Wales claimed a 30-15 win over Scotland in Cardiff on their way to securing a Grand Slam in the Six Nations.
February 9, 2008
It was all the home side on the day as Wales scored three tries to Scotland’s zero at a packed Millennium Stadium.
It was a momentous day for many reasons as legendary Welsh winger Shane Williams scored a brace of tries that perpetuated his scintillating form which led to him being awarded the 2008 IRB World Player of the Year. His two tries also meant that he would pass Gareth Thomas’s Welsh try-scoring record.
Scotland veteran Chris Paterson also took over from Gavin Hastings as the leading Scottish points scorer in Five and Six Nations history after scoring all of his side’s points on the day.
It was also the first time that Welsh and British and Irish Lions stalwart Jamie Roberts would wear the crimson strip.
Scotland managed to stay in contention for most of the clash as the accurate boot of Paterson kept his side’s score-line ticking over. There was just a four-point difference at half time as the score was 10-6 to the home side.
Wales were full of confidence as they had just beaten England at Twickenham for the first time in 20 years. Their confidence translated into creativity and flair as they ran their Northern rivals ragged.
Williams sealed the win with a spectacular finish. He got the ball just outside the Scottish 22 before burning four Scottish defenders then dived for the line and while still in the air and dotted down for the try. There was a worry about a foot in touch but the try was awarded by the TMO.
Tries: Hook, Williams 2
Cons: Hook 2, Jones
Pens: Hook, Jones 2
Pens: Paterson 5
Wales: 15 Lee Byrne, 14 Jamie Roberts, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 Gavin Henson, 11 Shane Williams, 10 James Hook, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Ryan Jones (c), 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Jonathan Thomas, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Huw Bennett, 1 Duncan Jones
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Deiniol Jones, 19 Gareth Delve, 20 Dwayne Peel, 21 Stephen Jones, 22 Sonny Parker
Scotland: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Nikki Walker, 13 Nick de Luca, 12 Andrew Henderson, 11 Chris Paterson, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Kelly Brown, 7 John Barclay, 6 Jason White (c), 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Nathan Hines, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen
Replacements: 16 Fergus Thomson, 17 Gavin Kerr, 18 Scott Macleod, 19 Ally Hogg, 20 Chris Cusiter, 21 Graeme Morrison, 22 Simon Danielli
Referee: Bryce Lawrence