| 6.4°C Dublin

dragons roar Wales maintain 100 per-cent start to Six Nations with thrilling win over Scotland


Louis Rees-Zammit scored two tries for Wales (Jane Barlow/PA)

Louis Rees-Zammit scored two tries for Wales (Jane Barlow/PA)

Louis Rees-Zammit scored two tries for Wales (Jane Barlow/PA)

Louis Rees-Zammit’s double helped hand Wayne Pivac claim his first away win as Wales coach as they hit back to stun 14-man Scotland 25-24 at Murrayfield.

Gregor Townsend’s team were looking to build on last week’s historic Twickenham victory over England and got off to the perfect start with tries from Darcy Graham and Stuart Hogg.

But their hopes were wrecked when Zander Fagerson was sent off for a dangerous clear-out and Wales ruthlessly exploited their man advantage.

Gloucester wing Rees-Zammit had scored just before half-time to keep Wales in the contest, with his second – after Liam Williams and Wyn Jones had also crossed over – confirming a bonus point.

Hogg did briefly put Scotland back in front, but Pivac’s team held their nerve to claim their first win on foreign soil in five attempts under Warren Gatland’s replacement.

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac told BBC One: "From 17-3 down against a side full a confidence, it was very very pleasing.

"There were some big moments from both sides so we are just happy to come away with a win, especially with four tries.

"We are improving each week in certain areas of the game and we showed a lot of character today.

"The squad has changed a lot since autumn, and it's tournament rugby now, a couple months is a long time to reflect.

"We cannot get carried away with this though and we need to build on it.

"Louis Rees-Zammit is doing some very good things with the ball, he's got things to work on, he dropped a high ball earlier and he wasn't the complete package, but he has scored some really well worked tries.

"We'll review this game now, see what we need to work on.

"A couple of the guys will go back to their clubs and hopefully come through it ok, and then we will hopefully have more players to choose from against England."

Meanwhile, Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend told BBC Scotland: "Not scoring the try when we were on the line. That would have helped things then the red card made it tough. They got a few tries, one was soft on the maul.

"I was really proud of the effort especially when the game went into the last ten minutes. Getting around the defence, the effort was phenomenal. We got behind them. I'm convinced we won a penalty in that one.

"Sometimes these things don't go your way. you need to be ahead of the scoreboard in the last two minutes and not behind.

"I think Van Der Merwe and Stuart Hogg gave an amazing performances today. Just trying to give them some space when you're a man down is difficult.

"I'm more just questioning the process to see a replay of the red card. These are important parts of the game. Obviously if he did touch the head, I thought he got under and clear of the head. The TMO hinted there was late movement. The referee made the decisions and you have to abide with it."

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors

Top Videos