Wales got their autumn campaign off to a winning start, beating Scotland 21-10 in Cardiff. Tries either side of half-time from George North and Jonathan Davies, plus three penalties from Leigh Halfpenny, were enough to see off Gregor Townsend's team in the inaugural Doddie Weir Cup.

A match which at one stage threatened to be remembered for all the wrong reasons, with the unseemly squabbling over donations to Weir's Motor Neurone Disease charity, eventually gave way to a test match of semi-decent quality.

Scotland enjoyed much of the possession and territory in the first 20 minutes but did little with it. Adam Hastings - the young Warriors fly-half who has had such a bright start to his domestic season - got off to a particularly difficult start, failing to find touch with an early penalty from the halfway line. The ensuing period of Welsh possession led to the penalty from which Leigh Halfpenny put the hosts 3-0 ahead.

Wales were generally more solid in defence and sharper in attack, with fly-half Gareth Anscombe prodding and probing to good effect in the absence of Dan Biggar and Rhys Patchell.


It was a chip from Anscombe after 15mins that nearly provided the game with its first try, North touching down in the corner only for replays to show that the wing's foot had crossed the whitewash.

Scotland, though, had strayed offside in the build-up to that effort allowing Halfpenny to double Wales's advantage from the tee.

Jonny Gray then gave away a needless penalty, allowing Halfpenny to make it 9-0.

Scotland were left to rue two defensive lapses from Huw Jones, who is unlikely to enjoy his video review on Monday morning.

It was his powder-puff tackle on North which allowed the winger to cut through after 30 minutes, putting Wales 14-3 up.

And after Scotland hit back through hooker Stuart McInally, Jones had another moment to forget early in the second half when Davies handed him off far too easily en route to his try.

Scotland replacement Pete Horne ought to have scored with nine minutes remaining after racing on to George Horne's chip, but dropped the ball in the act of trying to ground it