Wales thrash Scotland in Six Nations

Sheri Evans
February 4, 2018

The only negative on a brilliant afternoon for Wales was Peter Horne's late consolation try.

"They are two different teams and Warren obviously has his way of playing, so I'd be surprised if they suddenly tore that up and adopted a totally different style", said Barclay. "We went in the game expecting to win reasonably comfortably".

The dejected Scotland team leave the park after a humiliating start to this year's Six Nations campaign.

"But that's how well we've trained".

"They have got 10 guys who play for Scarlets but also five guys who don't".

The first half had not featured a single penalty at goal yet two minutes after the restart Halfpenny punished a breakdown offence to stretch the lead to a formidable 17 points before repeating the trick for 20-0 after 48 minutes.

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"But I think sometimes it's better to be the hunter rather than the hunted".

"Apart from the soft try at the end our defence was outstanding", Gatland said.

Halfpenny completed his flawless day with the boot and although Horne grabbed a consolation try in the closing stages, the hosts were resounding winners.

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"We missed too many tackles, we knew Wales would be risky but our lineout didn't function at all. not a great recipe to win a Test match".

Liam Williams will take a full part in training on Monday after an abdominal problem, and fellow British and Irish Lion George North should also be available.

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"No matter how much you've prepared yourself, even if you've been here before, for any player to step out into that stadium and the noise generated, I wouldn't say it's so much a shock as a hugely motivating factor".

Gregor Townsend's men had been considered rivals to favourites England and Ireland but such chat looked fanciful as the game progressed.

Scotland, who face Wales in the competition's opening game on Saturday, are viewed as serious challengers for this year's title, with a number of key players approaching the tournament in good form. But the men in red came out firing, grabbing two tries in the opening quarter.

The Scots then capitulated in pretty much the same way when losing 61-21 to England at Twickenham last season after having travelled with great optimism.

"I think the journalists would like that", he said.

"We should be criticised for this performance - whether it's from the press or the fans who came down here to support us - but now we have an opportunity to put things right this week".

"Next week, we go to a venue where we've had a lot of success in the last 10 years".

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