Wales vs Scotland, Sat, 03/11/2018 - 14:45

Wales
21 - 10
Full time
Scotland
Saturday, 3 November, 2018 - 14:45 | Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Scotland suffered a disappointing 21-10 defeat to Wales in the opening game of the 2018 Autumn Test series in Cardiff.

Both teams demonstrated their immense hunger and desire throughout the bruising encounter. There was no doubt that this was Test rugby – physicality in the contact and stout defence from both sides were key contributing factors to the game.

Before kick-off, the crowd at the Principality Stadium were on their feet to warmly welcome former Scotland lock Doddie Weir, as both unions and the rugby community came to together to support Doddie’s Foundation (My Name’5 Doddie Foundation) and its efforts to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.

Scotland were left rueing costly errors in the first period, as Wales earned themselves some breathing space through three penalties.

With plentiful possession in the second-half Scotland were able to produce some promising attacks, however, the side lacked the necessary penetration to get over the line.

Scotland Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “I think we didn’t start with the energy and the accuracy that is required in a game like this against a very good opponent.

“That was a game that we had enough pressure, territory and opportunities to win.”

Match Report...

Wales were first on the scoresheet in the 2nd minute of the game as Ken Owens won the side a penalty at the breakdown, to which Leigh Halfpenny slotted through with ease [3-0].

A scrappy line-out from Wales saw WP Nel pounce on to the loose ball, providing Scotland the first opportunity to attack within the Welsh territory.

Alex Dunbar ignited Scotland’s attack when the centre broke free of his covering defender and burst through the midfield to bring the side thundering up to the 22m line.

Sadly, the side were unable to capitalise as Leigh Halfpenny scrambled to collect Adam Hastings’ chip of the ball behind the try line.

Further pressure at the breakdown presented another penalty to Wales, allowing Gareth Anscombe to boot the ball down the field to the 10 metre line.

As Wales began to get a foothold in the game, the visitor’s defence was put to the test with George North almost dotting down in the corner only to be bundled into touch by Lee Jones.

With a penalty advantage behind them, Wales came back to kick towards the posts and Halfpenny bisected the uprights to extend the hosts lead [6-0].

Buoyed by the score, Wales tested the resolve of the dogged Scottish defence once again, however, their attack was brought to a halt when Ken Owens was penalised following some great breakdown work from Hamish Watson.

It wasn’t long until Wales were back on the scoreboard, following another successful penalty from Halfpenny [9-0].

Scotland rallied and on the 24th minute of the game the side were able to put the first points on the scoreboard following a clean penalty from Hastings [9-3].

Wales were ruthless in their response, as George North evaded three defenders to score, however, Halfpenny’s conversion attempt fell short [14-3].

As the first period drew to a close, Scotland’s fighting spirit wasn’t diminished as they launched another attack.

Following a well-taken line-out, the forwards rumbled from the set-piece momentarily but it was captain Stuart McInally who picked up from the back of the resulting ruck and bundled his way over. Hastings added the extras to narrow the Welsh lead to a slender 4-points at the interval [14-10].

HALF-TIME: Wales 14-10 Scotland

After the break, Wales continued to dominate proceedings as their rapid defence hindered Scotland’s ability to make gain line.

On the 47th minute, the hosts efficiency in their line-out gave them the upper hand as the ball passed quick through the hands in the midfield until it found Jonathan Davies who pushed past Huw Jones to score. Halfpenny was successful with the conversion to add the extras [21-10].

A number of personnel changes in the second-half appeared to spark Scotland into action once again.

Opportunities arose on the 61st minute when the visitors were trundling towards the line through a series of pick and goes, however, as Jonny Gray edged over the line the try was disallowed following double movement.

A quickly taken penalty from George Horne saw the speedy scrum-half race into the Welsh half as Scotland were able to pile the pressure on the Welsh defence once again.

As Scotland continued to push for a foothold, Wales were down to 14-men when Elliot Dee was shown a yellow card following repeated infringements from the hosts.

With momentum growing, Scotland creeped closer to the line and a lovely chip from George Horne saw his brother Pete chase down the ball beyond the line, however, the try was disallowed as it was deemed there was no downward pressure from Horne.

Darcy Graham became Hawick’s 61st Scottish internationalist as he took to the field in the 73rd minute to earn his first cap.

Despite the late surge, Scotland were unfortunately unable to turn the late pressure into points and Wales claimed the Doddie Weir Cup and their first opening victory in the Autumn Tests since 2002.

FULL-TIME: Wales 21-10 Scotland

SCOTLAND: Blair Kinghorn; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Lee Jones; Adam Hastings, Ali Price; Allan Dell, Stuart McInally CAPTAIN, Willem Nel, Ben Toolis, Jonny Gray, Jamie Ritchie, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson

Replacements: Fraser Brown on for McInally (56’), Alex Allan on for Dell (56’), Simon Berghan on for Nel (56’), Grant Gilchrist on for Gray (69’), Matt Fagerson on for Ritchie (62’), George Horne on for Price (62’), Pete Horne on for Jones (62’), Darcy Graham (73’).

WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Luke Morgan; Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones CAPTAIN, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Leon Brown, Adam Beard, Aaron Wainwright, Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans, Steff Evans.

Team lineups

Wales
Scotland

Backs

15 Leigh Halfpenny
14 George North
13 Jonathan Davies
12 Hadleigh Parkes
11 Luke Morgan
10 Gareth Anscombe
9 Gareth Davies

Forwards

1 Nicky Smith
2 Ken Owens
3 Dillon Lewis
4 Cory Hill
5 Alun Wyn Jones
6 Dan Lydiate
7 Justin Tipuric
8 Ross Moriarty

Substitutes

16 Elliot Dee
17 Rob Evans
18 Leon Brown
19 Adam Beard
20 Aaron Wainwright
21 Tomos Williams
22 Jarrod Evans
23 Steff Evans
There is no points table for this competition.

Autumn Tests 2018 latest results

Scotland 54 v 17 Fiji
Wales 21 v 10 Scotland