Wales’ captain’s decision over-ruled in Six Nations defeat to Scotland

  • Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones insisted he was over-ruled by the kickers
  • They turned down a kick at goal, for a kick to the corner as Wales trailed 16-13
  • It could have put the squeeze on the Scots early in the second half
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones wanted to kick for goal at a crucial stage of Saturday’s 29-13 defeat by Scotland, but says his kickers said “no”.

Jones, asked whether he might have gone for the points with hindsight, replied: “I would have liked to. The kickers didn’t want to, so we went for the corner.


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“Then I got done for blocking at the back of the lift, but I would have liked to have gone for the three.”

The defeat now leaves Wales’ Championship ambitions in tatters and head coach Howley admitted: “We are hugely disappointed. Our second-half performance simply wasn’t good enough.

“Scotland squeezed us. We lacked quality possession and when we got it, Scotland were hugely effective in the contact area.



“We failed to take a couple of clear-cut chances, and they proved far more clinical near our line, although we conceded soft tries by letting them get outside us.

“We got turned over too easily and lost the aerial battle as well, so there is a lot for us to dissect.”

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