Scotland and France call up injury replacements for Six Nations finale

Heather Diaz
March 13, 2019

England moved one step closer to sealing the Women's Six Nations Grand Slam with a commanding 55-0 victory over second-placed Italy in Exeter Saturday.

After dominating the first half against an injury-hit and error-prone Scotland, Wales had to survive a stirring second-half comeback as the hosts brought a previously subdued Murrayfield crowd to their feet with a score from Darcy Graham.

Ali Price replaces the skipper at scrum-half as Townsend makes four changes following the loss to Les Bleus, Finn Russell recovering from a head injury to return at fly-half.

The former Ireland coach praised his players for the resilience they showed at the end of their hard week and for a superb second-half defensive effort helping them to protect most of the advantage they gained through first-half tries from winger Josh Adams and centre Jonathan Davies.

Scotland, though, took an 11th-minute lead after Wales flanker Josh Navidi infringed and Russell kicked the resulting penalty, yet Wales responded brilliantly.

Scotland assistant coach Mike Blair insists some positive features of their play can finally click together in their closing game of the Guinness Six Nations at Twickenham.

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This also means Wales, who are the only team yet to face a defeat in the competition keep their hope of Grand Slam alive as they face Ireland in the final round in Cardiff on 16th March while Scotland have suffered their third defeat.

"The first half probably cost us as well, we had a few tries that we potentially could have stopped if we had sorted our defence out a little, but in terms of where we were last time we took the pitch, there was a big step forward and although we're disappointed to lose at home, a lot of effort went into that performance and there was a lot to be proud of".

Then, suddenly, Wales became the punching bag in the second half.

Eddie Jones' side are now a point behind Wales going into the weekend's action, with England able to win the Championship if Ireland beat the Welsh.

The Scotland forwards laid siege to Wales' line, and lock Grant Gilchrist was denied a try by some outstanding defensive work as the home side grew in confidence. "Some might remember the stories of David Leslie when he was coach of the Scotland Under-21s and he'd lie on the ground and tell players to stand all over him to get themselves fired up for the game".

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