Trailing 18-8 at half-time, the new-look Scots launched a fine comeback which saw them lead 24-18 midway through the second half thanks to tries from Glasgow’s Graeme Fisher, Fife full-back Blair Skipper and Blackpool centre Rob Sloman. Wales levelled to 24-all before a final flurry which saw Scotland chasing the game, trailing by just four points with five minutes to go. As Scotland pressed, Wales raced away to score two tries in the dying moments. Fisher and Skipper had both touched down before the break with Edinburgh Eagles half-back Paul Kelly kicking three goals. All Scotland’s points-scorers were among the 13 players making their debuts.
“We’re gutted to lose after a performance like that,” said Scotland coach Gus McNab. “The boys gave it everything and England and Ireland need to watch out because if we can play like that on very little preparation then we can only get better.” Scotland’s next game is against England in Gateshead next month.
1. Blair Skipper (Fife Lions)
2. Graeme Fisher (Glasgow Bulls)
3. Andrew Todd © (Edinburgh Eagles)
4. Richard Knight (Leicester Phoenix/Scotland Students)
5. Rob Sloman (Blackpool Stanley/Scotland Students)
6. David Vernon (Gateshead Storm)
7. Paul Kelly (Edinburgh Eagles)
8. Ashley Carroll (Edinburgh Eagles)
9. Scott Porteous (Liverpool Buccaneers/Scotland Students)
10. Robert Truesdale (Fife Lions)
11. David Lynn (Edinburgh Eagles/Scotland Students)
12. Bryan Aspinall (Fife Lions)
13. Patrick Coupar (Edinburgh Eagles/Scotland Students)
14. Greg Wallace (Fife Lions)
15. Giles Lomax (Edinburgh Eagles/Scotland Students)
16. Euan Rose (Edinburgh Eagles)
17. Gareth McColl (Fife Lions)
18. Kieron Blacker (Huddersfield Giants Academy/Scotland Students)
Tries: Skipper 2, Fisher 2, Sloman.
Goals: Kelly 3, Skipper 2.