Warburton happy to see brave call rewarded


Sam Warburton was delighted to see his decision to turn down a kick at goal pay off as Wales ran in two late tries to secure victory over Scotland in the Six Nations on Saturday. 

Scotland looked to have given themselves a fine chance of ending a 14-year win drought in Cardiff when they headed into the final quarter at the Principality Stadium holding a 16-13 advantage.

However, after a 70-metre break from Tom James had given Wales excellent field position, Warburton opted for a scrum when the hosts could have kicked for goal and was rewarded as Jamie Roberts powered over from close range.

A fine individual try from George North put the game beyond Scotland, whose second try from Duncan Taylor came too late in the piece.

Reflecting on his decision to turn down a three-pointer prior to Roberts' score, Wales skipper Warburton said: "You just have to have a feel for those things.

"We worked quite hard to get some territory. The scrum was going pretty well. It's a banker three points or do you back the scrum?

"I thought the scrum was going well. It was a little bit risky, but I just felt that we needed a try. I didn't think three points would be enough."

Warburton was thrilled to see Roberts and North claim crucial scores.

"I think when you look back over the past four or five years those backs have been outstanding for us," added the captain.

"I'm really pleased for George and Jamie, they've come in for a lot of criticism. They deserve to have plenty of plaudits."

The duo were also praised by Wales coach Warren Gatland, who added: "I think you need guys in big moments."

Wales have three points from two matches and host France in a fortnight's time before rounding off the Six Nations with matches against England and Italy.

"For us it's just about the next two weeks and if we can beat France then you are potentially playing England for the championship," said Gatland.

"Take nothing away from Italy but if we can win the next few games the motivation will be there to play Italy at home."