Wales vs Scotland, Sat, 13/02/2016 - 16:50

Wales
27 - 23
Full time
Scotland
Saturday, 13 February, 2016 - 16:50 | Principality Stadium

Taking chances, accuracy and belief were the mantras from the Scotland squad this week in the build up to the Wales match.

The tiny margins of elite sport leave large imprints and for a team looking to register its first RBS 6 Nations win in two campaigns Scotland needed to be at the top of their game today to get a much wanted victory.

Wales certainly started as strong favourites having not lost to the Scots in eight matches, and having maintained hometown superiority since as far back as 2002 when the dark blues last left Cardiff victorious.

On a foul, wet and windy day both sides were determined to let their rugby, not the conditions, decide the outcome with the decision to close the roof made by Scotland in the calm of mid-week.

Sadly two second-half tries in quick succession took Wales out to a lead they held for victory, despite a late Scottish score.

It was Wales who opened the scoring after six minutes with a clever chip over the defensive line from Dan Biggar, which was juggled and snapped up by Gareth Davies who scampered in to score.

Referee George Clancy asked for TMO review but claims of offside were not proven.

Scotland built a quality and patient reply, going through 21 phases in and around the Welsh 22, before Finn Russell kicked across to the corner and Tommy Seymour caught, twisted and scored before captain Greig Laidlaw converted (7-7).

Strong defence, speed at the breakdown and determination enabled Scotland to quieten the vocal Cardiff crowd for much of the first-half as they frustrated Wales and threatened out wide.

Wales peppered the Scotland back three with kicks which enabled Seymour, who was strong under the high ball all night, and Stuart Hogg to reply with kicks and counter attacks.

It was a brave sliding catch that led to Hogg injuring his back and saw Ruaridh Jackson drafted in on 28 minutes as full-back.

Two penalties for Scotland and one for Wales saw the visitors lead at the break (10-13).

Half-time: Wales 10-13 Scotland

The second-half started much as the first with Scotland mixing up their plays and pinning Wales back in their half, before a Dan Biggar penalty levelled the scores (13-13).

Wales were first to make changes and brought on three substitutions on 48 minutes to freshen up the pack with Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins and Bradley Davies all coming on.

Wales needed something to spark their attack and, on 58 minutes Tom James, found space down the left wing deep in his own half that allowed him to race in behind the Scottish lines, given them much needed impetus and belief.

For large sections of the second-half Scotland remained locked in their own half as Wales shifted their tactics, and brought an end to their kicking game to starve Scotland of counter-attack opportunities.

For a six-minute spell Wales turned the screw, firstly through a close range Jamie Roberts try, quickly followed by a George North burst from first phase scrum ball.

In a short space of time, the home side were 27-16 up on 71 minutes and had found their way to win.

Credit to Scotland, their challenge didn’t fall away, and on 78 minutes Taylor latched on to quick ball from a ruck to race in with a fine score.

Replacement stand-off Duncan Weir quickly added the extras, but the game was all but over and ultimately saw the visitors hold on to their narrow win.

Full-time: Wales (10) 27-23 (13) Scotland

Scotland: 15. Stuart Hogg; 14. Sean Lamont, 13. Mark Bennett, 12. Duncan Taylor, 
11. Tommy Seymour; 10. Finn Russell. 9. Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN; 1. Alasdair Dickinson, 
2. Ross Ford, 3. Willem Nel, 
4. Richie Gray, 5. Jonny Gary, 6. John Barclay, 7. John Hardie, 8. David Denton. Substitutes
: 16. Stuart McInally on for Ford (65’), 17. Gordon Reid on for Dickinson (65’), 18. Zander Fagerson, 19. Tim Swinson on for J.Gray (68’), 20. Blair Cowan on for Barclay (
65’; Barclay back on for Cowan at 75’), 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne on for Laidlaw (77’), 
22. Duncan Weir on for Russell (68’), 23. Ruaridh Jackson on for Hogg (28’).

Wales: 15. Liam Williams; 14. George North, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Jamie Roberts, 11.Tom James; 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Gareth Davies; 1. Rob Evans, 2. Scott Baldwin, 3. Samson Lee, 4. Luke Charteris, 5. Alun-Wyn Jones, 6. Sam Warburton CAPTAIN, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Talupe Faletau. Substitutes: 16. Ken Owens on for Baldwin (47’), 17. Jenkins on for Evans (47’), 18. Tomas Francis, 19. Bradley Davies on for Charteris (47’), 20. Dan Lydiate on for Tipuric (61’), 21. Lloyd Williams, 22. Rhys Priestland on for Biggar (75’), 23. Gareth Anscombe.

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RBS 6 Nations Championship 2016 latest results

France 21 v 31 England
Ireland 35 v 25 Scotland
Wales 67 v 14 Italy
Scotland 29 v 18 France
England 25 v 21 Wales