SIX NATIONS: Wales claim narrow win over 14-man Scotland
Updated: Feb 14
By Dan Davies
For the second week in a row Wales held on to beat a side that finished with 14 men, as they
defeated Scotland at Murrayfield, continuing their perfect start to this year’s Six Nations Championship.
They were 17-8 down at half time but Wales, inspired Louis Rees-Zammit, were able to overturn the deficit and claim a memorable win from a thrilling game.
Scotland blew Wales away early on as Ali Price’s kick over the top was inch perfect and enabled
Darcey Graham to give the hosts the lead, before Stuart Hogg latched onto his own kick, following a Leigh Halfpenny fumble, to give Scotland their second try and a 14 point advantage to go with it.
Things were even worse for Wales five minutes later when they lost Halfpenny to a head injury, but
Rees-Zammit was able to cut inside on the right wing and go over for a try which restored Welsh
hope, just before half time.
Scotland looked the better side early in the second half and the game looked like it could be over
when Gary Graham was able to force his way over the line after 50 minutes, but the try was
disallowed for an obstruction by Scott Cummings on Rees-Zammit.
Moments later Rees-Zammit was able to feed Liam Williams to score Wales’ second try after a
blistering Welsh counter-attack, before replacement kicker Callum Sheedy added an important two points from the conversion.
Just two minutes later Scotland found themselves playing with 14 men, when Zander Fagerson was sent off as his shoulder connected with the head of Welsh prop Wyn Jones, in a ruck.
A powerful maul then allowed Jones to score his second ever try for Wales, and compound a
miserable 10 minute spell for Scotland.
But the hosts fought back and were able to score through Hogg, following a scrum on Wales’ five
yard line, with 15 minutes left to play.
Finn Russell’s conversion gave Scotland their previous four point lead back, but a moment of
individual brilliance from Rees-Zammit proved crucial.
He received the ball on the right flank and did brilliantly to chase down a ball he kicked over the top for himself, to score the decisive try in the 70th minute, the fourth try securing Wales a bonus point in the process.
Scotland pushed Wales right to the end, and almost broke through the Welsh defence when Duhan van der Merwe ran into a gap, but he was brought down by an excellent tap tackle that saw Wales turn over the ball and maintain their 100% record in this season’s Six Nations Championship.
Victory today means Wales end the day at the top of the table, while the bonus point taken by
Scotland leaves them in fourth place, following a thrilling game that either side could have won.