Guinness Six Nations Championship
Scotland end 18-year wait for a victory in Wales
Victory: Stuart Hogg in action in Wales (pic: SNS Group)
Wales 10 Scotland 14
Parc v Scarlets
Scotland produced a gutsy performance to record their first win in Wales since 2002.
On a day when the weather conditions spoiled the match in Llanelli as a spectacle for the thousands watching on TV, the visitors adapted better and deservedly took the spoils, and with it the inaugural Doddie Weir Cup.
Edinburgh’s Stuart McInally went over for the Scots’ only try in the second half after a rolling maul met with little resistance, his crucial score edging them 11-7 ahead. Stuart Hogg converted a last-minute penalty to end the 18-year wait for victory in the valleys.
“We’ve been waiting a long time for this game,” said man of the match Jamie Ritchie.
“We knew it would have to be a big defensive performance and that was the difference today.
“The boys controlled the game a lot better in the second half. We did this for everyone back home watching.”
Victorious skipper Hogg added: “I’m absolutely delighted with the win. We knew full well we could come down here and get a performance and hopefully a win.
“I’m chuffed to bits with it.”
The win saw Gregor Townsend complete the delayed Six Nations campaign with a third victory after earlier triumphs over Italy and France.
“At times it wasn’t the prettiest game to watch but I was really pleased with the energy in the second half,” he said.
“As the second half wore on, we started to get rewards, the bench had a big impact and I’m delighted with the effort. We have players who can play in multiple positions, are they were all part of this winning performance.
“There is still a lack of cohesion at times but the fundamentals are there and we know with some of the individuals in our squad we can do great things in attack.”
Scores: Wales: Try – Carre; Conversion – Biggar; Penalty – Halfpenny. Scotland: Try – McInally; Penalties – Russell, Hastings, Hogg.
England secure Six Nations title
England secured the Six Nations title with a bonus-point in their 34-5 defeat of Italy in Rome.
It proved to be enough to win the their first title since 2017 after France beat Ireland 35-27 in Saturday’s final fixture.
England or France could have been crowned Six Nations champions but France’s winning margin fell short of the required margin.
England: Furbank; Watson, Joseph, Slade, May; Farrell (capt), Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Hill, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Earl for Underhill (53), Thorley for Watson (53), Genge for M Vunipola (58), Stuart for Sinckler (62), Lawrence for Joseph (67), Ewels for Hill (67), Robson for Youngs (72), Dunn for George (78).