EDINBURGH (AFP) – A 64th minute try by centre Jonathan Davies helped Wales overcome the challenge of a spirited Scotland side 26-23 to get a 2015 Six Nations win on the board at the second attempt.
The Clermont Auvergne midfielder burst through the home defence to score under the posts and effectively settle a tight Celtic contest in favour of the Welsh, who lost their opening night home fixture against England 21-16.
The victory maintained Warren Gatland’s record of never having lost to Scotland in eight seasons as Wales’ head coach. For his opposite number, fellow New Zealander Vern Cotter, a last minute try by replacement prop Jon Welsh came too late to avoid a second successive defeat in the championship, following
Scotland’s 15-8 defeat against France in Paris.
Both teams failed to trouble the scoreboard in the second halves of their opening weekend matches but Wales were 3-0 up in the seventh minute, full-back Leigh Halfpenny nailing a penalty after Scotland’s openside flanker Blair Cowan was caught on the wrong side of a ruck.
Not that the visitors were able to press home their advantage. Indeed, they found themselves 7-3 behind in the 10th minute after being hit by a fine Scottish counter-attack.