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Halfpenny ends drought as Wales crush Scotland in Cardiff

Halfpenny ends drought as Wales crush Scotland in Cardiff

Prop Jon Welsh is confident a depleted Scotland front row can compete with Wales when the Six Nations kicks off.

Flankers Josh Navidi and Aaron Shingler were huge, justifying the decision to select Lion Justin Tipuric as a replacement, and the tight five did the dirty work but also threw in some cute touches.

Wales: L Halfpenny, J Adams, S Williams (O Watkin 70), H Parkes, S Evans, R Patchell (G Anscombe 62), G Davies (A Davies 65), R Evans (W Jones 50), K Owens (E Dee 62), S Lee (T Francis 50), C Hill (B Davies 55), AW Jones (captain), A Shingler, J Navidi, R Moriarty (J Tipuric 64). However, after a couple of offloads in the tackle nearly put through Alun Wyn Jones, his final pass to Steff Evans was knocked on and the chance was lost.

"Nothing changes I am going out to enjoy the moment and express myself on the rugby field within the team structures that we have".

"It's about us sticking to our processes and what we are trying to achieve, although the biggest thing is being disciplined and not giving away penalties".

Someone said to me at the Six Nations launch that apart from the games against Italy, only England won an away game in last year's tournament with that last-minute try in Wales.

Playing in the Principality Stadium - Barclay scored in the infamous 2010 game but doesn't remember much other than "all the injuries and the insane last ten minutes" - will inspire the Welsh but also the Scots, the skipper added.

"I think we can beat Wales in Cardiff".

"We are very conscious of the brand of rugby they are playing at the minute and their evolution over the last 18 months".

"But when the referee asked the TMO 'any reason I cannot award the try?' then surely they could go back to the pass".

In the opening five minutes of this afternoon's clash between Wales and Scotland at the Principality Stadium, it looked like Gregor Townsend's side had come to play.

Scotland hand centre Chris Harris a first start, with Ali Price preferred to Greig Laidlaw at scrum-half.

Ali Price and Finn Russell form a risky half back partnership.

"It's a massive honour to be picked to start and it's great to be back in", he said. "We will have to play even better than in November if we are going to win". "It's not so much about bragging rights, I know how much they put into it and how much rugby means to them and to the Wales team".

"Maybe they will bring in elements of the way Scarlets play because of the numbers they have or maybe it will happen naturally on the pitch because of the combinations the guys are so used to from week in, week out at club level".


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