Aaron Shingler hails 'massive performance' as Wales beat Scotland in Six Nations

Aaron Shingler hails 'massive performance' as Wales beat Scotland in Six Nations

Aaron Shingler hails 'massive performance' as Wales beat Scotland in Six Nations

The Wales Rugby Union revealed the roof would be open for the Championship clash.

Scotland's rejuvenation in the past couple of years has been timely with South Africa and France both in a prolonged slump, but this match will be a test of their character and nerve more than ability.

They did not have to wait long, however, as Scotland were penalised for an illegal feed into the resulting scrum, allowing Wales to work it left and then back to the right for Halfpenny to crash over.

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Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, online and BBC Sport app from 18:00 GMT; listen on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on BBC Sport website.

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They repeatedly rocked Scotland back on their heels through outstanding performances from the likes of lock Cory Hill, flankers Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi, plus Rhys Patchell on his first Test start as fly-half.

Europe's elite worldwide competition gets underway this weekend, with England looking to become the first side to win three successive outright titles in the long history of the Championship.

Wales have got a bucketful missing, Rees Webb, Dan Biggar, John Davies, Liam Williams, George North, pretty frightening injuries they've got there and a smaller pool of players so it's a bigger challenge for them. With over half of their squad under 25, you get the feeling that Brunel is thinking more about a home World Cup in 2023 than Japan 2019.

Despite Wales missing so many star players, those who filled in are in flying form for their clubs and carried that form into the worldwide arena.

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But while Wales' back-line has been decimated, Scotland are facing a crisis of their own in the pack.

Kenny Logan believes Stuart Hogg is "probably the best full-back Scotland have ever had" and is hopeful the Glasgow Warriors star can help his country to mount a stiff challenge for Six Nations glory.

Many spoke about the amount of Scarlets players in the starting XV and with Gatland's usual charges unavailable, the decision to rely on club combinations was a master stroke. Someone said to me at the Six Nations launch that apart from the games against Italy, only England won an away game in last year's tournament with that last-minute try in Wales.

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All eyes could well fall onto that fixture in the final round, with England seeking revenge for their sole loss under Australian coach Jones, with Ireland triumphing 13-9 in the final game of last seasons tournament.

He may not end up doing as much but players in around him will because they'll have man-marked him with seven men to stop him.

"In the front row in particular, Ireland now have four top quality props". Their weakness has been defence but if they can sort that out, this will be a team to be reckoned with.

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