North, Davies lead Wales to scrappy win over Scotland

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

Jonathan Davies marked his first Wales appearance in almost a year with a try as Wales began their November internationals campaign with a 21-10 win over Scotland.

Hooker Stuart McInally scored the only try for the Scots, who had further opportunities but could not break down an organised home defence.

Warren Gatland was right.

Michael Cheika's men are out to make statement in their Spring Tour opener after only winning three of 10 Tests this year, while their hosts are on a six-match match unbeaten run following their 21-20 victory over Scotland on Saturday night - their best run since 2012. Unfortunately, we've been unlucky at times but it would be nice to win next week and get a result. The players concurred. "We will have to..."

"To be honest, if we had come up against Australia today we would have struggled, with them coming in off the back of the Rugby Championship", Gatland said after Saturday's game.

"But it's a start for us, even though we were a bit rusty at times". Scotland put us under pressure in the second half, but we defended very well and there were lots of positives. He gave a lovely pass for Jonathan to score.

A set-piece move off a line-out 35 metres out saw Gareth Anscombe set his centre racing through a big hole after fending off opposite number Huw Jones.

"Ken is fine. He has taken a knock on the nose, which was a bleed, and just as a precaution we did an HIA (head injury assessment)", said Gatland.

Half-backs Gareth Davies and Anscombe combined impressively, and the rest was all about North's power as he shrugged off three Scotland defenders to claim a 34th try for Wales on his 77th appearance.

Scotland last won in the Welsh capital 16 years ago, and they arrived for a first autumn visit to Cardiff.

"We didn't start with the energy which was needed against a good opponent".

Wales handed a debut to flyhalf Jarrod Evans for the final minutes and winger Luke Morgan also played his first test, though he barely had a touch of the ball. I thought Peter had scored.

"We haven't had the best strike-rate against Australia, but we can not dwell on that", Davies said on Sunday.

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