Scots hold on for win

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 February, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 February, 1996, 12:00am

ARWEL Thomas missed a conversion kick in the final minute as Scotland hung on to a 16-14 victory yesterday to stay on course for a Five Nations rugby union Grand Slam.

After the two teams had swapped tries, one for Scotland by fly-half Gregor Townsend and one for Wales by winger Wayne Proctor, Thomas had the chance to tie the game.

The 53,000 fans in the National Stadium in Cardiff went silent as the 21-year-old fly-half went for an angled conversion from wide on the left but he pulled the kick just wide of the near post.

Michael Dods gave the Scots a first-minute lead with a 40-yard penalty when the Welsh were caught offside within seconds of the kick off.

Eventually the Welsh had the compensation of a penalty and Thomas kicked his team ahead from 25 yards.

From Scotland's quick kick-off, however, Justin Thomas was guilty of obstruction and Dods kicked the 25-yard penalty to make the score 6-6.

The Scots then edged ahead in the 53rd minute when Dods kicked another penalty from 15 yards.

But Arwel Thomas made it 9-9 six minutes later when Kenny Logan, replacement for injured Craig Joiner, was punished for obstructing Ieuan Evans as the Welsh wing chased a ball down the flank.

Arwel Thomas had the chance to regain the lead for Wales as the home team again moved the ball around with skill but he miscued his drop goal attempt from 30 yards and the ball went under the bar.

Eight minutes from the end Logan sliced through the Welsh defence, fed centre Ian Jardine with the pass and the Welsh got back to halt the move only three yards from the line.

The Scots had the put-in from the resultant scrum and Townsend darted through from a deeper-than-usual position to take the ball and power over the line.