The Blind­side

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Man of the day

Jonathan Davies, the Li­ons’ player of the se­ries in New Zealand last year, marked his fi rst Wales ap­pear­ance fol­low­ing an in­jury- hit 12 months by scor­ing his team’s sec­ond try against Scot­land.

Chip off the old block

Adam Hast­ings: Son of Gavin, the Scot­land and Li­ons legend, nephew of Scott. His fi rst start for Scot­land on UK soil, hav­ing won his fi rst caps on sum­mer tour.

Best dressed

Dod­die Weir: the for­mer Scot­land great rolled out matchap­pro­pri­ate at­tire com­bin­ing with Welsh and Scot­tish tar­tan for his big day in Cardiff . Echoed by Scot­land fans.

Jinx of the day

Scot­land’s 16- year los­ing run in Cardiff con­tin­ues; 10 de­feats in a row now. How­ever, it was Wales’s fi rst open­ing au­tumn win for 16 years.

Not hit­ting his marks

World player of the year nom­i­nee Mal­colm Marx’s woe­ful dis­play of lineu­out throw­ing in the fi rst half at Twick­en­ham. Th e Boks’ set­piece was lam­en­ta­ble all af­ter­noon.

Biggest cheers of the day

El­liot Daly’s mon­ster kick from the half­way line to put Eng­land 9- 8 ahead was eclipsed by the noise that rum­bled down from the seats when Han­dré Pol­lard’s well- struck kick to win the game drifted to the right and hit the up­right.

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