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Six Nations: Scotland make history but Ireland hold the edge

Scotland continued their stunning start to the Six Nations as they secured a record home win over Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday evening.

Fly-half Finn Russell was once again the star of the show as Scotland secured a memorable 35-7 victory in front of their own fans to pick up another bonus-point success.

Scotland are now level at the top of the table with Ireland, with both teams securing successive bonus-point wins in their first two matches.

The Irish proved too good for last year's Grand Slam winners France, winning 32-19 in Dublin, and it is Andy Farrell's men who top the standings thanks to a slender advantage in points difference.

Russell the man for the big occasion

Russell's place in the Scotland team had been questioned in the build-up to the Six Nations, but he proved his worth and then some on Saturday.

Russell got the ball rolling with two penalties before converting George Turner's try to help Scotland establish an early 13-0 lead. Wales did hit back late in the first period thanks to a try from Ken Owens, converted by Dan Biggar, to make it 13-7 to the hosts at the break.

Scotland turned the screw in the second half, though, with Kyle Steyn crossing twice, indebted to Russell for both scores.

Blair Kinghorn capped off a lovely team move with a superb try to push Scotland further ahead before Matt Fagerson completed the rout, again with Russell playing a key role in the build up.

Despite a sublime display, Russell was quick to downplay his own performance, and was happy to focus on the team at full-time.

He told BBC One: "It was a great game and a great result for us. The boys put in a great performance which was great to have at Murrayfield.

"I was just doing my job out there, making the other boys look good. The continuity in the squad allowed us to attack like we did today."

Russell has now provided 10 try assists in nine Test matches for Scotland since the start of 2022.

He is also the first Scotland player to register a hat-trick of assists in a Six Nations match, and if he continues this form, he could help Scotland win the Six Nations without Ireland at 8/13.

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Ritchie feels there is more to come

Scotland took their time to find their ruthlessness, but when they did, they carved their way through the Welsh defence.

Gregor Townsend has now led his side to two wins from two in the Six Nations, the first time Scotland have achieved such a feat, having last done it in 1996 when it was the Five Nations.

France are up next, and even though they must face the defending champions in Paris, Scotland will be confident of picking up the victory.

Scotland have been cut into 9/2 to win the Six Nations for the first time, and while they have been in fine form so far, captain Jamie Ritchie says his team have more in the tank.

He told the BBC: "I couldn't ask for more from the crowd today. It was perfect, but we did enough to get the job done. I'm pleased to be holding Doddie's trophy.

"It's the first game without him here - we're delighted. I'm a bit all over the place, emotional. I'm glad we were able to do this for Kathy today.

"If we play to our best, we can beat any team. We've got more in us - we're looking to improve when we go to Paris."

Gatland has his work cut out

Wales boss Warren Gatland had enjoyed an incredible record against Saturday's hosts, but that finally came to an end at Murrayfield.

The New Zealander had previously won 11 games on the spin against Scotland, but Gatland and Wales are now scratching their heads for answers after another defeat.

Wales have yet to pick up a point in this year's Six Nations, and have only scored 17 points from their opening two matches, and they are priced at 7/4 to finish the tournament in last place.

The visitors wasted the chance to take the lead before half-time, and Gatland believes their discipline let them down throughout the contest.

"We had six minutes in their 22 and have come away with bugger all, so we need to have a good hard look at ourselves - we need to get better and probably be a bit tougher on the players," he told the BBC.

"We were beaten by the better team today; congratulations to Scotland - I thought they played exceptionally well. Finn Russell was outstanding.

"Some of the young boys really stepped up, and we were pleased with their performances."

Scots next face French exam

Wales will hope to recover their form when they host England in two weeks in Cardiff, one day before Scotland try to extend their winning run to three matches at the expense of France.

Scotland have not fared particularly well across the Channel, having won just 12 times on their 47 trips there, but they did enjoy a 27-23 success at the Stade de France on their most recent visit in 2021.

Ireland are now 4/6 to win the Grand Slam and 1/4 to finish top in the tournament standings after their home win over Les Bleus, with Farrell's men next in action against Italy in Rome.

What could potentially be the title decider comes in game week four when Ireland make the trip to Murrayfield to take on Scotland on Sunday, 12th March.

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