Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

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It was a little to early to say game over but Wales were on the brink and an increasingly shambolic Scotland and the killer blow came after 62 minutes when Halfpenny was put over down the right following some lusty charges on the line.

SCOTLAND headed to Cardiff as dark horses for the Six Nations title but Wales ended the day with that honour after dishing out a 34-7 hammering at Principality Stadium.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is already without the services of British & Irish Lions Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau, Jonathan Davies and Dan Lydiate for at least the first three rounds of the competition.

Baldwin said via social media: "It's not the way I saw my second week back in Wales training camp but that's sport. The guys, they've been excellent".

"There was definitely a quiet confidence in the squad, they have been outstanding in their preparation, and we went into the game expecting to win reasonably comfortably".

Any hope of a Scottish comeback was put to bed in the second half as Halfpenny added two penalties to stretch the lead to 20-0 after 50 minutes until Halfpenny scored his second try to stretch the lead to 27-0.

"I thought we defended superbly". 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.

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Europe's elite global competition gets underway this weekend, with England looking to become the first side to win three successive outright titles in the long history of the Championship.

"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.

The impressive Davis secure Wales' bonus point try after another period of pressure soon after, and Baldwin notched his second try of the contest late on to complete the scoring. "England will always pose a huge challenge, but we will look forward to taking them on away from home".

It wasn't the Halfpenny show, but he reminded of his importance after having been shaded by his Scotland counterpart Stuart Hogg, the player of the tournament in the last two years but who was hardly sighted in this match.

"The players coming in all believed in their own ability and they think they're better than the players not involved", he said.

Scotland's charity began in the sixth minute, when scrumhalf Ali Price miss-passed straight to Wales counterpart Gareth Davies, who took the intercept 60 metres untouched to the try-line. "We were badly beaten and it was a defeat, but there weren't many away wins in the championship previous year (three) and now we need to bounce back".

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