Wales face Scotland in both sides final clash of this years Six Nations. Although neither side can finish in the top spot we can still expect to see a competitive game, especially as Scotland look to win their third match in the tournament for the first time in five years. Wales haven’t quite lived up to their usual performances so will be looking to redeem themselves a little, with a win at the Parc y Scarlets.
Harry Buckett will be taking you through the match.
Scotland get us going, kicking towards the left on your television screens.
2′ Russel cannot convert an early penalty for Scotland from 42m out as the ball struggles against the wind whilst it travels through the air.
5′ First scrum of the game collapses resulting in a penalty to Wales. Wales use their penalty to progress to the halfway line.
9′ PENALTY SCORED Russel converts his second attempt at a penalty to give Scotland an early 3-0 lead. The wind playing a factor again in the decision for the penalty as Scotland’s kick up the field is blown back towards themselves resulting in Wales being caught out with an offside.
14′ A high tackle by Alun Wyn Jones results in another penalty for Scotland. After kicking out of play we see another line out affected by the windy conditions. Both teams going to have to adapt today as the weather is having a big impact on this game.Embed from Getty Images
18′ Hogg nearly breaks through the Welsh line but is stopped in his tracks by a strong tackle. After an advantage is not taken Scotland are handed another penalty.
20′ After making a great inside run, Harris can’t quite hold onto Hogg’s pass resulting in a knock on. If he had caught it he would have been clear to score the first try of the match.
25′ Wales struggling to deal with the wind so far as another line out is thrown wayward. Scotland had more of the ball in the opening 25, but are struggling to make progress up the pitch, relying on penalties to have their chances.
28′ Another lineout penalised for not being straight down the middle. You have to start wondering should the ref be more lenient given the windy conditions today. If not we are in for a very stop start game.
31′ TRY SCORED Wales win the ball from a line out and almost break through but are stopped 2m off the line. Scotland’s desperate defending proves not quite enough as Rhys Carre manages to get the ball past the line and score for Wales. Biggar converts as Wales now lead 7-3Embed from Getty Images
33′ It gets worse for Scotland as Russel leaves the field of play limping, due to an injury sustained in the process of defending the eventually scored try. He is replaced by Adam Hastings.
37′ Ritchie rescues Scotland with a crucial turnover but the resulting kick doesn’t find touch and instead a red shirt. All the pressure on Scotland now as Wales have found their feet and are attacking with more intensity.
40′ PENALTY SCORED Kinghorn juggles the ball and almost squeezes past the defending welsh players, Watkin the man to make a well timed challenge. Play is brought back for a penalty which is kicked perfectly between the posts allowing Scotland to close the gap between the two sides.
HALF TIME Wales 7-6 Scotland
The game has struggled to get going as of yet, with the wind playing a huge factor in both sides struggle to get forward. Almost very other line out and kick is going off course resulting in quite a stop-start and at times frustrating contest.
41′ Second half kicks off
42′ Biggar is brought off for Patchell just 2 minutes into this half.
44′ Hastings falls awkwardly on his arm following a tackle, perhaps damaging his shoulder. After some medical attention, Hastings insists he can just shake it off and will continue to play.
47′ Hastings’ body feint sends the welsh man the wrong way. For a moment it looks like he could go all the way until Elias pulls him down onto the ground and Wales win their second maul turnover in quick succession.
49′ Wyn jones will replace todays try scorer Rhys Carre
53′ Wales looked to be in a good position to push for another try but Rowlands is penalised for coming off his feet and a penalty is awarded to Scotland. Scotland will need to start doing something creative with all the possession they have had if they want to get something out of this game.
55′ McInally, Kebble, Cornell du Preez and Berghan are brought on to replace Brown, Sutherland, Thompson and Fagerson.
59′ Hastings looking threatening for the Scottish side again with another great moment of skill from the fly half. Scotland look to be making more of their possession this half.
61′ TRY SCORED Scotland push Wales back quite a way with a strong driving maul which gives McInally the chance to score the 5 points. Hastings fails to convert to keep it 7-11 to Scotland.Embed from Getty Images
66′ PENALTY SCORED Halfpenny guides the ball between the posts, from quite a way out, via a penalty to bring Wales within a point of the leaders going into the final 15. Score is 10-11 to Scotland.
69′ Hastings wayward pass allows Wales to punt the ball upfield to relieve all the pressure the Welsh defence had been put under. Wales look to attack but a knock on by Halfpenny results in a Scottish scrum.
70′ Scott Steele will come on to replace Hastings for Scotland. Llyod Williams will be brought on at scrum half for Gareth Davies.
71′ Stuart Hogg has had to drop into the role of fly half for the final 10 minutes here. Scotland are going have have to show real character and resilience to hold onto this one point lead.
74′ Watkins makes way for Tompkins in another Welsh replacement.
77′ Scotland taking their time when realeasing from rucks to try and run the clock down. The Welsh forwards are holding them off fairly easily, not allowing them to make any ground, which suits Scotland.
79′ A couple of loose passes from Wales allow Scotland to halt the Welsh attack. Jonathan Davies is penalised for not releasing giving Scotland a penalty, and perhaps a chance to kill off the game.
80′ PENALTY SCORED Hogg scores the penalty and wins the game for Scotland.
FULL TIME Wales 10-14 ScotlandEmbed from Getty Images
A second half try from Scottish man McInally is the shifting factor in this match to allow Scotland to win on Welsh turf, in the Six Nations, for the first time since 2002. A fourth loss makes this a tournament to forget for Warren Gatland’s side as they finish in fifth place.
Both sides will now look towards the Nations cup which kicks off in two weeks time. Wales will need to bounce back quickly because they will play Ireland, possible Six Nations champions, on the opening day.