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- Saturday 9.55pm
Read Finn Russell’s reaction HERE.
- Saturday 8.54pm
TOL match report HERE.
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- Saturday 7.13pm
“Probably a little bit disappointed to be honest. The win is brilliant but that second half was nowhere near where it needed to be.
“We played really well first half and controlled the game; second half our discipline was poor and two yellow cards allowed Wales back into the game.
“As happy as we are to win, that’s not a performance that we need, especially the second half.
“When we scored that try at the start of the second half we probably got a bit complacent to be honest and thought the game was done.
“Fair play to Wales, they came back and put us under a lot of pressure. The pleasing thing was that at the end of the game we managed to hold them out.
“A lot of positives but we need to be a lot better.”
- Saturday 7.12pm
“A lot of our players are disappointed and we’re trying to say to them this is a really important win. Important for the next few weeks of the Championship, but also in terms of not winning here for so long.”
- Saturday 7.11pm
“The message at half-time was go out and play some rugby. We were probably a little bit unlucky at the end. Whether we gave Scotland too much respect in that first half, I’m not sure.”
- Saturday 6.43pm
If Ben O’Keeffe had awarded a penalty try after George Turner was sin-binned for collapsing the maul, instead of awarding Wales’ first score to Botham and forcing Ioan Lloyd to kick the touchline conversion, which he missed … then Wales would have won this game.
- Saturday 6.39pm
They came for the victory and they got it after 22 years of hurt in Cardiff. But Gregor Townsend and his team will be deeply concerned about coughing up 26 unanswered points after taking such a commanding lead. The penalty count in the second half was through the roof. They picked up two yellow cards and coped really badly.
There is a brittleness about this team which will be exploited by better/more experienced sides.
Wales won the try count 4-3.
Scotland hold on for the win.
Wales 26 Scotland 27
- 80 + mins
TMO called in to look at a possible try for VDM. But a Welsh arm gets in the way of his grounding.
- 80 + mins
Clock in the red as Scotland huff and puff through several tight phases on the Wales line. They just need to stay where they are.
- 78 mins
Scotland finish on the attack. Bursting from a dominant scrum. Steyn goes from half way to five metres.
- 75 mins
Scotland continue to make life hard for themselves with an overthrown line-out.
Kick tennis. Which suits Scotland more than Wales at this stage as it takes the sting out of this febrile contest.
- 73 mins
But a brainless kick from Russell is charged down and Wales win the penalty on the deck.
- 73 mins
Despite the upheaval, Scotland have managed to take control of the ball and start running down the clock just inside Wales’ half.
- 71 mins
Crosbie is able to walk off with his right arm in makeshift jersey sling. That means Redpath comes on and Tuipulotu has to fill in at flanker. Not ideal when your backs are to the wall.
George Horne is on for Ben White
- 71 mins
Luke Crosbie is down and seems ro be in real pain with a shoulder injury.
- 69 mins
Ashman on for Turner. Elliot Millar-Mills for Zander Fagerson.
- 68 mins
Wales strike again. Unbelievable stuff.
Wales win the line-out, Alex Mann bursts from the maul and a fleet of cart horses pulling in the opposite direction wouldn’t;t have stopped the replacement back-rower getting over. Lloyd converts.
If you didn’t laugh, you would cry.
Wales 26 Scotland 27
- 67 mins
Another breathless passage of play. Dyer on a mazy run up the left. Adams involved twice. Another penalty. Another kick to the corner.
- 64 mins
Scotland send on flesh blood to try to get a foothold back in this match. Alex Hepburn on for Pierre Schoeman, and Jack Dempsey on for Jamie Ritchie.
- 61 mins
Wales score immediately from the tap penalty. Aaron Wainwright barges over. Lloyd converts.
Wales 19 Scotland 27
- 60 mins.
Wales bombard the Scottish line. Tuipulotu is yellowed – just minutes after Turner’s return.
- 58 mins
Ben O’Keefe has a word with Russell about the number of penalties being conceded.
Wales are zipping the ball east and west, and are sniffing out gaps.
- 56 mins
It’s now all Wales. Hymns and Arias is reverberating around the Principality.
Surely not Scotland … surely not!!!!
- 51 mins
Another try for Wales. They won a scrum penalty and rumbled another line-out maul towards the Scottish line. It didn’t make it but the pressure stayed on and slick hands led to Rio Dryer going over on the left. This time the touchline conversion Ioan Lloyd bisects the posts.
Beard is back on for Teddy Williams.
Wales 12 Scotland 27
- 51 mins
Wales bench clearance continuities. Mason Grady for Owen Watkin this time.
- 50 mins
Another Wales replacement. Alex Mann for Adam Beard.
Ewan Ashman comes on as a temporary replacement for Crosbie while Turner is on the naughty step.
- 48 mins
Botham is immediately replaced by Teddy Williams
- 47 mins
Finally something for the Welsh fans to cheer about. Close-range line-out rumbles over the line and James Botham, gets it down. No conversion.
George Turner yellow-carded for bringing the maul down.
Wales 5 Scotland 27
Welsh journalist Simon Thomas says this is comfortably the worst Wales performance he’s seen under Gatland.
- 42 mins
Tries against Wales are like buses for van der Merwe. He waited ages for one and then two came along in quick success. Scotland start the second half with a bang with Russell sending the bigger winger on a 50-yard rampaging run to0 the line. Russell converts
Wales 0 Scotland 27
Halftime replacements for Wales – Elliot Dee for Ryan Elias, Keiron Assiratti for Leon Brown and Tomos Williams on for Gareth Davies.
Scotland lead 20-0. Wales have lost five line-outs, they can’t get quick ball and they seem bereft of ideas. It feels like Scotland have more gears to go through. Will they really put their hosts to the sword after the break?
- 36 mins
Rugby incident apparently. Costelow goes off for an HIA with Ioan Lloyd coming on.
- 35 mins
Luke Crosbie could be in trouble for head to head contact on Sam Costelow. Ref Ben O’Keefe taking a long look.
Fun fact: Wales were the only Six Nations team Duhan van der Merwe hadn’t scored against.
- 31 mins
Scotland substitution: Sam Skinner for Richie Gray
- 29 mins
Try for Duhan van der Merwe. A long passage of play eventually leads to Russell sniffing a gap via that wraparound that he and Tuipulotu are so good at. Delayed pass gives the big winger a walk-in. Russell converts.
Wales 0 Scotland 20
- 28 mins
But home attack lacks bite and Schoeman snaffles possession before Russell launches a 50-yard clearance.
- 26 mins
Tommy Reffell does well and rides his luck to win a jackaling penalty and Wales take the line-out on Scotland’s 22.
Scotland will be delighted with opening quarter. They’ve taken the buzz out of the Principality Stadium and built up a handy scoreboard lead, without yet hitting top gear.
- 21 mins
Josh Adams flicks the ball into the crowd to prevent a quick Scottish throw and is penalised. Russell says ‘thank you very much’ and takes the three points.
Wales 0 Scotland 13
- 20 mins
Brilliant 50-22 from Russell puts Scotland back on the front foot after a period hemmed into their own half.
Schoeman’s try –
- 15 mins
Ball gets bogged down in a ruck leading to first scrum of match. Five yards from Scottish line with Scottish put-in.
- 14 mins
High tackle, initially by Rowe with Tuipulotu joining in, on Cam Winnett gives Wales a chance to kick to the corner and their first attack.
Welsh crowd wanted a card. Of course they did.
- 12 mins
Scotland line-out malfunction. George Horne overthrows Jamie Ritchie in the middle.
- 11 mins
Scotland line-out steal. Kyle Rowe breaks clear and sends a lovely flat pass to Kyle Steyn, who scrambles past a few red jerseys, with the move culminating in Pierre Schoeman rumbling under the posts to score. TMO wa required but didn’t take long to think about it. Russell slots easy conversion.
Wales 0 Scotland 10
- 8 mins
Another penalty kicked into the 22, another clean line-out take for Scotland, but this time a ruck penalty conceded in midfield means it comes to nothing.
- 7 mins
Hair care is key in the press box.
- 6 mins
Penalty kicked to touch give Scotland an attacking line-out on Wales’ 22 which nis caught at the tail by Richie Gray. Two punches in midfield from Sione Tuipulotu and Huw Jones, leads to an offside penalty in front of the sticks, which Russell has no bother turning in three points.
Wales 0 Scotland 3
- Saturday 4.43pm
Tribute to JPR done, anthems done, game on.
- Saturday 4.21pm
Adams and Tompkins taking full part in the warm-up.
- Saturday 4.06pm
Fan’s view: All roads lead to the Principality Stadium
- Saturday 3.55pm
Rumours circulating in the Principality Stadium press room that Wales are poised to make two late changes, with George North (who missed out on original selection due to a shoulder injury) replacing Nick Tompkins in the centre, and Mason Grady replacing Josh Adams on wing.
- Saturday 3.22pm
Photo updates coming throughout the match from this guy.
- Saturday 2.46pm
The Italy 17 England 8 scoreline in Rome is hardly dampening spirits!
- Saturday 2.32pm
Fan’s view: The pubs around the Principality are bouncing, as you would expect just two and a half hours ahead of kick-off on Six Nations opening weekend. There is also a pro-Palestinian march on St Mary’s Street to add to the frenetic atmosphere..
- Friday: 8.57pm
Scotland Under-20s lose their Six Nations opener, 37-29 to Wales at Colwyn Bay. Read the match report HERE.
- Friday: 4.48pm
Scotland captain Finn Russell has his say on ‘roof-gate’.
“For me, personally, it doesn’t change too much,” he said in pre-match president conference. “I was at Racing for five years, who have got an indoor stadium, so I’m pretty used to it.
“I think the weather conditions changed over the week so that’s why it’s now closed.
“I think it will make for an exciting, fast, free-flowing game of rugby tomorrow. It does mean it will get slightly greasier inside the stadium with the humidity, but both teams will have the same conditions.
“Whether it is open or closed, I don’t think it will change too much.”
- Friday: 2.45pm
Confirmation of the close roof at Scotland’s captain’s run, courtesy of Craig Watson.
- Friday: 11.33pm
Change of plan, the roof is going to be closed, revealed Wales second-row Adam Beard at his pre-match press conference.
“I am not too sure. All I know now the roof is closed, it is going to be great to have the fans in a full stadium, the crowd will be buzzing, if it was open or closed, we didn’t mind,” he said
“But we are 100 per cent happy it is closed. The crowd make a massive impact and the noise and atmosphere make it 10 times better having a closed stadium.
“The buzz, noise, everything about it is unbelievable. That feeling is something you can’t explain, of passion and pride from the crowd that you get. It’s like having an extra man out there on the field and I know the players are looking forward to it tomorrow.”
Sounds like a Scotland U-turn.
- Thursday: 10pm
Gregor Townsend talks through his team selection, read HERE.
- Thursday: 4.12pm
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend is asked at team announcement press conference about the decision not to have the roof open at the Principality Stadium.
“I thought we had 48 hours to decide, but it was Wednesday when they said we had to come to a decision,” he said. “I looked at the forecast and it looked quite nice. I much prefer playing with the roof open if we can, because when it’s closed, obviously it’s noisy.
“They [Wales] are disappointed they won’t get that but also the pitch gets greasy with the roof closed. There is a 20-30 per cent chance of rain in the morning [on Saturday], and so we made the decision on Wednesday.
“You know that this happens every year when there is a decision to be made on the roof. I hope the weather stays dry, we want it to be a dry day and if that’s the case the conditions will be better than when the roof’s closed because the ball does get greasy and sweaty when the roof is closed.
“You play rugby at every other ground without a roof. You play in the dry and wet. On Wednesday afternoon it looked like it wasn’t going to rain [on Saturday] and we made the decision then.
“If it is a wet day then it’ll be trickier to move the ball but I’ve confidence that our players can do that, or find another way to put pressure on the opposition through the defence, through the kicking game. I hope it’s a dry day; rain in the morning and none in the afternoon. But we do play in the winter in our sport so players are used to the wet ball.”
Earlier, Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: “The roof’s going to be open. Scotland want the roof open which I think is a little bit disappointing from an atmosphere point of view. When that roof is shut it does tend to create a lot more atmosphere and noise in the stadium. But that’s the decision they made.
“Both teams have to agree. The decision has been made now. We haven’t really spoken about it as a squad. We’ve said to the players it’s open and we have to deal with that.
“Maybe they felt potentially more comfortable playing in the wet conditions. Scotland haven’t won here in a long, long time and it’s an opportunity for us to continue that record.”
- Thursday: 2.14pm
Scotland: K Rowe; K Steyn, H Jones, S Tuipulotu, D van der Merwe; F Russell (c), B White; P Schoeman, G Turner, Z Fagerson, R Gray, S Cummings, L Crosbie, J Ritchie, M Fagerson Substitutes: E Ashman, A Hepburn, E Millar-Mills, S Skinner, J Dempsey, G Horne, B Healy, C Redpath.
Wales: C Winnett; J Adams, O Watkin, N Tompkins, R Dyer; S Costelow, G Davies; C Domachowski, R Elias, L Brown, D Jenkins (c), A Beard, J Botham, T Reffell, A Wainwright. Substitutes: E Dee, K Mathias, K Assiratti, T Williams, A Mann, T Williams, I Lloyd, M Grady.