Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Women's Six Nations Wales Vs

Women's Six Nations Wales Vs

Wales' Leigh Halfpenny scores his sides second try of the game against Scotland, during their 6 Nations rugby match at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. A driven lineout, pick-and-gos, and Halfpenny had a second try, and made a third conversion from the sideline.

Without Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, Sam Warburton, Rhys Webb, George North, Taulupe Faletau, Liam Williams, Rhys Priestland, Jake Ball and Dan Lydiate through injury, Wales enter this Six Nations opener with a void constituting something of a crisis.

Head coach Warren Gatland has included 10 Scarlets in his starting XV following their Champions Cup exploits, while he has also handed a Test debut to Worcester Warriors wing Josh Adams.

There's a fair chance it will be a close game, but I think if Wales play loosely it will suit us because Scotland want to play a very fast game.

Gareth Davies gave the hosts the ideal start, the scrum-half intercepting an Ali Price pass to race over from the halfway line.

The Scots made a rapid start with a big burst into the 22 by giant lock Jonny Gray in the second minute only for Wales to scramble and flanker Josh Navidi to win a vital turnover.

Scotland dominated the near half-hour to halftime but lapsed into error after error: Dropped passes, knock ons, a penalty kick not finding touch, and the backs shuffling the ball sideways, easily contained by Wales.The interval did not provide a fresh start.

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The Wales full-back ended a five-year try drought with a superb double strike to heap humiliation on the woeful visitors. But it took them until the 79th minute to put points on the board and avoid them being "nilled" in Cardiff for the first time since 1974.

The first half had not featured a single penalty at goal yet two minutes after the restart Halfpenny punished a breakdown offence to stretch the lead to a formidable 17 points before repeating the trick for 20-0 after 48 minutes.

His Wales counterpart Alun Wyn Jones says he doesn't mind if people view his side as underdogs after losing to Scotland at Murrayfield last season. However, after a couple of offloads in the tackle nearly put through Alun Wyn Jones, his final pass to Steff Evans was knocked on and the chance was lost.

The Scots hammered away at the line in a bid to trouble the scoreboard operator for the first time and finally scored when replacement centre Peter Horne slipped through at a ruck.

The Scots haven't really discussed Wales' catalogue of injured stars and Barclay thinks numerous Welsh will be motivated to prove a point.

Gordon Reid, Stuart McInally and Jon Welsh form the front row, with five props and three hookers out injured.

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