Live Commentary: Scotland 18-28 Wales - as it happened

Live Commentary: Scotland 18-28 Wales - as it happened
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Sports Mole brings you live coverage from the Six Nations where Scotland host Wales at Murrayfield.

The joint-second place teams in the Six Nations table met at Murrayfield this afternoon as Scotland entertained Wales.

After both lost their opening matches, the pair were looking to secure the win that would take them level at the head of the pile with England and still believe that they would have a chance of winning the title this year.

In a battle of penalties, Wales came out on top with the only try of the match.

Read how it all unfolded below.

2.05pmHello and welcome to Sports Mole's live Six Nations coverage for the weekend.

2.06pmThings are really hotting up in the competition, and this penultimate weekend could prove to be crucial going into the final matchday next week.

2.07pmWe start with Scotland and Wales. Both sides lost their opening match, both sides have recorded back-to-back wins since then, and both sides still believe that they can upset the odds and take the Six Nations crown from the grasp of England. This could prove to be some afternoon of rugby for us ladies and gentleman!

2.11pmThe Scots are looking to make history, by winning three games on the bounce in the Six Nations for the first time, although they will be up against a Welsh outfit who have won three of their last four trips to Murrayfield.

2.13pmRight, who is ready for some team news? Yes? Ok, we'll start with the home team.

2.14pmSCOTLAND XV: Hogg, Maitland, Lamont, Scott, Visser, Weir, Laidlaw; Grant, Ford, Murray, Gray, Hamilton, Harley, Brown, Beattie

2.17pmSCOTLAND REPLACEMENTS: Hall, Low, Cross, Kellock, Wilson, Pyrgos, Jackson, Evans

2.17pmSo, you have the Scotland lineup, now time for the Welsh.

2.20pmWALES XV: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Roberts, North, Biggar, Phillips; James, Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Evans, Ryan Jones, Warburton, Faletau

2.21pmSo former skipper Sam Warburton returns for Wales following his recent plight of injury. Leigh Halfpenny starts while Ryan Jones captains the sides.

2.21pmLess than 10 minutes to go!

2.22pmHere are the Wales replacements...

2.23pmWALES REPLACEMENTS: Owens, Andrews, Bevington, Coombs, Tipuric, Lloyd Williams, Hook, Scott Williams

2.24pmAnd the Welsh side have just made their way out onto the field at Murrayfield.

2.25pmThe atmosphere at Murrayfield is fantastic, and here come the Scotland team!

2.25pmBoth teams are out; whoever wins will have a chance of claiming the Six Nations title. What a treat we should be in for this afternoon.

2.26pmIt's national anthem time, first up, Wales.

2.27pmThere are the bagpipes, here comes the Flower of Scotland!

2.28pmMurrayfield just epitomises passion at the moment.

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2.29pmWhat brilliant anthems, now, we're moments away from the start.

0 minWhat a roar from the crowd for the countdown. We're underway with Leigh Halfpenny kicking off.

1 minPoor kick from Laidlaw, Wales have the first chance to attack deep inside the Scottish half from the left.

2 minWales drive forward to the 22 from the lineout, but a knock-on costs them, and it's now time for a scrum.

3 minEarly engagement from Scotland is punished. The Welsh opt for another scrum on the 22.

4 minSame again, another scrum chosen by Wales. One more chance for Scotland, the next time it will be a penalty to the Welsh.


5 minWales dominate the scrum once again, and Leigh Halfpenny has the chance to get the first points of the day.

5 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 0-3 Wales (Leigh Halfpenny)

6 minNo mistake from the Wales kicker, dead central, not far out, 3-0 Wales.

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7 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 3-3 Wales (Greig Laidlaw)

7 minWhat a fantastic penalty from Laidlaw. He is miles from the posts, but he just manages to clear the bar to level the score. What a great response from the hosts. Great game early on.

9 minHalfpenny pinches a wonderful catch ahead of Stuart Hogg following the laters' kick and chase. These two have a real battle on their hands today.

9 minA break in play as Hibbard gets the magic sponge treatment for Wales.

10 minWales win the ball from the lineout, and continue to control possession.

11 minWhat a great kick into touch from Matt Scott for Scotland from the halfway line. Welsh lineout right on the 5m line.


13 minWales are caught offside, Laidlaw has the chance to put the hosts in front.

13 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 6-3 Wales (Greig Laidlaw)

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13 minTwo from two for Laidlaw, Scotland now lead the match for the first time.


15 minLaidlaw tried to clear his lines for Scotland, but it comes off his own teammate to award Wales a penalty. Halfpenny steps up...


16 minHe took his time about it, but Leigh Halfpenny's kicks floats wide of the left post. Scotland still lead. One from two for Halfpenny.


17 minAnother silly penalty conceded by Scotland, failed to get off the ball once making the tackle. Another chance from Halfpenny.


18 minAnother poor effort from Halfpenny, who looks as if the wind is getting to him. That's one kick from three now for the Wales full-back, and another huge let off for the home side.


20 minWales have another penalty, this time it is offside against Scotland. Halfpenny to kick again.


21 minWhat on earth is happening to Leigh Halfpenny? He misses his third straight penalty kick as he watches this one bounce off the upright. One from four.

22 minGeorge North powers forward for Wales, and is brought down after dodging several challenges. Test for the Scottish defence.

23 minTRY! Scotland 6-8 Wales (Richard Hibbard)

24 minIt's a first-ever international try for Richard Hibbard who caps off a crashing move down the right for Welsh, to push over at the line.

24 minSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION! Scotland 6-10 Wales (Leigh Halfpenny)

24 minNo mistake from Halfpenny this time, as he makes it two from five and gives the Welsh a four-point lead.

25 minWales are awarded another penalty, which they put into touch in the Scotland half. Wales are dominant at the moment.

27 minScotland win a penalty from a scrum, and there are handbags between Jones and Grant. Long kick for Laidlaw, 41m to be precise.

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28 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 9-10 Wales (Greig Laidlaw)

29 minBrilliant kick from Laidlaw, it's a long way out but he puts it perfectly between the posts to make it three out of three penalty kicks from Scotland. They have the momentum.

30 minDuncan Weir pulls off a fabulous kick from the halfway line to put the ball into touch deep into the Wales half. The visitors are awarded the penalty from the lineout though. Richie Gray is down, and he is hurt. He is replaced by Alistair Kellock. Gray is still down on the field with what looks like a twisted knee.

30 minGray is being carried off on a stretcher, worrying times for him. He looks in some pain and is a real loss for the Scots.

30 minThe resulting penalty is put out of play for a Wales lineout in the Scotland half, but the ball is terrifically won by Kellock and we now have a scrum.

33 minThat Richie Gray injury by the way was one to his hamstring. We hope everything is okay for the Scot.

33 minJust a point in this rather broken match so far with just seven minutes to go, how will things pan out for the remainder of this first half.

34 minAbsolutely wonderful play from Duncan Weir who breaks for Scotland and knocks the ball towards the try line, he forces a scrum on the edge of the Wales line which results in a penalty to the visitors and a chance to clear.

37 minWales are awarded a scrum in the middle of the field after the hosts collapse the maul. Mistakes are creeping back in to the Scot's game.


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38 minThe referee this time awards a decision Scotland's way after Wales collapse a scrum. Laidlaw is lining up another massive kick.

38 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 12-10 Wales (Greig Laidlaw)

39 minIt's four from four, it's another awesome kick from Laidlaw and the Scots are in front. His kick from what is near enough the halfway line, once again just has the legs on it to fly over the bar and through the posts.

40 minJohnnie Beattie knocks on the restart so Wales have a dangerous scrum just inside the Scotland 22.


40 minJim Hamilton is offside as he makes contact with Halfpenny, the former knows he has made a mistake there. Halfpenny has an easy kick at the ready to give Wales a half-time lead with the last kick of the half.

40 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 12-13 Wales (Leigh Halfpenny)

3.18pmHALF TIME: Scotland 12-13 Wales

3.20pmNo mistake from Halfpenny who makes it three from six and gives Wales a justifiable half-time lead. After a frantic start the game levelled out a bit towards the middle of the half, before a mad ending and sequence of penalties at the end.

3.20pmA lot of errors from Scotland, and Scott Johnson will be furious that his side have given away so many silly penalties.

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3.21pmLaidlaw has been fantastic by the way for the home side.

40 minWe're back underway at Murrayfield.

41 minNo changes at the break, as Scotland are awarded a penalty in the early stages of the half.

41 minWe have an update on the condition of Richie Gray, who was taken off as a precaution for the home side.

42 minThis kick is 42m out for Laidlaw. Surely not?


42 minIt's four from five for Laidlaw now. The kick was just too far for the Scotland fly-half, and they still trail by a point.


46 minThe referee penalising Scotland, deeming them to be "sealing off" Wales runners. Halfpenny to surely score. Dead centre, 15 yards out.

47 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 12-16 Wales (Leigh Halfpenny)

48 minEasy stuff for Halfpenny, who slots his kick right down the middle to give his side a four-point lead and capture his fourth kick from seven efforts.

48 minTerrific drive forward from Scotland who are roared on by the crowd and win the penalty. It's a long way out again, but this is Laidlaw territory.

49 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 15-16 Wales (Greig Laidlaw)

50 minSo long as Scotland have Laidlaw, they have a chance in this match. His kicking has been superb today, and he converts his fifth kick out of six.

51 minScotland are penalised for collapsing the Wales maul, they then win the ball from their own lineout before earning a penalty after Scotland collapsed the wall.

52 minInteresting scenes as Dan Biggar looks to play the ball into touch which he does, and quickly. However, Halfpenny looked as if he fancied that for a conversion.

53 minCuthbert is taken down well by Lamont as Wales knock it on. Good Scottish defence.

54 min26 minutes to go, just a point in it.


55 minScotland are penalised for collapsing the scrum once more. The referee wants a behaviour change and threatens Ross Ford with a yellow card. Scott Johnson will be livid that his side are conceding so many penalties. Leigh Halfpenny has a gift of a kick here.

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56 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 15-19 Wales (Leigh Halfpenny)

58 minFood and drink for Halfpenny. Five from eight for him. The four-point lead is restored once again.


58 minFantastic work by Sam Warburton who powers into the Scots and wins the penalty.

58 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 15-22 Wales (Leigh Halfpenny)

59 minSix from nine for Halfpenny. Wales have a seven-point lead now. Scotland have to target a try.


60 minWales are harshly penalised, chance for Laidlaw. It is penalty galore here.

61 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 18-22 Wales (Greig Laidlaw)

62 minLaidlaw makes no mistake from the kick, and his side have another penalty almost immediately from the restart after George North was deemed offside. Weir chose to take the kick and put it into touch in the far corner.

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63 minThis is getting ridiculous now. Warburton goes into the tackle and is punished for not disappearing out of the ruck. Another chance for Laidlaw, who is currently on six from seven.


64 minLaidlaw puts his kick across the face of the posts, a rare miss from him. Saying that, you cannot really slate him for his performance so far in this match. If this game is not settled by a penalty then I will be shocked.

66 minWales are on the charge, really testing Scotland here. We're into the seventh phase.


67 minScotland penalised for offside in the end after brilliant ball retention from the Welsh. Chance for Halfpenny to restore their seven-point lead.

68 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 18-25 Wales (Leigh Halfpenny)

68 minIt's a Six Nations record 12th penalty of the match! It's good from Halfpenny to make it 18-25 in his side's favour.

69 minGreat take from Halfpenny from the restart, Biggar kicks into space and eventually Scotland clear it.


71 minAnother chance for Leigh Halfpenny after Scotland were penalised in the scrum. He is going for it from 38m.

72 minSurely this kick would win the match for Wales.

72 minPENALTY SCORED! Scotland 18-28 Wales (Leigh Halfpenny)

72 minHalfpenny has found his rhythm after a poor spell of kicking in the first half, he has scored eight of his 11 kicks today now. Wales are surely out of sight now with this 10-point lead.

72 minA lot of work for Scotland to do now, and they have less than eight minutes to do it in.

74 minScotland going through the phases, going for the try.

75 minScotland are giving a penalty, and they knock it out of play for a lineout. They are going for it, and they are very close to the Wales try line.

75 minAdam Jones steals in for Wales! Brilliant play from him as the visitors can clear it for now.

76 minScotland have a lineout now, five yards from the Wales try line. Last chance for them.

77 minScotland are edging close and just one yard away. It's a key moment in this match now. Do or die time for the hosts.

78 minSIN BIN! (Paul James)

79 minJames is penalised for holding on, as Scotland opt for the scrum and try to force a score late on. I think the time is up for the hosts though.


80 minWales win the penalty to essentially win the match. Sam Warburton picks up the man of the match award and rightly so. He has won three turnovers and made 13 tackles in this contest.

80 minWales have the linout, the possession and are now just waiting for the clock to tick.

80+1 minThe time is up.

80+1 minMass confusion in the stadium as the time official clock time is different to the one in the stadium. Either way, Wales have won.

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80+2 minFULL TIME: Scotland 18-28 Wales

4.16pmIt's all over at Murrayfield, Scotland do not get their record third win in a row, and Wales have outdone their opponents after scoring the only try of the game.

4.17pmThey deserve it, in what was a very scrappy game. Wales now have a feint chance of winning the Six Nations, as they face leaders England next week.

4.17pmThat's it from me, tune in shortly for Sport Mole's live coverage of Ireland against France. See you shortly!

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