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SIX NATIONS: Wales beat Scotland to maintain Grand Slam bid

Wales took another step closer to winning the grand slam after an 18-11 win over Scotland.

Scotland took an early 3-0 lead after Ross Moriarty conceded a penalty which Finn Russell converted calmly.

The lead didn’t last long, as Wales hit back almost immediately to score the first try of the afternoon. Jonathan Davies found Worcester winger Josh Adams who performed a skillful stutter-step before going over.

Gareth Anscombe’s conversion was good as Wales took a 7-3 lead.

Just as Wales began to assert their dominance, Alun Wyn Jones hauled Darcy Graham to the ground, giving away a penalty that was easily converted by Russell to put the scoring at 6-7 21 minutes in.

In the 24th minute, Wales regained a four point lead after a fantastic long range penalty kick from Anscombe.

Scotland suffered another blow just before half-time. The experienced centre Davies performed a tricky dummy before landing over the line for another Welsh try which handed Wales a 6-15 lead at the break.

Scotland started the better of the two sides after the break and applied some real pressure. Wales’ defending was impeccable but eventually broken.

After 59 minutes, Scotland closed the gap once more. Byron McGuigan played a pass to Darcy Graham who was free to score his first international try. The following conversion was missed, leaving the score at 11-15.

The Scots continued to push but the Welsh back line remained strong and resistant to anything thrown its way until the final whistle was eventually blown.

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