GATS CHAS­ING A SLAM DUNK

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Classified -

WAR­REN GAT­LAND’S Wales can clinch their first grand slam since 2012 if they can beat Ire­land in Cardiff next Saturday.

They ex­tended their record win­ning streak to 13 matches with this hard­earned vic­tory at Mur­ray­field.

First-half tries from Josh Adams and Jonathan Davies put Wales in con­trol as they dom­i­nated the in­jury-hit and er­ror-prone Scots.

But a stir­ring sec­ond­half fight­back left Wales skip­per Alun Wyn Jones ad­mit­ting: “Scot­land did a job on us in 2017 and they al­most did it again in the sec­ond half.

“We started well but we def­i­nitely didn’t win that sec­ond pe­riod. We gave them easy penal­ties and we just didn’t get out.

“We feel like we are im­prov­ing game by game, but it was more of a de­fen­sive per­for­mance.

“We will make sure we en­joy each other’s com­pany tonight and then we start again when we get back to Cardiff.”

In the sec­ond half the sub­dued Mur­ray­field crowd were brought to their feet with a score from Darcy Gra­ham.

But Scot­land spurned sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to kick for goal in pur­suit of a sec­ond try that never came, leav­ing Wales to breathe a sigh of relief.

CLEAR OF THE PACK Josh Adams scor­ing for Wales

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