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  1. Six Nations - Rampant Wales smash sorry Scots in Cardiff

    Six Nations - Rampant Wales smash sorry Scots in Cardiff

    Stuart Hogg's red card helped Wales to a record 51-3 win over Scotland in Cardiff. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Wales
    • Scotland
    • 80' It all ends in a whimper with a Scottish pass dribbling into touch. A record win for Wales and a sad day for Scottish rugby.
    • 77' Wales have been doing what they want as they look for a cricket score, with no-look passes and Harlem globetrotter offloads all over the field.
    • 72' James Hook converts.
    • 72' An incredibly loose and speculative kick forward from James Hook and Rhodri Williams bends, scoops and dots down for a fantastic try for Wales.
    • 72' Tipuric makes a short break and offloads to Rhys Priestland who is hit by Duncan Taylor in a crunching tackle. Priestland stands up well, but he's shuffling for a while after it. Great tackle and the best thing Scotland have done this half.
    • 71' All Scotland's possession ends in Weir kicking it away again. Wales turnover and clear.
    • 70' As Wales ease back into defence, the Scots have had more off the ball. But a score still seems a long way away.
    • 67' Scotland substitution: Dougie Fife off for Jack Cuthbert.
    • 66' There are Scottish players down, sucking in air, all over the field.
    • 65' Stolen by Wales wth an overlap on but Dougie Fife manages to snaffle the ball. Nearly ten minutes of Scottish pressure ends in nothing.
    • 65' Wales push the Scottish pack out at a rate of knots to relieve the pressure.
    • 64' The ball is still a few feet from the Welsh try line, though, and Scotland have a lineout.
    • 63' Duncan Weir ruins a great chance for Scottish consolation after a few minutes of heavy, hand to hand combat on the Welsh line with a speculative kick into space but it's too high and too long for Dougie Fife.
    • 62' Substitution Wales: James Hook comes on the field to a massive ovation, joined by Rhys Priestland. Nearly as many substitutions as scores at this point. Liam Williams and Dan Biggar come off.
    • 61' George North whips the shirt off Scotland's Alex Dunbar as Scotland try a break.
    • 61' Scotland substitution: Chris Cussiter on for Greig Laidlaw.
    • 59' Scotland have managed to keep Wales pinned down on their own five metre line, but inevitably the Welsh break out of the defence.
    • 57' Substitutions for Wales: A complete front row swap with Richard Hibbard replaces Ken Owens; Rhodri Jones replaces Paul James; Adam Jones replaces Gethin Jenkins.
    • 56' Scotland, perhaps wisely, are slowly taking themselves through a few scrum resets under the Welsh posts.
    • 54' Scotland substitution: Tim Swinson on for Jim Hamilton.
    • 54' Wales substitutions: Justin Tipuric for Dan Lydiate and Rhodri Williams on for Mike Philips.
    • 54' Biggar's conversion strikes the post and ricochets back.
    • 53' Faletau dots down now. Wales's passes are getting sloppier yet the ball is still finding its way to a man in red. This is a rout, right and proper, but the Scots can hardly blame being down to 14 men for everything here -- they've lost their heads entirely.
    • 48' Biggar converts.
    • 47' Another try as Wales break from deep. It goes through all the hands before Faletau is grounded and offloads to Jamie Roberts who takes a few steps and touches down.
    • 46' First substitutions of the second half for Scotland. Dickinson is on for Ryan Grant and Scott Lawson come off for Ross Ford and Alaisdar Dickinson in the front row.
    • 45' Scotland, to their eternal credit, are fighting for everything and attempting to probe holes in the Welsh defence. After more than a dozen phases, they win a lineout.
    • 42' A really tough kick for Biggar and he pulls it just left. No matter, he'll almost certainly get another chance. How long is 40 minutes?
    • 41' Duncan Weir gets us started and immediately Scotland infringe. A quick tap, a break, George North, and there's another try and the record.
    • H/T Notable that Wales were first to the field, followed slowly by Scotland.
    • H/T Wales biggest win over Scotland in Cardiff was 29-3 in 1994. They're already at 27-3. A record breaking night awaits.
    • 40' The teams head to the changing rooms, a study in contrasts. It's been a half of two halves.
    • 40' Biggar slots the conversion in off the post.
    • 39' It's going to be a long day. Jonathan Davies breaks down the wing, offloads to Jamie Roberts who gives us a heavy looking swandive for yet another try.
    • 38' With the half time whistle minutes away, what are Scotland supposed to do? The Welsh are high the space on this pitch and a cricket score beckons. A difficult half time awaits.
    • 37' A kick forward by Jonathan Davies collected by Taulupe Faletau sees a host of Welsh players thunder forward to take advantage of the gold rush. Davies touches down at the end of the move, but Faletau had been offside when he received.
    • 36' Scotland are still scrapping for everything, in the air and on the deck, but the Welsh look to have this won from a good distance out.
    • 24' Dan Biggar, thanks to North's in-goal run, slots the easy conversion.
    • 34' Special mention for Mike Philips for making sure the ball made its way between Williams and North. Classy play for Wales.
    • 34' A glorious Welsh try, created by Liam Williams with a fantastic run and an even better offload. Finished by George North with a great little shimmy to leave Scottish defenders grasping air as he dots down under the posts.
    • 32' Through several more phases they throw themselves at Wales, but are pushed into touch just a foot or two from the line. Welsh lineout. And one has to believe that the Scots will begin to tire no matter how brave they are.
    • 31' Scotland, despite their numerical disadvantage, are still making a game of this. From the lineout Richie Grey takes it to within five metres.
    • 29' A penalty for Scotland which Laidlaw squeezes just to the left. It's been a rough ten minutes or so for Scotland. Hogg's not on to replace him, but after two missed kicks they'll surely be looking to Duncan Weir from now on.
    • 28' Another clean lineout for Wales results in a bit of a maul. Suddenly Jim Hamilton's not so quick to jump on Philips' clearances.
    • 27' Duncan Weir does well to relieve pressure on Scotland, knocking it the length of the field for a lineout.
    • 26' Wales have begun Harlem globetrotting already with Mike Philips trying a cheeky overhead kick that goes straight into touch. This could be a long day for the Scots.
    • 24' What had been a massively enjoyable opening 25 minutes is now a horse of a different colour entirely. Garces was well within his rights to escalate his decision, but it will certainly be the deciding factor in this game.
    • 23' Biggar's well enough to take the kick, which he slots comfortably.
    • 23' Hogg certainly leapt up to body check Biggar -- but did he mean to knock him out? Garces will argue that it hardly matters, only that Hogg was reckless.
    • 22' Sensational scenes as Jerome Garces changes his mind on seeing the replay -- Hogg gets a red card.
    • 22' A pointless late hit on Dan Biggar from Stuart Hogg results in a yellow card. Well, well deserved as replays show Hogg's shoulder caught Biggar clean on the jaw for a knockout blow.
    • 21' Scotland impinge again -- Wales on top in the set pieces so far.
    • 20' The end result is a scrum with a Welsh put-in.
    • 19' Some great flowing rugby here with both sides throwing themselves into the contact. Dead rubber, is it?
    • 17' A simply sensational kick from Stuart Hogg for a five metre lineout in Welsh territory reminds us that this game is still very much on.
    • 16' Tough conversion for Biggar, but he strikes beautifully and the crowd asks, "Halfpenny who?"
    • 15' Wales batter the line through Jamie Roberts first, then George North, then end up five metres out, rucking for their lives. Great Scottish defence but after 11 phases Wales open the gap and Liam Williams sails over for a well worked try for Wales.
    • 13' Penalty for Wales after some sloppy stuff in the middle of the park from Scotland. A lineout deep inside the Scottish half ensues.
    • 11' Laidlaw misses the kick, not pulling it in sufficiently. How long before they switch to Stuart Hogg?
    • 11' Hamilton's work at the breakdown has been impressive so far. The pressure from his block down on Philips results in a penalty for a Scotland after a Welsh backline scrambling to regather infringes.
    • 9' Biggar converts the penalty for Wales.
    • 9' Scottish captain Kelly Brown goes off with a concussion. Alasdair Strokosch comes on.
    • 8' Wales, as they always do, look dangerous with the ball in their hands but the Scottish defence resists half a dozen sorties through multiple phases. Ultimately a high looping ball from Biggar for George North goes out into touch. But the ball goes back for a Wales penalty.
    • 6' First scrum of the game is reset once and then goes down on the second effort. The Scottish front row is punished for Geoff Cross putting a knee on the ground.
    • 5' Fierce stuff from Jim Hamilton at the breakdown as he swarms all over Mike Philips. A Scottish knock-on, and Welsh scrum, ensues -- but it's a sign of intent from the Scots.
    • 4' Scotland's receipt of the restart has been wobbly so far this year, but they handled it well this time despite a slip with ball in hand from Richie Grey. Laidlaw relieves with a good kick.
    • 3' Greig Laidlaw lines it up and splits the post as Scotland nose out in front after some hard work. Well deserved.
    • 3' The Welsh defence infringe again, surrendering a penalty: much more likely that Scotland will bank the points this time.
    • 2' The Welsh defence works hard to snipe the ball away from Scotland but then return it immediately with a loose kick.
    • 2' Scotland gather well and bring it upfield, where Wales infringe. Free kick for Duncan Weir, who turns down the penalty and puts it in the corner. Interesting ...
    • 1' Dan Biggar gets us under way.
    • 14:43 Robust rendition of Flower of Scotland in a predictably pyrotechnic Millenium Stadium. Will that atmosphere persist?
    • 14:39 Quite incredibly, Scotland have not won back to back games in the Six Nations since 1996.
    • 14:29 Scotland haven't beaten Wales in six games now. Should they fail to do so today, it would constitute a record run of Welsh victories.
    • 14:25 On Wales: It's been a poor campaign from the Welsh, but Warren Gatland is nothing if not reactive. Will we be able to tell anything about his preparations for the world cup from today's game?
    • 14:20 On Scotland: Will former England captain Lewis Moody's comments this week that Scotland could disappear as a force in international rugby be an inspiration? Or a depressing prediction?
    • 14:15 And the officials, in case you were interested, are: Jerome Garces of France with the whistle; Chris Pollock of New Zealand and Greg Garner of England with the flags; and England’s Graham Hughes in the tv truck.
    • 14:13 Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Dougie Fife, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Max Scott, 11 Max Evans, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw; 1 Ryan Grant, 2 Scott Lawson, 3 Geoff Cross, 4 Richie Gray, 5 Jim Hamilton, 6 Ryan Wilson, 7 Kelly Brown, 8 David Denton.
    • 14:12 Wales : 15 Liam Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Mike Phillips; 1 Gethin Jenkins, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Rhodri Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 6 Dan Lydiate, 7 Sam Warburton, 8 Taulupe Faletau.
    • 14:10 Now, time to recap the teams.
    • 14:05 The result here cannot affet the outcome of the tournament, but after underwhelming campaigns from both Wales and Scotland there's plenty of pride on the line.
    • 14:00 Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of Wales v Scotland on the final day of the 2014 Six Nations tournament.
  • Summary

    Wales versus Scotland
    Williams 16’, North 34’, 41’, Roberts 39’, 48’, Faletau 53’, Williams 74’ Tries  
    Biggar 17’, 35’, 40’, 49’, Hook 75’ Conversions  
    Biggar 9’, 24’ Penalties Laidlaw 4’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Wales

    Manager: Warren Gatland

    On the Field

    • Jenkins Substitution Out (59′)
    • Owens Substitution Out (59′)
    • Jones Substitution Out (58′)
    • Charteris Substitution Out (62′)
    • Jones
    • Lydiate Substitution Out (54′)
    • Warburton
    • Faletau Try
    • Phillips Substitution Out (54′)
    • Biggar Substitution Out (62′)
    • North Tries×2
    • Roberts Tries×2
    • Davies
    • Cuthbert
    • Williams Try

    Subs

    • James Substitution In (59′)
    • Hook Substitution In (62′)
    • Jones Substitution In (58′)
    • Hibbard Substitution In (59′)
    • Priestland Substitution In (62′)
    • Tipuric Substitution In (54′)
    • Williams Substitution In (54′) Try Substitution Out (62′)
    • Ball Substitution In (62′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Scotland

    Manager: Scott Johnson

    On the Field

    • Grant Substitution Out (45′)
    • Lawson Substitution Out (45′)
    • Cross
    • Gray
    • Hamilton Substitution Out (55′)
    • Wilson
    • Brown Substitution Out (8′)
    • Denton
    • Laidlaw Substitution Out (62′)
    • Weir
    • Evans
    • Scott
    • Dunbar
    • Fife Substitution Out (67′)
    • Hogg Red Card

    Subs

    • Dickinson Substitution In (45′)
    • Cusiter Substitution In (62′)
    • Ford Substitution In (45′)
    • Murray
    • Strokosch Substitution In (8′)
    • Cuthbert
    • Swinson Substitution In (55′)
    • Taylor Substitution In (67′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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