Sunday Mirror

Scots’ big wait lifts in Llanelli


- Sports · Rugby · Six Nations Championships · Rugby Union · France · Italy · Wayne Pivac · Warren Gatland · Championship · Scarlets · Jamie Ritchie

SCOT­LAND claimed a first win on Welsh soil since 2002 – and ru­ined Alun Wyn Jones’ land­mark day.

Wales cap­tain Jones won a record 149th Test cap only to end up on the los­ing side as the Scots edged it in Llanelli.

It was a third straight win for Scot­land in the de­layed Six Na­tions af­ter vic­to­ries over France and Italy in the spring.

But Wales have now suf­fered five straight de­feats, with Wayne Pi­vac en­dur­ing a tor­rid time since suc­ceed­ing War­ren Gat­land as head coach.

It is the first time since 2007 that Wales have man­aged only one win in the Six Na­tions Cham­pi­onship.

Pi­vac said: “It’s not go­ing to be lost on us, it was the worst de­feat in terms of per­for­mance.

“We didn’t fire too many shots. We have to go away and put a line in the sand, be­cause we have got two weeks to build into the Au­tumn Cup.

“We have to lick our wounds and make sure we make the right im­pres­sion in that tour­na­ment.”

A poor game saw Scot­land dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory at a wind-lashed Parc y Scar­lets.

Rhys Carre crossed for Wales in the first half but the game was won at the break­down with flanker Jamie Ritchie named man of the match.

Re­place­ment hooker Stu­art McI­nally scored the de­ci­sive try just af­ter the hour mark – and the Drag­ons never looked like hit­ting back.

Dis­ap­pointed Wales skip­per Jones said: “We’ve got to im­prove, it’s as sim­ple as that.

“The Welsh pub­lic have got high expectatio­ns from the pre­vi­ous 12 years. Of those 12 years we won three grand slams and a cham­pi­onship.”

Scot­land head coach Gre­gor Townsend said: “For this group it’s great to have some con­fir­ma­tion of the hard work and progress they’re mak­ing.”

 ??  ?? DONE ENOUGH: Scot­land cel­e­brate clincher penalty
DONE ENOUGH: Scot­land cel­e­brate clincher penalty

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