Scotland Women V Wales Women

Wales won a tight encounter at Scotstoun with a try with the clock on 80 minutes and a conversion which took the result away from the hosts.

With the scores tied for the majority of the second half Scotland looked to have snatched a late winner when Chole Rollie scored with seven minutes remaining.

That took the scores to 15-10 and set up a tense finale.

Scotland failed to field the restart and gave the Welsh territory in their 22 which the visitors turned into a sustained period of pressure inside the Scots 5m line.

Multiple pick and go phases were repelled as the clock ticked down until Welsh 8 Lillicrap broke through to level the scores.

Centre Lleucu George slotted the conversion to seal the win.

Scotland had started the match brightly and scored first through a short-range effort by Jade Konkel.

In swirling wind and heavy drizzle kicking conditions were difficult and Skeldon couldn’t convert.

After a period of possession from Wales, it is a penalty that gave them their first points after a successful kick through the posts from Robyn Wilkins.

With the momentum in their favour, Wales made the most of an opportunity following a line out error from Scotland to take the ball into attack. A quick couple of phases took them to the posts, where Bethan Lewis carried the ball over the line for their first try of the match.

A successful conversion took Wales into the lead 5-10 after 16 mins.

In the restart, Scotland were quick to take possession. Sarah Bonar scored Scotland’s second try after a strong line-out maul inside the Welsh 22 opened up a space for the second row to run in.

A Welsh penalty put the visitors into 5m line but Scotland’s strong maul defence kept the Welsh out and the hosts put the ball carrier into touch.

Scotland gave Wales opportunities for a few 5m scrums. The visitors looked to score after a scrum wheeled round and the Wales number 8 touched down. Referee Beatrice Benvenuti ruled it out for a knock on though.

Half time 10-10

Wales piled the pressure on for the first 12 minutes of the second half with Scotland putting in a fantastic defensive shift. As Wales drove towards the line, Scotland pushed and enforced a penalty.

A change in possession brought with it fresh legs as Scotland brought on a host of players from the bench.

Errors on both sides as the teams felt the pressure. Still all even in the final 8 minutes of the match.

Skipper Lisa Thomson spotted an option wide right with five minutes on the clock. She offloaded to Hannah Smith who made the yards before passing to Chloe Rollie to dot down for Scotland’s third try.

With Wales regaining possession from the restart, the hosts had to put up a tough defensive shift for the final few minutes of the game.

Even with players like Emma Wassell putting in another solid defence on the line for one last time, Wales edged in to score a try. With the successful conversion the visitors stole the win on the final whistle.

Full time Scotland 15 – 17 Wales

Scotland Head Coach Shade Munro reflected on the result, “Disappointing loss, especially since we scored three tries to their two. Our game management wasn’t as good as it could have been. Especially going into the second half sitting at 10 all.

"Having said that, they fought extremely hard. The effort that went in couldn’t be questioned. The passion for wearing their national jersey was there for all to see.

"So, it was very disappointing, and lessons have got to be learned from it and we will move on. It was a huge passionate performance and one to be proud of, but the result was disappointing.”

Scotland Women Squad: 15. Chloe Rollie, 14. Rhona Lloyd, 13. Hannah Smith, 12. Lisa Thomson CAPTAIN, 11. Annabel Sergeant (Heriots Rugby Club), 10. Helen Nelson, 9. Mhairi Grieve, 1. Megan Kennedy, 2. Lana Skeldon, 3. Mairi Forsyth, 4. Emma Wassell, 5. Sarah Bonar, 6. Rachel Malcolm, 7. Rachel McLachlan, 8. Jade Konkel, 16. Jodie Rettie, 17. Lisa Cockburn, 18. Katie Dougan, 19. Nicola Howat, 20. Debs McCormack, 21. Jenny Maxwell, 22. Lisa Martin, 23. Abi Evans.

Substitutes: 16. Jodie Rettie (on for Malcolm 55’), 17. Lisa Cockburn (on for Forsyth 59’), 18. Katie Dougan, 19. Nicola Howat, 20. Debs McCormack, 21. Jenny Maxwell (on for Grieve 55), 22. Lisa Martin (on for Nelson 55’), 23. Abi Evans (on for Sergeant 70’).

live commentary 7:35 PM Friday 8 Mar 2019

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