SCOTLAND’S Women will be waking up this morning and wondering just what they have to do to get a victory in the RBS Six Nations after a tight loss to Wales yesterday confirmed they will finish bottom of the table.
Scorers: Scorers: Wales Women: Tries: Murray, S Harries. Pen: Prosser.
In the end they came out on the wrong end of a 13-0 defeat to the Welsh at Scotstoun and once again it was their lack of finishing prowess which stopped them from being able to put points on the board when they were in the ascendancy.
The same problem blighted them in their previous home matches against Italy and Ireland and they now have a big job on their hands to regroup and re-energise ahead of the final match away to France later this week, then the World Cup qualifiers next month.
The Welsh defeat means that the Scots have not won a game in the event since 2010 and that they will be finishing bottom of the pile for the third year in succession.
Scotland had a lot of possession in the first 10 minutes, with winger Annabel Sargeant in particular having a good break to warm the crowd up on a bitterly cold afternoon in Glasgow.
Prop Meg York was then yellow- carded for Wales for pulling down a maul, but the Scots could not put any points on the board while she was taking a breather and it was, in fact, Wales who took a 3-0 lead when scrum-half Laura Prosser kicked a penalty.
Prior to those points being claimed, Scotland’s Lauren Harris had come on for centre Laura Steven and at the break, the visitors were still holding on to their slender lead.
In the second half the Scots gave everything they had to try and break down a stubborn Welsh defence, but it was not to be.
The closest they came was when Harris broke and found full-back Steph Johnston in support – only for the move to fall apart.
With eight minutes to go the match was still in the balance, but Wales snatched two unconverted tries to claim the victory.
They came through replacement Charlie Murray and back-row Sioned Harries. To add to Scotland’s woes, the physical contest left a number of their players hurting from injury knocks after the defeat.
The Welsh No 9 Prosser was later named the player of the match.
Meanwhile, England defeated the Italians 34-0 at the weekend, but earlier defeats to Ireland and France mean they will not finish top for the first time since 2005.
That leaves the top spot for Ireland, who won the RBS Six Nations title at the weekend after they defeated France 15-0, with just Italy standing between them and a famous Grand Slam.