more time, allowing Lloyd
Williams to get back into place. It's his kick to relieve the
pressure. He's outside the 22. Just going for distance. Scholes links up
with Tovey, to Hoyland. Edinburgh looking to work the
numbers, coming left. Two men on this outside, but no advantage from
the early high tackle. They have to have confidence those wider channels
and use the hands. Damien Hoyland comes in, makes the
step and caught by Steve Shingler. In fact, it was Halaholo. Yes, it
looks like the Blues have found their preferred midfield combination
with Gareth Anscombe at ten, Shingler at 12 and either Halaholo
at 13, or an injured player, but that's the way they are looking at
the moment. It's a good combination. Halaholo, that's a tongue twister
for a commentator! The stand on the far side is filled
up. A good platform for Neil Cochrane,
just making sure the ball is as dry as possible. In these drizzly
conditions. Taken by Toolis. Well defended by the Blues. Just
taken offence to George, coming round the blindside. Cochran, they
kept their patients, Edinburgh. It was very well defended initially by
the Blues, but they haven't stopped moving.
A string of penalties, as the Blues desperately defend. But David
Wilkinson just wants to have a look at what happened when Giorgio crept
around the blindside as well. Tim Hayes is the TMO this evening.
REFEREE: Tim, are you there please? It was a good drive from the
line-out, they were patient, they hit Ben Toolis but as the drive came
round that right-hand side it was spinning off side, it was George
Earle, he had a go at Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. I think we will see
it on the replay coming now. I want to check for possible foul play.
TMO: I'll check that now, bringing it up
for you. REFEREE: The actions of the
Edinburgh number five... Ben Toolis and George Earle. Nothing in that.
Ben Toolis thought about it and shoved him off in the end. And Earle
continued with Hidalgo-Clyne. I'll have another look at that. Give him
a ticking off and get on with the game! We have watched this twice,
why are we watching it a third time? It's a shelf and shove, isn't it?
REFEREE: We have a shove, I'll speak to the Cardiff captain. Captain. Ben
Toolis thought better of it and shoved George Earle, who in turn
shoved Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. It happens. It happens. It's a contact
game. REFEREE: We have three offences in
the one phase of play. The number four pushing a player off the ball,
the number three who came in and collapsed the ball and the second
row, it has to stop now. You leave me no option. A string of penalties
conceded. Really, nothing more. Interestingly though, Edinburgh on
the back of that last line-out drive I fancy, looking for the same again.
You laborious, I think also hit Ben Toolis again. He's their number-1
catcher in the line-out. Again, Toolis is the target. Again,
Cochrane is the one in control. As they come inside the Blues conceded
another. This time they go to ground. Still advantage for them, so
he could put the chip in, which is gathered safely by Steven Shingler.
No wonder, after the last warning, yes, indeed, David Willsie -- David
Wilkinson goes straight for the pocket and its yellow for Anton
Peikrishvili. Again, will Edinburgh go for the corner? An extra man, get
the drive, get the catch. Well, it's difficult enough to stop
with a full complement. It's an innocent looking face though, isn't
it? There he is in the side, dragging people out. If he'd stayed
on his feet, interestingly enough, he'd have got away with it. As it
was, Edinburgh on the drive now. Here come Edinburgh again, a third
line-out drive in pretty quick succession. The Blues a man short
defending as well. Neil Cochrane more than happy with ball in hand at
the end of that advancing towards the try line, and driven over, it
seems, yes indeed, at the third time of asking. Edinburgh showed how to
control a line-out drive and it's the captain, Neil Cochrane, who
comes away with the spoils and the first try of the evening. What
impressed me about that try was they took their time. There was three
platforms to meet the drive. They knew they had the ascendancy. As
every good coach and player will tell you, when you are tight and you
have a low body angle there, they managed to splinter and they drove
it over. Technically very good from Edinburgh.
You'd put a good deal of money on that, two previously successful
drives. The Blues already on a warning, already on a yellow. And a
man short. And seemingly only one result.
Hidalgo-Clyne succeeds with a conversion. And Edinburgh go off to
a 7-3 lead. When it splintered, it became almost
impossible for the Blues to stop that drive. A man down. Edinburgh
fully capitalised there. Gareth Anscombe's restart, deep into
the 22. The ball flies back from Cornell Du Preez.
The Blues, trying to put pressure on Edinburgh in their own 22. But
plenty of time for Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, and he makes
absolutely sure. Interesting tactic from the Cardiff Blues. They are
flying up, aren't they? They call it the line speed, press defence, the
press puts pressure on the opposition. You have to be thinking
what's looking at you? Is there somebody coming out on the hoop line
that you can take advantage of with the slick pass. The Blues have got
some territory. Can they get themselves back in this game and
start to dominate Edinburgh down in this quarter?
Earle slips it down to Nick Williams and it is the Blues' turn to get a
penalty. As the line-out drive is illegally defended.
Soft penalty. From an Edinburgh perspective. The three points on
offer, I'm not surprised straightaway Steve Shingler opted to
just take the kick and go. Fraser McKenzie, he came in from an
offside position, but the referee was very quick to penalised him,
wasn't he? Steven Shingler were successful with
the kick, and that brings the Blues back within a point. Let's go pitch
side. Peter, you have got that try and you
made the most of the extra man. You must be happy? Happy with the start.
It's not a night for playing too much rugby near Rome goal-line and
we are guilty of that especially near the halfway, but as soon as we
got the position we backed it up in these conditions. The Blues getting
back into it. Frustrated with the penalties? Whoever controls the way
they exit into the field and the pressure through the Moore will go a
long way to having a say in the game, so we need to deal with that
and put pressure on them at the right end of the field. Thanks, we
will catch up with you later. Thank you.
COMMENTATOR: Quick transference to Halaholo.
Cuthbert via Matthew Morgan, Baxter Halaholo out again. Good little
off-loads from the Blues, keeping the ball away from the Edinburgh
defenders. Anscombe, short ball today see. They have men going left
to the Blues. It's been tied in ever so slightly. Anscombe, Matthew
Morgan. Couldn't get it wide enough. Soon enough. So now they are going
to have to build again, the Edinburgh defence back in place.
Back inside to Tom Jones. -- Tom James. Flat ball. To Rhys Gill.
Anscombe Bacchin position. Up comes the Edinburgh defence to challenge
Nick Williams. And they win the battle of the breakdown as the Blues
players pile over. Second barn in off their field, tackle from Magnus
Bradbury. The Blues, when they get the ball, they are certainly more
momentum in their attack phase play. I felt the past from Halaholo should
have gone wide, first of all he passed inside on that last attack,
coming down the right-hand channel. For me, sometimes the opportunity
there to spread defences allows the attack backs, the likes of Matthew
Morgan, the likes of Cuthbert and Tom James, that will allow them the
space is to run if they can stretch this Edinburgh defence. Blair
Kinghorn, the Edinburgh full-back is struggling. He was on his knees on
halfway while the Blues were launching the last attack. One of
the medics still on the field. Talking to the full-back at the
moment, who will take no part in this Edinburgh attack from the
line-out. There he is, Kinghorn. Interesting, because the law -- he
lost the ball on the contacts. Edinburgh have been sloppy on a
couple of occasions in the contacts. Bryce with the carry.
Hidalgo-Clyne under pressure. Doing ever so well to get that back. He
did come interesting because the Blues stood off the ruck.
Hidalgo-Clyne went in to gather and manage to win a penalty on the other
side. Peter Wilkins, he was speaking
earlier on, talking about Edinburgh playing more territory. For the
first 20 minutes a lot of the game has been in the centre field. I
often wonder, what is the kicking attack strategy, to relieve pressure
and get some territory and play the pick and drive rugby that can often
open up teams? Interesting that they went for the
corner earlier on. But this one, certainly within Hidalgo-Clyne's
range. That's a good strike. Good strike but not quite well directed
enough. So, it remains a 1-point game. And back comes Anton
Peikrishvili, his ten minutes in the bin being done, and the damage being
done as well. A couple of seasons ago he could put that over in his
sleep, he was kicking brilliantly for Edinburgh in the Pro12. Tovey.
Signalled to number eight, Dupre is, that the ball was going skywards.
Back in the hands of Sam Hidalgo-Clyne. As kindly as possible
with a loosehead prop all over him. Matthew Morgan, who quickly look to
make up the ground because he knew it was coming. Super kick, brilliant
skills, Jason Tovey, to keep it in play and not give the line, five
metres out. Still a line-out for the Blues but that was great skill from
Tovey to keep it alive. The game of rugby, you have little cameos,
Matthew Morgan's position, he read the kick of Tovey. He felt the
mistake would be made but when Morgan put the ball in, Tovey did so
well to gain that position. Cardiff still have the territory. Oh, lost
the line-out, though. Jason Tovey can push them further back towards
half Wayne. Again, the wind has picked up over the last few minutes.
-- towards halfway. It's going to be a factor, the Cardiff Blues playing
into the wind in the second half. Five-man line with the Leeds for the
Blues with Sean Bennett, the flanker, formerly from scholars come
on loan from Northampton. -- formally from Scarlets. David
Wilkinson isn't happy at all with the way the Blues are taking their
time in arranging the line-out. They need to because the Prior nearly
went again. Macauley Cook did well to hold onto it. -- because the
throw nearly went again. Nick Williams waiting in midfield. And
there he is, ready to carry. The Edinburgh defence waiting for him as
well. Pick and drive from the Cardiff Blues forwards as they try
and edged towards the Edinburgh 22. Matthew Morgan on the far side.
Again, it's the home side that come out on top at the breakdown.
Infringement warning again, too many. They've got to stay up, got to
clear the area and be positive. Cardiff Blues, too often the players
are going to the deck. Edinburgh are making life awkward in the contact
area, flooring numbers into it so the likes of Bradbury and Ritchie,
there are making life awkward for the Cardiff Blues and because they
can't get the quick ball that we saw in the first ten minutes, there's
nothing to attack off. Certainly very frustrating for the visitors in
the opening half an hour. They are falling foul of the whistle of David
Wilkinson. Fraser McKenzie looks like he's
going to go off injured. Here is the previous ruck. Too many Cardiff
Blues players on the deck. Fraser McKenzie just departing in the
background. Lewis Carmichael is on to replace
him. And there is Carmichael, his first
receipt. Good work off the deck by
Hidalgo-Clyne. So slow in getting away. Going to be
another yellow. It is another yellow. He warned the Cardiff Blues,
didn't he? Slow away there, Hoeata. A bit faster there, though Mark back
-- a bit faster there, though! I often wonder if professional rugby
players come if they got a judo coach, if a judo player goes down,
that has to be the Orton it -- the automatic reaction of a rugby
player, and then he doesn't get penalised. It means that the Blues
will have spent half of the first half with 14 men, at least. There
may be more to come. You look at the scoreboard, a 1-point differential,
if Edinburgh are going to capitalise, they need to score from
this line-out, or in the next nine minutes to capitalise, the power
play must be on. The Blues must think they are going to get nothing
from him, they must be squeaky-clean, they must give away
no penalties. Jamie Ritchie setting it up, quick ball. McCallum driving
at the heart of the Blues defence. Shingler hacking on. Cuthbert giving
chase, Scholes didn't gather it cleanly. Falling into Bryce's hands.
Morgan waiting again, with time to weigh up the options. Skidding it
along the surface and that's a lovely kick from Morgan. He's a
talented player, Morgan. Love it when he gets his dancing feet going
because he can cut off any defence on his day. This appointing
attacking line-out from Edinburgh. The innovation when they went over
the top but then they lost the ball in the turnover. The defensive line
for Edinburgh. Their captain has some more company now. Playing quite
a lot of this half with 14 men, how do you stop Edinburgh from
capitalising in the first 20 minutes? Firstly you try and play
with 15 come on the right end of the penalty count, which is 7-2 against
us, feeding their power game. We must deny them the set piece but if
our discipline continues they will get more set pieces and increase
pressure. We want to take pressure off the line-out defence. Conditions
not great, the wind has picked up. It is supposed to get worse as well
and with that kind of penalty count, we are digging in and working hard.
I'm glad of the scoreline. We haven't exerted any pressure,
hopefully we can get some good attacks and see what they've got
defensively. You have a lot to talk about, we'll let you get on. Thank
you. If it is still 7-6 at half-time, they won't be too
unhappy, the Blues, on the balance of play. But they'll be hoping that
there is a chance to develop something from here, even though
their one man short. Macauley Cook has stepped up to the second row.
A very steady scrum, for seven men. Cuthbert going through Tovey.
Leaving him face down on the floor. That should give them a bit of
inspiration to go towards the try line. Tovey is still holding his arm
from eight stinger in the tackle. -- from a stinger. They need runners in
midfield, that would be sensible. Shingler does exactly that, working
him perfectly. Tovey is down again. The Blues rampaging, trying to get
over the try line. Nick Williams. Discipline is needed now by the
Blues. Anscombe. The ball comes out quickly. Cuthbert in the middle of
the forwards. No scrum-half at the moment. The ball flies out. The
scrum goes Edinburgh's way. After the hard work, the Blues have
nothing to show for it but two Edinburgh men down. Two men down,
Rory McAllister one closest to the camera and Jason Tovey took a couple
of big knocks. Cuthbert took Tovey out of the game and from that point
you thought that the Cardiff Blues were going to stretch the Edinburgh
defence but another error on the far side meant that in a bra have
survived the Cardiff onslaught. -- that Edinburgh have survived. That
was a crucial point. If they play the territory game in the second
half, Edinburgh, this could be an opportunity missed by Cardiff.
This is when the mistake came in, Jamie Ritchie from Edinburgh. They
became sloppy at the base, you got to protect the ball. Williams was
dragged in, so there was no scrum-half for the Blues. Good to
see Jason Tovey on his feet but I think he'll have to go off for the
HIA. That was the second one where Steven Shingler caught him on the
side of the head. I felt that one, on a cold winter's night you can
still feel them. Every rugby player will be squirming a bit about that
one. A few hefty ones at Murrayfield tomorrow between the Welsh and the
Scottish. The streets of Edinburgh, packed with many supporters this
afternoon. McCallum is still down. Mike Allen has come on for Jason
Tovey. Mike Allen is a wing or centre so that there will be a
reshuffle in the Edinburgh back line. Looks like McCallum is walking
off rather than take part in the scrum. I was hoping for a moment
that McCallum wasn't going to take the place in the front row. Kevin
Bryce, Glenn Bryce's brother. Bryce has come on, on the far side of the
scrum. Three Scottish caps, the tight head.
That one spun around at a rate of knots, but nobody at fault.
We could almost hear on the referee's captaincy, the Edinburgh
hooker saying that he didn't splinter that ground. -- that scrum.
-- on the referee's microphone. Free kick going Edinburgh's way.
Early engagement from the Blues. That may be an indication of the
strength of the wind because that one hardly went five metres. You've
got to keep it below the stand. Knowing how the wind blows around
the pitch, are used to play for the club team here. There is a definite
way to play the wind here. The Blues will have to face it in the second
half. They would dearly love to get into the changing rooms ahead.
Decent line-out work as well. Short ball, Shingler. That's a good tackle
by Jamie Ritchie. The Blues, coming alive and the end
of this first half. Looking far more dangerous over the last few minutes.
They need to finish it off. They are a different team when they get
faster ball, the players are playing with more intensity but another
error costing them the opportunity. Yes, the initial build-up is so good
but they can't get the telling pass. From the Blues perspective, I feel
for them. That attack platform was good from the Blues. It was
accurate, sharp, every player played his part. A mistake costing the
Blues the opportunity. Kinghorn on the far side of the
scrum. Filling in while Jason Tovey has the head injury assessment.
Good control by Du Preez. Just what Edinburgh wanted. After being under
pressure for a few minutes. Aina bro perhaps I've a slight edge in the
scrum and the line-out play has been more effective but we have to say
that there is a man short. -- Edinburgh have perhaps a slight
edge. Playing with only 14 men isn't easy.
When you use to get down to the last minute, as a player you would say,
strike move, what is your best move, your training ground move to get
points on the board? Is it setting up for the drop goal, or going for
the try line? Toolis, the go to man in the
line-out, the Blues standing off this time. Managing to halt it.
Hidalgo-Clyne, just outside the 22. Wait outside in the end. Falling
nicely for Kinghorn, passing to Allen, who can't control it.
Cuthbert just about reaching touch. The chance was there for Michael
Allen. Like the keystone cops, the way they let the ball bounce -- the
ball bounced and the players chasing after it. Great from Hidalgo-Clyne,
holding up in the wind. The bounce nearly got in Edinburgh's way. You
thought it was there and suddenly, the Cardiff Blues arriving to save
the day. One more play for the Blues to clear the decks after looking to
go in ahead at half-time. Now they are happy with just the one point
deficit. Regather and faced the wind in the second half. Lloyd Williams,
the skipper, putting it out as quickly as possible. After all that
effort and playing for 20 minutes in the first half with 14 men, the
Blues, just one point behind. In that sense, they won't be very
unhappy but they'll have two faced the worst of the elements in the
second half. They'll have to keep a lot of ball-in-hand and clearing the
decks is going to be pretty precarious. As it is, just the
1-point deficit, 7-6. Skipper Lloyd Williams is with Catherine. You had
George chances at the end of the first half, Edinburgh as well,
relieved with the 1-point difference? Weird bit disappointed.
We've got to do take our chance in the second half. Maybe conditions
more difficult in the second half? We will change how we play, stay as
positive as we can. What about discipline, Danny an mentioned it?
We have to address it at half-time and try and be squeaky-clean.
So, not the most vintage of first half displays from the Cardiff
Blues, or Edinburgh, but it was the Blues who went through Steven
Shingler. Then, Peikrishvili saw yellow and Edinburgh took full
advantage, going over the try line from the driving line-out.
Hidalgo-Clyne missed a penalty for Edinburgh. Schindler got another for
the Blues to keep them in touch. Then, indiscipline was a theme in
the first half. Hoeata also seeing yellow. The Blues seeing half of the
first half with 14 men. I will speak to you in English rather than Welsh!
Sean, not the most vintage display from either side, but given the fact
that the Blues had the wind, they would want to be ahead at half-time
by some distance. They have the wind, they have a more experienced
team, on paper you'd expect them to be wiping the floor with Edinburgh.
I noticed Taylor lethargic, heavy legs, making mistakes, not taking
opportunities and poor discipline is costing them. All in all, Danny is
going to go in there with a roasting in mind. Is it anything to do with
the conditions? We will talk about how Edinburgh are playing the wind
better but we talked about the soggy pitch and how the Blues don't really
look up for the fight. It's tough, they've moved to the new stadium,
Edinburgh, for the rest of the season and it is the first time a
lot of Blues players are playing there. They need to increase the
urgency. It will be tough, playing against the wind so the kicking game
is going to be important. Something Edinburgh did well in the first
half, controlling the middle third. Still 40 minutes left on the clock
and plenty for them to play for. Specific examples of this lethargy
we're seeing from the Blues, the line speed lacking urgency, getting
in position, they don't seem to be on the money. Line speed, that is an
attitude. The back three, getting the ball-in-hand. This is turnover
ball, you coach them to come alive but they just stand still, they
don't offer anything. The pass must go very deep over the back allowing
Edinburgh's defence to join up in a line, take up the space and shut off
any attack from the threat. The urgency towards the tackle area is
bad. Look at Hoeata, he's watching. Look at number five. Waiting and
watching for someone to do something and that doesn't work. You've got to
go and do it yourself and it's costing them. Is that the kind of
thing you can fix in a half-time team talk? Yes, Danny can definitely
pull that out of the boys but it's the urgency thing, they've got the
quality on the field, they've got the ability. A big game for the
Blues, Edinburgh are chasing them in the league table. It's important,
this 40 minutes. In terms of discipline, it has been the ongoing
theme, two yellow cards in the first half, something Danny Wilson won to
be happy about and it led to the only try of the game. Going away
from home you've got to be squeaky-clean, don't give the team
the out, but it was penalty after penalty, the usual suspects. George
Earle, a walking yellow card. Unnecessary, in the eyes of the
assistant referee. This is blatantly pulling the guy out, you can't do
it, they've been warned. When you have a man down upfront, you can't
take down the maul because the referee is looking for the potential
penetrator I -- penalty try. It is a silly penalty, Hoeata, it is
obvious. Danny is going to be livid, he'll be grinding his teeth. You'll
have to be calm, give them good tactical information but he'll be
giving them a roasting as well. In terms of tactical information,
Edinburgh have been into the wind and they have played conditions
accordingly. Edinburgh have been good tactically, they have chosen
Tovey pulling the strings, they are happy to go through a few phases.
Quite patient. We touched on the indiscipline of the Blues, giving
the penalties away, so that's what they are waiting for them to do.
Staying in the middle third, happy to go through. This action was 12,
13 phases. Hidalgo-Clyne looking for the corner, decent kick and chase
and that's where the pressure is, putting the pressure on the Blues,
forcing them to exit. Second-half coming up. Wales against Scotland,
worth pointing out the last two games between them have been settled
by three points and four points so this one could come down to a goal
kick and we went down to the Barn for a kicking masterclass.
Today we're going to have a masterclass in kicking and luckily
for us in Wales we have one of the best in the world, Leigh Halfpenny.
Luckily for you and everyone else, you know everything I have taught
you and you have become one of the best in the world but today you're
going to show us your technique and key points for goal-kicking. Sfaltos
off, then. -- start us off. I'm just looking to line up the seam around
the post. Then I'm doing my run-up, four steps back. I'm just looking at
the posts, imagining a third post down the middle between them. I
imagine it there, five steps back. Blocking everything else out. Yes,
just focusing on the kick, nothing else. As I approach, I just come in
and as you make a run you want to go right at the ball, plant your foot
alongside the ball. If you are back a bit, you can go to the left.
Looking along this spot. The sweet spot on the ball, yeah. As you're
making contact you want to hit the ball and keep going through it. A
big follow-through, jumping through, and that is where the power is
generated. That's right, putting my weight through the ball. Going back
to halfway. Hopefully! Easy as that. Magnificent strike. It could have
sailed over another 15 yards. Easy as that, nice and straight. Nice,
mate. Cheers. There you go, you aspiring kickers, no better person
to learn from than Leigh Halfpenny. Scott Hastings has come down from
the commentary box to join us for the half-time chat. I hate to remind
you that Scotland haven't beaten Wales in the last nine attempts,
what about this year persuade you that it may be different? Everyone
has seen the difference in Vern Cotter's team and how they approach
the game, they closed out the brutal game against Ireland -- the Ireland
game and the brutal game against France, they have Stuart Hall, Finn
Russell is excelling, Tommy Seymour. If Scotland can win enough ball up
front, this could be a cracker of a game. Injury crisis in Scotland,
Greg Laidlaw, the captain, Josh Strauss, the ball carrier and Sean
Maitland not recovering from his rib injury. There seems to be more depth
and resources in Scottish rugby to cope with these injuries. Yes, there
is. I'm concerned about the wake of the pack but if they can get some
parity -- the weight of the pack. The back row, looking at the
strength of the Scotland back row, they have a bit of craft in Buckley,
Ryan Wilson and Hardy at openside. Against Moriarty for example, in
great form for Wales, Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric, the breakdown is
going to be key. I would match up the two fly-halves. Dan Biggar
played the game of his life against England against the young pretender,
Finn Russell, who likes playing flat to the gain line. If Scotland can
win that ball and if Russell can play rugby around the contact area
flat to the gain line, if he can unhook the strike runners like
Stuart Hall and Tommy Seymour, Scotland have the attacking ability
to take on this Welsh team. They must play top drawer rugby if
they're going to do that. Enjoy the second half and we'll
catch up after the test, I'm sure. Over to Wales now. Perhaps the
biggest headache rod Harry had was to stick or twist in the back row.
With the world-class Faletau remain on the bench? The decision he took
was yes, he would. He stuck with the same back row that started against
England. Did you ever think we'd see the day when Faletau would not be in
the starting 15? No, I didn't. It shows the depth we have got. This is
a world-class athlete and player, probably, and he's raring to go. He
had another game under his belt for Bass, but we have strength in the
form of the three guys. I'm really pleased Rob has given a reward for
them playing again. A lot has been spoken about the substitutions, but
he showed the courage of his convictions to pick Moriarty again
and he's deserved it. The are playing so well, you can't move
them. Do you pick the best three players in your squad, all the best
blend? It's an interesting one. It depends on the philosophy of the
coach at the at the game, the structural game button you would
like to play. With Justin Tipuric, he's very much a ball player than a
physical domineering ball-carrier, but it's interesting. Scotland have
dropped Hamish Watson, they've brought in John Hardie, maybe to try
and match physically but Moriarty last week was probably the best
player on the field. He was superb. To have the likes of Toby Faletau on
the bench, you cannot question the quality and depth we've got. I'll
get your thoughts after full-time on the substitution strategy but it
looks like the teams are back out in Myreside. We'll cross back for the
second half. A score update. At the death in the Wales women's game,
Scotland kicked a penalty in dramatic circumstances to go 15-14
ahead with about a minute left on the clock, and the Scarlets are
currently losing 12-6 to Munster. Time to return to Myreside on Scott
Hastings and Gareth Charles. COMMENTATOR:
Thanks very much indeed. The Blues to face the elements in the second
half. As they look to try and overturn just the 1-point deficit,
two Steven Shingler penalties to the try for the home skipper, Neil
Cochrane, from a driving line-out. Now a test of tactics. Confirmation
that that game has come to an end in Cumbernauld and the Welsh women have
lost, just squeaked out the end by 15-14. -- squeaked out at the end.
Big disappointment for them, after being 14-0 at one stage.
Glenn Bryce and popping the grubber kick through and that's going to be
a feature of the game. Boy, was it cold at half-time, but also that
wind blowing in the backs of the Edinburgh team as you look at this
picture from left-to-right, it's a blustery breeze, and as we saw on
the clearance kick for Lloyd Williams, it's tough and the
pressure on Christian Dacey to hit this line-out is going to be key. A
game, that one drifts, overcompensation, it's what we saw
from Edinburgh at the end of the first half. Edinburgh have their
hands on it anyway. Bradbury. A real battle for that ball. The Blues are
claiming the maul. Rather than giving the Blues scrum, there's huge
disappointment for them, because the rest is going all the way back the
line-out. It I wasn't aware he was playing advantage. Things have gone
against the Blues. What's going to happen in the second half, the Blues
are going to get into this game and start to put them under pressure.
They are going to have to be so accurate, not only in the breakdown,
but on the line-out, on their passing and on the kicking game,
because that wind is going to be a feature of this second half. Graham
Steadman, defence coach. He will have a word with them during
half-time expects a lot of defending the second period.
All three Welsh regions who are playing this evening currently
trailing. As Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has a look to see what's on, once Cornell
Du Preez releases the ball. Tovey back on the field, that's good to
see. For once, the Blues will be thinking, we've been given a break,
as Chris Dean is scampering towards the try line. Yes, Steve Shingler,
he almost tipped Chris Dean up because the pass was high on Tovey.
Chris Dean, he didn't agree with Wilkinson. We might see a replay of
this one. Here it is. Shingler in with a tackle. He lifted the player,
he let go of him so the tackle perhaps hadn't been completed. Dean
pleading with the referee, but the decision had been made. He got away
with it. I think it was the fact there was the element of the tip
tackle, that made Shingler just released his man and he wasn't held
on the deck but it has to be immediate. That's what the law
states. Certainly referee Wilkinson right on the button there.
Williams and the forwards are going to have to get through a lot of hard
graft over the next 40 minutes. It's going to be on their shoulders to
carry an awful lot of ball. It's going to be energy sapping and
tiring. The backs are going to be chasing quite a few shadows this
evening. His angle was squeezed there. If the
ball had been kicked on the first occasion rather than Magnus Bradbury
carry, but Tovey is going to have to look at how he gains more territory
there. We've seen within the first five minutes how the game is
actually going to pan out. Edinburgh are going to batter the corners and
Cardiff Blues are going to have to pick and drive and go down that
blindside. And then relieve pressure through the kicking of Lloyd
Williams and Gareth Anscombe. Bradbury injured in that last
tackle, that last contact, when he took the ball in. Limping on his
ankle. He wants to carry on, but he can't bear his weight on it, it
seems. It's actually going to be a head
injury assessment, although he's looking at his ankle. His limping
off on his ankle. When he hit the ground he didn't hit any Cardiff
Blues player. He hit the turf, which is quite spongy out there. Just
speaking to the groundsman, Willie Morton, he was telling me the pitch
is in good nick and there's a school game on here tomorrow morning. He'll
have the fork out on this pitch late into the early hours. The experience
of Grant Gilchrist comes on for Edinburgh.
Rhys Gill, as the Blues make it back up to the ten metre line. Shingler
to Hoeata, Macauley Cook just shipping it onto Tom James. Nowhere
really for the winger to go. Nick Williams offering himself as first
man, time and again. The Blues bench, it seems, is going to be
crucial this evening. Although its Kirby Myhill, a hooker, who is
covering the back row. Up comes the defence very quickly
indeed. Real pressure on the Cardiff Blues. They try and work their way
out from the danger zone. Look how hard the Cardiff Blues are having to
work. They haven't even got across the gain line here and another
little error. When you've got this wind to play against, Cornell Du
Preez forcing the ball and the error on the Blues. Not quite into double
figures for unforced errors, but certainly I've run out of figures on
one hand. It does entail taking the gloves off
first, just to make sure. Du Preez got his hands on the ball and
Peikrishvili makes the error there, the Georgian.
Scarlets now trailing by 21-6 monster. -- in Munster. Always going
to be a tough task for them out of their, missing their internationals.
Hidalgo-Clyne, nine caps for Scotland, a scrum-half. Interesting
position here. Look at the three backs, to the back of the scrum.
Watch the attack going to happen here. Beautifully played, bringing
schools in. Those on the outside of Matthew Morgan and Rory Scholes,
well, it was a bit easier in the end but it was a very well worked try.
Three men ran straight behind each other, confusing the Blues' defence
and the path is perfect and the Finnish excellent from Rory Scholes.
Get the votes in for try of the season because that was accurate
from Edinburgh. Innovative behind the back, three-man another line,
they ran the angles but Scholes was the beauty from the blindside and
takes his man on the outside. Matthew Morgan will be so
disappointed not to have nailed his man. But the accuracy was good from
Edinburgh. Scholes in at the corner. It's a classic wing of's try and he
scored on his opposite wing. -- a classic winger's try.
Well, that was a blow that the Blues didn't expect. But it was very well
worked play in Edinburgh. That makes the Blues' task doubly
difficult. Still, they are within a score, with
that, version never really threatening the posts. -- that
conversion never really threatening the posts. Double change in the
Blues' front row. Scholes knew whether space was down that channel.
That's a real body blow for the Blues. You can see they tried so
early in the second half. Matthew Rees and Scott Andrews on for the
Blues. Grant Gilchrist tries to lead
Edinburgh away from the 22. Hidalgo-Clyne, Nick Williams waiting
for it. I wonder if Sam Hidalgo-Clyne will
fancy up with the wind behind. He has got a good route on him. Just
discuss with his skipper, Neil Cochrane. He was playing the ball on
the deck, you can see him and Jamie Ritchie, well, I think Cardiff Blues
were hard done there. Ritchie seemed to be playing the ball on the deck.
Was he supporting his body weight? No. It means they've conceded nine
penalties and pretty much all the decisions going against them.
Uncontested in the line, the Blues just standing off. That's the way
they decided to defend those lines out. Chris Dean sets it up.
Hidalgo-Clyne thought about going himself. Bryce can't catch this
time. Apologies for any bad language
coming from the Cardiff Blues. I think their frustration is fairly
obvious. In terms of body language, let alone vocally. There's so little
out of this game so far and an indication of how strong that wind
is when it's blowing the kick to touch, sort of fading away. Magnus
Bradbury back on. He and Ben Toolis have featured in every single one of
Edinburgh's league games so far this season. Macauley Cook up well.
Toolis is a good line-out forward. Look at the way Toolis is still
involved in that game. He was clever there. Just disrupted that ball for
a microsecond as Cardiff Blues tried to set this driving maul. Tried to
do a Luke Charteris on end. -- on it.
I'm scum with a little dink went for Halaholo. Scholes, well covered by
the winger. Hidalgo-Clyne looks downfield. A sensible kick. Only
Matthew Morgan anywhere near it. That's a good return from the Blues
full-back. It wasn't, just a little toe on the touchline.
I agree with the touch judge there. He stepped out. You will see it
here. Takes the ball, but now, when he turns, his foot just slipped and
touched the blade of grass with the white paint in it. Because it was
right in front of our commentary box. Look at the replay there. Tom
James, oh, behind him and this is danger now for the Blues. As Chris
Dean picks up the loose ball, Cochrane with a pasta Tovey. -- with
a pass, to Tovey. Picked up by Bryce, who earns a few more yards.
Carmichael. Queueing up on the far side.
Bryce gain with a carry. -- again with a carry. Options for
Hidalgo-Clyne. Tovey tries to ghost his way through, dragged down by
Rhys Gill. Cover a bit thin on the far side and
that's where Damien Hoyland is attacking. Within three metres
again, Edinburgh. Forwards queueing up. But it's a blindside to Rory
Scholes, and after scoring in one corner, within a few minutes Rory
Scholes scores in the other. Double trouble here for the Cardiff Blues.
Rory Scholes in at that corner. I rather felt that Alex Cuthbert, he
got involved in the previous maul there and out of position it left a
little bit of space down the blindside, first of all Holland
went. But no sprays down the right-hand side, as we look upon --
no space down the right-hand side, as we look upon. You'd expect that
your right-winger would be there, defending that channel. He wasn't.
He was on the other side. And that all came about, if you remember,
from a Cardiff knock-on. Well, the tide has turned in the
first 15 minutes of the second half. After what was a tight, hard slog in
the first 40, two tries in quick succession for the home side.
It's only the convergence that aren't going Edinburgh's way at the
moment. Everything else is. -- conversions. One famous Hastings in
the commentary box, the other one is out in the cold. You have the luxury
job tonight, Scott! And now it really is a mountainous
task for the Blues. Good follow-up by Cuthbert on Du Preez. The number
eight, born in Port Elizabeth. Strong enough to hang onto
possession and allow Hidalgo-Clyne to head for the far touchline.
That's the thing. Any time Edinburgh come under pressure, you have the
luxury of the wind just to put it back, 60 metres downfield or
whatever is necessary. As I said, such a feature of the game. Cuthbert
will rue the mistake he made there to allow schools in at the corner.
-- Rory Scholes in at the corner. Ben Toolis steals the line.
Hidalgo-Clyne is the one organising things and deciding when to feed the
forwards, when to just bang its downfield, and that's heartbreaking
for the Blues forwards. Again, the territory Edinburgh are commanding
at this moment in time. This is Matthew Rees, way up in the
Edinburgh 22. He's been remarkable, today. Is literally taken every
line-out throw and some of his ball carrying has been excellent as well.
I think he leads the stats in the Guinness Pro12, with the amounts of
takes he has in the line-out. They certainly do rely on him, Edinburgh.
There he is, Ben Toolis, Brisbane born, capped once for Scotland
against Italy a couple of years ago. He'll only be 25 next month, so
still plenty of years ahead for him. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has dropped down
the pecking order a bit. Nathan Fowles has been keeping him out of
the Edinburgh position as was Sean Kennedy. It has been a loss of form,
because he's been forcing his play in, whereas we see I felt his
kicking today, his box kicking, hasn't been as accurate. He's not
been sniping as much. He's getting his form back but not quite back to
where it was a couple of seasons ago. Because there was a final, was
at the quarterfinal against the Dragons in Murrayfield, the
Challenge Cup, where he absolutely ripped them to shreds. A man of the
match performance. This is Matthew Morgan at his best, great take and
counter. Flights outside Tovey but the pass was outside the whitewash
for Shingler. Just a glimpse of how beautiful a
runner Matthew Morgan is in the white open -- in the wide open. He
is dangerous and as the pitch is up over the closing months of the
Pro12, he will be a threat for the Blues team.
His blood and a couple of amazing performances of late. There was one
for Bristol in Europe, where he was superb in the second-half as the
game opens up. That's where he best, counterattacking.
Those feet, trying to transfix defenders. Cuthbert held by
Hidalgo-Clyne. He's done well to get across.
Matthew Rees has Scott Andrews in support, they need to get numbers
there. They do. Lloyd Williams gets it to Scott and come again. -- gets
into an scum again. Not getting much change, Lloyd Williams chooses a
different route, to Hoeata. A double hit on him. Nick Williams. It's
Shawn Bennett, who does get a try for the Blues. It came in a
different route, set up by Lloyd Williams, and the cantering Hoeata
and a second try in two appearances for Shawn Bennett. A tremendous
riposte from the Cardiff Blues. They have got a heart, they can play
rugby, and Lloyd Williams, the sniping gets the off-load and look
at this from the second row, Hoeata was brought down but the support
angles running were superb and more importantly the conversion is closer
to the pros, which brings it within five points of successful. Hoeata
didn't panic, didn't look for the miracle ball. With a double tackle
came in and great supporter of Nick Williams initially, then the back
row partner Shawn Bennett, I never could do my maths. It's a four point
differential and the try would take the Blues into the lead. A lifeline
has been thrown back at the game for the Cardiff Blues.
Important conversion for Steven Shingler, important that Shawn
Bennett went as near the posts as possible, because that puts the
Blues right back in it. The game is opening up and the Blues
have looked dangerous, when the game opens up like that and you fancy
Edinburgh might want to keep it tight and make the forwards do the
work and let the wind do the work. That will give the Cardiff Blues
great heart that they can put in off-loads of that quality to beat
defenders. Hoeata, 34 in December, he turned, but I run into the 22
belying those years. Du Preez to Tovey. An scum has
Matthew Morgan outside him. -- Gareth Anscombe has Matthew Morgan
outside him. Morgan, safety first this time, and
it's a good clearance kick from the full-back. Another good clearance.
The whole momentum is in Edinburgh's favour and suddenly the whole
feeling of the game changes with that wonderful try by Shawn Bennett
and a second appearance in the Blues jersey, and backing up his men well.
You just feel that Edinburgh still have a plate -- Edinburgh still have
to play some rugby. They can't just kick the ball and rely on that
penalty because the Cardiff Blues will attack and especially with the
threat of Matthew Morgan. Toolis, as dependable as ever in the
line. Ritchie, that was meant for Chris Dean, but he's the one who has
to hang onto it and wait for the cavalry to arrive. There's Toolis
again. Morgan, safely underneath it.
Keeping it low on the far side. Into the hands of Tovey. Tom James had
gone back sensibly, told by Steve Shingler to put it downfield but he
wants a run, run into the forwards. George Earle is on hand. Lloyd
Williams just about getting as a to Gareth Anscombe. Matthew Rees.
Halaholo, disappointed, because he knew he was out on the full.
Gareth Anscombe getting a little ticking off from the referee, but
Tovey, well, we talked about the kicking game for Edinburgh. He was a
little bit tentative when it went over the top and Tom James caught
it. We can see and hear what the Blues think of it because head coach
Danny Wilson is with Katrin. Danny, a double blow early on and a
lifeline for you guys now. Was going through your mind? Yes, we scored a
great try to get back into the game, but these conditions have certainly
got worse second half and we are playing into a very difficult wind
at the moment and it's making it difficult for us to find a field
position. We are building from quite deep. The risk is weak with the ball
away, then our on the front foot so we have to keep playing from deep
and take a chance because we are behind, but at the same time we have
to turn the ball over. Difficult conditions but are you confident you
can get something from this? You need something. That's right, if we
can score another try we are in a great position but ultimately moment
it's trying to deal with these conditions and a side that is good
in these conditions and doesn't necessarily suitors. A long way to
go, we'll catch you at the end. Thanks.
COMMENTATOR: It's a fine balance. For the Blues,
Howard when to attack. They've looked dangerous at times. They
cannot afford on a slip ups either and with the rain still coming down,
not easy. Kinghorn in his own 22. He has a
hefty boot on him, the Edinburgh full-back. Matthew Morgan, gliding
across the surface. Changes direction so easily. Schindler's
kick charged down by Hidalgo-Clyne and picked up for the second
attempt. Glenn Bryson knew that there was no full-back at home.
Going all the way. That's a bonus for the Blues. Very much so, the
accuracy of the Edinburgh kicking has been poor. Surely just had to
find touch there. It means the Blues have got to play the rugby into the
wind, that territory. You give somebody like Matthew Morgan a
chance like that, he gets another 25 yards up the field and suddenly the
Cardiff Blues are the ten yard line instead of Edinburgh attacking the
throw on their own 22. Surprisingly because the Edinburgh team need to
put their foot on the ball. When Cardiff Blues have had control, when
they've been able to get front foot rugby they've looked good but at
times they've been let down by the handling errors and mistakes in the
contact area. This is the business end of the game so the Blues know
that they need a bit of solidity and concentration, 12 and a half minutes
on the clock, they can win the game. Edinburgh's tactics have been to
kick and try and gain territory. Good scrum by the Blues. Interesting
one, into the wind is maybe asking a bit much. Kicking for the corner.
Yes, keep the pressure on Edinburgh. You can see the belief now within
the pack of forwards, suggesting, come on, let's take the ball to
Edinburgh. Great when you get a game like this. Amazing how momentum has
swung, two tries, you thought that was it but the Blues have come back
in this one and at the moment they are looking like the team most
likely to score next. That's the beauty of sport and rugby, it can
change with a moment of brilliance. To like the touch paper was Lloyd
Williams. It is now teeming down. A tight battle to see out the game.
Yes, the rain is coming down heavier and heavier as the Blues drive on.
Matt McAuley, good line-out catch. Schindler coming on the short angle.
Now questions being asked of the Edinburgh defence and the Edinburgh
temperament as well. Switching to Halaholo. Lloyd Williams is
beginning to tick and bring players in. Another penalty going the way of
the Blues. It is going to be a general warning for persistent
infringement? I can't award the poacher. You've got to clear the
area. The Blues lost two to the sin-bin in the first half. No sign
of anything more than just the penalty yet. Lloyd Williams is
starting to have more influence on the game because the forwards are
carrying the ball so well and when the ball is being carried that way,
Lloyd Williams is more vocal because he knows that the ball must be
secured on the pick and drive. The momentum is starting to happen for
the Blues. They'll be looking to the big-game
players now, none more so than Nick Williams. Cook takes, Sean Bennett
is in there. Then it goes himself. -- Sion Bennett. Coming back to
Scott Andrews. Williams delaying the past to Cuthbert, who slips a tackle
but that was a great tackle by Hidalgo-Clyne, a try saver on the
line. Macauley Cook next for the Blues. Desperate Edinburgh defence.
Lloyd Williams looking for the ball, looking for forwards to come around
the corner. It is on its way now. The forwards wants to keep it tight,
want a group going together. Lloyd Williams, Anscombe, short ball.
Picked up by Halaholo. Shingle on the way around. -- Schindler. They
still can't reach the whitewash. Nick Williams is stopped in his
tracks. Macauley Cook hanging on to the
touchline, great defence from Edinburgh. The Blues stretching them
one way and then the other. Edinburgh fanning out in defence for
the next wave of attack. Anscombe has a go himself. Still there for
the Blues. Tremendous by the Blues. They've got a penalty, and advantage
being played. Click to nothing for Williams and it may work out. Yes,
it has, the little bit of luck they were looking for and is the skipper,
Lloyd Williams himself. He had the penalty coming, all of that pressure
and what a turnaround and come back for the Blues. Lloyd Williams puts
them ahead. Well, absolutely game on here. The Blues retaining
possession, keeping the pressure on and it is that man, Lloyd Williams,
he was barged off the ball. Nick Williams had a go. Look at this, the
fortunate bounce, escaping the Edinburgh players. Full credit to
the Blues, they believed in themselves, they have stuck in
there. I felt that Edinburgh started kicking possession thinking that
they had won but the Blues showed heart and got back into it. Such are
the vagaries of the bounce of the rugby ball, but Lloyd Williams fully
deserving that, he has led his troops very well. The conversion
chart down. How important could that be? I hope you're on the edge of
your seats at home. I'm clinging on to the commentary box here! Steven
Shingler can't believe it was legal. Interesting to see where they came
from. It was close to the six because of the wind. Now it's a
1-point game and a penalty can still do it for Edinburgh. If that had
gone over they would have needed a penalty to share the spoils. What a
game it's turning into in the second half. Oh! Is not quite sure he meant
it but superbly well done by Cornell du Preez.
The Welsh under 23, starting with a bang, two tries in the first few
minutes, 14 points up. Coverage of that game after this one finishes.
Only half a dozen minutes of this game remaining. Edinburgh looking to
up their game in the final stages. Almost the interception from Matthew
Rees. High tackle was given. The wraparound tackle.
So careful, the tackles these days. Anything around the shoulders, fair
game. Anything anywhere near the face or the neck now. That was, to
be fair. Kinghorn stepping up. Deciding his going to take it. Such
a feature of the game, the armies to come over the shoulder and you could
grab the ball from behind. It was an effective tackle. A few weeks ago
you could get away with it and now it is such a feature of the game,
coaches for the rest of the season and into pre-season will be changing
their tackling techniques. He's got a big boot, young Kinghorn. All
about the accuracy. This is just three yards for him. No need to
bring out the metal wood. Wind assisted and such a big boot, should
be no problem. It's all about accuracy for Kinghorn. The Myreside
crowd going silent. Drifting away to the right. A chance gone for
Edinburgh. Relief for the Blues. You must hit the ball outside the left
post because the wind would have brought it in. Plenty of distance,
just didn't have the confidence to nail it. A let off for the Cardiff
Blues. A few minutes left. Smith in midfield coming on for Halaholo.
Fresh legs for the Blues but they must get up to speed pretty quickly.
Three and a half minutes remaining, a 1-point lead for the Blues.
Hanging in the wind and Du Preez is met by Garyn Smith, getting his
first tackle. Du Preez is carrying more and more,
trying to influence the end of proceedings.
They've tempted to go for the ball but needing to get his hands on it
pretty sharpish. Carmichael with the drive on. Excellent Blues defence:
pushing the Edinburgh team back. Edinburgh are having to think and
work on territory. All about discipline for the Blues for the
remaining two minutes. They've got to keep those tackles down. Can't
afford to give Kinghorn or Hidalgo-Clyne another shot at goal.
They are just standing off, letting them come up and then trying to
steal it. Pinching forward but inches aren't
good enough at the moment for Edinburgh. Great ball, Tovey, too
Carmichael. Good defence by the Blues.
Edinburgh are throwing everything at it as we going into the final
minute. The Blues defending for all they are worth and trying to keep
them near the ten metre line. Tovey is looking outside him.
At the moment they look like they are going to hold. The Blues have
defended brilliantly in this passage of play, they can close out the game
if they continue like this. Still an Imbula have the ball, though. --
still Edinburgh have the ball. Scholes, thought he'd won it with
two tries earlier. No arms tackle maybe from Smith but got away with
it. Bryce, those are the kind of mistakes the Blues can't make,
they've got to be squeaky-clean as we approach the final passage of
play. No mistakes from Edinburgh either, they can't afford it as the
clock goes red. Desperate stuff now from Edinburgh. They just need one
call from the Rafa ree, that's all that's going to do it for them --
from the referee. The Blues must keep their discipline. They pushed
them back towards halfway. They don't need to go for the miracle
steal. They can look for the Edinburgh mistakes rather than make
one of their own. Edinburgh are not breaking them. Defence excellent
from the Blues. Another tackle coming in from Steven Shingler.
Tremendous from both teams, isn't it? Edinburgh's retention of the
ball is to be admired but Blues believe they can hang on for the
rest of the game. Injured player there, they are getting awfully near
him. Slow ball but it is there again for Hidalgo-Clyne. Incredible
defensive work by the Blues. And under the conditions, Edinburgh, not
to make a mistake for the last few minutes when they've had ball must
be commended as well. Is that the mistake? No, Hidalgo-Clyne bee
gathers, they try to keep him on their feet. Have the Blues forwards
than enough? They have. Tremendous defensive effort after an incredible
turnaround and no wonder they are celebrating. They looked dead and
buried at the beginning of the second half when Edinburgh got two
tries in quick succession but superb character and won five of their own
and the Blues have just sneaked home -- and one try.
STUDIO: There it is, the table as it stands, the Blues staying in seventh
after that last-gasp victory. Edinburgh up to ninth place. Munster
are beating the Scarlets 21-6 and the Dragons are losing against
Leinster, 10-28. We were sitting here at half time thinking that the
Blues would have to play into the wind, which they did, yet they have
come away with a precious 1-point victory that you wouldn't have
predicted on 16 minutes. What made it was the key players stepping up,
Lloyd Williams bringing urgency, the first time we had seen the Blues
back three in that game. They affected everything defensively,
started moving them forward. Credit to the last 20, 21 phases that
Edinburgh went through, the Cardiff Blues absorbed everything, standing
off, allow them to make the tackle. They made the tackles and the
physicality showed and they got the victory. A precious victory on the
road for the Blues, they probably didn't expect that after the 16
minute mark. Wales under 20s are playing against their Scottish
counterparts. They are 17-0 ahead courtesy of two tries from Lewis and
Baldwin. We can go over to the commentary team now.
COMMENTATOR: A couple of injuries to either side, one of the Welsh boys
is down. Welcome to Scrum V viewers. This is Cumbernauld, the home of
Clyde FC. Excellent start for the Wales under 20s. Two tries so far,
the first one by Cameron Lewis. Another try on his debut for bald
win. Penalty by Ben Jones as well. Wales have done absolutely
everything right. They couldn't have asked for more, they have done the
basics, sticking to their patterns and not making many errors. Nothing
has gone Scotland's way. They had a good line-out drive and they seem to
be getting a foothold in the game. The referee just having another word
with the front row. This is an artificial surface at Broadwood
Stadium. The home of Clyde football club, who are playing Annan Athletic
tomorrow away. A big fan of Scottish football by all accounts? The only
football I know is Ally McCoist, who I think is retired now! They cleared
the snow off this surface yesterday and the cameras will pick up the
snow around the outside. The air temperature can't be much above
freezing and we seen the error from both sides. There is the snow that
was left until late on yesterday. But this surface is perfect, this
artificial surface. Wales have made hay on it so far. If you can on an
artificial surface! Two excellent tries, and not only the intent, the
intent from Wales in the opening quarter. Shifting the game, looking
to keep the ball moving, not giving Scotland any attempts. Looking very
comfortable on the ball. That will be good from Wales, picked up
Bywater, and look at this from Williams, over the ten metre line,
is he going to back himself and go all the way? Brought down by
McDowell, the Scotland full-back. Ciaran Williams, a man to watch for,
he has been playing great rugby for Neath in the Premiership. He has a
bit of Scott Gibbs about him, I've noticed. A little shimmy. He backed
himself to get outside Stafford McDowell but the full-back did well.
Fantastic break, that's what you want from your 12, going through the
target. Squeezing Scotland down in the right-hand corner. He has that
burst, doesn't he? Powerful in the contact and they looks a bit
quicker, the way he's going. Definitely around the collision area
he is a powerful young guy and has looked outstanding. Wales want to
see the ball given to him, he will do some damage. They will be
delighted at Neath because that's where he came from and went to
school. Very promising. He's been playing for the Ospreys Premier
select team as well this season. One to keep an eye on, Ciaran Williams.
Looks like Cameron Lewis is going to go off for Wales, one of the try
scorers. He'll be disappointed because they've looked full of
running. Disappointing for him if he's going off. He's got a try in
his locker to remind him of the game. He's going to be devastated,
he was on the bench for the first two games. Came off the bench and
he's walking off after 20 minutes. That's the nature of the sport, it's
a tough thing. Phil Jones is coming on from the Ospreys. Disappointing
for Lewis. Playing for Swansea. A great lad at his school, Dean
Mason, who runs the Rugby there. Also Robbie Nairn is coming on for
Scotland in place of Ross McCann. Dean Mason running the rugby at
Gallatin School, bringing through players like Dan Biggar. Great rugby
nursery. What have wales got in the line-out? They have burgled three of
the Scotland line-out so far. The first try, if you are just joining
us, Cameron Lewis's try came from a burgled line-up. The Scarlets
winning in Munster, we hear, 23-21. That's a turnaround because they
were behind. Outstanding comeback, if they can get victory that would
be outstanding. Heads up. I come out with a rash if I get anywhere near a
rugby ball these days! The game has a gone -- and a little bit fallow
after some brilliance from Wales with those two tries. Fraser Renwick
feeding the line-out. That's a better line-out from Scotland. The
skipper, Callum Hunter Hill. Four players from the sterling County
club in the Scottish starting line-up tonight. Williams doing well
to keep it in. The first touch for Phil Jones, over halfway. Scholars
have scored again, they lead 28-21. -- Scarlets. On the ten metre line,
Wales getting a confetti of possession. Quick ball as well. The
give and run from the base. Lovely hands. Interesting character,
playing for Wales because he attended Cardiff Met University.
He's from Surrey. Ciaran Williams, the ball not quite going to hand for
Phil Jones. The referee brings it up for the high tackle. Contact with
the head. Phil Jones has been eager since he came on. Very sharp, the
Welsh back players have been great from the start. Looking very
dangerous every time they get the ball and I think they will go for
the posts, which is a good decision. 20 points in 22 minutes wouldn't be
a bad return. Not at all, the Scottish defence, not putting any
pressure on the Welsh attack. The speed of the ruck for Wales is
outstanding, which has given them space. There is the high tackle. A
bit of a scruffy one rather than intent. But we know the directive
now. You get away with nothing like that and quite right. Another chance
for Jones. 100% so far, two conversions and a penalty. To take
Wales 20 points to the good. Just pushed that. You could tell
that the contact didn't sound good. At least it has pinned back
Scotland. The Wales coaching staff, Jason strange in the middle, Gareth
Wilson on the right, and they'll be delighted with this opening quarter,
Wales. Here they go again, Ciaran Williams. Little dart, quick off the
mark. One man ruck, William Jones winning the ball on his own. Alex
Dunn Brand, nearly up to halfway. -- Dombrandt. Chance for Scotland to
counter. Renwick getting it away to McDowell. Just a little bit
slovenly, knock-on is from both teams. We saw Alex Dombrandt there,
he is playing in the Championship but he's interesting, scoring nine
tries in the University and College Super League this year. He is second
in the charts for that out of all the colleges and universities, for
the second year in a row. Reminds me of myself, I used to get a couple. I
think six was the most I would get in a season. Outstanding scoring
ratio and he looks like an athlete. Are you going to tell him he can't
be scrimmaging! He can't beat, that's for sure. You can see the
rain coming down, sleety rain, really. It's not favouring anybody
in particular. Maybe just Scotland, slightly, but it will mean the backs
will have to keep warm. That's the halfway line. This is Charlie Shiel,
son of former international Graham Shiel. Once again, Scotland in
trouble at the scrum. All the applause going for the
forwards, as they do these days. I think Ferguson, the loosehead, felt
he had to do something. The ball was stuck in the channel and the referee
has binned him for stepping out and wheeling around. Ben Jones finds a
safe touch. To this nearside. Just on the other side of the scrum,
he kicked his hips out. It's a clear sign to the referee he is not
scrimmaging square and a good call from the referee. Corrie Tarrant, I
use product to feed the line-out. It's the first one Wales have
bundled, really. The referee playing advantage for the knock-on. He's
done well to make a few metres over the gain line. Here's a little gap
up the blindside for Scotland. And here goes Robbie Nairn, the
replacement. Good tackle by his opposite number, Phil Jones. But him
in just in time there, used the touchline as his friend but it
looked as if Nairn had got clear for one moment. A little error for
Wales, they haven't got the short side covered. The nine is on the
floor. A great hit from Phil Jones. His come off the bench. He's had a
few nice touches. A great tackle there, saves the day.
Tarrant to feed. My state for Wales on the 22. -- a nice take for Wales
on the 22. Blacker, in steerage class at the back of the maul. Kicks
long and one, as they say these days. Getting infield, rather than
for touch. Shiel, finding Rennick. Henderson, cooking to that far side.
But it's only into the basket of Conbeer, for Wales, or rather Phil
Jones, for Wales. And he makes it onto the halfway line. He's been
outstanding since he's been on, he's been involved in everything. It's
great for these young lads. It's often where they get things wrong in
their position but Phil Jones in the right place at the right time will
stop another great break. In the reorganisation, he's gone on to the
right wing. He can play there, of course. Played there for Cardiff. As
you say, you've been very impressed with him, from what you've seen of
him, Rhun Williams. He can cover full-back, he can cover wing. That
is invaluable for some teams to have, a guy who can cover both
positions. Leigh Halfpenny can do it, it's so important for strength
and depth in the squad. There's a lot of talk about the Blues camp and
this young lad. Caernarfon Rugby football club, in North Wales, a
Banga boy, originally, Rhun Williams. This is a great
opportunity for Wales, they've got options either side of the scrum.
Virtually as centrefield as you can get, this room and the
aforementioned Williamses is looking with intent on this right onside.
Panel the advantage is being played. Dane Blacker, he's a live wire. He's
quite content to tap and go with that one. I think it's going to be
the posts, for Ben Jones. That's an absolutely fantastic scrum from
Wales, right in front of the posts. They've put the pressure on and I'm
sure on that occasion they've gone straight through. You can see the
Scottish Lucent sticking out and Wales just walking straight through
them. -- Scottish loosehead sticking out. Here's Ben Jones, he's kicked
three from four so far tonight. He's on 35 points for the
competition. Which is the leading scorer in the competition, that
makes him. This, to take it up to 38. Wales up
to 20. No mistake this time. Ben Jones,
20-0, for Wales. Some of our hardy Welsh support that have come over
from Edinburgh, a track from Edinburgh. Yes, I met a group of Ben
Jones family members at the airport this afternoon. They are so proud of
this young guy. He's come on the scene and is doing the business at
the moment. A good take as well from the restart. Wales doing the basics
right. That's been the difference between the two sides. As well as
the pace in the back division for Wales, it's the way they've done the
basics so far in the opening half-hour. As Blacker goes aerial.
Taken well. He signed a contract with Edinburgh earlier this week.
Tom Dodd has a little thrust, the number eight.
That was the ten metres line of Wales.
Charlie Shiel going banana fashion. I am not sure what he meant them. A
little bit of kicking tennis. Baldwin. One of the try scorers. On
his debut for Wales. A bit stodgy at the moment from both sides. The
Welsh defence is organised, stepping up, taking the yards from Scotland.
Coming off the line, putting pressure on and forcing Scotland to
kick. Which Henderson has to do down into the Welsh half. Taken by Jones.
Does well. That is as good a try as you could wish to see from Wales.
Absolutely brilliantly simple but simply brilliant from Wales. The
kick missed from Scotland, giving Wales far too much time. A brilliant
break by Phil Jones. He found Williams. That was a superb try.
Going up in the middle of the field, one of the second rows. Fantastic
from Wales. Defensively, standing their ground. Front line defence is
outstanding, forcing Scotland to kick. As we have seen, the Wales
back three are elusive and they will make breaks all day. Scotland are
falling into the trap at the moment. The crowd is absolutely silent at
the Broadwood Stadium. Jones adding the extras with no problem. Seven
minutes from half-time and Wales have a 27-0 lead. There is the
dummy. Ciaran Williams finishing it off. Good old Welsh flair, Andrew.
Looking so comfortable on the ball. Lovely touches. Not afraid to put
the off-loading. It comes with confidence. At the moment, they are
romping. George Thornton is on for Scotland, facing Bradbury. We said
it, you said about Jason and his rugby philosophy which is one of
skill over brawn. He promotes skill development and loves to see guys
having fun when they are training. They are learning and developing
their skills every time they take training and I hear he is fun to
work with. A shame I did not get the opportunity to work with him. He is
one for development and he has shown that with squad strength. Doing a
great job developing young lads. Getting the team to do a singsong at
the end of the game. We have Sweet Caroline last year. Culture is
everything and Jason is working hard on that and delivering it. That was
not a bad kick from the Wasps boy in the centre.
Scotland need to force something here from Wales and get points
before the second half. It is about staying down here, they are in the
right area, and squeezing Wales. Jason looking as relaxed as they
come. Sitting back and enjoying what his charges are doing. He would not
be relaxed? 27-0. Adam Nicol, the tighthead, almost up to the line.
One of the first real line-out malfunctions of Wales. Will it cost
them? You feel Scotland have to get something from this attack if they
are to have anything to say in this game. Not quite in the last chance
saloon but perhaps the beer garden, you might say. Still using the big
men. When they do not have the confidence in the outside backs.
Gets over the line and the pressure tells for Scotland. It was deserved.
Number eight, Tom Dodd, the Worcester Warriors lad. We said they
needed to get something from the pressure and a well-deserved try.
They worked hard. John Henderson, rather Josh Henderson, squandered an
opportunity. Williams will never stop a number eight as powerful as
that close to the line. The only blip on the first half performance
of Wales came from the last line-out. I think Scotland's
tactics, from here on, get into the corners, exert Wales and put as much
pressure on them as they can because they do not seem to have as much
flair as Wales. Josh Henderson, the radar or ride with that one. --
awry. Looking ahead to the World Cup, George, and the Six Nations, a
tournament in its own right but looking at the World Cup, do you
think you will be tempted to change things at half-time? I think guys on
the bench this evening will get a crack at this game. With Scotland
scoring the try, I think you would like to see another three points on
the board before he makes those changes. You do not want to give it
to that man is a link. -- that man easily.
Just running it out for Scotland. The Dragons losing against Leinster
at Rodney Parade, 54-22. Former Dragons captain. Leinster are very
difficult opposition, always have a challenge although the Dragons have
had a few wins against them. Fraser Renwick is directing them and
scores another try for Scotland from the line-out and all of a sudden
they may not be out of the game yet. Deserved try for Scotland. Alex
Craig with the take. They tried that a bit earlier in the game. The
centre was in the line-out. On that occasion they didn't deliver but
this time they have, another great five points for Scotland. Back in
the game. The wind will be in their sales in the second half. Second try
of the tournament for Fraser when Nick, he scored one in the heavy
defeat against France, the only try that Scotland scored -- Fraser
Renwick. Greg kick into the corner by Charlie Shiel and pressure back
on Wales. Henderson to try and improve it. Which he does. Scotland
up to 12. Renwick steering at the back. The clock has gone Met, just a
case of Wales shortening up -- has gone red. There is the whistle for
half-time. If you take away from those two tries, up until then it
was a perfect performance from Wales. Very pleasing, yeah. Wales
have been a bit disappointing but I don't think the scoreline reflects
the first half. Wales have a fantastic lead, 27-12 at the break.
STUDIO: Things couldn't have started better for the Wales under 20s, two
tries in several minutes, Lewis and Baldwin. Cabella penalties extended
the lead further, to 20-0 -- couple of penalties. Ciaran Williams who is
having a storm in the centre powered his way to the try line. Fantastic
try, so much handling, everyone getting their hands on the ball
despite the rainy conditions. As Wales appeared to be coasting, two
tries in two for Scotland have got them back into the game. Both from
the forwards, Fraser Renwick scoring the second after a sustained drive.
A very intriguingly poised game, 27-12. I guess you can say that
Scotland looked dead and buried for 30 administered and now they are
back in it. Wales dominated the game. Wales must be careful not to
take their foot off the celebrator. To be fair to Scotland, they took
their chance -- off the accelerator. Wales need to do what they did well
in the first half and hopefully they can push on and score even more
tries. One off a bonus point. We saw glimpses of how good Wales could be
in the game against England in Colwyn Bay. They were sublime at
times. The banks have been on fire, blowing Scotland away, really.
Playing on that surface and enjoying it, constructing some good tries. In
the centre in particular, Ciaran Williams is showing a lot of Mattera
teeth -- maturity. It augurs well for a good second half. We had one
eye on the Blues game and then the under 20 game. Cameron Lewis came
off quickly and Wales were camped on the Scottish line. You still need a
plan and it shows that they've been working close to the line. It is won
at the front of the line. Very good stealing. This creates the turnover
ball where Wales, live and get into position. Credit to the line-out.
Good outside clean taking the Scottish guy out and it looks like
Ciaran Williams is coming. Great flat ball. Scottish defenders
jumping in, allowing Cameron Lewis the room to get over the line. After
that he pulled a fetlock and had to go off. Shows the value of a player
like Ciaran Williams because he caused Scotland trouble, when you
have a runner like that running the decoy line. In the previous two
games he has been good, probably the best against England a fortnight
ago. You could see that was probably preplanned. Pulling the defence out
of the hole. Opening up for the try. Baldwin, we've heard good things
about him. He's been fast tracked into the Scarlets, I think we'll see
him in their jersey in the future. He took the try brilliantly. A lot
of deception, straight off the training ground. Look at Alex
Warner, peeling off, options, playing as the scrum-half. Ciaran
Williams coming short and Baldwin comes away. Still a bit to do, great
step off his effort and he looks like a good prospect. All of these
Welsh backs look very comfortable with the ball in their hands. Some
of the skills are top drawer. Yes, they've setup the dummy Druyts
though it doesn't allow Scotland to get off the back. The defensive line
is where the dogleg is going to be and that's what they did. Wales have
obviously done their analysis and it's working out well. All three
tries have been fantastic but the third was the pick of the bunch?
Shows the willingness to counterattack. This surface makes a
difference. He shaped the kick with his left foot. Phil Jones has had a
great time since he came on. Bringing the extra defender.
Williams was going backwards. He has the work rate and appetite to get on
the outside. Well timed pass. It is no more than they deserved. What
should be read into these tries, Wales taking their foot off the gas?
It is an international game, pride is at take for the players. They are
going to stay in the fight. But Wales don't want to give them that
opportunity. Superb for 37 minutes. If you dangle the carrot, Scotland
are going to take it. It is a 15 point margin still, so Wales are
comfortably in the lead but they will want to keep Scotland at bay.
On the same pitch, the Welsh women took on their Scottish counterparts
before the under 20s. If you didn't see it earlier, here are the
highlights. The 20th minutes, Phillips into the line-out. Clay
winning in the middle. Can Wales go off on their first attack? A lot of
powerful work, Scotland are struggling to defend it. It is a try
for the skipper, Phillips. Great driving maul and a great score for
the captain. Scottish scrum will have to work out this one. In it
goes stop going a bit sideways, difficult control for Harris. Can
she pick up? Just short of the goal-line. The referee goes straight
under the posts for a penalty try. Thompson with the charge, lovely
effort from Thomson. The Edinburgh University centre goes over for
Scotland's first try of the night. Scrum on the hour. Looking for the
float to Law. A trifle Lloyd in the corner brings Scotland right back
into it -- a try for Lloyd. That is another penalty and a chance
for Scotland. Sarah Law. The most important kick of her international
career. Three minutes left, this could be the winning shot. It's
found the target and Scotland have their noses in front. The scrum
looked superior, the line-out game was good. It's just the discipline
that let us down. It is what it is. Heartbreaking for Phillips and the
Wales women team, losing by one point in the last couple of minutes.
That game was incumbent zero. Braque to the Pro12 and there has been a
belter of a game, involving Munster. Not long finished, the Scarlets were
21-6 down at one point. They have finished 30-21 winners. Didn't get
the bonus point, just three tries but what a fantastic win on the road
for the Scarlets. Tom Williams scoring last week and the week
before and he's scored another one. Not such good news for Richie Rees's
Dragons, welcoming Leinster to Rodney Parade. Turned out to be a
run for the visiting Irishman, nine tries including two for one player,
54-22, Leinster. The Scarlets, we were sitting here with the scores
coming in, 21-6, they looked up against it and they have beaten
Munster in Munster. Leinster next. We said that if they get four points
from those games they will be looking good for the top four.
Fantastic win. Going there are any time of the year is difficult and
Munster, superb. Magnificent win. I said in the Scarlets game, good
overseas youngsters are crucial. Thomson, what an athlete, great try.
Looks good, Leinster is a tough place to go. They have the belief.
The difficulty for the Scarlets, they have one more home game in
their remaining fixtures, plus Judgment Day, so that could be their
downfall, but all to play for. Six games after this, their destiny
almost certainly is in their own hands. Not such good news for the
Dragons, a thumping at home against Leinster. Is that an indication of
the difference in resources between them? Yes, huge difference in the
squad depth but at home, conceding nine tries is never a good thing.
Pride is a massive thing for the coaches and players. Conceding nine
isn't great but the strength of the Leinster squad is ridiculous, they
have Noel Reid, Fergus McFadden, Zane Kirchner, Roderick in the back
row. It is a tale of two different teams and the strength of depth. The
Dragons will do what they have always done, regroup and concentrate
on the next game. The Scarlets going to Dublin next week to face a
rampant Leinster, that will be intriguing. As you'll have seen if
you've been Chun inning from the beginning, the Blues getting away
from Edinburgh earlier with a single point victory, 18-17 despite being
17-11 down at one stage. We caught up with the head coach Danny Wilson
to get his reaction. You seemed dead and buried on 16 minutes but a
precious away victory, how do you feel? Thrilled with how the boys
adapted in the second half to the conditions, carrying on trying to
play and getting two great tries. Difficult conditions. We sold a few
problems in terms of stopping a few things. Great defensive set to
finish. Tell us about the last few phases, defensively they were strong
and good discipline after the first half. We had to be positive at the
breakdown because he was on our back in terms of the contact area but
defensively were were brilliant, we knew when to keep our hands away
from the ball. We did that really well. Credit to the boys, a huge
set, not to give away the penalty and holding on for what would be
another good way win. Congratulations to Danny Wilson and
the Blues, gutsy win, showing real character to grind it out. We can
now return to the Broadwood Stadium and second Scotland under 20 against
Wales under 20 is about to get underway.
Conor Eastgate gets this under way. Ward, number eight, taking this up
to the 22. We talk about Andrew, the former Dragons second row and those
tries scored by Scotland in the first half. What is the tactic? Just
stop Scotland getting into corners early, both times they have been
deep in the 22 they came away with tries, but the pressure back on
Scotland. Scotland's defence, you make mistakes and Wales have been
getting easy tries. Play in their own half, lots of possession and
territory. Green. Beautiful. That is a try for Wells. Williams. What a
bountiful bounce, playing on the wing, out of nothing. I am sure he
will say that was a planned move from the training ground. Blacker.
The vagaries of the rugby ball bouncing... Look at that! That was a
poacher's try. You can see that he has picked up his head, he has fined
the grass and that is all you can ask for. And on a field like this,
the ball can go anywhere. That is the bonus point as well. The first
play of the second half. Jones does the necessary. Great start to the
second half and that is what you said, they needed to do that to
nullify those Scotland tries. Settle down a little bit. Scotland had
confidence in the second half and an early tribal settled Wales because
they have been under pressure so a very nice clean catch and we will be
on our way. Alan Ward has done well. Williams. Breaking the first tackle.
And that powerful burst that he always seems to be able to put on.
Always gets you off the seat the moment that he receives the ball.
Lovely touches from Wales. Lots of organisation from Ben Jones, pulling
the strings. Spilled by Scotland and Wales coming away. Passing nicely
out of the tackle. Jim Botham tidies up. Another penalty for Wales.
Again, but the ball in the air, but the pressure on Scotland and Wales
will be glad they have one that penalty. An opportunity here for
Wells. Dan the corner, maybe, and really squeeze Scotland. -- down the
corner. Pringle just going off. One of them for Stirling County players
in the starting 15 and Ben Jones deciding to ignore the advice of
Andrew and go for the goal. Always 50-50. If he kicks this, great
decision. Flip of a coin. Down the touchline, strangle Scotland for
another two or three minutes. He has only missed one all evenly. The
metronomic Jones. Great decision. You can see him, talking to his
players, telling them, control, get out here, he looks the real deal. He
will be delighted -- they will be delighted in his rugby club with a
performance. There is an urgency here, just like at the start of the
first half. The bonus points in the bag. And all this artificial
surface, they could do some real damage in the second half. You can
see snow around the outside of the field, this was covered in store
yesterday, this grant. Broadwood Stadium. The home of Clyde football
club. They are away at Annan athletic tomorrow. We expect a big
performance from them. They will no doubt pick up three points. I always
thought you were a Stenhousemuir man! What do Scotland have? Tom
Dodd. Driving. This has been their best mode of attack. Really
punishing Wales, here. The captain, Hunter-Hill, with his
hands on the ball. They look really comfortable. Almost certain, the
try. And it was the skipper, Hunter-Hill. Fair play, textbook
from Scotland, to give credit? Fantastic, up against this, under
the pump, they have delivered, great set piece. They should be very proud
of that, 22 metre Drive. Nothing better than putting your opposition
over the try line. Stirling County man, he has been their best
attacking weapon. They can get a bonus point with another try after
this one. Wales just got this wrong from the start, did not get
underneath that ball. Always tough to stop. The only way to bring this
down is illegally. Saying that, it is one of those cases, but that
down, maybe yellow card, so perhaps the wise decision. That is the
coach. You do not see that very often in
still conditions. Eastgate. Could not draw at around
enough. Still that 20 point advantage for Wales, nothing to
worry about. Again, that is just from the Wales mistake, they have
given Scotland and other striking opportunity and Scotland have proven
they can score tries there. Ben Jones with the restart. Wales
competing at the restart, almost getting possession. The referee
picking up for that knock-on. Williams doing the chasing. Getting
around the field. He is stuffing about, always when there is a try
living. Met at Cardiff University, the College of education which
produced people like JJ Williams and Gareth Edwards and so on. And
Radford, the sprinter. And a certain BBC Wales rugby commentator. Long
time ago! Picked up at the back by Tom Dodd. Great carry. He has looked
good on the break for Scotland. He has got the team into trouble. The
Wales defence holds firm the second time. And Scotland do not seem to
have the possession behind the scrum as Wales do. Baldwin gets it back
for Wales. Jones using his men on their side, Botham, Kieran Williams.
Jones, again. Tarrant, one of the Blues front row. They have managed
to keep the ball, so the Welsh line-out. Nothing lost. Nice strike
opportunity. Craig Pringle, back on. Good to see him. Fit for Scotland.
Nice take in the middle. And that is a chance for Tarrant to steady that
ball and into the 22... Blacker. Keeping the back row honest.
Williams again! He is certainly over the line! Just a case of whether he
got that down or if he was held up? He certainly seemed to make the
line. Williams opened up that gap. Josh Henderson, he had his eye on
Williams and he lost track of Blacker and hopefully they have got
over the line. He has a low centre of gravity, he is like an amalgam of
Scott Gibson and Brian O'Driscoll. With that momentum. I think you just
touch that line. He does look like a dangerous player. He just has to get
the ball in his hands. Yes or no? I think it might have touched the
white line before it comes off the floor. Do you speak French? My wife
is fluent in French. In French, that looks like held up. I think I would
agree. The referee, from France. Watching that Scottish defence, they
are worried about Williams, they have got two defenders on him all
the time. I saw him play for the Ospreys Premiership select team
against London Irish and they were outgunned. Much bigger pack. He was
outstanding in that game. And yet another of his ones coming through
the Ospreys region. The Ospreys will be looking at him after this
performance tonight. Two substitutes on for Scotland. Andrew Symonds. In
the second. -- Simmers. Williams back up and running. The change of
the scrum half for Scotland. Great opportunity for Wales. To get their
fifth try. Strange. Blacker to feed. Nice, steady scrum,
held at the back by Ward. The referee not happy. Another reset. I
would just want to get the ball away, if I was Wales. Not quite as
steady as they would have liked and when they have a 12 like Williams,
just put him on the line. And all the best to the Scotland defence. I
would be hiding behind the post if I was the Scotland centre! The
Scotland centre, the tight head. Assiratti. Lewis went off early. He
scored a try before that. Great accolade for that Rhondda club. What
have the Blues got? Will be Kieran Williams on the shorthand wrote?
Holding at the back at the moment. Blacker has to play bad. Just that
head of the dummy in the Shadow of the post of Scotland, picked up by
Sean Murray. Form an orderly queue for Wales. They looked to be over
the line. TMO? Nice varied play from Wales. Scotland would expect them to
shift that out wide. They go through the patterns, they know the systems,
they go through this every week on the training ground and they deliver
when it counts. Try? That is the question. I think that is the
loosehead. I think he has got that down.
Again, look who is there, sniffing about.
You think he has got that down? It does look like the ball has shifted
between his legs. The try is given. And I think I saw their hair of
Carr. He is one of us. It was Rhys Carr. The tight head? Want to tell
the grandchildren. -- that is one to tell the grandchildren. So, the
fifth try for Wales. It does look like a nasty injury on the
goal-line. He might have hurt his leg trying to stop that, which is
really unfortunate. Daylight, N Jones, again, adding the
extras. Wales over the 40 point mark. They will be delighted in
Saint Joseph was back in Cardiff but that one. -- Saint Joseph's. Trying
to restart. He is down. On the stretcher behind the goal-line. He
is having gas and air. Credit to the lad, he has tried to stop that but
he has done something to his knee. Ben Black coming off for Wales.
Robbie Williams might replace him. -- Morgan. He does bring a lot of
experience. Let us see what impact he can have on the game. Nice flow,
that is what you want, inject some energy into the game, give him that
-- give them that second wind and hopefully Wales can get over that 50
point mark. Some people think he looks like Richard Keogh! -- Richard
Gere. Chris Coleman is on for Wales,
again. He got a try last week. APPLAUSE
Our best wishes to him. I would like to see Robson having an opportunity.
He is electric and this is his type of game, with 35 minutes to go, he
can open this up. That will be a first cap for him, the Newport
player, Robson. Wales bringing in the changes as that man, Dombrandt,
comes away again. Nine tries in the university and college league. Not
bad for a second row. Williams. By mathematics was off, 25 minutes left
to go. Assiratti is off and Coleman is on. Strange brings in the
changes. Wales open up their World Cup account against Australia on the
31st of May, that is in Georgia. They are in the pool with Australia,
England and Samoa. Tough group. Let us see what Georgette make of
holding the World Cup. It will be interesting. -- Georgia. Nice to
see. With this line-out, that was pleasing because Wales conceded
three tries in this area and it is nice to see replacements making the
difference. That man who had the try in the first half, still leading by
example. Keen to take this up whenever he can, Renwick. Scotland
showing some fire, not throwing in the towel. They looked in control in
this 22, Roger often but they have come away with a point each time.
Simmers. Getting the back division milling. Wales infringing. We will
see the line-out catch and drive. That has been their most successful
tactics over. It is really important that Wales stop this because they
have crucial games coming up. France and Ireland and that is an area
where those teams will target Wales, unless they defend better in this
area. Deliberate knock-on against Dombrandt. I said earlier, his
family are from Surrey but he plays for Wales, he plays for Cardiff and
he is in the system that way. What have Scotland got that this
line-out? -- at this. Once again, Renwick. Scotland
pushing for the bonus point. Jones, the captain, working hard to stop
the drive. Simmers. And over goes the scrum half. The try bonus point
for Scotland and well-deserved. Once again, that line-out working well
and the fourth for them. Wales seem to stop, they get on the ball but
somehow Scotland have done well to get that back. Just sticking in,
there. I bought they had done enough, wrapping up the ball carrier
and unfortunately Scotland seemed to squeeze Gladbach, somehow. --
squeezed that back. The league is cut back, you can see that snow.
This pitch was six inches deep yesterday. The conversion is taken
as well. Scotland takes the lead to 20 points again. The Scottish
coaches will be pleased. These guys in the first 20 minutes, they were
up against it, they have battled back, lots of character and acting.
Josh Henderson. -- in that team. Can Wales keep their shape and add to
the scorer in this final 20 minutes now that they have made a few
changes? It has been a second-half between
the two backs. Wales are driving more ball, I would be inclined to
get this off the top and let these guys go. Wales winning their last
four away games in the Under 20s Six Nations. In from the blind side.
Morgan Williams. Phil Jones with that little kick through. Puts his
man in well. Simmers. He does well to get up. I have been impressed
with Phil Jones, he spotted the space and has put the ball behind
and has taken off the pressure. Josh Henderson, his kick charged down. It
goes dead. Botham was the man doing the charge down. Lucky Scotland, the
indoor areas at this stadium are quite short. As opposed to
Murrayfield, at one time they had a massive dead ball area. And they
used to use that in the game plan, lots of high balls and crossfield
kick. Great work from Wells, putting pressure on Scotland and it is a
mirror image, ten minutes ago Wales scored a try so we hope to see that
again. The grand slam winner with Wales last season. What have Wales
got? Will be used about three? Williams is loitering with intent
behind Jones. Picked up by Ward. Steaming up towards the posts. The
referee awards the try. And as a certain Scotland commentator would
say, what was Williams doing there at the ruck under the post? You do
not get much shorter than that! I think he will take some stick from
the forwards. What were you doing? Get out of the way! He is having a
laugh. He showed them how to do it. He stayed low and has got under the
line. And the post was right there, fair play to him. What would you
have said if you were the second row? That whippersnapper pitches
that? Jack Dickson used to do that in the Dragons, we would have words
every game. And this conversion takes Wales over the 50 point mark.
They have to be pretty happy with that. And still... We have only just
entered the final quarter. Scotland bring in the changes. Scott
McGinley, for Tom Dodd. Great take from the kick-off. Morgan
Williams away to Jones. Batman, Williams. -- that man. Real handful.
Jones going aerial. Taken by McDowell. Scotland do not look as
potent as Wales with the ball in hand, when they try to move it,
especially from deep. Trying a different tactic. Great take.
Pembrokeshire boy, Conbeer. He Scotland back through -- back three
do not look as dangerous, we want to play rugby but they do not seem to
be dealing with this as well with the ball behind them. Williams has
looked busy since coming on. Jones, kicking for green. Taken by
McDowell. Up to the ten metre line. Going through the motions, for
Scotland. 27 points down. Wales have got the turnover. Baldwin. Morgan
Williams. Good hands. The captain, John 's. All of the Welsh forwards
are eager to get their hand on this, if they can. Clean ball from
Williams, once more. Jones going to the right-hand side.
Look how quick it is again. Yes, Scotland just can't deal with it.
Scotland winning rucks. The props playing at the back, very difficult
to defend. And here we go. A gap opened up again. Kieron Williams
does well to tidy it up. Very, very good continuity from Wales. Race
car. -- Rhys car. Morgan Williams again. Morgan Jones, the skipper.
Still Wales. They thunder on. Gas, a great turn over there from Scotland.
Crosby just getting in there. -- yes, a great turn. Rhys involve
there again. It's there again for Morgan Williams, using his big men.
A line of Scotland in the background, Morgan Williams coming
to the blindside. Kieran Williams again sniffing a hat-trick. Morgan
Williams... One more past should do it, and it does for Wales! It had to
come! And it's that man, Jim Botham, on his debut. We are going to the TM
oh. He's done really well there. He's not a winner, he's not a
finisher. But he's done well into the corner, I think. A popular try
on his debut. Gas, clear try. Very often that you see big lads staying
up high. -- yes,. Son of Liam, son of Cardiff. The try is awarded and
that's one not to tell the grandchildren but to tell
grandfather, that! There he is, Liam Botham. Jim Botham, rather. As you
said, he kept low, got his body angle though, kept it. Well done.
He's impressed me tonight. He's been quite instructive at the line-out
time, competing really well. Had a few nice touches, nice carries. A
great finish. Here's Ben Jones. His most difficult
kick of the night, this one. Look at that. That is absolutely
slide rule from Ben Jones. Wonderful! Wonderful display of
goal-kicking. I think that's his last touch of the evening as well.
You can see Robson warming up to come on.
So he's on and that will be a popular first cap for the Newport
player. Gets his first touch by drilling it and finding green down
in the Scotland 22, forcing them back. Do you know him from Newport?
Yes, he's a special young player, very skilful. He can make something
out of nothing, like Morgan. Nice kick from him. Yes, definitely one
to watch for the future. Really nice to see him coming through for the
Dragons. Nice first touch as well there, finding green. The Welsh
replacement, Robson. Morgan Morris as well. So it just remains to be
seen whether this disrupts Wales or whether they can really turn the
screw and get over the 60 metres or 70 point mark. In the second half.
It has to be said, the performance against England was good but England
is a tough quality side and they were champions, when they? Gas, a
few mistakes letting them back into it. But when you look at the
personal England had playing on the evening, very tough opposition. --
yes, a few mistakes. As you said, a very good English side come down on
the night. Scotland giving it their all, as they've done through the
evening, particularly with their forwards. And a bit of a break for
Cameron Hutchinson. Still going, Hutchinson! And that is a remarkable
try! And in fact it was Robbie Nairn who finally got the touchdown. The
Welsh tackling might have left something to be desired. But a good
finish from Scotland. There is the start. Cameron Hutchinson, then
Robbie Nairn with a steam hammer handoff, and over he goes. A try.
It's been strange tonight for Wales, because when they are around the
midfield they are very comfortable in mid-defence. But as soon as they
get to the 22, just a couple of errors slipping in, a couple of
missed tackles, and then they concede points.
Not a bad game when you think of the amount of tries. That's the fifth of
Scotland. Conversion not successful. Max Williams is on. Nigerian-born.
There he is, number 19. And Owen Hughes on as well. And
congratulations to him, because that's a first cap for him. A
Dragons man. They will be delighted in Monmouth rugby club for Owen
Hughes. So five new caps tonight for Wales. Congratulations to them all.
As we enter the last ten minutes of a very entertaining match, it must
be said, on this artificial surface. No one making the ball their own for
Scotland, causing a bit of confusion there, but they do get away in the
end. Henderson their man. On the far side, Robbie Nairn. He looks big and
strong, our large, just brushing defenders off a couple of minutes
ago. In fact Wales have kept Ben Jones on the field, haven't they?
They have, yes. Looks like Orwell has gone to full-back. Cross kick
from Henderson. And here's a chance, over half way. Quick off the mark.
Williams again. The scrum-half, that. Fancying himself as a
scrum-half! Penalty given to Wales. So, Robson to drill it down the
touchline. The 22. That's a great kick. Deep in the corner. A real
opportunity for Wales to go over the try line again. Have you seen Robson
play fullback? Gas, he has done that a few times. Played it once or
twice. -- yes, he has done that. Again, a lot like Williams, he's a
threat running back. Slightly overthrown there by Owen Hughes. Not
quite straight either, I think. So he's impressed you with this Welsh
side tonight. It's difficult to pick anyone out in a 58.0, but anyone in
particular? Lots of boys standing out. Kieran Williams has been
outstanding. Will Jones has impressed me as captain. It's not an
easy job, he's a young lad making big decisions and I think he's got a
wise head on his shoulders, so they will be impressed, I think they
will. You've also mentioned Phil Jones a
lot of time. The ospreys must be rubbing their hands with him coming
through. Two potent attackers. Quite a young under 20 side. I know that
sounds a contradiction in terms but it's a bit of a cycle where you get
a mature group who had two or three seasons together and then you have
to drop back. Almost start again. And this is quite a young Welsh
side. It is. In fairness, they've looked quite wise to night, they've
looked older than what they are. It's difficult to drop off all the
time, trying to find new key players. But the coach is looking to
strengthen the squad and give them lots of game time and it seems to
have worked this evening. 58 points is absolutely fantastic. Five or six
changes, I think. They've looked as if they've played together for a
long time. As we enter the last five minutes,
then, we have one more Grandstand finish try by Wales. Lovely line-out
take. Yes, Owen Hughes will be very happy with that. He's delivered on
the second attempt. Morgan Williams... Danny Jones.
Max Williams. And all the subs that have come on looking to get the ball
in their hands and keen to run with it as well. Thomas that time. For
the Scarlet. Morgan Williams, too. Max Williams once more. That's the
line of Scotland in the background. The referee blowing for a penalty
for Wales. REFEREE: Offside.
Ben Jones going for the touch, I think. See if Wales can flourish at
the line-out to finish the game. The rain has kept off in the
second-half. In the first half it was awful. Sneaky bouncing down. --
sneaky rain bouncing down. Not a bad effort from both sides. 87 points.
Is been a great game and to score this many points is very
entertaining. Everybody here and back home will have enjoyed this
game. Look at this! This time at the back of the ball, sniffing a
hat-trick, Kieron Jones. Is there anything he can't do? He's lost the
ball now. It's going to be a Wales try. That was inevitable. I think is
Morgan Morris, by the look of it. Yes. Did you see Kieran Williams
walking back there? How did he end up in that? It's a well-worked try,
anyway. Yes, definitely a tactic lots of teams are using. Half the
backs now are bigger than the forwards, so not a bad idea to get
them involved. Like to get their hands dirty and they like the glory.
If there is a driving line against the try line, you are going to get
in there. Ben Jones again. He has been almost immaculate from the T
tonight. A Welsh player down as well in the middle of the field. Ben
Jones, another one for the fly half. No problem at all. And we hear that
the man of the match is the man with just been talking about, number 12,
Kieran Williams, the centre. Two tries. There he is. Max Boyce and
the rest will be very proud of him tonight. Kieran Williams.
Robson clears his lines. Into the Scottish half. Does he play out the
nice -- the last 90 seconds or so? Alex Craig bringing it up to the
halfway line for Scotland. The official man of the match, would you
have done different if you were picking? Certainly not. A lot of
good players for Wales. Ben Jones has been outstanding. Off the T he
has been accurate. But as you say, Kieran Williams has stood out head
and shoulders above lots of players. There he is again. Kieran Williams,
the official man of the match. Two tries. Might have had another two as
well. You would probably say those other two would be goal-hanging
tries? Definitely. But he's got something, that boy. Definitely has.
Lots to work on. But delighted with that performance tonight. They've
conceded lots of points but to score 65 points up in Scotland is no easy
task and Wales have been outstanding. The last ten seconds...
The Scotland scrum going nowhere at the moment. And the club goes red.
Penalty for Scotland. One last play for them. Click through from Darcy
Graham. Could just be a case of Wales... Well, you never know, they
might fancy their chances. Though they have been turned by Scotland.
Into the 22. Again at the base. Down the left-hand side. McDowell, the
fallback. -- full-back. Summers again. Looks quite lively when he
comes on. Yes, he's been picking up the tempo, looking for things. He'll
be having another go here. Scotland trying to finish with a flourish.
Bobby just denied by the Welsh tackling. -- Rob Lee Nairn. Would be
really nice to get a nice ball and finish off the park. Store the
Scotland forwards keeping it tight. Scott McGinlay on that occasion.
Will they use the backs this time? Again, the Welsh defence is firm.
Some chainsaw tackling going in first up. Robbie Smith, the hooker.
Not sure many people would begrudge Scotland a try in this last play.
Henderson, a long pass out to the right side. And over goes Rob Lee
Nairn, the replacement. In Scotland go over the 30 point mark. Which is
great credit to them. They played their part fully in a very, very
entertaining game here tonight. At last, Henderson using his backs. A
little step inside from Nairn. It's been a really good game to watch, as
we said. So often we see defence winning over the attack but tonight
we really see the attack beat the defence and it's not often we see
that at this standard. So Josh Henderson, from Glasgow, to put the
finishing touches to an excellent performance by Scotland, but not
good enough, because for their 34 points, Wales have got the 65. And
some terrific tries from Wales as well. Full of running behind the
scrum, right from the very off. And they took the lead through Cameron
Lewis, the conversion not successful. Referee's whistle goes
for the end of the match and a superb performance by Wales against
a plucky Scotland side, it has to be said. Credit to both teams but a
fantastic win to put the Wales under 20 campaign back on track with an
excellent 60 point win over Scotland.
Well, an absolute points list. Just shy of 100 points altogether. Wales
started incredibly brightly and they start of the second half exactly the
same. Just seconds on the clock as he goes over. Then Kieran Williams,
the man of the match, scored in the first half, from distance. That
couldn't have been closer to the line but they all count. And then on
his debut, James Botham Crossing over. No doubt about it. And then
Morgan Morris. Five tries in the second half for Wales, three in the
first, eight altogether, but Scotland got six in a row. So some
defensive questions but ultimately an emphatic win for Wales and
England as well. 46-0, the victors over Italy. And Ireland won 2722
over France. Neither team got a four try bonus. -- 27-20 two. Wales have
moved up as a result of that but England are right up on top. A bonus
point in each. Before we talk about Wales, I've got
to mention two tries from the French centre.
Fartasse, is that the best name in rugby? I'm hoping we don't have to
say that too many times tonight! I imagine the coaches will both be
absolutely delighted because they scored eight tries but scored six?
There is a developmental area for the coaches at this level. To
concede so many tries is disappointing. This is Wales in full
flow. An excellent game. Carrying the support line. And Kieran
Williams becomes the man of the match. Fantastic game. He's involved
in everything. Shown a lot of confidence and maturity. He was
going for the line and even driving balls at the end of the game. The
support play all night was fantastic and he epitomised the attacking
effort. This is the combination, picking up, getting close to the
post, then that man is on hand to just get over. So a deserved man of
the match. And from an attacking point of view, he was fantastic.
He's been in the Scrum V club this series and he's a small man in
stature but he more than makes up for it in performance. Very much in
the mould of Scott Gibbs. Thickset in the lower half of the body. But
what I like is he is willing to get the ball in his hands on the attack.
It's so important for guys, even if they are making errors, they are
looking to get their hands back on the ball, try to improve and keep
getting better. Plenty of contenders for man of the match. Williams,
we've known his prospects for a while. The Blues rate him very
highly. Yes, an early injury but he's played for the Blues there.
This was a difficult place in the field for the 15 to defend. He has
to make that space so the ball doesn't bounce but a perfectly
weighted kick. Has to work on his dive but took it really, really
well. Said turning into a really good night for Welsh rugby. A win
away for the blues and an emphatic win for the 20s, and if you are
tuning in earlier, you would have heard the scholars have gone away to
Munster and ended their nine-game unbeaten run. A fantastic victory as
that race for the play-offs heats up. These are the highlights from
that game. Munster ball. He goes for the break!
A flanker! Storming run from the flanker! It takes three scarlets to
follow him. Players out of the left. Oliver feeds it to the fallback. A
great score! -- full-back. Munster ball, it comes out. A floating past.
He's over in the corner. I think it will hold a second try for Munster.
Swift passing again. Goes for the outside break. The winner is on his
way. Fabulous tackle from behind by Steph Hughes. A third try for
Munster. The number eight, the academy player, in his first game,
he schools. -- he scores. Controlling the ball in the back.
Boyd to Davis. It's a try for the Scarlets! Leading by example. Lovely
little chip from Aled Davies. He feeds for scrum. Same combination.
Boyd controlling again. Feeds to Davies. Davies on a run. Outside him
is the full-back. It's a wonderful score for the Scarlets! It's a
wonderful try. It's McNicol who celebrates. Aled Davies again.
Changes direction. Dan Jones with a long floating past. It could be a
third try for the Scarlets! He great in! Is that the comeback in the win
of the season, I ask you? Fantastic rugby from the Scarlets.
Huge congratulations to them. To come back from 26 down and win like
that against Munster. Could be a real feat for them. They remain in
fourth. Currently ten points ahead of Ulster, in fifth.
Glasgow have to play ospreys away on Sunday. So that will be a tough one
for them. We can go back to the stadium. Jason has been speaking to
us in the wake of the Wales victory. Jason, how do you react to a match
like that? Thoroughly entertaining, really pleased overall. A real
pleasure. To score 65 points away from home, you know, full credit to
the players. Really pleased. What about the defensive end of it?
Obviously bits of work to do but I would rather look at the positives.
Also lots of real pluses for our defence and we turned the ball over
on a number of occasions, led to counterattack tries, so little bits
to work with our defence but really pleased. I thought after the England
game, a lot of individuals put in some outstanding performances and I
enjoyed watching it. Congratulations to them. They are
still on the hunt for this title. Wales still in the hunt for the big
-- the Six Nations. The big one comes from Murrayfield tomorrow.
Wales score! And it's Swinson under the post!
Big deception by Dan Biggar. And Rhys Webb will score!
It's almost a belter -- almost always a belter at Murrayfield. I
will ask you for your quick predictions. Can they make it?
Definitely a battle one up front, but Wales have some potent finishing
so here's hoping for a decent victory. I think we look confident
of the back of our performance against England. Scotland against
Wales, the last four times have scored 17 points on average so they
will need to score three tries on average to be Wales and they won't
do it. Two out of two. They both think Wales will make it ten in a
row. That is it from us. Thanks for watching if you followed us for the
marathon all the way through to 10:30pm. A mixed evening for Welsh
teams but on the whole, a good one. Good night.
Robert Burns. Bagpipes. Stovies. Billy Connolly, yeah.
It was such a glorious world of music and culture and connections.
In '90s Wales, confidence flourished.
What you wanted was actually happening.
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