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Rugby - 16. February 2016.

Wales Women down Scotland for first win


Sioned Harries scored one try and created another as Wales Women picked up their first victory of this year's Women's Six Nations with a 23-10 triumph over Scotland Women on Sunday.

Sioned Harries


Both teams had lost their opening match of this year's Championship but a willingness to spread the ball wide made for an entertaining clash at The Gnoll.



Harries was the beneficiary of an inexorable driving maul for the game's first try before creating a score for Hannah Jones but Megan Gaffney's effort in between ensured Scotland only trailed 15-10 at the break.

However the Welsh went from strength to strength in the second half and Alisha Butchers' try with just over 20 minutes remaining ensured Scotland's six-year wait for a victory in the Championship goes on.

Scotland travelled to south Wales having lost 32-0 to England in their 2016 Women's Six Nations opener and without a Test win since 2011.

But new head coach Shade Munro has his troops better drilled than in previous years and early pressure turned into points as hooker Lana Skeldon slotted a penalty from in front of the posts.

However Wales got the game's first try on seven minutes as Harries dotted down from a driving maul and centre Robyn Wilkins nailed the conversion.

While Skeldon hit the post with a second penalty attempt, Wilkins made no mistake on 15 minutes to extend the lead to 10-3 but Scotland levelled proceedings on the half-hour mark.

No.8 Jade Konkel and outside centre Gaffney were the two most impressive players in the defeat to England and they combined brilliantly seven days on as Konkel broke the line and offloaded to Gaffney who dived over.

Skeldon's excellent conversion didn't keep the scores level at 10-10 for long however as Harries slipped through two tackles five minutes before the break and looped a pass to Jones, who used her pace to blaze over the whitewash down the left.

Wales winger Adi Taviner knocked on early in the second half with the tryline at her mercy but Wilkins slotted a penalty to make it 18-10 before Butchers gave Scotland a mountain to climb.

The flanker, who only made her international debut in the 21-3 defeat to Ireland last week, burrowed over from close-range on 57 minutes after a five-metre line-out for the hosts.

Wilkins was again unsuccessful with the conversion but with a 13-point deficit, Scotland were unable to close the gap in the final quarter and their wait for a first Women's Six Nations since 2010 continues.

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