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Wales were looking to kick-start their RBS 6 Nations campaign with victory over Scotland in Cardiff.

Dan Biggar was forced off early in the 16-16 draw with Ireland in Dublin last week but he was named in the starting line-up for the Principality Stadium clash after making a speedy recovery from an ankle knock.

Wales' guests were also looking to make amends following their own painful opener. Scotland had been expected to give England a test at Murrayfield but slumped to a 15-9 defeat as their post-World Cup buzz faded badly.

Dark Blues head coach Vern Cotter - who had already had to call in Duncan Taylor after centre Matt Scott was ruled out with a thigh strain - had to make a last-minute adjustment after Sean Maitland suffered an injury on the eve of the Cardiff clash, meaning Sean Lamont was promoted from the bench to start.

The last time Scotland were in town they were hit by a red bulldozer as they conceded 51 points in a record defeat.

And Warren Gatland's Welshmen looked like they again meant business from the off, storming to within a yard of the Scottish line after Alun Wyn Jones collected a fourth-minute line-out before the visitors could finally halt them in their tracks.

But there was no holding back Gareth Davies three minutes later as he picked up a loose ball on half-way after Taylor and Jamie Roberts tussled in the air before the Scarlets scrum-half sprinted all the way to the corner for the opening try, converted by Biggar.

Scotland were guilty of missing some big opportunities against the English, but they pulled the trigger impressively to level after 12 minutes. They remained patient as they plugged their way through 12 phases before finding space to exploit on the right, with Finn Russell lobbing a perfect kick to the corner for Tommy Seymour to dot down. Skipper Greig Laidlaw converted.

HT Wales 10 Scotland 13

Scotland struggled under the high ball when the teams met at Murrayfield last year but a pair of excellent takes under pressure by Seymour allowed them to kill off Welsh momentum.

But an accidental clash between Stuart Hogg and Welsh hooker Scott Baldwin as they both ran towards another dropping kick robbed the Dark Blues of their influential full-back, with the Glasgow man limping off after injuring his back to be replaced by Wasps' Ruaridh Jackson.

It was a blow for Vern Cotter's team but their disappointment was soothed a little as Laidlaw nailed a 40-metre penalty as Scotland nudged in front.

Biggar stuck over a kick of his own to briefly tie the scoreboard again but another Laidlaw effort gave Scotland the interval lead.

Intro: Resurgent Scotland claimed a slender half-time lead over Wales in their RBS 6 Nations clash in Cardiff.

The Scots failed to live up to their World Cup standards while losing to England last week but were magnificent as they responded to Gareth Davies' seventh-minute opener for the Dragons.

Tommy Seymour collected a clever kick from Finn Russell to level the scores after 12 minutes, with captain Greig Laidlaw adding two kicks to Dan Biggar's lone effort for the Welsh to make sure the visitors led 13-10 at the break.

Wales found themselves on the back foot early in the second period until a surging run from George North finally gave them some impetus.

The giant Northampton wing was brought down 10 metres shy of the Scottish line but an offside call at least gave Biggar another simple penalty to boot over.

His team-mate Liam Williams needlessly knocked-on with no-one in dark blue near him, though, handing Laidlaw his third penalty as Scotland moved ahead once more.

But the Welsh faithful were on their feet urging wing Tom James forward after he spotted a gap on the left hand side before driving 70 metres upfield. However, he was upended by Taylor with the whitewash in sight as Scotland survived that scare.


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