SCOTLAND 23 WALES 26
WALES skipper Sam Warburton insists defeat would have ended any chance of his side winning the Six Nations after they chalked up their first win of the championship by edging past Scotland at Murrayfield yesterday.
The visitors led 16-10 at half-time after a try from scrum-half Rhys Webb and three Leigh Halfpenny penalties cancelled out the opening score from Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg.
Halfpenny kicked a total of 16 points while centre Jonathan Davies also powered over as Wales rendered prop Jon Welsh’s late touchdown irrelevant and recorded an eighth successive win over Scotland.
Victory has revived Welsh hopes after an ignominious start to the championship against England at the Millennium Stadium. Wales are now fourth, level on points with France and two behind pacesetters England and Ireland.
“It would take a mathematical miracle to win the Six Nations with three wins,” said Warburton. “We came up here knowing if we lost, that was the championship race over for us, so we were under a lot of pressure to deliver.
“Every game becomes a must-win game, and there is a lot of pressure on every game now.”
Scotland remain pointless in the competition after a second successive loss following defeat in Paris last weekend and head coach Vern Cotter vented his frustration at the match officials.
“We have things to sort out, and perhaps they will have as well,” he said.
“There were three penalties inside their 22 in the last 15 minutes. I thought some of those errors might have been cynical as well and maybe deserved a yellow card.”