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Aaron Shingler hails 'massive performance' as Wales beat Scotland in Six Nations

04 February, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend

Halfpenny converted, before Wales nearly conjured a spectacular try when forwards Shingler, Hill, Rob Evans and Alun Wyn Jones combined brilliantly, but Steff Evans dropped Jones' pass just five metres from Scotland's line.

Davies' quick pass was flicked on by Evans for Halfpenny to scamper over unopposed and he converted his own score.

The Scarlets full-back has come under growing pressure for a starting spot after injuries and loss of form.

"I was [expecting that performance] actually", Gatland said.

Scotland, one of the most dynamic and unpredictable attacking sides, were guilty of overplaying at times and found it hard to build cohesion or put pressure on the Welsh defence.

Italy will make its 19thSix Nations tournament appearance and has yet to finish better than fourth overall in the standings.

"It has improved over the last few seasons and it is an area we will try to exploit, but we still know how tough it is going to be to do that".

"I'm sure there will be some but Wales were superb today so well done to them but we've got a lot of work to do".

"It's about us sticking to our processes and what we are trying to achieve, although the biggest thing is being disciplined and not giving away penalties".

The Scarlets have impressed with the expansive play which has earned them a place in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals and Gatland has picked 10 members of that team.

"There was definitely a quiet confidence in the squad, they have been outstanding in their preparation, and we went into the game expecting to win reasonably comfortably". "We go into the game at 2.30 tomorrow and whoever's won the game's won the game and it won't really matter who the favourites were".

"They are two different teams and Warren obviously has his way of playing, so I'd be surprised if they suddenly tore that up and adopted a totally different style", said Barclay.

"There are probably going to be times when there are small setbacks, that's natural, but then it's about how people respond".

Scotland hand centre Chris Harris a first start, with Ali Price preferred to Greig Laidlaw at scrum-half.

Scotland's 36-year-old hooker Scott Lawson, who has not played an worldwide since 2014, provides cover on the bench in a further reflection of the selection crisis among the forwards for coach Gregor Townsend.

Ali Price and Finn Russell form a unsafe half back partnership.

Scotland, fresh from an impressive autumn campaign when they crushed Australia and ran world champions New Zealand close, were immediately on the front foot following Davies' poor clearance, with lock Jonny Gray running deep inside the opposition 22.

"Wales pass the ball more than they've ever done before, although they're still very direct", said Townsend.

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