SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Wales right back in title tilt after Scottish victory

George North scores Wales' third try against Scotland
George North scores Wales' third try against Scotland

WALES 27 SCOTLAND 23

Wales recorded their ninth successive victory over Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations Championship to stay firmly among this season’s title contenders.

But they required tries during the last 15 minutes from centre Jamie Roberts and wing George North to subdue an impressive Scottish performance that saw the visitors lead midway through the second half.

Scrum-half Gareth Davies also touched down for Wales, courtesy of a magnificent early break, while fly-half Dan Biggar added three conversions and two penalties as Scotland’s long wait for a win in Cardiff continued with a 27-23 defeat.

Outstanding wing Tommy Seymour and centre Duncan Taylor scored tries for Scotland, with skipper Greig Laidlaw adding 11 points from the boot and Duncan Weir adding a late conversion, yet they were ultimately outgunned during a game that saw them lose full-back Stuart Hogg - their sharpest attacking threat - due to a back injury.

Wales, after a draw in Dublin last weekend, will go top of the championship if they beat next opponents France, but Scotland have played two, lost two, following an opening 15-9 defeat at home to England.