Clash of the Celts

Sky Sports takes a look at some of the classic encounters between Scotland and Wales...

By Ben Hampshire.   Last Updated: 07/03/13 10:31am

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The stage is set at Murrayfield for old rivalries to be reignited as Scotland host Wales in a must-win RBS Six Nations encounter for both sides.

The records leave Wales on top with 66 victories from 117 clashes with only three stalemates between the nations.

And ahead of Saturday's showdown, Sky Sports takes a look at some classic encounters...

2012 - Wales 27 Scotland 13

It is difficult to find a more joyous atmosphere than a Millennium Stadium when Wales are on song. Two tries and six successful kicks from Leigh Halfpenny set the stage for Wales to complete their Triple Crown campaign at Twickenham which skipper Sam Warburton went on to describe as "one hell of a Test match".

2010 - Wales 31 Scotland 24

It looked like the fairy-tale for Chris Paterson in his 100th Test for Scotland as they amassed a 24-14 lead on Welsh turf but the home side were seeking a different ending. Tries from Leigh Halfpenny and Shane Williams in the final three minutes completed a remarkable comeback at the Millennium Stadium.

2005 - Scotland 22 Wales 46

An emphatic performance at Murrayfield from Wales paved the way for their first Grand Slam since 1978 with six tries scored in a record breaking win for the visitors as Scotland coach Matt Williams conceded: "I was fuming and embarrassed by our display."

1986 - Wales 22 Scotland 15

Neath full-back Paul Thorburn shattered a 105-year-old Welsh rugby record when he managed to land the longest goal kicked to help Wales beat Scotland on home turf. There was an astonish silence at Cardiff's Arms Park as the ball soared towards the River Taff with a kick Thorburn described as "not the most important goal I've ever kicked, but certainly the longest".

1984 - Wales 9 Scotland 15

Scotland managed to secure victory on Welsh turf to start their Grand Slam campaign. The win at Arms Park set the ball rolling for the side to take their first Grand Slam in 80 years.

1972 - Wales 35 Scotland 12

For over an hour it appeared to be a regular international meeting between the pair. However, Wales scrum-half Gareth Edwards took centre stage and scored one of the most memorable tries ever scored at Arms Park with a scintillating piece of individual play.

1971 - Scotland 18 Wales 19

Arguably one of the Five Nations greatest encounters with English born and bred flanker John Taylor holding his nerve to convert from a final-minute try from Gerald Davies to edge a one-point victory in a tense Murrayfield stadium.

1925 - Wales 14 Scotland 24

Ian 'Flying Scotsman' Smith was at his dominant best in the year Scotland secured Grand Slam honours and took residence at Murrayfield. There were six tries from Scotland in Swansea as they sealed victory with Smith scoring four to lead his nation to the first ever Grand Slam.

1923 - Wales 8 Scotland 11

Scotland captain Archie Gracie received the warmest of receptions from all sectors of the crowd when his late try sealed victory for the visitors. Despite being injured during the first half the Scottish centre roared to the dead ball line with two minutes left on the clock to earn Scotland's first win in Cardiff since 1890.

1883 - Scotland 3 Wales 1

Wales arrived for their first international encounter against Scotland one man short with Dr Griffin of Edinburgh University called in as replacement. Unfortunately for the visitors at Raeburn Place it was not the best prescribed medicine as they slipped to defeat and went on to loss all their games in the inaugural Home Nations Championship.

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