A energetic second-half opening during Murrayfield warranted Scotland their initial Six Nations win over Wales given 2007.
For all their higher physicality in a initial half, Wales led by usually 13-9 during a interval, Liam Williams rounding off a sharp pierce for their solitary try.
Scotland were widespread thereafter, with Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser channel a line and event Finn Russell earning 19 points with his kicking.
The Scots’ success finished Wales’s run of 4 uninterrupted wins in Edinburgh.
The outcome put Vern Cotter’s group tip of a championship list before Ireland’s 19-9 win over France saw a Scots dump behind to second. For Wales, though, it was a second detriment in 3 matches in this year’s campaign.
It was constrained from a initial whistle, a fire-cracker of a Test match, ferocious, error-strewn during times, yet definitely fascinating all a approach through.
Russell and Halfpenny had traded penalties in a opening entertain before Wales done a initial poignant move.
A free-kick during a scrum was tapped by a smashing Rhys Webb, a whirling dervish during 9 for a visitors. Wales’ eye for a possibility was discerning and their execution was a delight. They came screaming opposite a field, Halfpenny putting Williams over in a left corner. Halfpenny afterwards converted to put Wales precisely where they wanted to be – in a lead on a front foot.
Scotland’s volatile notwithstanding injuries
Scotland afterwards suffered another blow a notation after when John Hardie went off injured. Another harmed physique piled on tip of a other harmed bodies – Alasdair Dickinson and WP Nel, Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor, Greig Laidlaw, their captain, and Josh Strauss, their principal back-row ball-carrier.
Their resilience, though, is astonishing. On came Hamish Watson, who was superb as Scotland set sail. Russell done it 10-6 with a boot, before Halfpenny re-established a seven-point lead. It was a final time Wales uneasy a scoreboard.
Even before a mangle there were signs of a Scots stirring. Justin Tipuric had to lift off a excellent tackle to keep Huw Jones out, yet Russell during slightest gave them a satisfaction of 3 some-more points. A four-point diversion during a break. Scotland were a bit fortunate, yet they kicked-on distinctively from there.
Scotland supplement aggressive flair
Seymour’s try electrified Murrayfield, Hogg’s honeyed behind pass-and-give to Visser drew Halfpenny and combined space for a Glasgow Warriors wing to go over. There was regard about deterrent progressing in a pierce yet a try stood and so did a acclimatisation after Russell’s bid slapped off a inside of a post and obligingly fell over on a right side of a crossbar.
Wales came again by Webb, yet Ali Price, smashing on his initial start, pulled off a try-saving tackle. The visitors fast became ragged. They ran into blue walls, any error, any large strike stripping them of their belief.
Russell eased Scotland serve transparent usually brief of a hour; 19-13. Wales responded and once again they were repelled. It was Webb again, darting in during a dilemma usually to be put in touch, just, by Visser, arguably personification a diversion of his life for Scotland.
The Scots had some-more vigour to soak up, yet soak it adult they did. There was a unfortunate miss of invention in a Wales attacks, a predictability that Scotland engrossed before distinguished out themselves. And here, again, we saw a disproportion between a sides. Scotland had mode and ability and invention. Wales did not.
Visser’s measure was a stately painting of it. Patience in a forwards by a phases and a ruthlessness when a possibility arrived. Hogg’s hands in delivering a try-scoring pass to a winger brought Murrayfield to a feet. Russell converted, afterwards combined another chastisement and Scotland were home.
Twenty unanswered points in a second half was a howling response from a Scottish group that can no longer be deemed improving or emerging. They’ve arrived. In a here and now, they are reborn.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Tim Visser; Finn Russell, Ali Price (Henry Pyrgos 55); Ryan Wilson, John Hardie (Hamish Watson 24), John Barclay (capt); Johnny Gray, Richie Gray; Zander Fagerson, Fraser Brown (Ross Ford 70), Gordon Reid (Allan Dell, 51).
Unused replacements: Simon Berghan, Tim Swinson, Duncan Weir, Mark Bennett.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams (Jamie Roberts 62), Lee Williams; Dan Biggar (Sam Davies 67), Rhys Webb; Ross Moriarty (Taulupe Faletau 62), Justin Tipuric, Sam Warburton; Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Jake Ball (Luke Charteris 56); Tomas Francis (Samson Lee 51), Ken Owens (Scott Baldwin 67), Rob Evans (Nicky Smith 67).
Unused replacement: Gareth Davies.
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Touch judges: JP Doyle (England) and Matthew Carley (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)
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