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Six Nations: George North can fire Wales in right direction says Gareth Davies

By Andrew Baldock

Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies has backed George North to kick on after the juggernaut Northampton wing ended a barren Test match run in blistering fashion.

North's first try in six internationals - a sparkling solo effort 11 minutes from time - saw off Scotland and kept Wales firmly among this season's RBS Six Nations title contenders.

And Davies, who had earlier claimed his sixth touchdown in the last seven appearances for Wales, hailed North's contribution to a hard-earned 27-23 win.

North has now posted 24 tries from 57 Wales appearances - only Shane Williams, Gareth Thomas and Ieuan Evans are above him on the all-time Welsh list - but Saturday's score proved a first since before the 2015 World Cup.

"It's great to have him back and finishing off like that," Davies said. "It's fantastic.

"It was a fantastic finish. Hopefully he can keep scoring for the rest of the season.

"Hopefully, now he's got this one, he will keep scoring tries. He has been playing really well."

While North announced his arrival on the international stage during the 2010-2011 season by scoring six tries during his first eight Tests, Davies has proved even more prolific as Wales' starting No.9.

Since making a first Wales start against Uruguay during the World Cup earlier this season, the 25-year-old has only failed to score against Australia and Ireland, but five other countries - including England, Fiji, South Africa and now Scotland - could not keep him out.

"It is a nice habit," Davies added, after a breakaway seventh-minute score showcased his searing pace and eye for a gap in the opposition defence.

"It was great work by Biggs (Dan Biggar) putting that kick in, and Jamie (Roberts) was quick in the air. I just finished it off.

"I am enjoying Test rugby. It's great. It is a lot different to regional rugby and the more games I play, the more I can improve."

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