Wales helped by Scots indiscipline – Wales 27-13 Scotland

Wales won a pulsating second half and the game partly thanks to Scotland losing two to the bin. Wales lost skipper Sam Warburton before the whistle and this gave a first start to Aaron Shingler, with Ryan Jones taking over the captains arm band. Right from the off it was obvious that both sides had come to play and although half-time came with the scores locked at 3-3 there had been plenty of endeavour and a lot of solid defence.

The second period and Wales upped the tempo putting Scotland under a lot of pressure on their line. Two minutes and Wales had their first try through winger Cuthbert with Halfpenny making the extras 10-3. We then had both sides trading penalties as the scored moved to 13-6. Then on 50 minutes and Halfpenny takes advantage of the extra man to touch down and convert 20-6. Scotland have a second man in the bin and are down to 13 men but hold out until back to 14. However gaps appear and on 57 minutes Halfpenny gets his second and converts again effectively ending the game as a contest as Wales stretched to 27-6. Scotland did manage to get a score and break their try drought as Laidlaw burrowed over and converted, justice for the d├ębutante wing Hogg who had a perfectly good try disallowed by the referee awarding a knock-on. So it was we had the final score of:

Wales 27-13 Scotland

Scorers

Wales
Tries: Cuthbert, Halfpenny 2
Con: Halfpenny 3
Pen: Halfpenny 2

Scotland
Tries: Laidlaw
Con: Laidlaw
Pen: Laidlaw 2

Teams

Wales: L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, J Davies, J Roberts, G North; R Priestland, M Phillips; G Jenkins, H Bennett, A Jones, R Jones, I Evans, D Lydiate, S Warburton (capt), T Faletau.
Replacements: K Owens, P James, L Reed, A Powell, L Williams, J Hook, S Williams.

Scotland: R Lamont; L Jones, N De Luca, S Lamont, M Evans; G Laidlaw, C Cusiter; A Jacobsen, R Ford (capt), G Cross, R Gray, J Hamilton, A Strokosch, R Rennie, David Denton.
Replacements: S Lawson, E Kalman, A Kellock, J Barclay, M Blair, D Weir, S Hogg.

Sin-bin: De Luca (48), R Lamont (53)

Referee: Romain Poite (France)

Attendance: 73,189