What we learned from Wales’ narrow loss to Scotland

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Dafydd Jones October 31, 2020

Author: Lewis Sharpe

Despite leading at half time, Wales fell short to Scotland at Parc y Scarlets as they lost 10-14 in their final Six Nations game.

Rhys Carre’s first-half try wasn’t enough for Wayne Pivac’s side as they failed to defend their Grand Slam title from last year.

The loss meant Wales finished fifth in the table, having now lost their last five games on-the bounce.

Here’s what we learned from today’s match.

Alun Wyn Jones is a true great

Another assured performance by the captain saw the forward pick up his 149th cap for Wales, making him rugby’s all-time highest cap holder.

The absence of crowd noise helped us witness the second-rower’s leadership first-hand as he led a youthful pack.

Ultimately, Jones’ experience wasn’t enough for Wales.

Wind had a factor to play

The elements had a part to play in today’s affair.

Finn Russell’s first minute penalty miss showed just how windy it was in Llanelli this afternoon.

The prominence of the wind was also displayed through both sides’ hookers struggling to throw straight in the line-out.

Hosts poor at the breakdown

Wales struggled at the breakdown this afternoon as they gave away unforced turnovers throughout the match.

Due to Justin Tipuric’s absence, the hosts’ forwards lacked experience, with five of the eight forwards having under 10 caps.

Ultimately losing by four points, Wales’ discipline lost them the game.

The best team won

You can’t take anything away from the visitors- they attacked Wales fantastically and their free-flowing back-line caused problems to the Welsh defence.

Despite an early penalty miss, Russell was at the fore-front of Scotland’s attack until he was subbed off before the half.

Well-organised in defence and creative in attack, Scotland were at their best and reaped the benefits for doing so.

(Featured Image: Lewis Sharpe)