Scotland Women bounced back at Broadwood to close out a tough match against Wales to claim a one-point win – their first victory in the Six Nations since 2010.
It was two tries a piece with Edinburgh University backs Lisa Thomson and Rhona Lloyd each scoring for Scotland, with Sarah Law sealing the 15-14 win with a penalty kick on the 77th minute.
Wales’ captain Carys Phillips crossed the whitewash for her side followed by a penalty try in to take a 7-point lead into the break.
But it was Scotland’s ambition and belief up until the final whistle that saw them through to defeat Wales in the Six Nations for the first time since 2005.
RUN OF PLAY
The hosts kicked-off in the cold, soggy conditions and managed to keep Wales in their half for the first 15 minutes as both tried to build momentum. But Wales found composure first after a penalty in Scotland’s half which resulted in a line-out metres from the try line.
Wales retained possession and mauled towards the line before slowing down play as the forwards heaved forward. Scotland slipped up to concede another penalty line-out on 5 metres allowing Wales to go for a second maul which resulted in Phillips opening the scoring after 20 minutes. Stand-off Elinor Snowills converted (0-7).
Scotland came back fighting as they entered the second quarter, but Wales looked fierce in attack and stretched the Scots’ defence wide as they tried to plug gaps. Captain Lisa Martin and full-back Chloe Rollie were clinical in their tackles to kill any line-breaks from their opponents.
Rollie darted towards the line at every opportunity, with Thomson also forcing the Welsh to realign, and as the half-time whistle approached Scotland looked to relieve pressure but stand-off Helen Nelson’s kick was charged down and Wales collected.
The visitors built up their phases as Scotland’s discipline slipped and were penalised for collapsing the scrum to see Wales awarded a penalty try on the 34th minute, with Snowsill’s boot taking the visitors to 0-14 just minutes from the break.
Scotland kept their heads up and Player of the Match Rollie darted towards the try line after kicking to get ahead which Wales fumbled to see number 8 Jade Konkel collect on the left wing. Referee Cwengile Jadezweni awarded a Scotland scrum in Wales’ 22 for the last play of the half.
Scotland won the scrum and were patient in their phases, with the forwards drawing in the defenders before Law shipped the ball to her back-line for Thomson to come onto the ball at pace and crash through the opponent’s defence to score Scotland’s first try of the match. Law added the extras to take Scotland to within seven points going into half-time.
HALF-TIME: SCOTLAND WOMEN 7-14 WALES WOMEN
Both sides returned to the synthetic surface raring to go as they worked hard to find their form again. Scotland frequently turned to Nelson to clear as their line-outs fooled the Welsh and looked ready to score a second try to draw level.
The third quarter of the match saw the teams at their closest and Head Coach Shade Munro brought on fresh legs to see if this would give Scotland the extra edge they needed to better their opponents.
Scotland made the most of a penalty which resulted in a scrum on Wales’ 5 metre line. They kept their form allowing Konkel to take the number 8 pick up which she shipped to Law on her left who drew the remaining defender before offloading to Lloyd.
The winger found the gap and crossed the whitewash to take Scotland to 12-14 on the 61st minute. Hooker Lana Skeldon missed a difficult conversion, which would have evened the scores.
With less than 20 minutes to go and a losing bonus point in sight, Scotland went in search of a third try to close out the match with a win. Wales worked hard to keep their opponents away from their try line but the hosts kept the pressure on.
Then, on the 77th minute, Wales conceded a penalty to give Law a chance at putting Scotland ahead.
A composed Law sent the ball sailing through the uprights with an elated home-crowd behind her taking the score to 15-14 as the clock wound down.
FULL-TIME: SCOTLAND WOMEN 15-14 WALES WOMEN
|12||Rebecca de Filippo|
|20||Nia Elen Davies|
|France Women||39||v||19||Wales Women|
|Ireland Women||7||v||34||England Women|
|Scotland Women||14||v||12||Italy Women|
|Italy Women||5||v||28||France Women|
|England Women||64||v||0||Scotland Women|