The third challenge trophy quarterfinal paired two disappointed home nations. These two squads faced each other in Dubai for the right to advance to the semifinal. Here, the winner will finish no better than ninth. Scotland gained the initial advantage thanks to a try from Jamie Farndale and the conversion by Scott Wight. An eye-opening run by Luke Morgan closed the gap for Wales, and Ethan Davies phenomenal conversion drew the match level. A turnover seconds later saw Morgan Williams put Wales ahead for the first time. Davies hit the slightly easier conversion for the seven-point lead. Despite a missed penalty call, Wales added a third converted try thanks to Morgan and Davies respectively. Scotland’s Dougie Fife almost single handedly added seven more before the half with steps more expected from the USA Sevens cheerleaders than a rugger, sending him free for a try under the sticks. Wight added the conversion to keep it tight at the break.
Wales’s failure to take the second-half restart cost them dearly twenty-five seconds later when Jamie Farndale added his second try of the match. Wight’s matching of Davies’ impressive kicking display tied the match for a second time. Wales again struggled to handle the restart, gifting Scotland an attacking five-meter scrum. Wales survived the scare, forcing Scotland back for a lineout thirty-five meters from the try line. With 2:30 left, Scotland won a penalty at the Wales ten-meter, releasing Fife for his fourth try. Yet again, Wight nailed the conversion, giving Scotland its first lead since midway through the first half. Wales finally collected a second half restart and set to tying the match up. Scotland forced Wales into touch just inside the Scottish ten-meter, setting up a lineout with thirty seconds left. Scotland retained possession and held on to win the thriller. Scotland 28, Wales 21.