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More warning shots from Scotland, but North and Roberts tip the balance for Wales

Wales and Scotland shared five tries in an entertaining encounter under the roof in Cardiff.

Wales 27

Scotland 23

WARREN GATLAND WAS never shy about inviting Scotland to allow the Millennium Stadium roof be shut for today’s Six Nations meeting.

Yet for long periods in Cardiff the dry conditions looked to favour the ambitious style of Scotland more than the hosts.

George North celebrates his try with Jamie Roberts Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Vern Cotter’s side took a 10 – 13 lead into the half-time break and threatened to extend that lead before Wales’ greater power eventually won out on home turf.

Capping a second man-of-the-match worthy performance in six days, Jamie Roberts barged over the line in the 64th minute to finally swing the game Wales’ way for good.

George North soon followed suit, ending a try-less run since the World Cup warm-ups with a scything line to the right corner.

In a game of five impressive tries, Gareth Davies drew first blood, reacting first when a Dan Biggar high ball fell to the deck. The scrum-half started from an offisde position, but didn’t wait around to ask questions, instead setting a scorching pace to the try-line from 50 metres out.

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

Scotland hit back with excellent distribution and goal-kicking from captain Greig Laidlaw, adding the important extras after Finn Russell’s kick was dotted down by Tommy Seymour.

Laidlaw contributed 11 points in all, eight points before the interval to give his side a one-score advantage. He would nudge Scotland ahead again after Dan Biggar pulled the home side level. But despite Duncan Taylor’s terrific try-saving tackle on Tom James and a superb finish to a late consolation try, the final quarter belonged to the powerful backs in the Welsh ranks.



Tries: G Davies, J Roberts, G North

Conversions: D Biggar (3/3)

Penalties: D BIggar (2/2)


Tries: T Seymour, D Taylor

Conversions: G Laidlaw (1/1) D Weir (1/1)

Penalties: G Laidlaw (3/3)

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Wales and Scotland made up for all that unpleasantness in Paris with two lovely first-half tries

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