Wales crush Scots in opener

03 February 2018 12:43:58 EST
Leigh Halfpenny

Wales got their Six Nations campaign off to a supreme start as they romped to a 34-7 win over Scotland at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Warren Gatland's men were utterly dominant against a travelling side that had arrived hoping to end a 16-year wait for a victory in Welsh soil.

Scotland had ended a ten-year barren run against Wales with a win 29-13 win at Murrayfield last season, while they also finished above them in the table.

Gregor Townsend's men were left deflated by a ruthless Welsh performance as the tournament began in style.

Tries from Gareth Davies and Leigh Halfpenny in the opening half put the Scots on the back foot and they were put to the sword after the break.

Halfpenny, with 24-points on the day, again crossed over before Steff Evans ran in the bonus-point score for the home side.

We expected to win and win reasonably comfortably.

Warren Gatland

The visitors will have taken little consolation from a 79th minute try scored by Peter Horne that at least manged to put them on the scoreboard.

The victory was Gatland's 50th as Wales coach in a match that marked a decade in charge of the Dragons for the Kiwi-born coach.

According to Gatland, he saw the dominant performance coming.

"It was an afternoon I was expecting the way we've trained in the week. There was a quiet confidence in the squad," he said.

"We expected to win and win reasonably comfortably. The chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union asked me yesterday how I thought we'd go and I said I thought we'd win by 20.

"Apart from a soft try at the end it was a great defensive display and it was great to get the bonus point as well and we can improve again for next week."

Defending champions England start their campaign in Rome on Sunday. Eddie Jones' side are 11/10 conceding a 22-points start, while Italy are 16/1 for a famous win.

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