Wales v Scotland

Despite a spirited performance at Cardiff Arms Park, Scotland fell short against a physical Welsh side in the second round of the TikTok Women’s Six Nations (24-19).

The visitors opened scoring in the first five minutes of play as Lana Skeldon, who reached her 50th cap today, dotted down on the line from the back of a powerful driving maul, with Helen Nelson adding the extras.

The home side were keen to make their mark, and working hard at the breakdown to gain and then retain possession, but Scotland were dominating the territory in this first half.

At 21 minutes, pressure from the hosts found Scotland under the cosh. After several minutes of attempting to push Scotland back, Welsh hooker, Carys Philips, managed to place the ball over the try line. A kick to the posts from Keira Bevan levelled the score board (7-7).

Scotland’s response was rousing, as they powered their way back up the pitch. Scotland came close twice to scoring, but the Welsh defence was too strong.

Both teams showed a great deal of patience with calm heads on their shoulders despite the intensity growing at Cardiff Arms Park.

Scotland edged closer towards the Welsh try line but there was no way through the red wall. But a skilful box-kick kick from scrum-half, Jenny Maxwell, bounced in favour for winger, Rhona Lloyd to bag Scotland’s second try. With Helen Nelson on hand to convert the ball, the stand-off added a further two points to the Scotland scorecard.

Moments before the half time whistle blew, Wales’ Kerin Lake was shown a yellow card, and the first half came to a close.

HALF-TIME: Wales 7-14 Scotland

Scotland looked to get off to a seemly perfect start, when just 3 minutes after returning to the pitch, Scotland pulled further ahead with a third try, once again through Rhona Lloyd.

Wales’ response was strong. Some moments later, Hannah Jones broke through the wall of blue to pass the ball to Sioned Harries who dived over the try line. Bevan’s conversion was good and Wales now sat some 5 points behind Scotland (14-19).

Pressure in the scrum in the 64th minute saw Scotland’s Leah Bartlett receive a yellow card from referee Joy Neville, and 10 minutes in the bin.

Capitalising on being a player down, Wales levelled the score with a powerful driving maul from a lineout on the 5-meter line.

Scotland battled hard with only 14 players on the pitch, but they showed determination and skill to be back up within ten metres of the Welsh try line.

But the hosts driving maul enabled lock, Alisha Butchers, to make an escape and pass off to support runner, Ffion Lewis, who scored Wales’ third try. The conversion was missed.

Whilst the Scots came close to a last minute score, an unfortunate drop of the ball allowed Wales to pick up and kick it into the stand for the full-time whistle to blow.

FULL-TIME: Wales 24-19 Scotland

Referees: Joy Neville (IRFU); A1: Nikki O’Donnell (RFU); A2: Katherine Ritchie (RFU); TMO: Chris Assmus (RC)

TikTok Player of the Match: Sioned Harries (Wales)

Scotland: 15. Shona Campbell (Edinburgh University); 14. Rhona Lloyd (Les Lionness Du Stade Bordelais), 13. Emma Orr (Biggar), 12. Lisa Thomson (Sale Sharks), 11. Megan Gaffney (Loughborough Lightning); 10. Helen Nelson (Loughborough Lightning), 9. Jenny Maxwell (Loughborough Lightning); 1. Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning), 2. Lana Skeldon (Worcester Warriors), 3. Christine Belisle (Loughborough Lightning), 4. Emma Wassell (Loughborough Lightning), 5. Sarah Bonar (Harlequins), 6. Rachel Malcolm CAPTAIN (Loughborough Lightning), 7. Evie Gallagher (Stirling County), 8. Jade Konkel (Harlequins).

Replacements: 16. Jodie Rettie (Saracens), 17. Panashe Muzambe (Garioch), 18. Anne Young (Edinburgh University), 19. Lyndsay O’Donnell (Worcester Warriors), 20. Louise McMillan (Hillhead Jordanhill), 21. Caity Mattinson (Worcester Warriors), 22. 2Meryl Smith (Edinburgh University), 3. Hannah Smith (Watsonians).

Wales: 15. Kayleigh Powell; 14. Lisa Neumann, 13. Hannah Jones, 12. Kerin Lake, 11. Jasmine Joyce; 10. Elinor Snowsill, 9. Keira Bevan; 1. Gwenllian Pyrs, 2. Carys Phillips, 3. Cerys Hales, 4. Natalia John, 5. Gwen Crabb, 6. Alisha Butchers, 7. Alex Callender, 8. Siwan Lillicrap CAPTAIN.

Replacements: 16. Kelsey Jones, 17. Cara Hope, 18. Donna Rose, 19. Sioned Harries, 20. Bethan Lewis, 21. Fiona Lewis, 22. Robyn Wilkins, 23. Sisilia Tuipulotu.

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