Scotland captain John Barclay doubts Wales will play…

Jamie Roberts

As a result, Scotland were touted as favourites to prevail in Cardiff and classed by many as dark horses to lift the trophy, but their dismal away form continued as Wales benefited from a whirlwind start that saw them score twice in the opening 12 minutes at the Principality Stadium.

"His ability to bring players into the game and his decision-making are also real strengths and when he's on the ball you tend to panic, because you don't know whether he's going to kick it, or go round you or pass it".

Wales' triumph marked Warren Gatland's 10th anniversary as head coach in style, although bigger challenges now await in the shape of reigning Six Nations champions England at Twickenham next weekend, then Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

The Scots, without a win in the Welsh capital since 2002, never recovered from conceding tries inside the first 12 minutes to Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies and full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

The visitors continued to manoeuvre themselves into promising positions but on each occasion a sloppy turnover scuppered their efforts and their profligacy was further punished early in the second period as Halfpenny slotted a simple penalty.

Without Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, Sam Warburton, Rhys Webb, George North, Taulupe Faletau, Liam Williams, Rhys Priestland, Jake Ball and Dan Lydiate through injury, Wales enter this Six Nations opener with a void constituting something of a crisis.

Winger Josh Adams makes his Wales debut in a side containing a record 10 Scarlets players.

Warren Gatland is closing in on a century of games in charge of Wales (Ben Birchall/PA) Who's up next?

Chris Harris starts for the first time with Huw Jones being moved to inside centre to accommodate him.

Valid expectations of a tight contest - Wales without eight Lions, more than 500 caps, and Scotland willing to give it a lash - were ripped up in the first minutes as Wales started fast with two tries to lead 14-0.

Leigh Halfpenny hasn't scored a try for Wales in 34 Tests, since February 2013.

The men in blue nilled Wales in the second half in Edinburgh past year and it looked like they could suffer the same fate in Cardiff in the first period.

His Wales counterpart Alun Wyn Jones says he doesn't mind if people view his side as underdogs after losing to Scotland at Murrayfield last season.

It was a flawless afternoon for Wales but there was one man who was nervous in the stadium - defence coach Shaun Edwards.

"Wales deserved the bonus point".

Former captain Greig Laidlaw has been named on the bench, with Ali Price preferred at scrum-half, while Jon Welsh and Gordon Reid are recalled following a number of injuries.

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