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  1. Halfpenny inspires Wales to win

    Halfpenny inspires Wales to win

    Wales capitalised on Scotland’s indiscipline as Leigh Halfpenny inspired them to a 27-13 win in a Six Nations clash in Cardiff. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Wales
    • Scotland
    • 81' Scotland with some good ball as they enter the 19th phase of play... Davies with a super tackle and time is up. Wales win but credit to Scotland.
    • 80' The 80 is up now so as soon as play stops we will see Wales win.
    • 79' Oh dear Scotland had a real chance there but they give it away and Wales break! Searing pace by Halfpenny and co as they storm down the left but fine defending by Hogg and Scotland survive!
    • 78' WALES SUB: Roberts comes off for Scott Williams. Finally Scotland can take their penalty.
    • 77' Lamont flings the ball away after an advantage is not played when he was in. Booo! Hiss!
    • 75' A clever chip-and-run by Laidlaw almost puts in again but the bounce catches him out running through and Davies gets his hands on it.
    • 74' WALES SUBS: James is on for Adam Jones; Powell gets a roar as he replaces Lydiate.
    • 73' Priestland with another high kick, wide left this time and Hogg marks before kicking to the 10m line. Decent.
    • 72' Scotland retrieve possession though as they try to steady it in their 22. Poor kick from Blair in the air and Faletau is on it to get Wales moving again.
    • 71' Priestland almost wriggles in but stopped. Odd kick up in the air by Priestland, causing enough confusion for Wales to get the lineout.
    • 70' Hook offloads to Roberts, tackled by Rennie, now Faletau as Wales probe the left. Super tackle on Ian Evans!
    • 69' Scotland looked confident all of a sudden, but they should have had one or two more tries. But here come Wales with Shingler...
    • 68' Hogg tries a catch-and-run again but is taken down by two red shirts.
    • 67' Great kick from Priestland after Wales win their lineout, right down the other end under pressure.
    • 66' Brilliant run from Hogg as he catches a kick and sears away down the right from halfway! Excellent run, evading three tackles, and it's to touch near the 22.
    • 65' WALES 27-13: Laidlaw converts his own try with ease and it's down to a 14-point arrear. Lamont comes back on too.
    • 64' And the pressure pays off! The disallowed try means nothing as Laidlaw sneaks in on the line! That's good all round as it erases the previous errors on Hogg's fumble-try. First Scotland try in five matches.
    • 63' Scotland are in real form now as Hogg spins into the left, a yard from the tryline but Wales hold him up! This is super from the Scots!
    • 62' NO TRY! Well, the replay shows he actually kept control of it but both ref and player seemed to accept it was a knock-on without referring. Big call, taken incorrectly.
    • 61' Sean Lamont with an excellent run, now they must score with space aplenty wide right, but Hogg knocks it on a yard from the try line! There was no-one in his way. Well, he may have kept control of the ball... Video ref...
    • 60' Scotland try to keep the ball and drive forward for some respite.
    • 59' Cuthbert on the move now after a sweet ball from Davies. Wales swarming all over the Scots now. Phillips with an infringement though and Scotland have a penalty, and some air.
    • 58' Roberts with a strong run inside but Barclay holds him up. Scotland still a man down, remember, Rory Lamont following De Luca into the bin with a short overlap.
    • - Nice to see the soccer fans joining the comments with their unwanted bile. Jog on to the Suarez story please.
    • 57' WALES 27-6: Another super kick from Halfpenny out wide as Wales extend their lead.
    • 56' Phillips gets it to Halfpenny from the Wales scrum, strong to hold off the smaller Blair, easy run in down the left and it's another Wales try, Halfpenny's second.
    • 56' De Luca returns, Scotland back to 14 as Wales have the put-in a few yards shy of the tryline.
    • 55' Wales driving on as Halfpenny almost sneaks over, now Faletau as a weakened Scotland desperately resist on the line....
    • 54' Instead of going for a penalty kick, Wales go for touch in the corner as they seek to take full advantage of their 2-man boost, looking for a try.
    • 53' Hook on the run, brilliant from him to find Roberts, now Faletau races in but can't quite get there. Advantage as a Scotland tackle comes in from an offside position, it's Rory Lamont and and it's yellow! Scotland must play a few minutes with 13 men!
    • 52' WALES 20-6: Halfpenny converts his own try and Wales break 20 points. Taking full advantage of De Luca's sin-bin.
    • 51' Rennie with a super tackle on Jenkins wide left! But Wales still have men over as Hook sends Roberts in but a thumping tackle keeps him out! Now Wales three yards out, Hook again goes down! Jenkins on it, they look wide right now, super switch of play, and Cuthbert can race in but he deliberately takes the hit off Lee Jones, offloading to Halfpenny as he receives the tackle, and he has a free run in! TRY WALES!
    • 50' Roberts on the charge through the middle and Wales have a head of steam down the right, trying to make the one-man advantage work for them...
    • 49' SCOTLAND SUB: Blair on for Cusiter.
    • 48' WALES 13-6 SCOTLAND: Very straightforward for Laidlaw as Scotland reduce the arrears to a converted try.
    • 47' Owens leaves his foot in and the ref has a word with Jones to advise him to control his players. Scotland have a penalty centre of the 22.
    • 46' WALES 13-3 SCOTLAND: Halfpenny kicks the penalty despite a little slip and it's a 10-point deficit and 10 minutes without De Luca for Scotland.
    • 45' Wales could be in once more after another error from Scotland and a cynical foul, Davies tackled without the ball by De Luca and it's a penalty... Could be a yellow card. Yup. Sin binned.
    • 45' SCOTLAND CHANGE: Strokosch cannot continue, he has a hand injury - Barclay is on.
    • 44' WALES 10-3 SCOTLAND: The conversion is easy as you like for Halfpenny and it's a seven-point lead.
    • 43' TRY WALES! The pressure pays off following the restart error from Scotland, Cuthbert's late run catches Laidlaw out - he just runs through the smaller man - and it's a try wide right.
    • 42' CRUNCH! Roberts is smashed by Rennie 10 yards from the try line - now Faletau, and Davies almost wriggles through but Strokosch and co hold him up!
    • 41' Robinson looks aghast after a horror mix-up in the Scotland defence, Wales get the lineout deep in the opposition's half. Cusiter dropped it.
    • 41' The second half is underway.
    • - Confirmed - And it's not good news for Wales, but not terrible. George North has twisted his ankle badly and will not return today; he may miss a few games but no break apparently.
    • 40+2 As soon as this ball is out of play it's half time - but Wales fail to get an early clearance and eventually Phillips can kick it away. Half-time, 3-3 but the score does not tell the story with both defences playing very well and Scotland again the victim of try-line jitters with a last-gasp knock on.
    • 40+1 Scrum a couple of yards from the Wales line, Wales with the put-in after that agonising knock on. The first attempt collapses.
    • 40' WALES CHANGE: North was down with a turned ankle and Hook replaces him. Hook goes full back and Halpenny to wing.
    • 40' The drive continues and Denton is a yard from the line but a fumble! Knocked on as Jenkins forced the error in the 21st phase of play.
    • 39' Scotland are five or six yards out as they drive towards the Wales tryline! Wales down to 14 as they have a man down...
    • 38' Gray almost releases Hogg, but he can't hold on to it. Stayed backwards though so Scotland still on it, great pick up from Rory Lamont on the right but a great tackle by Hogg! Scotland piling it on!
    • 37' Rennie takes it on but is dropped by two red shirts. Strokosch and Denton combine as Scotland keep the ball nicely 30 yards out. Jones fails to round Davies but still with Scotland, who are showing good hands in the face of stern Wales defence....
    • 36' This is a good spell for the Scots, who are not letting go as they drive forward centrally.
    • 35' Priestland finds touch on halfway. Phillips then kicks but Lee Jones takes it and cuts inside.
    • 34' Penalty to Wales snuffs out that Scotland advance, Strokosch holding on in the tackle.
    • 33' Good stuff from Lamont, now Shingler tries to hold them up but Scotland's forwards get involved and they move inside.
    • 32' That should settle Wales - but Scotland's backs are looking tasty as they come down the right...
    • 30' WALES 3-3 SCOTLAND: Cool kick from Halfpenny wide left as Wales draw level.
    • 29' Wales get a penalty as Strokosch is so offside he inadvertently blocks off Priestland's pass. Should be 3-3 now.
    • 28' Scotland are pegged back on their scrum as Phillips attacks quickly; Still Scotland ball but only seven yards out as Wales drive them back...
    • 28' Strokosch has a hand injury and receives treatment. Scrum Scotland around 10 yards from their try line.
    • 27' Ach they held on too long and North was begging for it wide right - he is a frustrated man as Scotland get the put in.
    • 26' Davies gets hold of it as Wales seek to use their positive play to effect this time. On the 22 now as Phillips sneaks a few yards forward. Good stuff this from Wales!
    • 25' Denton on the move but Phillips stands him up. Scotland just ahead of their 22 now as they seek to build on the three points with some possession.
    • 23' WALES 0-3 SCOTLAND: Scotland have a penalty finally after the Wales infringements - more straightforward for Laidlaw this time as he converts easily.
    • 22' Scotland could be in here but Rennie can't find the final pass; they are convinced Wales keep drifting offside but advantage is played.
    • 21' Rennie and Gray try to bundle through, now Ford on it. Wales defending in numbers and a loose pass gives it back to them - but Lamont (R) tidies up.
    • 20' Laidlaw kicks but it's aimless; Halfpenny hoofs it up but it's taken by Lamont (R) and Scotland come forward.
    • 19' Scotland work it inside and are held up by the Wales forwards. Out wide as De Luca tries to slip in but again Wales regroup well.
    • 18' WALES BLOOD REVERSAL: Bennett comes back on for Owens.
    • 16' A Wales lineout yields the put-in at the scrum.
    • 15' SCOTLAND SUB: Hogg gets a debut for Max Evans, who has taken a knock. He'll go full-back and Lamont to wing.
    • 14' Evans bundles forward and Priestland kicks but Scotland clear.
    • 13' Brilliant run by Cuthbert, going a good 30 yards before finally taken down.
    • 12' No-one can keep their hands on the ball at the moment, the knock-ons Scotland have complained about visible in both sides' play.
    • 11' Lovely attack down the right for Wales as North gets a touch out wide. Scotland regroup and force them inside.
    • 10' WALES BLOOD CHANGE: Owens is preparing to come on for Wales as Bennett took a massive whack to the side of the head. His ear is streaming blood. He may not return as it looks torn.
    • 9' Scotland retrieve it somehow as they move to the edge of the 22. Wales can break but some crunching tackles flying in and Lamont blocks Phillips's kick. Excellent.
    • 8' Nice passing from Scotland but Davies (J) takes out Scotland's Jones.
    • 7' Penalty to Scotland after a Wales attack breaks down, an offside and someone coming in to tackle from behind in the ruck.
    • 6' ... But it drifts wide and drops short too. First missed kick for Scotland then, Laidlaw.
    • 5' That was good pressure by Evans on Halfpenny. Chance for points too as Laidlaw has a decent angle from just inside the Wales half, on the right....
    • 4' The lineout that follows fails dismally as Rennie claims to take it on for Scotland. A high kick is dropped by Halfpenny, Scotland winning a penalty in the process.
    • 3' Scotland penalty, kicked to touch. Gray takes the catch and now Jenkinson with some strong work as Hamilton takes out Jones... Holding on, Wales penalty.
    • 2' Positive start from Wales on the front foot. Halfpenny with a super run and touch as Jonathan Davies helps him out but a good tackle stands him up.
    • 1' The first half is underway in Cardiff!
    • 14:57 A bit of pomp and ceremony in the build-up as we have flaming torches and some choir-type action for the national anthems.
    • 14:55 Scotland's Sean Lamont: "We know we can do it but I know we've said that a lot recently and it's been the same old story - close but no cigar. We have got to turn things around. Everybody goes on about a lack of tries but it's not for the want of trying on the part of the players. We had a ridiculous stat for the massive amount of possession in the opposition 22 against England last time but, barring Greig Laidlaw’s chip and chase which went to the video ref, we crossed the whitewash just once."
    • 14:50 Wales stand-in skipper Ryan Jones on playing at lock: "I'm a little bit nervous about it. I have yet to figure at this level as a number four. It became a natural move having played some games at four this year for the Ospreys. It will be interesting to see how it goes but I'll go and give it my best shot. There is a lot of difference really (from the back row). It's all based around a tighter game and the other thing it doesn't come instinctively to me yet."
    • 14:45 Apologies for the erroneous team list initially but Sam Warburton has pulled out. Apparently his dead leg hasn't recovered enough and he is replaced by Aaron Shingler, brother of Scotland's Steven. Ryan Jones is thus skipper again.
    • 14:40 HEAD TO HEAD: Scotland - 48; Wales - 65; Draws - 3
    • 14:35 For Scotland Greig Laidlaw makes his first Test start (he has three other caps), in at fly-half in place of Dan Parks, who announced his retirement from internationals after a poor display in last Saturday's 13-6 loss to England. Edinburgh prop Geoff Cross is recalled in place of Newcastle tighthead Euan Murray, who does not play on Sundays, the only other change to the starting XV. Uncapped Glasgow trio Ed Kalman, Duncan Weir and Stuart Hogg are among the replacements.
    • 14:30 Former captain Ryan Jones takes the banned Bradley Davies’s place as lock; Dan Lydiate is back from an ankle injury to take the no.6 shirt; prop Gethin Jenkins (knee) is fit and replaces Rhys Gill; Skipper Sam Warburton is back from a leg injury - CORRECTION he has been withdrawn last minute, Aaron Shingler replaces him; uncapped Scarlets lock Lou Reed is on the bench and will be hoping for a Perfect Day that sees him take a Walk on the Wild Side. Oh.
    • 14:25 SCOTLAND TEAM: R Lamont; L Jones, De Luca, S Lamont, Evans; Laidlaw, Cusiter; Jacobsen, Ford (capt), Cross, Gray, Hamilton, Strokosch, Rennie, Denton; Replacements: Lawson, Kalman, Kellock, Barclay, Blair, Weir, Hogg
    • 14:20 WALES TEAM: Halfpenny; Cuthbert, Davies, Roberts, North; Priestland, Phillips; Jenkins, Bennett, A Jones, R Jones (capt), Evans , Dydiate, Shingler, Faletau; Replacements: Owens, James, Reed, Powell, L Williams, Hook, S Williams
    • - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Wales and Scotland's Six Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Kick-off 3pm UK time!
  • Summary

    Wales versus Scotland
    Cuthbert 42’, Halfpenny 51’, 56’ Tries Laidlaw 64’
    Halfpenny 44’, 53’, 57’ Conversions Laidlaw 65’
    Halfpenny 30’, 46’ Penalties Laidlaw 23’, 49’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Wales

    Manager: Warren Gatland

    On the Field

    Subs

    • James Substitution In (73′)
    • Williams Substitution In (78′)
    • Hook Substitution In (40′)
    • Owens Substitution In (41′) Substitution Out (19′)
    • Powell Substitution In (73′)
    • Reed Substitution In (75′)
    • Williams Substitution In (74′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Scotland

    Manager: Andy Robinson

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Blair Substitution In (49′)
    • Kellock Substitution In (58′)
    • Lawson Substitution In (72′)
    • Barclay Substitution In (43′)
    • Kalman Substitution In (57′)
    • Weir
    • Hogg Substitution In (16′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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  1. i would love to see a wales game at home where do i get­ tickets

    From ADRIANNE, on Sat 10 Nov 21:26
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