Two tries from Louis Rees-Zammit impressed Wales to their second successive win within the Six Nations as they defeated 14-man Scotland 25-24 in an exhilarating encounter at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Scotland prop Zander Fagerson was proven a straight crimson by English referee Matthew Carley within the second half.
It was the second consecutive match the place the Welsh beat a crew decreased to 14 gamers, having overcome Eire final Sunday when Peter O’Mahony was despatched off.
Wales, who scored 4 tries to select up a bonus level, will subsequent play England whereas the Scots face France in two weeks.
Leigh Halfpenny put the Welsh 3-0 up early on — Chris Harris straying offside — however Finn Russell levelled it within the eleventh minute.
The Scots produced the primary little bit of fluent attacking play because the clock ticked in the direction of the twentieth minute.
Jonny Grey scythed via the Welsh defence and when the ball labored its method again to Alli Value, the Scottish scrum-half produced a second of magic.
He regarded up and chipped the ball over the Welsh defence with Darcy Graham working on to catch it and go over for his eighth strive in sixteenth exams.
Russell transformed for 10-3.
The hosts put clear blue water between themselves and Wales with 25 minutes on the clock.
Stuart Hogg kicked forward, Halfpenny spilled the ball and the Scotland captain ran on to gather the unfastened ball and contact down.
Hogg’s twenty first strive in his 82nd Take a look at was crisply transformed by Russell for 17-3.
Willis Haloholo changed Halfpenny for his debut after the full-back went off for a Head Damage Evaluation on account of a collision with Darcy Graham.
Halfpenny didn’t return however Wales continued to stress the Scots and have been rewarded simply earlier than half-time when Rees-Zammit shimmied inside Duhan van der Merwe to the touch down so as to add to his strive in opposition to Eire.
Dan Biggar despatched his conversion vast to go away the Scots 17-8 forward on the break.
The Scots parked within the Welsh 22 for the opening 10 minutes of the second-half and went over for a 3rd strive but it surely was not given on account of crossing.
Wales coach Wayne Pivac, although, determined he wanted to take motion at half-back sending on Callum Sheedy for Biggar and Kieran Hardy changing Gareth Davies.
Sheedy had a direct influence taking part in a pivotal position in Liam Williams going over for a strive — Rees-Zammit delivering the ultimate go. Sheedy transformed for 17-15.
Issues bought significantly worse for Scotland when Zander Fagerson was despatched off after charging in and connecting with Wyn Jones’s head.
Carley caught to his preliminary feeling though Tv Match Official Karl Dickson intimated there may be mitigating components.
Jones had a memorable jiffy as he then bundled over to the touch down however Sheedy missed the conversion to go away Wales 20-17 forward.
The Scots didn’t appear to be a facet decreased to 14 males pressuring the Welsh within the scrum and on two events have been assured sufficient to go for scrums when awarded penalties in entrance of the posts.
The stress paid off as Hogg broke Owen Watkins’ deal with and carried Nick Tompkins over to the touch down within the nook.
Russell transformed beautifully from the touchline to place Scotland 24-20 forward and quarter-hour remaining.
The thrilling encounter swung again Wales’s method with a second of particular person brilliance from Rees-Zammit.
The 20-year-old kicked forward after which outsprinted two Scottish defenders to the touch down — Sheedy once more didn’t convert to go away Wales only a level to the nice 25-24.
It proved simply sufficient.
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