Wales hopes of retaining Six Nations title alive

Crowds watching the game
Wales fans descended on the Scottish capital before the game Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Wales' hopes of retaining the Six Nations title were boosted by their 28-18 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Interim Head Coach Rob Howley said the Edinburgh ground was not the easiest for any team to play and said he was "pleased" with his team's hard-fought victory.

Hibbard try
Wales Richard Hibbard scores a try during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Howley praised the performances of the Wales pack as well as the boot of Leigh Halfpenny who retained his composure after missing his first three kicks in Saturday's game.

Leigh Halfpenny
Wales Leigh Halfpenny kicks a penalty during the RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Of Sam Warburton, Howley said he was "delighted" the centre was able to prove wrong those who questioned his abilities.

From our perspective, I'm just delighted for Sam to go out and prove those people who are questioning his performance with an outstanding performance.

– Rob Howley, Interim Wales Head Coach
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Ryan Jones left the pitch with a shoulder injury Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ryan Jones' shoulder injury is being assessed and Howley is hopeful that Jones would be available for Saturday's decider clash against England. Howley told the post-match press conference in Scotland that Gethin Jenkins' calf injury was also improving and it is hoped he too will be fit for Wales' final game in this year's tournament.

The character they have shown over the last three games away from home in particular, they can be very proud of themselves and something now that gives us a lot of momentum going into a big game next week.

– Rob Howley, interim Wales Head Coach

All eyes are now on this Saturday's clash with Grand Slam favourites England at the Millennium Stadium. Howley described it as a "mammoth game" and one of the biggest games that the players and coaches will have been involved in, but having the "best supporters in world rugby" would help.