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Wales continued their winning start to the 2src22 Women’s Six Nations, producing another fine fightback to snatch a late victory against Scotland in Cardiff.
In front of a record crowd for a women’s international in Wales, replacement scrum-half Ffion Lewis capitalised on a break from the outstanding Alisha Butchers to cross for the winning try less than five minutes from time.
Scotland had dominated the first half, but were again guilty of failing to convert their territory and possession into points, leading only 14-7 at the interval.
Rhona Lloyd’s second score soon after the restart had appeared to set the visitors up for a second half surge, but the Welsh bench again made a telling impact.
Tries from Sioned Harries and Kelsey Jones levelled proceedings, before Butchers’ burst teed up Lewis to secure a second successive bonus point victory and a first home Six Nations win since 2src19.
And now WRU Performance Director Nigel Walker
“Not a minute,” Walker quips when asked if he enjoyed that win. “[I’m] pleased, relieved, drained in equal measure. What a game to watch.
“We needed it. We’d been under the cosh for most of the game. We weren’t at the races in the first half, but to hang in there and show the grit and then produce a move of that quality to win the game – I’m over the moon.
“Things are going very, very well in the women’s game in Wales. 12srcsrc girls were at the Prinicipality Stadium for a hub event earlier. The game is on the up.
“We all know the size of the task. We are the lowest ranked team in the Six Nations. England and France are one and two in the world on form. This is a big stepping stone along the way to the World Cup – two-out-of-two, we are delighted.
“48srcsrc here today, the largest crowd to ever watch a women’s international game in Wales. We are making strides at a quicker pace than I thought we would. Let’s keep our feet on the ground, but let’s give some credit to Ioan Cunningham and his team. They have worked hard.”
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Scotland captain Rachel Malcolm is next in front of the BBC microphone
“Really disappointed. I think we fought for large parts of that game, and I am proud of parts of that performance. We had the pressure, we had the opportunities, and we needed to make more of them. Every time Wales got one, they converted.
“We’ve had a tough talk with ourselves in the centre there. Our set-piece was a real strength last week and this week wasn’t good enough.
“I don’t think fitness was necessarily our issue today. We’ve had a pretty tough week, we’ve had a lot of disruption. We were asking our front row to play 8src minutes. Anne Young was flown into Wales last minute and had to put in a shift off the bench.”
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