Scots had to work for victory in Cardiff


It was so hot that Scotland had to wait even longer to win its first game against Wales in Cardiff. But when the final whistle finally blew on Saturday night, it was the bagpipers who walked off the field victorious.

The final score was 27 – 26 after the visitors enjoyed a 27 – 0 lead at one stage.

Duhan van der Merwe scored two of Scotland’s tries, while Pierre Schoeman – his South African-born teammate – also contributed to the try-scoring action.

But the Red Dragons refused to lay down in front of their passionate supporters and they were the one on fire in the second half; all of course in a desperate attempt to defend their proud home record against Scotland.

Wales won 11 matches in a row against Scotland at the Principality Stadium and they scored a bunch of unanswered tries, but in the end the bar was just a little too high this time.

“It’s a great feeling to win in Cardiff for the first time in 22 years, but we’re definitely disappointed with our performance in the second half,” said Scotland’s Finn Russell.

According to the Scottish rugby captain, his team’s discipline badly let them down after the break and they will definitely need to improve if they are to harbor any title dreams.

For coach Gregor Townsend, the ghost of Scotland’s 2010 defeat against Wales almost resurfaced – the Scots then also let a good lead slip through their fingers to end up losing.

“I’ve often thought about that defeat in the second half now; the atmosphere in the stadium now was similar to the game back then when Wales launched a remarkable fightback,” said the Scottish coach.

“Fortunately, we were now able to keep our noses in front and we played well in the last five minutes of the matchup.”