Wales ended their first Six Nations campaign under Wayne Pivac with a historic loss to Scotland in Llanelli, the first at home to the Scots in 18 years to end a forgettable tournament.

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In blustering conditions, Scotland kicked two penalties in the first half to maintain touching distance with Wales heading into the sheds 7-6. A powerful maul try with twenty minutes remaining propelled Scotland ahead 11-7, who were able to seal the game with a holding on penalty on Jonathan Davies in the final minute. Stuart Hogg booted the penalty over as time expired.

The 14-10 final scoreline heaped more misery on Pivac’s men, their fifth consecutive loss since beating Italy in their opening Six Nations game. Welsh fans have struggled to see a coherent game plan under Pivac, with many claiming the side has no direction. A few were quick to label it one on of the worst performances from Wales in recent memory.

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Wayne Pivac talks to press after defeat to Scotland

One fan said ‘Pivac and Co are taking us back to the 90s’ with others echoing the sentiment that Wales are ‘regressing at an alarming rate’.

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Speaking to the press after the match, Wayne Pivac said it was the ‘worst defeat’ in terms of the performance by the side without many ‘shots fired’ at Scotland. He highlighted the breakdown as what ‘killed’ Wales.

“It’s not going to be lost on us, it was the worst defeat in terms of performance,” he said.

“We didn’t fire too many shots. We have to go away and put a line in the sand, because we have got two weeks to build into the Autumn Cup.

“We have to lick our wounds and make sure we make the right impression in that tournament.

“But we must improve because we lost our way in the last half-hour in the breakdown. We’ll certainly look at that because the breakdown killed us.

Skipper Alun Wyn Jones, who set the record for most test caps in the game surpassing All Black Richie McCaw said there wasn’t much to celebrate after a dire showing.

“It’s done, now we can move on. It’s not the time to celebrate that now.”

“We’ve got to improve, it’s as simple as that.

After three Grand Slams and four Six Nations title in the Gatland era, Jones said Wales fans have to remember where the side was before that.

“They (Welsh public) have got high expectations from the previous 12 years. Of those 12 years we won three grand slams and a championship. We can’t really forget the eight years that were pretty dormant.

“We’ve got to work to change that.”

The 2020 Six Nations is the worst result for Wales since 2007, where the side won just one tournament game as well.

 

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