Scots fail to derail Wales' Grand Slam hopes

Hastings came on for full-back Blair Kinghorn after 30 minutes against Wales, and impressed despite playing out of position, supplying the scoring pass for wing Darcy Graham's second-half try.

Defeat in that fixture would open the door for England to take the title if, as expected, they beat Italy and Scotland in their final two games at Twickenham.

Anscombe kicked a final minute penalty goal to complete a 11-18 win for Wales.

"Going to Murrayfield is always a hard place to play, and that's the focus now with us".

The win means Wales sit on top of the Six Nations table with 16 points, but face a tough test to clinch the tournament when they host Ireland in Cardiff on March 16.

Replacement Hamish Watson was to the fore in the Scottish comeback, bringing some of the carrying power that Scotland had lacked in the first half with a series of bruising charges.

Scrum half Ali Price admits injury ravaged Scotland are vulnerable but they won't be merely making up the numbers against a fired up England.

The visiting side led 15-6 at half-time, with the scoreline not reflecting their overall dominance as an injury-disrupted Scotland struggled to cope with Wales' mix of crushing phase-based attack play and sharp finishing.

The more Wales tried to close out the game the more Scotland began to find gaps in the usually formidable Welsh defense.

"Any team that's won a Grand Slam, and I think back even to past year with Ireland and that Johnny Sexton drop goal, you look back at certain games and know you've had a little bit of luck", said Gatland, on the verge of his third Grand Slam.

Davies scored the second after a coolly composed 24-phase buildup that was reminiscent of Wales' match-turning 35-phase try against England two weeks ago.

Wales fullback Liam Williams also left in the second half, right arm slung in his shirt.

As a result, coach Gregor Townsend has brought in the Glasgow pair of Ruaridh Jackson and Steyn.

"The first half probably cost us as well, we had a few tries that we potentially could have stopped if we had sorted our defence out a little, but in terms of where we were last time we took the pitch, there was a big step forward and although we're disappointed to lose at home, a lot of effort went into that performance and there was a lot to be proud of".


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