Match Preview: Scotland v Wales
In the final round of the 2021 Women’s Six Nations, Scotland host Wales at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday (24 April, kick-off 5pm BST) in the 5th/6th place play-off.
The tournament has taken a new structure this season, comprising of two pools of three teams with each team playing one home and one away fixture. England and France topped their pools and will face each other in the final, Saturday at 2pm – live on BBC Two. Ireland and Italy will compete for 3rd and 4th place at 12noon – live on BBC iPlayer.
Scotland’s contests with Wales have been famously close encounters with the sides keeping within a points difference in the past two occasions (15-17 & 18-17), with Wales taking the edge. Scotland were last victorious in 2017 at Broadwood with Sarah Law kicking a penalty goal on the 77th minute of the game and securing the win, (15-14). The sides are closely matched so it’s set to be an exciting encounter at Scotstoun this Saturday.
The teams are in
Scotland Head Coach Bryan Easson has made a number of personnel and positional changes to his team to face Wales. The inclusion of Christine Belisle at loosehead prop is the only alteration to the starting forward pack. In the backs, Jenny Maxwell will make her first start of the 2021 tournament at scrum-half, while Hannah Smith returns from GB Sevens camp to start at outside-centre with vice-captain Lisa Thomson moving back to inside centre.
Where to watch
The match will kick-off at 5pm BST. If you are tuning in from the UK, watch the game on BBC Scotland and BBC iPlayer.
Follow the match build-up and in-game updates in our Live Match Centre on scottishrugby.org, supported by Royal Bank of Scotland. We’ll be joined by Scotland player, Annabel Sergeant, to give her commentary and insights into the match.
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Wish the team good luck
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