Improved but could do much better was the order of the day at Cross Keys this afternoon as Scotland Women were defeated 20-0 by Wales in their second 2012 RBS 6 Nations outing.
Head coach Karen Findlay said: "We defended very well for the first 20 minutes, had good shape, effective organisation and good tackling but we just lost focus for ten minutes and that was three tries.
"Two factors were critical today - our ball retention really let us down and our ability to make that ball safe once we carried it into contact. We just spilled too much ball today and you can't do that in international rugby."
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The damp, freezing conditions of the previous two days in South Wales gave way to milder weather as Scotland Women ran out at Pandy Park in Cross Keys to take on their Welsh counterparts this afternoon. A technical hitch meant the teams belted out their own anthems, unaccompanied, and seemed to inspire the Scots to a good defensive performance in the opening 20 minutes of the first half, despite the heavy conditions underfoot.
The second period of play, however, saw Scotland lose focus and Wales were quick to capitalise on the lapse. Number 8, Jamie Kift, was responsible for the first score after a period of sustained pressure on Scotland's defence by the home side. Less than ten minutes later, captain Rachel Taylor added another five points to Wales' tally to make it 10-0.
Scots' hearts raced then raced almost a quickly as Scotland winger Sarah Dixon made a line break down the wing, her try attempt held up just short of the line.
A scrappy race for the line by the Welsh, in the last play of the first half, ended in Wales' third try when scrum half Amy Day saw the gap and put the home side ahead, 15-0.
A visibly more fired-up Scotland came out after half time, though Wales' fourth try - completing a brace for Day - came early in the second half. Like the previous tries, this was uncoverted as the kick came up short.
Plenty of solid, sustained defence - including a try-saving tackle from replacement winger Katy Green - worked to hold the score at 20-0 with each team losing a player to a yellow card as the game drew to a close. in seperate occurrences, Scotland's Sarah Dixon was penalised for not rolling away and substitute De Filippo ensured Wales ended the game with 14 players. Scotland Women 15 Stephanie Johnstone 14 Caroline Collie 13 Laura Steven 12 Lisa Martin 11 Sarah Dixon 10 Tanya Griffith 9 Louise Dalgliesh