World News – GB – Scotland win in Wales to end 18-year wait


Scotland celebrated a Six Nations victory in Wales for the first time in 18 years with a victory at Llanelli

The dark game was hampered by the swirling wind as Wales led 7-6 at halftime after a Rhys Carre try

Replacement Scottish hooker Stuart McInally scored a try in the second half and Stuart Hogg added a late penalty to seal the victory

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones finished on the losing side as the world’s most capped international player in his 149th test appearance

The desperately disappointing competition was far from pretty in difficult conditions, but Scotland won’t care as they celebrated three successive tournament wins for the first time since 1996

Scotland have also won four successive tests for the first time since a five-game winning streak in 2011

Flanker Jamie Ritchie improved his chances at the British and Irish Lions with a monumental man-of-the-match display as Scotland won the battle of the Blackout

Scotland claimed victory as coach Gregor Townsend lost both fly-halves Finn Russell (groin) and Adam Hastings (shoulder) to injury during the match, with Captain Hogg ending the match in that position

The ill-fated Wales desperately needed a win to stop a tough start under head coach Wayne Pivac, but have now lost four matches of the tournament for the first time since 2007 as they have gone from reigning champions in fifth place

The home side only beat Italy under Pivac, who took over from compatriot New Zealand Warren Gatland in the role last November and have now lost their last five games, with seven losses in the last eight matches

Wales made seven changes from last weekend’s warm-up loss in France, with Exeter mainstay Tomas Francis and Wasps lock Will Rowlands entering the field with the flanker by Cardiff Shane Lewis-Hughes

Scarlets’ Liam Williams was preferred to George North on the wing, Ospreys cross Owen Watkin started center and Scarlets scrum half Gareth Davies replaced injured Rhys Webb

Wales were forced into a late substitution just an hour before the game with flanker Justin Tipuric ruled out with tonsillitis and replaced by James Davies

Scottish flyweight Russell made his first appearance at this Six Nations after his exile ended for breaking team protocols

The Racing 92 playmaker was one of four changes following last week’s victory over Georgia alongside duo Stuart Hogg and two-time Exeter winner Jonny Gray, while back-end Blade Thomson of the Scarlets, arrived on his land

The match took place at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli as the Principality of Cardiff stadium is downgraded to a hospital for coronavirus

There were no crowds to see Jones set a new world record of 149 test appearances, nine of which were for the British and Irish Lions, beating former top New Zealand legend Richie McCaw

The irony of Osprey Jones’ race to Parc y Scarlets, home of his local rivals, to reach his magical cape will not have been lost to him

There was a period of silence to show support for rugby against racism and to mark the passing of former Welsh Wing and Lions JJ Williams, who died this week at the age of 72

After a frantic opening dominated by the strong swirling wind, Russell opened the scoring on his second attempt at the posts after Ryan Elias was taken offside

Welsh indiscipline caused them problems, with referee Andrew Brace continually penalizing hosts during the outage

Scotland missed a try-out chance with center Chris Harris giving up a scoring chance after a break at Hogg

It was a lineup lottery for both teams in the wind, but Scotland’s dominance elsewhere on the pitch was demonstrated by their ball carrying stats and distribution superiority

Wales showed their clinical nature by scoring a try on almost their first visit to the 22, with Elias hanging on to a loose lineout throw after Scotland surprisingly decided to throw a long shot

Scotland suffered a heavy blow when Russell was forced to leave the field injured and replaced by Hastings, who handed out a penalty to further expose Wales’ indiscipline to cut the deficit in mid- time to a point

Welsh half-butterfly Biggar was forced to leave early in the second half and replaced by Rhys Patchell in a good stint for the home side as they continuously returned Scotland

Hogg and Hastings looked dangerous in the visiting backline, although they got past mediocrity and Scotland restored their lead thanks to a driving roster from replacement hooker McInally, although Hastings missed the conversion

Leigh Halfpenny reduced the lead to one point with a penalty, before Hastings became the second Scottish flyback to leave the pitch

This caused a shuffle in the back line with scrum-half Scott Steele coming on the wing, Blair Kinghorn coming in at the back and Hogg moving up to 10

Inspired by standout flankers Ritchie and Hamish Watson, the visitors ignored disruption to their back line and Hogg’s late penalty sealed the victory

So it was celebrations for Scotland winning the Doddie Weir Cup, but a Six Nations title defense for Wales to forget

Wales: 15-Leigh Halfpenny; 14-Liam Williams, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Owen Watkin, 11-Josh Adams; 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Gareth Davies; 1-Rhys Carre, 2-Ryan Elias, 3-Tomas Francis, 4-Will Rowlands, 5-Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6-Shane Lewis-Hughes, 7-James Davies, 8-Taulupe Faletau

Substitutes: 16-Sam Parry, 17-Wyn Jones, 18-Dillon Lewis, 19-Cory Hill, 20-Aaron WSainwright, 21-Lloyd Williams, 22-Rhys Patchell, 23-Nick Tompkins

Scotland: 15-Stuart Hogg (c); 14-Darcy Graham, 13-Chris Harris, 12-James Lang, 11-Blair Kinghorn; 10-Finn Russell, 9-Ali Price; 1-Rory Sutherland, 2-Fraser Brown, 3-Zander Fagerson, 4-Scott Cummings, 5-Jonny Gray, 6-Jamie Ritchie, 7-Hamish Watson, 8-Blade Thomson

Substitution: 16-Stuart McInally, 17-Oli Kebble, 18-Simon Berghan, 19-Ben Toolis, 20-Cornell du Preez, 21-Scott Steele, 22-Adam Hastings, 23-Duhan van der Merwe

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