Halfpenny hammers Scots

Leigh Halfpenny scored a brace and kicked 12 points to help Wales to a resounding 27-13 victory over Scotland on Sunday.

There were times during the first half where Scotland threatened to take control of this game, but the Welsh just seemed to grow stronger as the match progressed. They produced an outstanding defensive display to deny Scotland a try right on half-time, and racked up 24 points in the third quarter to secure the result.

The Welsh ball-carriers proved difficult to contain during this period, and Scotland often resorted to illegal tactics in an attempt to stall the hosts’ momentum. Nick de Luca and Rory Lamont were sin-binned for professional fouls which only served to aid Wales’ attacking cause.

Scotland hit back with a late try through flyhalf Greig Laidlaw, and showed more urgency and control when restored to their full complement. But the Wales defence remained resolute as the clock wound down and Scotland were ultimately made to regret that terrible third quarter.