Wales continued on their quest for their 12th Grand Slam by beating Scotland 18-11earlier today. Today’s win over Scotland sets Wales up for blockbuster finish to the end of their 2019 Guinness Six Nations next weekend when they host the Irish.
Today Wales showed their grit and determination holding off a Scotland side that at times should glimpses of what they could be capable with just a couple more additions to their team. Finn Russell at times was majestic and showed superb touches to slot players into open spaces as was evident for the move leading up to Darcy Graham’s try in the second half.
Wales however had several warriors put in bruising performances to curtail the Scottish resilience and at times flair. Welsh center Hadleigh Parkes put in a man of the match performance, putting his body on the line countless times and was heavily involved in Wales’s opening try. As always Alun Wyn Jones lead by example and put in a monster performance covering every area on the pitch and even popping up with some terrific passes for a big man.
Wales will however be worries with Liam Williams going off injured in the 48th minute after a brave tackle on Scotland’s rampaging Allan Dell. Williams has had a great Guinness Six Nations so far and was putting in another commanding performance today. There is comfort for Wales however as Leigh Halfpenny has just returned from a lengthy injuring. Whether he is match fit enough to return to the international stage, remains to be seen.
Elsewhere England beat Italy in convincing fashion by 57 points to 14 to remain in contention for the championship.
England are in second place having lost to Wales but they will feel if Ireland do them a favor next week by beating Wales, the championship is still up for grabs.
All eyes will be on Ireland tomorrow as they host France. The Irish will still feel like they are in with a chance of winning the championship despite not playing anywhere near their top form of last year. Given Ireland beat France tomorrow, although beating the French can never be a given it will certainly set up a fantastic final weekend of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.