Borders rugby trio in outstanding form against Wales

Our three regular Borders players made an excellent contribution at the weekend as Scotland’s rugby women signed off from this year’s Six Nations championship.

Lana Skeldon gets past a Welsh challenge
Lana Skeldon gets past a Welsh challenge

Centre Lisa Thomson and hooker Lana Skeldon, both from Hawick, along with full back Chloe Rollie, of Jedburgh, helped Scotland finish in fifth position and consign Wales to the wooden spoon as they scored their first Six Nations win at Scotstoun stadi um in Glasgow’s west end.

They defeated the Welsh 27-20, scoring four tries in the process, in the deciding round of matches on Saturday.

Earlier, Ireland had claimed third sport with a 25-5 win against Italy, while England, unsurprisingly, were crowned champions after a 10-6 home success over France.

For Scotland, it was a greatly improved performance after a very disappointing loss to Italy the previous weekend, while the ladies in red also contributed heartily to a very entertaining game, having failed to score a single point in their two previous matches against France and Ireland.

Although the Borders women didn’t get on the scoresheet, they each displayed a strong presence in their main roles, with Thomson displaying fine kicking to touch and instigating a range of defending and attacking in her favoured position of inside centre. Skeldon, outstanding in the rolling mauls and contributing to a few attacks, was singled out afterwards by head coach Bryan Easson, while Rollie put in several menacing runs and displayed good defensive tackling.