Sunday, February 7, 1999 Published at 10:55 GMT
Quickfire Scots see off Welsh
John Leslie grounds the ball for his 10-second try
Scotland 33-20 Wales
Scotland made an astonishing start with a 10-second try which set the pace for a see-saw thriller at Murrayfield.
In Dublin, Irish hearts were broken by a last-minute Thomas Castaignede penalty which gave champions France a 10-9 victory.
Scotland were off to a flyer when stand-off Duncan Hodge switched the kick-off from the right to the left at the last second, foxing the Welsh side.
Kiwi centre John Leslie collected the ball and sprinted straight in to touch down on his debut for Scotland. Hodge failed to convert and minutes later missed what appeared to be a simple penalty.
Neil Jenkins pulled back the deficit in seven minutes with a penalty.
Three minutes later Hodge atoned for his two earlier misses by notching up another three points.
But Jenkins responded by making his record three out of three to stretch Wales' lead further.
Minutes into the second-half, Gregor Townsend - switched to stand-off after Hodge went off injured - capitalised on a quick penalty taken by Howley.
Townsend intercepted the ball between the Welsh forwards and ran three-quarters of the field to score.
In the 56th minute, Wales switched hookers, Jonathan Humphreys going off to be replaced by Barry Williams.
Wales displayed magnificent handling to clinch a splendid try. Howley tried to go blind and passed inside to Jenkinks, who handed on to Chris Jarvis.
Scott Gibbs was close in support and managed to go over for another five points. Jenkins retained his 100% record with the conversion.
With seven minutes left, Logan put the Scots ahead with a penalty which raised the Murrayfield roof.
The Wasps man had more to come. He put over a penalty on full-time to extend the lead further.
Scotland: Metcalfe, C Murray, Townsend, J Leslie, Logan, Hodge, Armstrong, Smith, Bulloch, Burnell, S Murray, Weir, Walton, Peters, M Leslie. Replacements: Longstaff, Tait, Fairley, Pountney, Grimes, Hilton, Brotherstone.
Wales: Howarth, Robinson, Bateman, Gibbs, James, Jenkins, Howley, Morris, Humphreys, Anthony, Gough, Wyatt, Charvis, Quinnell, M Williams. Replacements: Morgan, Taylor, Llewellyn, G Lewis, Voyle, A Lewis, B Williams.
Referee: E Morrison (England)