Scotland suffered a heavy defeat to Wales at Broadwood going down 34-65 despite scoring six tries of their own in the third match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship.
The visitors recorded their third straight win against their Scottish counter-parts with a mature display that was dominant in physicality and clinical in execution.
Scotland were looking to get their Six Nations campaign off the ground with a win, on a truly dreitch night at Broadwood they faced reigning Grand Slam champions Wales.
However the young Scots are still searching for their first win after Welsh centre Keiran Williams ran in a hat-trick of tries and stand-off Ben Jones kicked 25 points as Wales never let Scotland get in touching distance on the scoreboard.
Wales scored two quick-fire tries at the start of the first half and another in the opening minutes of the second half to keep Scotland chasing the game all night.
The first of Wales’ eight tries came after just four minutes as Scotland started uncharacteristically slowly.
Centre Cameron Lewis spun out of tackle on the Scots line to round off a fast, accurate counter attack that saw the ball move through Welsh hands at a rate of knots.
Just two minutes later winger Corrie Baldwin split the hosts defence in their own 22 to dot down.
Scotland were 14-0 adrift inside seven minutes.
Wales were able to break first up tackles easily and with the Scots’ lineout stuttering early on any form of hold on the game was proving hard to come by.
Scotland were forced to bring on winger Robbie Nairn for Ross McCann after 20 minutes as the Melrose player was injured stopping a certain try from Welsh full-back Rhun Williams who was finishing off a strong counter attack from deep.
While Scotland did have flashes of possession and no lack of intent Ben Jones added a couple of penalties for a 20-0 lead on the half hour.
Arguably the pick of the Welsh tries shortly followed with another rapid counter attack up the centre of the pitch that went through replacement centre Philip Hughes, back to pacy scrum-half Dane Blacker, and finished off by Keiran Williams. Jones converted for a 0-27 scoreline.
To Scotland’s credit they hit back with two tries inside three minutes with both number 8 Tom Dodd and hooker Fraser Renwick finishing driving mauls over the whitewash.
A kick over the top from the kick-off to the second half that was rewarded with a kind bounce giving Keiran Williams his second try of the night.
Scotland captain Callum Hunter-Hill finished off period of pressure in the Welsh 22 with a short range try and replacement scrum-half Andrew Simmers, on for Charlie Shiel, added another try inside the hour shortly after his arrival.
But Wales were also adding to their tally on a regular basis, Keiran Williams bagged his hat-trick on 61 minutes and flanker James Botham scored out wide five minutes later to make it 24-51 just past the hour.
Scotland had earlier lost centre Connor Eastgate to injury on 55 minutes as Scotland tried to defend another Welsh attack on their line.
Two late Robbie Nairn tries, including one on 80 minutes epitomised Scotland’s never say die attitude but on the night they were chasing the scoreboard and Welsh shadows over a disappointing 80 minutes.
Head coach Sean Lineen said: “We are very disappointed, we came a distant second in contact and fell off a lot tackles and made some big mistakes and as a team it just wasn’t good enough defensively.
This is a young team, we are at the start of new cycle with this group, but tonight Wales had a different level of intensity and more experience and at this level if you make a mistake it will get punished.
“We still scored six tries but we didn’t start well and they kicked all their points which in the end meant the scoreboard was always beyond us. They guys are hurt, but we will knuckle down, work hard and improve.”
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