Dan Biggar celebrated his 100th cap for Wales in emphatic fashion, leading his team to victory over Scotland at the end of a fascinating encounter in Cardiff.
The British and Irish Lions fly-half kicked 15 points and landed the crucial drop goal to seal a 20-17 win as Wayne Pivac rebounded from last week’s trouncing against Ireland in Dublin.
Scotland’s quest for a first win in Cardiff in 20 years, meanwhile, goes on and the visitors will rue Finn Russell’s late yellow card that opened the door for Wales.
With the dust settling from the Cardiff showdown, Sportsmail’s Adam Hathaway and Rob Robertson rate the players who took to the field on Saturday afternoon.
Wales’ Dan Biggar celebrated his 100th cap by helping his side beat Scotland in Cardiff
WALES – by Adam Hathaway
Liam Williams – 7
One reverse pass was out of the Finn Russell playbook and played on manfully after heavy knock
Alex Cuthbert – 6
Back in the big time and could have scored twice in the second half but for Scots cover
Owen Watkin – 7
Early burst got the crowd going and heavily involved when Wales were on front or back foot.
Nick Tompkins – 7
Solid in defence and can turn the ball over like any back rower. Busy and an attacking nuisance
Nick Tompkins was solid in defence for Wales in the win over Scotland on Saturday
Louis Rees-Zammit – 5
Got exposed for Darcy Graham’s opening score and needs to get more involved in the game
Dan Biggar – 9
100th Test appearance and only he knows how he lasted 78 minutes after knee injury. Shrewd and heroic with gladiatorial exit.
Dan Biggar (left) kicked the crucial drop goal as Wales edged past Scotland in Cardiff
Tomos Williams – 7
Liveliest performance by the scrum-half for a while and showed up well against Ali Price, a Lion
Wyn Jones – 7
British Lion won early scrum penalty and showed up well against both sets of Scottish front rows
Ryan Elias – 8
Scarlets hooker added plenty of punch with the ball in hand and was a menace on the ground. Good at line out
Ryan Elias (left) was a solid presence on the ground and in the loose for Wales
Tomas Francis – 7
Second try in his 62nd cap but he was more about the scrum yesterday and fronted up for an hour
Will Rowlands – 7
Part of a much improved Welsh carrying effort and has come on a ton in last couple of years
Adam Beard – 6
Welsh line out went well but Beard was not as prominent as his mates with ball in hand
Taine Basham – 7
Nearly crossed the line with late challenge on Sam Skinner but another huge afternoon for the back rower
Jac Morgan – 7
Ospreys flanker showed up well on his Test debut and got about with double figure tackle count.
Ross Moriarty – 7
Brought in to add some beef to Wales with ball in hand and did that before 58th minute replacement.
Ross Moriarty added an attacking threat with the ball in hand for Wales
Replacements: Dewi Lake (for Elias 64) 6, Gareth Thomas (for Jones 64) 6, Dillon Lewis (for Francis 60) 7, Seb Davies (for Rowlands 76) 5, Aaron Wainwright (for Moriaty 58) 6, Gareth Davies(N/A), Callum Sheedy (for Biggar 78) 5, Jonathan Davies (for Tompkins 68) 6
SCOTLAND – by Rob Robertson
Stuart Hogg – 7
Lucky not to get a second minute yellow card for a knock on but did his best to get his team back into the game.
Darcy Graham – 8
A try in the corner after a superb long pass from Finn Russell was the highlight for Scotland’s man of the match.
Chris Harris – 6
Didn’t show much in attack which was also the case against England but solid in defence as usual.
Sione Tuipulotu – 7
Made some strong carries and his power in the centre was vital for his team on his first Six Nations start.
Duhan van der Merwe – 4
Stripped of the ball at vital moments near the end in a very poor performance from the British and Irish Lion winger.
Duhan van der Merwe endured a very difficult afternoon in Cardiff, making costly mistakes
Finn Russell – 5
Picked up a yellow card for a silly one-handed knock on that the referee initially missed but the TMO picked up on. Made too many mistakes.
Ali Price – 6
Struggled to get the Scotland attack moving forward in a poor game from the British and Irish Lion.
Pierre Schoeman – 7
Ran his heart out as he had to come on again for the injured Rory Sutherland after initially going off. Did well to stop Rees Zamit from scoring a try.
Stuart McInally – 7
A top class performance and should have been kept on longer as he was doing well.
Stuart McInally delivered an excellent performance for Scotland until he was subbed off
W P Nel – 5
Not at his best and struggled at key moments in the scrum which helped the Welsh get the upper hand.
Jonny Gray – 5
Should have been a vital player for Scotland but was well short of his usual high standards.
Grant Gilchrist – 7
Worked hard on his 50th cap and was one of the few Scots that deserved pass marks in the second half.
Sam Skinner – 6
His effort could not be faulted as he tried his best to get his team back into the game.
Sam Skinner (with ball in hand) tried his best to keep the visitors in the game on Saturday
Hamish Watson – 6
Another Scotland back row player who worked hard from the first whistle and did well at the breakdown.
Matt Fagerson – 5
Big blow for Scotland when he came off injured after just half an hour.
Replacements: George Turner (for McInally, 44) 5, Rory Sutherland (for Schoeman, 44) 5, Zander Fagerson (for Nel,44) 5, Magnus Bradbury (for Matt Fagerson, 30) 5, Rory Darge (for Gray, 62) 5, Ben White (for Price, 62), Blair Kinghorn (for Tuipulotu, 71), Cameron Redpath (van der Merwe, 78)
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