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Wales beat Scotland 34-7 on the opening day of the Six Nations.

Wales very nearly scored the perfect try in 34-7 win over Scotland

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When Wales and Scotland are in town, there's very rarely a dull moment.

Six Nations fans couldn't have hoped for a more blistering start to this year's competition, though the Scots among them will feel more than a little deflated given the margin of their opening day 34-7 defeat.

The clinical hosts dominated in Cardiff and it's frightening to think how they might have performed were they at full strength.

With plenty of attention on Warren Gatland's starting XV, he opted for 10 Scarlets players.

And that familiarity clearly paid off, with Gareth Davies, Leigh Halfpenny, and Steff Evans all making it onto the scoresheet.

Davies intercepted the ball before going on an incredible run just six minutes in, with the latter then notching his first try for his country in five years.

Of course, Halfpenny would go on to score another in the second half to inflict even more damage on an error-prone Scotland.

As for Evans, he faced a nervous wait to see whether his superb finish would be ruled out for a forward pass, but the TMO saw nothing wrong with it.

Their victory could have been even more comprehensive, however, had the Dragons put the finishing touches to one particular moment of brilliance.

Wales' free-flowing rugby 

Gregor Townsend will no doubt be having some stern words with his players about the gaping holes in their defence, but the Welsh deserved full credit for this piece of play.

If only it had come off, it would surely have been one of the best trys of the tournament:

It summed up the difference between the two sides, as despite having so much of the ball in the first half, Scotland just couldn't take their chances.

They are now left to lick their wounds before they face France next weekend.

Wales, meanwhile, have made a huge statement of intent.

If England and Ireland remain the favourites for the title, surely no-one will want to write off Gatland's men after such a fine display.

How strong did Wales look against Scotland? Have your say in the comments. 

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