Grand Slam-chasing Gatland says Wales 'have a dream'

Grand Slam-chasing Gatland says Wales 'have a dream'

Wales will play defending champion Ireland next Saturday in Cardiff for a shot at a first Grand Slam since 2012, and a first Six Nations championship since 2013.

The second half did not see much action until the final six minutes when Chloe Rollie's try gave Scotland a 15-10 lead and a glimmer of hope for their first win in the tournament.

"All the way through the tournament we have been very real about our performances, we said yesterday we hadn't fulfilled our potential and we still feel that", he said.

"It's never easy losing players early on, but I thought the guys who came on did well, it's stuff you've just got to deal with it".

Replacement Hamish Watson was to the fore in the Scottish comeback, bringing some of the carrying power that Scotland had lacked in the first half with a series of bruising charges.

But Scotland tailed off badly in the second half and then looked hopelessly passive against France two weeks ago.

The visiting side led 15-6 at half-time, with the scoreline not reflecting their overall dominance as Scotland struggled to cope with Wales' mix of crushing phase-based attack play and sharp finishing.

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The more Wales tried to close out the game the more Scotland began to find gaps in the usually formidable Welsh defense.

Scotland lost their entire back three of Tommy Seymour, Blair Kinghorn and try-scorer Darcy Graham in a tight contest, with Stuart Hogg already missing.

Wales fullback Liam Williams also left in the second half, right arm slung in his shirt.

Any team that's won a Grand Slam - and I think back even to previous year with Ireland and that Johnny Sexton drop goal - you look back at certain games and know you've had a little bit of luck.

Scotland, meanwhile, faces the prospect of ending a disappointing campaign with a solitary win unless they can inflict a shock defeat against England in its final fixture.

Coach Gregor Townsend says Scotland's injury crisis is so acute that he may be forced to name Glasgow Warriors stand-off Adam Hastings at full-back at Twickenham on Saturday.

"The players had to handle some things that went against them, injuries early on and reshuffling the backline and players out of position, but we showed what we were made of in that second half in terms of the rugby we want to play and in our character".

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