Wales batter stunned Scotland

  • Last Updated: March 15 2014, 22:00 GMT

Wales' two-year reign as RBS 6 Nations champions reached its conclusion in Cardiff - but not before they went on a record-breaking 51-3 rampage against hapless Scotland.

George North goes in for a Wales try
George North goes in for a Wales try

The Scots were battered beyond recognition after full-back Stuart Hogg was sent off midway through the first half, which followed skipper Kelly Brown's departure through injury.

And Wales, hurting from emphatic title-ending defeats against Ireland and England this season, did not require a second invitation to cut loose with seven tries at the expense of 14 men.

Wing George North and centre Jamie Roberts each claimed try doubles, while there were also touchdowns for full-back Liam Williams, number eight Taulupe Faletau and substitute scrum-half Rhodri Wiliams to mark prop Gethin Jenkins' record 105th Wales cap in style.

Fly-half Dan Biggar added to the rout by kicking 14 points and James Hook booted a late conversion, with Scotland only managing an early Greig Laidlaw penalty in reply.

It was Wales' all-time biggest Six Nations win, surpassing a 47-8 stroll past Italy in 2008, and a record victory over Scotland as their interim head coach and ex-Wales caretaker boss Scott Johnson endured a miserable final Test at the helm.

Johnson will hand over to New Zealander Vern Cotter this summer, and the size of Cotter's task was graphically underlined by a Wales team that showed no mercy.

The Scots unravelled once Hogg was dismissed. He initially received a yellow card from French referee Jerome Garces for hitting Williams in the face with his shoulder, but Garces changed his mind and brandished red once he watched television replays.

It was a brave, but legitimate and correct call by the official, and Scotland never recovered as Wales punished them ruthlessly.

North admitted the drubbing could not mask an overall disappointing campaign for Wales.

"It doesn't make up for it but the performance we had today was good," he told BBC1. "It's been a tough few weeks for us. We've worked really hard to get back up to where we have been.

"We trained very hard this week and I think it showed today. There are still bits to work on but from last week it's a great performance and a lot better really."

Wing North finished off a couple of classy moves and declared himself pleased with his and the team's efforts.

"I'm happy with that," he said. "All the boys played exceptionally well and when the game's open like that, that's the way we like to play."

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