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Latest update : 2009-02-14

Wales began its Six Nations rugby crown defence with a confident 26-13 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield. The Welsh, who led 26-6 early in the second half, ran in four tries.

AFP - Wales coach Warren Gatland refused to get carried away with his side's prospects of another Six Nations crown after watching them sweep aside the challenge of Scotland 26-13 at Murrayfield on Sunday.
While stressing his satisfaction with the outcome, Gatland insisted they will still have plenty of work on their hands to repeat the feat of last season's Grand Slam.
He declared: "This has been a tough place for Wales to come over the years, so I have to be happy with the result.
"We have put ourselves in a good position, but we are bearing in mind that there are four games to go - and only a six-day gap before facing England. That will be very physically demanding for the guys."
Gatland went on: "I was delighted with the accuracy of most of our play, but there is also plenty for work on.
"It was also important for us to maintain our discipline, and - other than the late yellow card for Martyn Williams - we did that."
The coach also stressed he was not concerned about the high number of missed goal kicks.
He said: "Maybe it did put us under a little pressure at times, but that will be sorted out."
The feeling of Scotland coach Frank Hadden were made clear when he conducted a lengthy post mortem behind locked doors in the changing room.
Tom Shanklin, a late call-up for the injured Gavin Henson, Alun-Wyn Jones, Leigh Halfpenny and world player of the year Shane Williams all scored for Wales with Max Evans grabbing Scotland's only try.
Wales suffered a potentially major setback in the build up to kick-off when inspirational skipper Ryan Jones failed a fitness test on a leg strain.
Veteran flanker Martyn Williams, who was sin-binned late in the game, took over the leadership duties, while Daffyd Jones was summoned from the bench.
Welsh centre Jamie Roberts, who was named man of the match, said he was now keen to face England next weekend at the Millennium Stadium.
"It was an absolutely fantastic performance first half - they had us on the edge of our seats at the end but fair play to Scotland they made us work hard," said the Cardiff star.
"I'm looking forward to next week - bring on England."

Date created : 2009-02-08