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Scotland-Wales: the Finn Russell festival in the face of Welsh impotence


TOPS / FLOPS - Finn Russell elected man of the match, the urgency of results for Wales ... Find out what caught the attention of the editorial staff after this meeting.


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Finn Russell at the top of his game

This Finn Russell there is almost unplayable.

The Racing 92 opener is capable of the best and the worst.

But today, he will have led his team from Scotland to victory with flying colours.

The whimsical opening half first scored two penalties (9th, 16th) before being dangerous offensively.

It will also convert the first try.

But then Russell started his festival.

First with a magnificent offering to his winger Kyle Steyn (51st) before depositing the leather in the arms of this same player with a millimeter foot pass seven minutes later.

At the end of the match, he will find a superb 50-22 before distilling a new foot game in the arms of van der Merwe who will then serve Kinghorn for the penultimate Scottish try.

The Scottish three-quarter line to its advantage

The Scots rely on a conquering pack first.

But today, three-quarters of the XV du Chardon enjoyed themselves.

The pair of centers first.

The Tuipulotu / Jones association wreaked havoc with in particular a huge breakthrough from the latter, served on a plateau by his first center at the start of the match.

Then the two players also defended well and constantly weighed in front of the opposing defense.

The wingers also stood out.

Excellent on high balls and author of a double, the wing of South African origin Kyle Steyn shone.

The other arrow Duhan van der Merwe will also have wreaked havoc with his overflows and his devastating charges.

Fullback Blair Kinghorn, who came on in place of Stuart Hogg, was also excellent.


Welsh impotence

The Welsh entered the Scottish camp only 10 times for a single scored try.

Less powerful and less dangerous, the men of Gatland never really worried Scotland.

Before the break, Ken Owens will still score in force (35th).

Proof of this admission of helplessness, the winger Rio Dyer misses a test ball on the siren.

At the end of the match, Liam Williams' teammates failed to get past the opposing defense, with actions often annihilated by hand fouls.

The Hawkins center was well contained by the Tupulotu-Jones pair.


Wales must react quickly

The Welsh worry.

Defeated largely in England without any bonus, the Leek XV chained a second slap and sadly advanced to last place in the standings.

Aging team, lack of X factors and without a real game plan, Wales must react in two weeks against their English neighbors.

Almost five months from a World Cup in France, Warren Gatland and his men are more than ever under pressure and will have to quickly raise the bar.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-02-11

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