Every Wales try from the 2021 Guinness Six Nations

Louis Rees-Zammit scores a try with team mates 13/2/2021
With 20 tries in five matches, Wales and drama went hand-in-hand in the 2021 Guinness Six Nations.

With 20 tries in five matches, Wales and drama went hand-in-hand in the 2021 Guinness Six Nations.

Their haul of 20 was the most they have scored in any Championship, and inevitably proved a key component in securing a second title in three years.

No team was able to stop them in their tracks with at least two tries in every match, while Louis Rees-Zammit and Josh Adams picked up four and three apiece.

But which was your favourite in their score of scores?

North and Rees-Zammit spark Cardiff comeback

It took Wales until the second half of their opening match against Ireland to get on the board but the wait was certainly worthwhile in Cardiff.

George North dummied his way through the defensive line before cutting inside a spun-around James Lowe and outpacing Tadhg Beirne to stretch over.

The second came shortly after. Sustained pressure in the Irish 22 ended with quick hands shipping the ball to Louis Rees-Zammit – more on him later – who showed his lightning acceleration to surge for the corner.

He still had work to do though, acrobatically touching down on his Guinness Six Nations debut.

“A star is born” as Rees-Zammit lights up BT Murrayfield

If you thought Rees-Zammit’s opening score of the Championship was good, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Once again Wales had to bide their time with Rees-Zammit opening their account in the 37th minute, finishing well in the corner following a flat Nick Tompkins pass.

Some loose Scottish defence, along with some quick hands from the 20-year-old, then released Liam Williams to score his 15th Test try early in the second half.

Wales kept pushing and it was time for the forwards to shine, with Wyn Jones barging his way over from close range to put them ahead.

To their credit, Scotland responded well. But a wing wizard was about to have the final say.

Knowing there was space out wide, Wales moved the ball quickly and in the 70th minute Rees-Zammit conjured up some magic.

Bursting down the right, chipping over Stuart Hogg, outpacing Duhan van der Merwe and dotting down the bouncing ball for his second try of the day and third of the Championship.

Triple Crown claimed on home soil

By now confidence was coursing through Wales with hopes of a Grand Slam very much alive.

First, however, came the Triple Crow -match against England – an opportunity they were desperate to take.

Dan Biggar was in kicking range when Owen Farrell was penalised and England re-grouped under the posts when the referee stopped the clock.

However, they were caught out when the clock was re-started and Biggar lofted a perfectly-placed cross-field kick for the waiting Josh Adams to score in the corner.

It got better on the half-hour as Wales, with a penalty advantage, moved the ball left and a kick behind England’s defence reached Rees-Zammit.

The winger fumbled while trying to take control but it fell perfectly for the supporting Liam Williams, who pounced and slid over the line.

The hosts were rewarded for yet more quick-thinking in the second half, Kieran Hardy reacting with a quick tap-and-go penalty and waltzing through to score.

After being pegged back by England, the win was secured with just two minutes left on the clock when Cory Hill bulldozed his way through for a rare try.

Owens at the double in Rome

Ken Owens had only scored three tries in his previous 80 Wales appearances, the last of which came in 2016.

Within half an hour in Rome, the hooker had another two in his collection.

It took Wales seven minutes to strike against Italy with Biggar shifting the ball out to the left wing where Adams slid over.

A second came with the Azzurri still down to 14 men on 13 minutes as Wales worked a man over on the right, Rees-Zammit drew the last defender and fed Taulupe Faletau for the dot down.

It was then time for the hooker to shine, as Owens steered a driving maul from a lineout over the whitewash.

Owens then got his second – and the bonus-point score – on the half-hour when he spun off the side of another maul.

Wales then enjoyed a strong second half as Gareth Davies offloaded out of a tackle to North, who sprinted in from just outside the 22, to join Shane Williams as the Welshman with the most Championship tries.

Callum Sheedy ran in number six after an offload from Josh Navidi for his first Wales try before Rees-Zammit notched his fourth of the 2021 Guinness Six Nations by intercepting a looped Carlo Canna pass in his own half and demonstrating his pace to streak clear.

France end Grand Slam hopes

Grand Slam dreams ended in Paris but Wales were not short of brilliant moments in the dramatic clash with France.

Charles Ollivon’s brilliant covering defence stopped Gareth Davies scoring but the visitors persisted and Dan Biggar ran a superb line on 11 minutes to barrel his way to the score.

A frantic opening salvo saw Wayne Pivac’s side level up again, racing through the phases deep in French territory before Navidi barged over to conclude a simply scintillating 20 minutes.

Then on 49 minutes, the tide seemed to have turned in Wales favour. Justin Tipuric produced an impressive kick down the left flank, Adams hacked inside where Tomos Williams slid to collect, popped it back up for Adams to power over.

But the 20th try was to be their last, with Ollivon and Brice Dulin breaking Welsh hearts and denying them the Grand Slam – though the Championship was to be theirs six days later.