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Wales crush sloppy Scotland 27-13

CARDIFF: Wales overcame a sluggish start to crush an error-prone and ill-disciplined Scotland 27-13 in the Six Nations Sunday and make it two wins from two.Fullback Leigh Halfpenny scored two tries and kicked 12 points and wing Alex Cuthbert also touched down for the hosts as the Scots, who had more than held their own in the first 40 minutes, paid the price for having two players sin-binned at the Millennium Stadium.

Scotland, level 3-3 at the break, rallied briefly with Greig Laidlaw getting his side’s first try in five matches on his first start but it was too little too late as Wales confidently followed up last weekend’s win over Ireland.

The Scots committed another glaring error when Chris Cusiter made a hash of gathering the kickoff to hand Wales a lineout in their opponents’ 22. The ball was then worked wide for Cuthbert who brushed off a missed tackle to touch down.

Scotland were reduced to 14 men after center Nick De Luca was sin-binned for an off-the-ball tackle which Halfpenny, who kicked a late penalty to defeat Ireland, further punished to extend the lead to 13-3. Laidlaw also proved accurate with the dead ball but a rampaging Wales struck again as swift passing created the space for Halfpenny to dart over.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 13, 2012, on page 14.
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