Monday, 16 February 2015

Scotland 23 v Wales 26

A great day out in Edinburgh yesterday. A full house at Murrayfield and a fantastic match. Flights on time and the new tram works brilliantly well taking you from the airport to the top of Princes Street via Murrayfield Station in 30 minutes.

Lunch at the Cafe Royal, my favourite pub in Edinburgh and the tram back to Murrayfield where 10,000 fans were enjoying pre-match festivities inside the turnstiles. We saw both teams arriving and eventually got to the action after the national anthems. 

The match didn't disappoint either with Scotland far more competitive than in recent years both in the forwards and the backs. We had the superb sight of Stuart Hogg hitting top gear and rocketing down the wing and around the Welsh defence to give Scotland some early game momentum. Wales came back onto the match courtesy of more unnecessary Scottish infringement. This is probably the last thing that we need to improve to become winners rather than also-rans.

Wales took the lead after Finn Russell was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle and from then on Scotland were chasing the game. Scotland finished the first-half on the Welsh line where several minutes of desperate Welsh defence prevented a blue score.

As the game wore on Wales score another try which opened a ten point gap and threatened to finish the match off but Scotland rallied and a late surge saw them score another try after more heavy pressure on the Wales line but it was all too late and Wales held on for a win they just about deserved. 


Geoff said...

You wuz robbed Dave. Ref did insufficient about repeated Welsh offences on their goal line in that amazing last seven or eight minutes, then refused a re-start.
(I'm a neutral, by the way.)

As for the magnificent (on Saturday) CAFC, apart from the revelation that Bulot is a footballer, I felt the defence looked so much more assured that they had a proper keeper behind them. Shame about Wiggo with yet another injury. Getting to the point where you wonder whether he can hang on at this level.

Dave said...

Geoff - I was doen the other end of the stadium and even with the big screens it's sometimes hard to be really sure what has happened in amongst the bodies. It's a pity we didn't score a couple of minutes before the end to give ourselves a chance, although I thought we rode our luck having that try disallowed for "crossing."

I think Henderson made a bigger impact on Saturday too than he was given credit for....