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2009 Six Nations
7 Feb-21 March

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RESULT: Scotland 13-26 Wales

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By Ben Dirs

"On this weekend's showing, the Lions squad should be entirely comprised of Welshmen and Irishmen."
doobyduck on 606

"I'd like to know who started the vicious rumour that Scotland were any good and that this would be a close game. Scotland are just terrible spattered with a few moments of plain bad."
cutelilmonster on 606

"We're a disgrace, Hadden must go as we're going backwards. No fight, no heart and we still can't do the basics."
arabicred on 606

80 mins: And there is the final whistle. Smashing start from Wales, it petered out a bit, but you have to say, on that evidence, they're odds-on to give England a damn good thrashing in Cardiff next week. Scotland were - and I hate to patronise them - plucky at best, but they have all the cutting edge of a blob of ice cream. Jamie Roberts wins the man-of-the-match award by the way, but Wales had game-breakers all over the park.

79 mins: As good as Wales have looked today at times, coach Warren Gatland won't be happy with the way his side have taken their foot off the gas and rolled towards their destination. I'm sure on reflection that Wales will look back and think they should have won this game by 30-40 points.

76 mins: Southwell bursts over the gain-line, but for the most part every Scottish wave is being wrapped up in a wide, red web. But Paterson may have scored! Paterson chases through, Lee Byrne hesitates, and the Murrayfield crowd think their side have reduced the deficit to eight points. Alas, the man upstairs judges it was a knock-on. No grandstand finish.

74 mins: Scotland really giving it a go down the stretch. Godman with a deft pass to Chris Cusiter, but after a thrusting break, Allan Jacobsen knocks on at the breakdown. Martyn Williams is ready to come back on for the last five minutes. Expect him to steady the ship.

71 mins: Shane Williams is off with an injury, and he's replaced by lock Bradley Davies. Andy Powell is switched to inside-centre after a Warren Gatland reshuffle. All a bit messy for Wales at the moment, and they're turned over again after Halfpenny is flipped in the tackle.

67 mins: TRY Scotland 13-26 Wales
Hugo Southwell spills the ball in the tackle, but Wales are penalised for tackling on the ground. Godman opts to kick for territory rather than for goal... and that's a score for the Scots! Good feet from Max Evans - you've got to have good feet to step outside Shane Williams and inside Lee Byrne - and he reaches across to score in the right-hand corner. Paterson swings over the extras from the touch-line to reduce the deficit to 13.

65 mins: Scotland's scrum is being reduced to powder at Murrayfield, and that can't be nice for the locals to witness. Martyn Williams, Wales' stand-in skipper, is sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on as Scotland look to break. That's pretty much his game over.

"Wales look handier than a pack of Wet Wipes."
Cen via text on 81111

62 mins: Wales make a quintuple substitution: Roberts, Jenkins, Rees, Gough and Stephen Jones are off, on come Charteris, Bishop, Yapp, Bennett and Hook. For Scotland, Cusiter and Hall are on for Blair and Ford. Quintuple? Is that right?

60 mins: Wales kick deep and Scotland are unable to run their way out of trouble. Fantastic chasing from the Welsh pack and Leigh Halfpenny has a chance for three more points... but that's three more points gone, the winger pushing his effort wide.

56 mins: TRY Scotland 6-26 Wales
Powell once again goes flying into the line, before Stephen Jones dazzles with a dinky offload to Roberts. Wales swing it back left, Scotland scramble their defence, but eventually Shane Williams steps off his left peg and burrows over for his 45th try for Wales. Wales disappear beyond the horizon, despite Jones' missed conversion attempt.

55 mins: Scott Gray is on for John Barclay in the back-row. Wales nick line-out ball and win a penalty for hands in the ruck.

"Fair play to Scotland, they're making a fist of it now, and not before time. Still can't see where they're going to score a try from, though. Maybe Paterson will kick them back into the game."
Sion, Denbigh, via text on 81111

53 mins: Max Evans enters the fray, replacing Ben Cairns at outside-centre. Wales look to swing it wide, but Shanklin is unable to get his pass away. Andy Powell has looked good so far - Fred Astaire feet attached to the body of Sasquatch, and once again he piles over the gain-line.

48 mins: PENALTY Scotland 6-21 Wales
"Scotland are not asking any questions of this Welsh defence," opines Jonathan Davies on the box, and it's pretty safe to say that aimless high kicks are not the way to unlock Warren Gatland's side. But that's a penalty - Andy Powell with hands in the ruck and Paterson makes no mistake.

44 mins: Almost another try for the visitors. Byrne makes the half-break, it's Shane Williams with the flip-pass, but Alun Wyn Jones is scragged in the right-hand corner. This is pretty ruthless stuff from the Welsh, and it's making England look about as dynamic as a Galapagos tortoise.

41 mins: TRY Scotland 3-21 Wales
Not sure what, if anything, Scotland can do to stem this red tide. Wales purring in that first half like a well-oiled Jag with walnut dash and gear knob. AND ANOTHER! That's the best of the bunch. Wales have gamebreakers all over the park - this time it's Jamie Roberts slicing through the Scottish defence, before the ball is switched right. Shane Williams off-loads out of the back of his hand and Leigh Halfpenny does very well indeed to stay in touch and touch down in the corner after just 47 seconds. Magnificent, and I'm not even Welsh. Jones is unable to kick the extras.

"Scotland are meant to have improved, but that's not obvious today. No direction and no cutting edge. Wales have picked up where they left off. This could be a right stuffing."
Anon via text on 81111

"In reply to the comment made regarding Welsh cockiness, I would like to say that it's not cockiness or arrogance, it's called talent, which we have."
Titch via text on 81111

"I'm watching in HD. Someone tell Jerry to polish the championship trophy."
Nick in Wimbledon via text on 81111

1550: PENALTY Scotland 3-16 Wales
Daft play from Scotland. The clock ticks past the 40 minutes mark and they go and give away a pointless penalty for hands in the ruck. I think that was daft lad Allan Jacobsen. Stephen Jones, inevitably, kicks the three-pointer, before referee Rolland whistles for half-time.

1548: To be fair to the Scots, other than that period when they were down to 14 men, they've competed pretty well. But then that's a sign of Wales' blossoming as a genuinely world-class side - they made Scotland pay. Here's Paterson with a jinking run, but Andy Powell makes a fine tackle to haul him down just short. SCRUM AGAINST THE HEAD! Wales get a shove on and Stephen Jones releases the pressure valve. He's got a foot like a traction engine.

1542: PENALTY Scotland 3-13 Wales
Paterson - statistically the best kicker in the world (bore off Dirs) - slots a penalty from 25 yards out, and that will be of some succour to the hosts just before the break. But before that, Byrne once again showed his class with another snake-hipped run - Jerry Guscott is looking like the wisest man in the world at the moment. Even wiser than Nick Mallett.

1537: TRY Scotland 0-13 Wales
Dickinson enters the fray for Scotland - Jason White is off momentarily. Scotland's scrum, with one man short, is being marmalised. Stephen Jones beats two tackles, Mike Phillips sets up Alun Wyn Jones from the resulting breakdown and the Lions shoo-in touches down. Wales really purring at the moment, although Jones misses the extras.

1531: TRY Scotland 0-8 Wales
WHAT A SCORE! Mike Phillips shows gossamer hands with a lovely lay-off in the tackle, the ball is slung left, Lee Byrne flips the ball inside to Shanklin and the centre barrels over for the first try of the game. Silky. Stephen Jones misses with the conversion.

1530: Cross, on debut for Scotland, is wheeled off the pitch - let's hope that's not too bad - and he will be replaced by Alasdair Dickinson in 10 minutes. Chris Paterson is also on for Webster.

1526: That's naughty, naughty, very naughty from Geoff Cross. Lee Byrne leaps liken a tin of John West, Cross has a look and takes the full-back out in the air. Double indignity for the Scotland prop - he's done himself a mischief, and Alain Rolland lets it be known that as soon as he's on his feet, he'll be seeing yellow. Good refereeing from Rolland - he also wants Simon Webster off. The Scotland wing has just dropped his breakfast on the side of the pitch - I was pretty sure he was momentarily knocked out in that collision with Martyn Williams.

1524: "They're looking for the money ball all the time," says Jonathan Davies, as Hugo Southwell hurls a miss pass into touch. The hosts have had plenty of possession so far, and they are finding gaps in the Wales defence.

1521: Scotland pinch the line-out with Shanklin being treated, and this is a sticky period for Wales after a rollocking start. However, Ian Gough puts in a fine tackle and Adam Jones nicks the ball.

1519: The Scottish forwards get a rumble on, with debutant Geoff Cross going on a canter. Some spiky play from Scotland, and through goes Southwell, and then Ben Cairns... but the centre falls into touch.

1517: PENALTY Scotland 0-3 Wales
Stephen Jones
slots a straightforward penalty from in front of the posts after Simon Taylor is pinged for holding on. Phillips and Martyn Williams were all over him like a cheap suit there.

1512: Loose pass from Scotland in midfield and Roberts kicks through, but the ball veers right and dribbles into touch. BOOF! That's not at all pretty. Scotland wing Simon Webster clatters into Martyn Williams - nicknamed "Nugget" - as Wales look to spread the ball wide, and he falls to the turf as if someone's gone at him with a chainsaw. Williams, in contrast, is up on his feet quick as a flash. Double Hard. It's worse than it looks though, and Webster is back in the mixer after a bit of treatment.

1510: That's why Jeremy Guscott thinks Lee Byrne is the best player in world rugby at the moment: the Wales full-back goes through the Scotland defence like a hot knife through butter. Scotland, however, win a penalty as Welsh forwards pile in off their feet.

1507: Shanklin steamrollers Cairns, but Alun-Wyn Jones takes his eye off the ball and knocks on from Phillips' pass. Wales, however, win the ball back and spin the ball right. Shane Williams gets his mitts on the ball for the first time in the match, flips a pass to Byrne, but the Wales full-back is brought down. Byrne looks all at sea after his head bounces off the turf, but he's OK.

1504: Referee Alain Rolland's not putting up with any nonsense at the first set-piece, and that's a solid first scrum from the Scots, driving Wales back. Southwell shows and goes but his pass goes awry and Wales win the scrum. Rock solid on their own ball.

1502: Right, let's have it... Phil Godman gets the game under way...

"After months of Welsh arrogance I'll be supporting Scotland today for the first time in years. If anything is on par with the over the top anti-English comments, it's Wales' cockiness."
Anon via text on 81111

1458: Bit of hush please, here's Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau... brrrr, what an anthem... although this one's not bad either... Land of My Fathers or Flower of Scotland? Tricky, very tricky...

"Sometimes players stepping in at the last minute can be the making of them. Dafydd Jones will be giving it everything today to show Gatland what he can do."
Ponty on 606

"They know how to cope with pressure and they need to go out there and prove everyone right. I'm confident Wales will get a result today - if they get the set-piece right..."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Davies

"Roars of surprise and delight from the Scotland fans as news of Ryan Jones's late injury is announced over the PA system. Maybe that's two apiece now - Scotland missing Euan Murray and Nathan Hines, Wales Gavin Henson and Jones..."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at Murrayfield

1452: Players are out at Murrayfield, the bagpipes are whirring, and we've got what appear to be flame-throwing amps as the Scottish side run onto the pitch. Here comes the Princess Royal, gawd bless 'er.

"It was a pretty hard and emotional decision for Ryan to make but the last thing he wanted to do is go out there and come off early. It is one of those things that happen in rugby. It is nothing that should affect us. There was no expectation 12 months ago and this year there is a little bit more pressure on us. Good teams handle that pressure. We have grown as a squad and have matured quite nicely. Over the last 12 months we have played some good rugby and hopefully we can continue that today."
Wales coach Warren Gatland

1444: Gatland has gone for Stephen Jones at 10, which leaves James Hook on the bench, and Lions coach Ian McGeechan could end up choosing between the two of them in the summer. Scotland have Edinburgh's Phil Godman at fly-half - he was coached by Frank Hadden at Merchiston Castle School. Wonder if he still calls him "Sir"?

"Lee Byrne is the best player playing in the world at the moment..."
Massive call from BBC pundit Jeremy Guscott

1440: Anyone see last Sunday's Times? Lawrence Dallaglio picked eight Englishmen and seven Wasps players in his Lions starting XV. What do all you Welsh fans think about that? On the evidence of yesterday's performance, you wouldn't have eight England players in your Lions squad.

"Ryan Jones' loss is a big, big problem so close to the game, and Dafydd Jones just isn't a good replacement. Could be the lifeline Scotland need."
NFLwarrior on 606

1430: Should be a humdinger between Blair and Phillips at scrum-half today. "I've not given the Lions much thought," says Blair. "All I want to do is a good job for my country." Do me a favour Mike, you're not fooling anyone...

1427: Wales may be hot favourites to beat Scotland today, but it should be remembered that the defending champions have won only one of their last five visits to Murrayfield. Scotland are missing influential duo Euan Murray and Nathan Hines, while Chris Paterson has been dropped to the bench. Prop Geoff Cross makes his debut in place of Murray. With Hines absent, flanker Jason White switches to the second row for just the fifth time in 70 international appearances.

"Neil Jenkins is putting Stephen Jones, James Hook and Lee Byrne through their kicking drills. Hard to say whether there's a brighter orange glow coming from the remnants of Jenks' hair or the freshly-sunbedded legs of Hook and Byrne."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at Murrayfield

1415: Afternoon all. Here's hoping today's game is a bit more Croke Park than Twickenham. England's win over Italy gave the sport a bad name. Some early team news in, and it's not good for the visitors: Wales skipper Ryan Jones is out after failing a late fitness test on a calf strain, which is why Martyn Williams is peering out at you from the rugby index next to Mike Blair - he takes over as Wales captain. Dafydd Jones comes in as blind-side flanker, uncapped Blues youngster Bradley Davies is on the bench.

Scotland: Southwell, Webster, Cairns, Morrison, Lamont, Godman, Blair, Jackson, Ford, Cross, White, J. Hamilton, Hogg, Taylor, Barclay. Replacements: Hall, Dickinson, Brown, Gray, Cusiter, Paterson, M. Evans.

Wales: Byrne, Halfpenny, Roberts, Shanklin, S. Williams, S. Jones, Phillips, Jenkins, Rees, A. Jones, Gough, A. Jones, D. Jones, M. Williams, Powell. Replacements: Bennett, Yapp, Charteris, Davies, Peel, Hook, Bishop.

Referee: A Rolland (Ireland)

"It's a day for multiple layers and hip-flasks in Edinburgh - no snow, but temperatures sinking down to three-hats levels. Quiet in town yesterday too, with the bad weather across Wales seeming to delay the arrival of large chunks of the Red Army."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at Murrayfield

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