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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 March, 2005, 17:47 GMT
Content Ruddock hails Welsh flair
Kevin Morgan scored two first-half tries for Wales against Scotland
Wales coach Mike Ruddock was more than happy to come away from Murrayfield with a victory despite conceding three second-half tries against Scotland.

"We played some good stuff in the first half as we kept the ball away from contact and scored some great tries," Ruddock told BBC Sport.

"We lost our discipline a little bit in the second half, but only Gareth Llewellyn in this squad had ever won in Murrayfield before.

"So we are delighted to get this win."

Ruddock can now turn his attention to next Saturday's match with Ireland where a first Grand Slam since 1978 is up for grabs.

Hopes of a winner takes all encounter were dashed on Saturday after Ireland's first Six Nations defeat this season to France.

The pack was awesome and gave the backs the platform to launch their attacks
Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel

"Ireland are going to be hurting after their loss and are going to be fired up," added Ruddock.

"It's going to be an amazing atmosphere down in Cardiff.

"We've got a short week, just a six-day turnaround so we need to check up on our injuries and see where we are in terms of recovery.

"Rhys Williams is the biggest concern with a calf strain and Mefin (Davies) also has a knock so we'll assess them in the week.

"Hopefully there's another big match left in us."

Man-of-the-match Dwayne Peel said the Wales forwards can take much of the credit for blowing Scotland away in the first-half.

"We knew it was going to be a very tough game up here," said the scrum-half.

"We came out all guns blazing, and I think played some of our best rugby of the tournament in the first half.

"The pack was awesome and gave the backs the platform to launch their attacks."

He added: "It's a massive game for us next Saturday. It'll be the biggest game for a long time.

"There was 40,000 [Wales] fans here, and hopefully they'll be out in force next week and I'm sure it'll be a cracking game."

Highlights: Scotland 22-46 Wales

Interview: Wales coach Mike Ruddock

Interview: Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel


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