Six Nations 2024: Wales 26-27 Scotland – Scots survive stunning comeback

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Wales (0) 26
Tries: Botham, Dyer, Wainwright, Mann Cons: Lloyd 3
Scotland (20) 27
Tries: Schoeman, Van der Merwe 2 Cons: Russell 3 Pens: Russell 2

Scotland withheld a stunning Wales comeback to hang on for a first victory in Cardiff in 22 years.

Gregor Townsend’s side raced into a 27-0 lead in 43 minutes with two Duhan van Der Merwe tries, a Pierre Schoeman score and 12 Finn Russell points.

Wales responded with tries from James Botham, Rio Dyer, Aaron Wainwright and Alex Mann in a stunning second-half performance.

But Scotland wrapped up the one-point victory.

It was a Six Nations spectacular that was transformed after Wales made a number of changes at half-time.

Head coach Warren Gatland turned to youth with their barnstorming performance in the second half, as the hosts were unrecognisable to the timid first-half display when Scotland were in total control.

Player-of-the-match Wainwright was outstanding, while replacement scrum-half Tomos Williams inspired his side.

Scotland’s discipline disintegrated as they conceded 14 successive penalties with yellow cards for George Turner and Sione Tuipulotu.

Wales just fell short as they had to be content with two losing bonus points but the changing of the guard for Wales was in evidence.

The reality is Scotland have halted the losing 11 games sequence in Cardiff since the 2002 triumph which head coach Gregor Townsend played in while new Wales captain Dafydd Jenkins was not born.

In that time, Scotland have won at Twickenham, in Dublin, Paris, Rome and Sydney and this win in the Welsh capital has consigned the previous losing streak to history.

Scotland have won their opening Six Nations match for a fourth successive year, while in contrast, this was an eighth defeat in the last nine games in the tournament for Wales.

It also represents a fifth successive loss at home in the competition which is Wales’ worst run since the tournament expanded in 2000.

These statistics do not mirror the positivity of the second-half display but they will rue the first-half performance.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Wales: Winnett; Dyer, Watkin, Tompkins, Adams; Costelow, G Davies; Domachowski, Elias, Brown, D Jenkins (capt), Beard, Botham, Reffell, Wainwright.

Replacements: Dee, Mathias, Assiratti, Teddy Williams, Mann, Tomos Williams, I Lloyd, Grady

Scotland: Rowe; Steyn, H Jones, Tuipulotu, Van der Merwe; Russell (capt), White; Schoeman, Turner, Z Fagerson, R Gray, Cummings, Crosbie, Ritchie, M Fagerson.

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Replacements: Ashman, Hepburn, Millar-Mills, Skinner, Dempsey, G Horne, Healy, Redpath.

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)

Touch judges: James Doleman (New Zealand) & Angus Mabey (New Zealand)

TMO: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand).

Sin bin: Turner, Tuipulotu


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