Six Nations

Wales, Scotland agree to close stadium roof

2018-02-02 11:30
Warren Gatland (Getty)

Cape Town - The roof at the Principality Stadium will be closed for Saturday’s Six Nations clash between Wales and Scotland with expected inclement weather. 

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Scotland had initially asked whether the roof could remain open and with rules stipulating that both teams must be in favour of the roof being closed, it looked likely it would remain open. 

However, in an apparent turnaround, Scotland have now agreed the roof's closure as they would prefer dry conditions. 

”We would like dry conditions, so if it’s dry conditions outside there’s no need to close the roof, if it’s not, then let’s close the roof and have a really good game,” Scotland coach Gregor Townsend told Reuters. 

Meanwhile, Wales coach Warren Gatland believes that the home team should have the say on whether the roof should be closed or not. 

“My opinion of the roof is it’s our stadium and we should decide whether it’s open or closed," he said.

Kick-off is at 16:15 SA time.

Teams:

Wales

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans

Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Owen Watkin

Scotland

15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Byron McGuigan, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Cornell du Preez, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid

Substitutes: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Pete Horne, 23 Sean Maitland

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