This weekend’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations clash against Wales is set to be a keenly contested fixture, with both sides eager to make an impact in round two of the competition.
In the opening week, Scotland lost 58-7 to a clinical England side in Newcastle, while Wales won 31-5 over Ireland at home. The reigning tournament champions showed continued last year’s impressive form into the tournament, but Scotland showed glimpses of what they are capable of on the pitch and are looking to take learnings into this weekend’s match.
Both Emma Orr and Chloe Rollie were inches from the line but only Rollie’s try-of-the-round contender made it over the whitewash.
Wales, especially player of the match Sisilia Tuipulotu, will be feeling confident after their strong win—but Scotland are ready to turn narrow games into victories.
The Rugby World Cup opening fixture against Wales late last year was another close encounter, with hooker Lana Skeldon scoring one try, and now-retired winger Megan Gaffney got a brace, but it wasn’t to be, and Wales won it in the final moment of the game.
The closeness of this game was not a surprise: each of the last four games between Scotland and Wales have been decided by a margin of seven points or fewer (18-15, 24-19, 27-20, 15-17).
Like Scotland, Wales’ women’s side were also awarded professional contracts last year, so it’s likely the teams will stay neck and neck. Second row Emma Wassell said of the fixture, “We always know it’s going to be a battle.”
Helen Nelson believes the game will be “absolutely electric, an end-to-end game,” and emphasised the importance of this being a home fixture. Lock Sarah Bonar agrees: “the fans will be huge, that sixteenth player.”
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