Scotland dominated the second half but only had a Graham try to show for their superiority as Wales dug in with their backs to the wall to stand on the verge of a Grand Slam, with Ireland to come in Cardiff on the final weekend.
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Head coach Townsend was encouraged by a much-improved performance from his side, but was left to reflect on what might have been after they suffered a third defeat in a row.
“There is partly frustration but a lot of pride, we gave a true picture of what we are capable of,” he told BBC Sport.
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“The players had to handle some things that went against them, injuries early on and reshuffling the backline and players out of position, but we showed what we were made of in that second half in terms of the rugby we want to play and in our character.
“We had enough pressure in the second half to win. Strong defences will force errors, but we forced a lot of penalties out of Wales.
“I think [there were] five in the 22 that should normally lead to yellow cards with that pressure, but obviously we are very frustrated that didn’t happen.”
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