Scotland edge out Wales to end Six Nations on a high

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LLANELLI, Wales (Reuters) - Scotland beat Wales away for the first time in 18 years as a narrow 14-10 victory at a windswept Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Saturday ensured a strong finish to their Six Nations campaign.

Scotland, who trailed 7-6 at halftime, finished with three victories and two defeats in this year’s competition, which will finally be completed on Saturday after being halted in March by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wales, hoping to earn their captain Alun Wyn Jones a celebratory victory as he won a record 149th test cap, lost a fourth successive game in the Six Nations.

The teams scored a try each with three Scottish penalties proving the difference.

Gale force winds at Llanelli, hosting the game instead of the Principality Stadium in Cardiff which was being used as a makeshift hospital venue, made playing difficult.

A Scottish error on their own lineout allowed Wales to score the first try just after the half hour mark as prop Rhys Carre powered over after the hosts had finally breached desperate defence from the visitors.

To compound Scottish woes, maverick flyhalf Finn Russell, whose early penalty had put them ahead, limped off with an injury.

Adam Hastings, who came on for Russell, reduced the deficit to 7-6 at halftime with a penalty.

Scotland had another penalty opportunity on the hour mark to take the lead but gambled instead on kicking for touch, seeking to get closer to the Welsh goalline.

Jonny Gray won the subsequent lineout and a rolling maul marched the ball over the line with replacement hooker Stuart McInally claiming the try.

Hastings missed the conversion, however, and Wales reduced the difference to a single point when Leigh Halfpenny slotted over a penalty.

It was Scotland who finished strongly in the swirling wind, however, to secure a morale-boosting success. They won a penalty in the last minute and captain Stuart Hogg kicked it with the final action of the game to make sure of victory.

“We are absolutely delighted, we knew we would come down here and put on a performance. We’ll enjoy this one," Hogg said.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ed Osmond)