Welsh back to face Wales in Six Nations

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The 31-year-old was named in Gregor Townsend's starting XV to travel to Cardiff for Scotland's Six Nations opener on Saturday, more than two years since his last appearance on the worldwide stage.

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.

It was harum-scarum stuff but it took seven minutes for the first score and it was opportunistic with scrum-half Gareth Davies picking off an ill-judged pass from opposite number Ali Price inside Wales' half and then having the gas to beat centre Chris Harris to the line.

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. A fine conversion from Leigh Halfpenny extended the lead to 7-0.

Scotland ladies will deploy all their four full-time experts in Friday's opening match of their Six Nations crusade against Wales. However, after a couple of offloads in the tackle nearly put through Alun Wyn Jones, his final pass to Steff Evans was knocked on and the chance was lost.

After that whirlwind start, neither side could make any lasting inroads, with the ball going to ground too often and defenders scrambling well when required.

John Barclay was the transgressor on that occasion and the visiting captain was penalised again shortly afterwards, Halfpenny thumping another kick straight down the middle from just inside the Scotland half.

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As the clock ticked to the hour mark, Scotland continued to be under siege deep in their own territory, with Hogg first managing to hold up Josh Navidi before soon after being dragged into touch inside his own five-metre line.

But it was a five-point haul in the 74th minute when a flowing move was ended by Steff Evans acrobatically flying over down the left with Halfpenny twisting the knife from the touchline to make it 34-0.

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.

Missed an early tackle on Russell, but sent the scoring pass to Halfpenny and looked assured alongside his regional teammates from West Wales.

"Wales deserved the bonus point".

"Last year, there was X-amount of years they hadn't had a win against us and we went up there and we lost", said the 32-year-old.

Substitute back Peter Horne scored a consolation 79th-minute try for Scotland that Finn Russell converted, but the damage had always been done.

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