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Wales and France in Nations wins
Wales make it two from two in their Six Nations campaign, while France beat Ireland.
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2008 19:24 GMT

Shane Williams's second try was referred to the video referee before being awarded [GALLO/GETTY]

Shane Williams scored two tries as Wales defeated Scotland 30-15 at the Millennium Stadium to make it two Six Nations wins from two under new coach Warren Gatland.
The winger's double took his Test try-tally for Wales to an impressive 37 in 53 matches, while for Scotland the recalled Chris Paterson landed all five of his penalty kicks at goal.
Wales outside-half James Hook, an influential figure during last weekend's dramatic 27-19 win over England, scored Wales's other try and kicked two conversions and a penalty.

Stephen Jones, who had a calming influence after replacing Hook when Wales's lead had been cut to just two points with 20 minutes remaining, landed all three of his goalkicks.

Scotland suffered their second straight defeat following last week's 27-6 thrashing by France and it also meant they'd scored just one try in their last five matches.

"Scotland put us through our paces but we got the job done in the end."

Ryan Jones,
Wales captain

"To get a win was fantastic for us," said Ryan Jones, Wales captain.

"If we didn't win this week, last weekend [the win away to England] meant nothing.

"Scotland put us through our paces but we got the job done in the end."

Scotland opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Paterson, controversially left on the bench against France, landed a penalty from 22 metres after Wales infringed at a line-out.

However minutes later, Wales Scrum-half Mike Phillips, one of their stars at Twickenham, ran from deep and found centre Gavin Henson on the left.

He in turn released Lee Byrne before the full-back passed to Williams, who jinked his way round Scotland No 15 Hugo Southwell for a well-worked try.

Hook converted and Wales were 7-3 in front, before the fly-half made it 10-3 with a penalty.

However Wales were penalised for collapsing a scrum and Paterson, who didn't miss a single goalkick at the World Cup, succeeded with his second penalty to keep the visitors in touch at halftime.

France hold on over Ireland

Later at the Stade de France, winger Vincent Clerc scored three first-half tries to help the holders to a 26-21 win over a resilient Ireland.

Clerc, who was left out of the original starting lineup after scoring twice against Scotland last weekend, went over in the 14th and 18th minutes, with Ronan O'Gara opening Ireland's account with a penalty in between.

Clerc completed his hat-trick shortly before halftime after a brisk move by Cedric Heymans put him through.

Fullback Heymans burst through for one of his own in the 49th, before a spell of Irish pressure paid off with a penalty try nine minutes later.
Ireland, who trailed 19-6 at halftime, gained further ground through a David Wallace try but O'Gara missed the conversion.

He made no mistake with a penalty that brought them to within five points of the hosts with five minutes to go, but France held on for the win.

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