Wales maintain winning record

Wales made it two wins from two in the Six Nations after a 27-13 victory over Scotland in Cardiff.

Fresh from victory over Ireland in Dublin last weekend, Wales overcame a sloppy opening 40 minutes to blow Scotland away in 14 second-half minutes.

Alex Cuthbert scored on his home debut and Leigh Halfpenny bagged a brace as Wales took control after the break. Greig Laidlaw grabbed a late consolation for Scotland.

Scotland were on the back foot early on but took the lead just after the 20-minute mark when Laidlaw slotted over a penalty. The online 6 Nations betting odds looked like they could be in for an upset.

Halfpenny levelled the scores with a penalty of his own after half an hour.

Scotland had a glorious chance to take the lead just before half-time but were left to rue sloppy play close to the Welsh line.

Wales came out fired up after the break and capitalised on a Chris Cusiter error to score the opening try. Cusiter allowed the kick-off to drift into touch and Cuthbert charged over after heavy Welsh pressure.

Halfpenny converted and then stretched the lead moments later after Nick de Luca was sin-binned.

Laidlaw pulled the score back to 13-6, but Wales made the man advantage count with two quick tries. Halfpenny’s first under the posts came against 14 men and his second in the left corner against 13 as Rory Lamont joined de Luca on the sidelines. Halfpenny converted to make it 27-6.

That looked to be that for Scotland but they showed character and fought back. The visitors felt aggrieved when Stuart Hogg was adjudged to have knocked on with the line at his mercy. They did grab a try minutes later when Laidlaw went over from close range.

Laidlaw’s converted try proved to be a mere consolation as Wales edged closer to a Six Nations Triple Crown.

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