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Murrayfield - 10 February, 2007
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THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENED

By Charlie Henderson

Next up for Scotland it is Italy at home in a fortnight. Wales will have now turn their attentions to picking up a first win of the campaign in Paris against France on Saturday 24 February.

"Credit to Scotland, they were ferocious. Wales were as poor as I've seen them for a number of seasons. They didn't look like scoring a try.
Mark Taylor, BBC Sport pundit

"What a shambolic display from Wales. The coach needs sacking and big changes are needed in the team. Bring back Mike Ruddock. A sad day for Welsh rugby. ow your heads in shame
Roger Needs, via e-mail

"That is a thoroughly deserved Scotland victory. Their forwards were immense and Chris Paterson kept knocking the goals over and the points ticking. They were in total control and strangled Wales."
Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport summariser

80 mins: FULL-TIME Scotland 21-9 Wales
Scottish arms are thrown in the air as the final whistle goes. Wales are still to beat a top-10 ranked team under Gareth Jenkins and are the only side in this season's RBS Six Nations yet to score a try.

79 mins: Simon Taylor will be celebrating his 50th cap with a bottle of champagne after being named Man of the Match by Jonathan Davies. Well, he would if drunk alcohol.

78 mins: PENALTY Scotland 21-9 Wales
Chris Paterson gets the goal to make it seven from seven in the kicking stakes.

77 mins: Rob Dewey pumps his legs in midfield trying to throw off the attentions of red-shirted tacklers and he earns a penalty for his troubles. Scotland will go for goal here.

"Scotland can take a lot of positives from this. It hasn't been pretty but they have played the smarter rugby. I thought at one stage Wales might come back into it, but they have been lacklustre and starved of possession."
Gregor Townsend, BBC Sport pundit

74 mins: A switch move in the backs there from Scotland straight out of training, but Wales tracked Marcus Di Rollo on the crash ball and he went up a road with a no entry sign there.

73 mins: Another replacement and Rory Lawson comes on for Chris Cusier at scrum-half for Scotland.

72 mins: All a bit sterile as the teams are cancelling each other out. Many players have taken on a blue-ish hue as the paint from the RBS logo is rubbing off on them whenever play goes across the central area of the paddock.

70 mins: Scotland changes. Simon Webster and Nikki Walker are on for Phil Godman and Sean Lamont. Chris Paterson steps in at fly-half.

68 mins: Neat play from Kevin Morgan. He re-gathers a dinked chip over the top of the Scotland defence and wins a scrum in an attacking position for Wales, who are also back up to their full contingent of 15 as Jonathan Thomas comes on following the earlier departure of Martyn Williams who had made way for replacement hooker Matthew Rees following the sin-binning of Rhys Thomas.

66 mins: Stats - 77% territory and 78% possession for Scotland. But this is no boxing bout and Wales are far from throwing in the towel as they make a rare excursion up field.

65 mins: Scotland are back on the attack repeatedly testing the Welsh defence for a point of weakness. Phil Godman opts to kick over the top. Wasteful when they were looking so good ball in hand.

63 mins: Rob Dewey is through on a crash ball from the scrum, but is hauled back from putting the ball down underneath the posts as he ran directly at the referee using him as some sort of blocking runner. From the second scrum Nathan Hines again goes close, before Wales breathe a sigh of relief with a turnover and clearing kick.

62 mins: It is all Scotland and they maintain the pressure. Chris Cusiter snipes but is held up. Now Nathan Hines goes for it but is short. And now... it is TMO time after Allan Jacobsen gets over the line with Tom Shanklin in close attendance. No try. Good work by Shanklin holding the ball up and it is a scrum to Scotland five metres out.

60 mins: On cue, Scotland skipper Chris Paterson pounces on a loose Welsh pass on halfway. A chip and chase and he is surely in, but his legs go all Devon Loch... he's stumbling... the line's getting close but so is Stephen Jones... the Welshman tackles him just short of the line.

59 mins: This game is like watching a headache. Come on. Where's the little slice of magic boys? Maybe England against Italy was not so bad after all.

58 mins: PENALTY Scotland 18-9 Wales
Chris Paterson kicks his sixth penalty of the afternoon. The points plus the extra man could swing it Scotland's way in the next 10 minutes.

57 mins: Scotland's forwards rumble forward before a burst of activity in the backs. Sean Lamont breaks the line but Wales recover. A second Scotland wave of attack results in Wales going down to 14 men as hooker Rhys Thomas is sin-binned for infringing.

56 mins: Yet more changes, this time for Scotland. Allan Jacobsen and Allister Hogg come on for Gavin Kerr and Kelly Brown. Will they be the key to turning this pressure into decisive points?

54 mins: Touchline watch where there are more comings and goings. Ian Gough replaces Rob Sidoli and they are both wearing boots so who knows who the second pair belonged to. Kevin Morgan also comes back on and the backline is re-jigged again to what it was.

53 mins: PENALTY Scotland 15-9 Wales
Well, that lead did not last long. Rob Dewey barges Jamie Robinson out of the way from the re-start and Stephen Jones pulls Wales back to within six points from in front of the posts.

52 mins: PENALTY Scotland 15-6 Wales
Wales are caught offside and referee Alan Lewis urges Stephen Jones to get his team to "settle it down". From in front of the posts you know what happens next. Chris Paterson adds three points and Scotland are now more than a score clear.

50 mins: Welsh efforts to build some pressure come to nithing as Rob Sidoli knocks on on halfway, a mistake which gives the sniping Chris Cusiter the chance to lead a Scotland riposte from broken play.

48 mins: PENALTY Scotland 12-6 Wales
Chris Paterson makes Ceri Sweeney and Wales pay as he slots the resulting penalty from where the ball landed, on the Wales 22. Nathan Hines replaces James Hamilton in the home second row.

47 mins: Ceri Sweeney gets in the action with a needless late challenge on Chris Paterson after the Scot had launched a big kick down field. Wales are sponsored by Brains, but that was simply brainless from the replacement.

46 mins: A change for Wales as Kevin Morgan, who has been in the wars, goes off holding his jaw. That means Chris Czekaj is now at full-back, Tom Shanklin goes to the wing and Ceri Sweeney is in midfield.

45 mins: A comedy of errors. Ryan Jones lazily throws a forward pass in defence as he is tackled by Hugo Southwell, but Scotland cannot take advantage, knocking on themselves.

43 mins: Scotland go for the corner and Rob Sidoli is in the lineout without any boots. All the studs have come off the Welshman's boots and there is chaos on the bench as they look for a replacement pair. There is speculation the second pair may belong to replacement lock Ian Gough.

42 mins: Phil Godman pops it up for Sean Lamont as Scotland look to start with the same intesinity of the first half. They recycle it wide and the hosts are looking for a way round the red defence until Ryan Jones comes in from the side to scrag Chris Cusiter.

1631: The action resumes and Wales have made a change with Tom Shanklin replacing James Hook, who had a dead leg.

"Someone has got to grab the game by the scruff of the neck."
Jonathan Davies, BBC Sport summariser

"Wales have under-performed but they will come out a lot better in the second half - they need to. They are playing from the wrong areas."
Mark Taylor, BBC Sport pundit

"Watching having just finished the morning cattle work out here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working on my uncle's farm. Come on Scotland!"
Charlie, New Mexico

"Listening" to Wales play anybody over a dodgy internet connection whilst on a copper mine in a very sunny Mauritania is hard enough, but can you inject a little more good old-fashioned Welsh "Hwyl" into the commentary please. Iechyd Dda.
Mike Blackwell, via e-mail

"The main issue for both sides is the numbers to the breakdown. They are not commiting that many players to it and there is a lot of turnover ball. They are not securing quick ball. Both sides are flat, passing the ball along the line and not taking players out. They need to play with more direction."
Gregor Townsend, BBC Sport pundit

1620: HALF-TIME Scotland 9-6 Wales
Scrappy stuff, but while low on quality it is high on intensity and intrigue.

39 mins: PENALTY Scotland 9-6 Wales
With seconds to go until the break Wales opt for the points and with Stephen Jones in the side why not. The deficit is back to three points.

37 mins: Referee Alan Lewis is growing frustrated with Scotland slowing down Welsh ball and gives home skipper Chris Paterson a stern lecture.

36 mins: PENALTY Scotland 9-3 Wales
Chris Paterson is tackled short of the try line in the left corner by Mark Jones, but he ensures Scotland leave Wales territory with points when he lands a penalty.

34 mins: After a spell on the back foot Scotland build up a head of steam with ball in hand. It is worked well through hands this way and that and the fervour builds in the stands as they stretch Wales.

32 mins: Another Welsh tackle to add to their tally as Rob Sidoli lines up opposite number James Hamilton. There is the best part of 20 stone on each side clattering into each other there - a real bonecruncher of a hit.

31 mins: Jamie Robinson squirms forward on the turf like a ferret up a trouser leg and Wales are looking to breach this Scotland defence. They go left but the chance is gone as Dwayne Peel pops a pass to Alix Popham forward.

29 mins: Wales opt for a lineout kick rather than a shot at the posts, but the ploy fails when they do not win the throw in. It is brief respite for Scotland. Wales are slipping through the gears and getting into the game now.

27 mins: For the second time in the match the giant, mop-haired figure of Alix Popham terrorises Chris Cusiter around the fringes. The bottle-blond flanker disrupts Cusiter's service and Wales break on the blind side.

26 mins: Wales have made almost double the amount of tackles as Scotland - 34 to 19 - and there's another as David Callam runs into the heart of their midfield from his own 22.

25 mins: Bang! Call the nurse, that's a hospital pass. Mark Jones lines up man and ball again and Hugo Southwell is the man to feel the force.

24 mins: PENALTY Scotland 6-3 Wales
No mistake from Stephen Jones and Wales close the gap to three points.

23 mins: A chance for Wales to get some points. Hugo Southwell claims a high ball but is soon submerged under a tide of red shirts and is penalised for holding on.

21 mins: Rob Dewey barges through Dwayne Peel's tackle in midfield but nobody goes with the Scotland centre so he has to slow. The ball is worked left but Mark Jones clatters into Chris Paterson, taking man and ball backwards in the tackle.

20 mins: Wales 13 Jamie Robinson puts on the afterburners as he looks to arc through a gap in the Scottish defensive line. He offloads to Ryan Jones in the tackle but the number eight knocks on.

18 mins: PENALTY Scotland 6-0 Wales
A box pops up on screen detailing that Scotland have played 75% of the match in Welsh territory. A Chris Paterson penalty helps reflect that dominance on the scoreboard.

17 mins: The blue-booted black-eyed Stephen Jones takes a 22 drop-out which Scotland return with intent through Sean Lamont. Wales steal the ball but Rhys Thomas soon gives away a penalty for holing on to the ball.

15 mins: These boys are going to be tired in the second half. The heavy pitch is cutting up under constant drizzle.

14 mins: Scotland centre Marcus Di Rollo is in with an interception. No he's not. In looking to snaffle a Mark Jones pass he taps it down and forward before regathering.

12 mins: A quick tap-and-go from Dwayne Peel who passes to Ryan Jones, but the lank-haired number eight holds on a touch too long as he is tackled a foot short of the line and the chance is gone. Good work from Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter.

11 mins: A first visit to the Scotland 22 and Wales look dangerous. They rumble forward from a lineout and then win back-to-back scrums.

9 mins: A box kick one way and a deep punt the other and Wales, who are wearing black armbands in honour of former Wales prop Brian Williams who died this week, are back on the back foot.

8 mins: The match has been played almost exclusively in Scotland's half, but Wales steal the ball and a scrum gives them the platform for some "go forward" ball.

6 mins: PENALTY Scotland 3-0 Wales
Their endeavour earns a penalty and Chris Paterson slots from in front of the posts after foul play from Duncan Jones.

4 mins:
A high high kick from Phil Godman and it is a cracker, dropping just outside the 22. Scotland win the ball and surge forward.

3 mins: We have been promised a lively encounter in this one, with Scotland bringing in Phil Godman to get their backs going. It looks to be working early doors. There's a vim and vigour to the hosts.

2 mins: The flags on the Murrayfield roof are standing to attention in a stiff wind. Another lineout take for Scotland, but their backs cough it up after Jamie Robinson tackles Chris Paterson.

1 min: A good take from the retuning Scott Murray from the first lineout and Scotland start well with Chris paterson finding touch with a penalty.

1535 GMT: Referee Alun Lewis gives it the old Robin Smith eyes as he gets used to the light before blowing for the off. Scotland start.

PRE-MATCH BUILD UP, ALL TIMES GMT

1533: On the pitch it is Wales who hold the advantage with 61 victories from 111 meetings. Scotland have won 47 times.

1532: The large travelling support give a good rendition of Land of My Fathers, but Flower of Scotland wins that head-to-head battle before a crack of gunfire from a cannon on the sidelines.

1530: Scotland now and there are a lot of smiles there. Now the anthems.

1528: After the teams come the dignitaries, and it is a warm welcome to the Princess Royal. She works her way down the Welsh line of players who include six men going by the name Jones.

1526: Here come Scotland. Simon Taylor is the first home player out as he is also earning a 50th cap. The big back-rower's entrance is met by two bursts of flame by the tunnel. Best seats in the house down there. At least spectators in the vicinity will be warmed a bit.

1524: Dwayne Peel leads Wales out as he earns his 50th cap - the 25-year-old is the youngest Welshman to reach the landmark.

1520: After 80 minutes of England v Italy, here's to better things at Murrayfield. Despite the freezing temperatures the crowd seem in good mood and the bagpipes are blaring from the kilted band in the middle. Is it a bagpipe band? What's the collective noun?

"The loser today is facing the wooden spoon."
Mark Taylor, BBC Sport pundit

1510: If we can assume that the freezing cold Rhodri Morgan (see below) is a Welsh fan then he certainly won't be feeling lonely at the stadium today - apparently there are 27,000 fans supporting the men in red at Murrayfield today.

1502: The Scotland players are out on the field at Murrayfield, resplendent in their blue tracksuit tops, warming up. There's a decent amount of people inside the stadium now. The atmosphere is building.

"Come on Scotland! I'm sitting at my PC debating if I should bet on Scotland to score 19 points or more. Will weather conditions prevent this?"
Doyboy

"It's minus two degrees inside Murrayfield according to my wrist watch! I'm sat next to a couple of ice cubes."
Rhodri Morgan (just heard Italy scored!)

"Watching the Scotland v Wales game in Boston, USA. Wishing the boys in blue all the very best. Time to "bring it all together" and show what we can REALLY do!"
Duncan Airlie James, Boston via email

"I'm here in Thailand with my shirt on - a red one of course! C'mon Wales, I've 100 Thai Baht that says you can win the 6 Nations!"
David Jones, Thailand via email

"An Irishman, sitting in a forest in Tahiti, watching Scotland v Wales via a satellite link. Life doesn't get any stranger than this. Come on the Celts. Guinness anyone?"
Mike Moran, Tahiti via email

"Canada calling - watching the live update. Not sure just how cold it is at Murryfield, but it's -19C here in Calgary!! We have to win. Come on the Welsh. Cymru am Byth."
Merfyn Davies, Canada via email

"Just returned from watching camel racing in the desert to watch Wales beat Scotland via the internet! If Wales play as well as they did against Ireland, then it's a clear win for the Welsh."
Colin, Abu Dhabi via email

"Come on Scotland - show these Welsh how to play rugby!"
Peter from Cambridge via email

"Come on Scotland! Im sitting at my computer, debating if I should bet on Scotland to score 19 points or more. Will weather conditions prevent this??"
Anon via text

"It's probably a fairly safe bet that I'm one of the only people in Missouri listening to the rugby today! C'mon Wales!!"
Ian, St Louis, Missouri via email

"Tony P in Azerbaijan is a very sore loser! I had a brilliant weekend in Wales watching Ireland win a very poor game by both teams. Nobody in Wales complained about losing."
Toni L via email

1451: On a sadder note, Wales will be sporting black armbands to honour former international prop Brian Williams, who tragically died this week at the age of 46.

"A cold day here in Dallas, Texas in the US. I'm hoping Wales will turn up the heat on the Scots boys and run in the tries they didn't last week. Wales by 10?"
Owen Seys Llewellyn, Texas, via email

"My husband and I are seated in the car outside Murrayfield. It is wet and miserable, but spirits are good. Wales to win. Scotland second."
Susan Harris via text

"We'll be watching live in Santa Monica, California - and having a beer!! C,mon WALES!!!
Oakcon via email

1444: Scotland number eight Simon Taylor and Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel will both be celebrating their 50th international cap in this match. In doing so, Peel becomes Wales' youngest-ever player to reach that milestone. Who will emerge with the honours at the end of the match though?

"I'm watching at home due to work - boo! Scotland to win by six, come on!"
Jim, Edinburgh via text

1437: Some of the players are out on the pitch, with line-out throws and long punt kicks the order of the day in terms of a warm-up. In these conditions, a bit more running about might be useful I think, but I'm sure they know what they're doing.

Scotland can win this! It will be close, but whoever handles the conditions better will come out on top I think. And tell Jeremy to pick a better scarf next time!
Stephen Junor via email

"I'll be listening from Long Beach, Calfornia. Come on Wales!" Nigel, California via email

"In Baku, Azerbaijan, and I will hopefully get to watch the game in the bar if we can get the football turned over!! Went to the Irish game last week and Wales were very unlucky not to win - we obviously didn't cheat as well as the Irish did. Must cheat better today."
Tony P, Azerbaijan via email.

1431: It would appear the vast majority of fans are still wetting their whistles. In fact, one lone supporter has taken up his seat in the north stand, marshalled by a dozen stewards. Watch him closely lads - suspicious behaviour that, stopping drinking a full hour before kick-off.

"These cold conditions should help Scotland more than Wales I would think. They always feel at home here, and it will be interesting to see how the visitors' running game copes in the conditions."
Andy Nicol, BBC Sport pundit

1427: The BBC team of Craig Doyle, Andy Nicol and Jonathan Davies are pitch-side, in what are, apparently "freezing" conditions. Bet they wish they were at home in the pyjamas, ala Ben and co below.

"Thank you BBC for all the rugby today as our house is having a 'National Pyjama Day', whereby we will be sitting in our pyjamas, watching rugby all day."
Ben Gardner and house mates, Durham

1425: A quick glance into the Scottish dressing room suggests that the players are relaxed ahead of the game. The Welsh players have not been spotted on film yet, but rest assured, they are at the ground.

1417: And Scotland captain Chris Paterson has done his bit to ensure it should be a feisty affair - accusing this Wales side of "cheating". Having said that Wales lock Brent Cockbain did not help his side's defence when he openly admitted in his BBC column that they do. A huge heads-up for the referee there then.

1412: With both sides coming off the back of a defeat, this is a crucial test of each side's hopes in the Six Nations. Wales start as slight favourites, but home advantage and a partisan Murrayfield crowd can not be underestimated.

1405: The second half of a busy afternoon of international rugby will be contested in Edinburgh, where Scotland host Wales at 1530 GMT.

Let us know where you are, how you think the game will go and what you have spotted on your way to the match or wherever you are going to watch it.

TEAMS

Scotland: Hugo Southwell, Sean Lamont, Marcus Di Rollo, Rob Dewey, Chris Paterson (capt), Phil Godman, Chris Cusiter, Gavin Kerr, Dougie Hall, Euan Murray, James Hamilton, Scott Murray, Simon Taylor, Kelly Brown, David Callam.
Replacements: Ross Ford, Allan Jacobsen, Nathan Hines, Allister Hogg, Rory Lawson, Simon Webster, Nikki Walker.

Wales: Kevin Morgan, Mark Jones, Jamie Robinson, James Hook, Chris Czekaj; Stephen Jones (capt), Dwayne Peel; Duncan Jones, Rhys Thomas, Adam Jones, Robert Sildoli, Alun Wyn Jones, Alix Popham, Martyn Williams, Rhys Jones.
Replacements: Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins, ian Gough, Jonathan Thomas, Michael Phillips, Ceri Sweeney, Tom Shanklin.



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