Wales thrash Scotland in Six Nations

Howard TerryFeb 04, 2018

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The pre-match talk had been about a Scottish side buoyed by a strong autumn campaign ending their Cardiff hoodoo with a first win in the capital since 2002.

"We'll have a look".

The Six Nations rugby championship kicks off this weekend, with NBC's collection of channels airing the action from France, Wales and Italy.

The game calmed down after that with both sides making a number of unforced errors but Gregor Townsend's side were unable to cut the deficit as they went into the halftime break 14-0 down.

"Getting the bonus point was pleasing as well and we probably left two or three tries out there on the pitch, so there is some improvement for us to do there".

Without Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, Sam Warburton, Rhys Webb, George North, Taulupe Faletau, Liam Williams, Rhys Priestland, Jake Ball and Dan Lydiate through injury, Wales enter this Six Nations opener with a void constituting something of a crisis.

Up front Ross Moriarty has recovered from a back injury to take his place at No 8, alongside Josh Navidi and Aaron Shingler.

Dragons captain Cory Hill had arguably his best worldwide game and showed some lovely footballing skills to go with a huge appetite for graft before going off for a head injury assessment just before the hour. But the Scots, who have grown tougher at home, still can't get over a woeful record away from Murrayfield: This was their 16th loss in their last 18 away matches in the championship.

Warren Gatland is closing in on a century of games in charge of Wales (Ben Birchall/PA) Who's up next?

Leigh Halfpenny amassed 24 points - including two tries - and Steff Evans scored to secure the bonus point for Warren Gatland's men.

"They must get a buzz off it, they must thrive off it, so like any away game you want to try to quieten that crowd". "It was one of great character, especially in defence and a great start".

Scotland captain John Barclay was given a ticking off by referee Pascal Gauzere for hands in the ruck - his second penalty of the second half - and Halfpenny slotted another three points from near halfway.

"We play a certain way at Scarlets that suits the players we have, and it's traditionally how the people of West Wales want their rugby played", he said.

Joe Lovelace, Head of PR at Marathonbet, has been discussing England and who the bookies say are their closest rivals: "Under Eddie Jones, England have been imperious, winning 22 out of a possible 23 Test matches, deservedly heading into the championship as the bookmaker's favourites".

Another chance went begging when captain Alun Wyn Jones charged through a hole in midfield only for Gareth Anscombe to drop the pass.

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