PLAYER REVIEWS: Young Welsh star Louis Rees-Zammit steals the show in Six Nations nail biter

Wales narrowly beat Scotland 24-25 in the Six Nations on Saturday to claim their second win of the tournament.

Scottish forward Zander Fagerson was shown a red card early in the second half and Wayne Pivac’s visitors benefited from a dramatic comeback in Edinburgh, with wing Louis Rees-Zammit stole the show.

Sportsmail provides the player ratings for both Scotland and Wales of their blood-curdling Six Nations classic.

Wales narrowly beat Scotland 24-25 in the Six Nations on Saturday to claim their second win

Wales narrowly beat Scotland 24-25 in the Six Nations on Saturday to claim their second win

Wales narrowly beat Scotland 24-25 in the Six Nations on Saturday to claim their second win


Stuart Hogg – 9

Two great attempts by the skipper as he tried to inspire his team to glory. One was a smart chip and chase, the other he just hit at him. Back to its best.

Darcy Graham – 8

Hadn’t played rugby in six weeks but there was absolutely no ring rust whatsoever. His attempt was richly deserved. Now has eight tries in 16 caps.

Chris Harris – 7

Another excellent shift in midfield. Continues to impress every time he plays for Scots.

James Lang – 6

Handled well, but not the same attack threat we saw from Cameron Redpath last week.

Duhan van der Merwe – 6

Came off his wing looking for work, but Scotland failed to release him until the dying few seconds. Too little, too late.

Finn Russell – 7

Very seldom managed to find gaps in what was a heroic endeavor in the defense of Wales.

Russell rarely managed to poke holes in what was a heroic endeavor in the defense of Wales

Ali Price – 7

Great vision and sublime chip over the top to create an opening attempt for Darcy Graham. Faded a bit as the game went on.

Rory Sutherland – 7

Fought manly and tried to appear up close. But not as dominant as usual in the set piece.

George Turner – 7

Lineout issues in the first half allowed Welsh to squeeze the Scottish ball, but recovered well.

Zander Fagerson – 5

Gave a few penalties in the scrum before being sent off for the challenge on Welsh prop Wyn Jones, albeit rather harsh.

Zander Fagerson gave away a few penalties in the scrum before he was ejected

Scott Cummings – 7

Got through a force of work and got some good hits. But he was clumsy when he got on the try line.

Jonny Gray – 8

Galloping run-up fields helped create opening for the first attempt. Another who is at his best again.

Blade Thomson – 6

The Scarlets human has never had the chance to make any real impact. Left with a head knock after just 12 minutes and was replaced by Gary Graham.

Hamish Watson – 7

Not as influential as he was at Twickenham, but he still won some significant sales for Scots. Solid display.

Matt Fagerson – 7

Another good shift from the Glasgow Warriors man. Made some thunderous tote bags.

Substitutions: D Cherry 6 (for Turner 69), O Kebble 6 (for Sutherland 69), WP Nel 7 (D Graham 57), R Gray 7 (for G Graham 57), G Graham 7 (for Thomson 12), H Jones 6 (for Lang 73).


Leigh Halfpenny – 5

Failing to take Stuart Hogg’s kick in the lead, led to a try for the Scottish fullback and was forced out after a nasty collision with Darcy Graham. Replaced by debutant Willis Halaholo.

Louis Rees-Zammit – 9

Received an early fine. His first attempt was an easy finish by his standards, but he did well to send Liam Williams over and his second score was just fantastic. Man of the match by a mile.

Louis Rees-Zammit was one and a half kilometer man of the game with two tries and an assist

Owen Watkin – 5.5

Rare start due to Welsh injuries in the middle. Property of Ali Price torn in trademark manner. Not much to talk about on offense was to blame for Hogg’s second, but brilliant late tap tackle.

Nick Tompkins – 5.5

Very mixed. It fared well for Rees-Zammit’s attempt, but defended too narrowly in midfield before switching to the wing. Also, a babysitter dropped a second half pass.

Liam Williams – 6

Switched to fullback when Halfpenny took off after anonymous start. Had an easy finish for his attempt and was much better as a fullback.

Dan Biggar – 3

Offered nothing to his team on offense and feloniously missed at the start of the second half. Replaced by rookie Callum Sheedy, he was so poor.

Gareth Davies – 4.5

Nearly cost his team a win against Ireland. Still started here, but like Biggar was hooked after a bad rendering. Kieran Hardy was the man to come.

Wyn Jones – 8

Gave away a scrum penalty for failing to go straight with his team on offense, but is Wales’ best loosehead. Was hit hard for Scotland’s red card, but responded with a try.

Ken Owens – 7.5

The first lineout throw went awry, but the set piece held steady after that and Owens’ experience and leadership are undoubtedly vital at this level.

Tomas Francis – 7

One of the best forwards in Wales. A solid scrum-skinny and tough, although he did receive a penalty before being replaced by Leon Brown.

Adam Beard – 7.5

Provided a struggling Welsh lineout with a regular source of possession and offered herself around the park. His return to form is a big positive for Wayne Pivac.

Alun Wyn Jones (Captain) – 5

Gave away two early punishments, perhaps because he was so easily identifiable by his bright yellow boots and his discipline was surprisingly poor. It is not often replaced.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones gave away two early penalties against Scotland

Aaron Wainwright – 5

Lost a contact lens early and dropped a babysitter from a pass. Very limited impact on his return to the side. Replaced by James Botham just after the hour.

Justin Tipuric – 7.5

He hasn’t done anything too flashy, but even if he doesn’t, he’s still a pivotal figure. Wales would be lost without him.

Taulupe Faletau – 6

Not at its best in a quiet game for Bath No. 8. Didn’t get a chance to work his usual magic in the wide channels.

Substitutions: W Halaholo 7 (for Halfpenny 32), K Hardy 6.5 (for Davies 48), C Sheedy 6 (for Biggar 48), L Brown 7 (for Francis 62), J Botham 7 (for Wainwright 62), W Rowlands 5.5 (for AW Jones 70), E Dee 5.5 (for Owens 71), R Jones 5 (for W Jones 77)

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