Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Scotland captain John Barclay doubts Wales will play…

Scotland captain John Barclay doubts Wales will play…

The hosts wasted no time in making an impact on proceedings when Harri Morgan touched down for a debut try following good work from Callum Carson after just three minutes, with Cai Evans adding the extras.

Two early tries laid the platform for a surprisingly comfortable bonus-point victory for Wales over Scotland in their Six Nations opener at the Principality Stadium.

"I told the chief executive [Martyn Phillips] that I thought we would win by 20 points at the team run [on Friday] and he was shocked".

"Italy are destined for the wooden spoon once again, there doesn't look to be much hope of them not losing all five games - we've priced them at 500/1 to win the tournament to back this up".

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

LEIGH HALFPENNY bagged a 24-point haul - including two tries - as Wales defied all expectations by handing the Scots an absolute hammering.

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

By contrast Scotland, for all the attacking threat of Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell, have not won in the Welsh capital since 2002 - one reason why Saturday's clash could have such a huge bearing on their Championship.

"Everyone wants to start with a W, we've got that now".

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It gave Warren Gatland's men a crushing bonus-point victory in their bid for a first title since 2013.

It was no more than Wales deserved, such was their vibrancy and desire to collect their first win of the tournament in front of a raucous home crowd in Cardiff.

"They're two different teams and Warren Gatland obviously has his way of playing, so I'd be surprised if they suddenly tore up his way of playing and adopted a totally different style", said the captain. 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.

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

Gatland wasn't ready to predict the result for next week's game yet.

"There were a lot of players who were involved past year (in the loss at Murrayfield) and they wanted to make up for that disappointment".

"I think it [being overawed by the occasion] is something we have to ask because we didn't play like we could", Townsend said.

Scotland spent most of the opening six minutes inside Wales territory but was suddenly undone as Price's pass infield was seized upon by opposite number Davies, who raced away to score from 60 metres. "We were badly beaten and it was a defeat, but there weren't many away wins in the championship a year ago (three) and now we need to bounce back".

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