Wales remain on track for the Triple Crown as they beat Scotland 30-15 in their second Six Nations game at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Coach Warren Gatland has set his Wales team the task of winning the Triple Crown after they beat Scotland 30-15 at the Millennium Stadium in the Six Nations on Saturday to remain unbeaten in the tournament.
Gatland's second successive win since taking charge came thanks to two tries from Shane Williams and one from James Hook.
The victory came on the back of their comeback win over England at Twickenham last week, their first at the home of
English rugby for 20 years, and has put Wales within one game of the Triple Crown, against Ireland in Dublin on March 8.
"First of all this win (against Scotland) means we will not get the wooden spoon this year, but it has set us up for a shot
at the Triple Crown and that's great news. There will be a lot at stake in the game in Dublin," Gatland told a news conference.
Williams looked to have set Wales on their way with his first try on 13 minutes but the boot of wing Chris Paterson kept
Scotland in the game.
It was not until Hook and Williams, again, went over in the second half that Wales pulled away.
"We thoroughly deserved to win this game. There was only one side out there trying to play rugby and that was the players in red jerseys," said Gatland.
"Scotland didn't really threaten us once. They made it quite easy for us with their attacks from the rucks, which we had
worked hard on this week.
"We have got some momentum now. We've still got a couple of levels to go before we can compete with the best in the world -- but when we get there we will be very good.
"I was a bit worried at 17-15 because it would only take one penalty or interception to turn the game. But I was proud of the
way the boys stuck at it. We took our chances late on and got a reasonably comfortable win."
Scotland coach Frank Hadden was unhappy about Williams' second try, which gave Wales a 27-15 lead in the 67th minute.
Italian fourth official Carlo Damasco awarded the try but television replays showed the wing's foot touched the line as he
dived in under the challenge of Ospreys team mate Nikki Walker. "I'm bitterly disappointed that the TMO (television match
official) has clearly got a decision wrong. That try left us with a mountain to climb," said Hadden.
The defeat was a second in six days for Scotland after their 27-6 loss to France and has left Hadden facing an uphill battle
to avoid finishing last in the tournament for a second successive season.
"It was another tough day at the office for us. We just did enough to hang on by doing what needed to be done to scrap away and try to nick something away from home," said Hadden.
"But we didn't hang on to the ball enough, individually or collectively, to threaten. We have a very young squad and they
will learn from this. Wales can be reasonably happy with their performance, but it was not a vintage game."
Date created : 2008-02-09