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.
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.
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’.
Still reflecting on #WALvSCO – that’s the worst @WelshRugbyUnion performance I’ve seen since 2007. I just can’t see a game plan. If there is one, but it doesn’t suit the players, either change the game plan or change the players. We have limited options for the latter.
— Ed Thomas (@edthomas1984) October 31, 2020
@robphillipshere @BBCRadioWales #CallRob
Didn’t look like a team. Structure, shape and complete lack of direction. Worrying times under this coaching group. Especially on such a big occasion for a player that demands a performance. #WALvSCO
— Mark Davies (@MarkRobDavies) October 31, 2020
— J???? P???? (@jimmypazza) October 31, 2020
I have no idea what Pivac is up to with Wales, don’t see the game plan and we’ve regressed at an alarming rate. Need to show something soon #WALvSCO
— Steven Brooks (@twigdewunderkid) October 31, 2020
#WRU were terrible last week against France. This week against Scotland, regardless of weather conditions, they were awful. No passion, no tactical clue. Pivac and Co taking us back to the 90's. As they say, you can't polish a ?. @WalesRugby @WRU_Community #WALvSCO
— T9 MBE (@T9LUFC) October 31, 2020
#WALvSCO up there with the worst game of international rugby! wales have gone backwards, and continue to decline game by game! Aged team, Bruised egos, inept management, and shattered confidence. There was an opportunity to bring through the youth, which adds to the list of woes
— Geraint Holmes (@geraintholmes) October 31, 2020
Pivac got to be strong now and bin off a lot of the old guard. Going to take a few years to get the team playing how he wants and by that point a lot of the squad will be too old #WALvSCO
— madstedotcom (@madstedotcom) October 31, 2020
We knew Warren Gatland was good but I didn’t know he was that good! #WALvSCO
— David Reynolds (@davereynolds_93) October 31, 2020
Wales lose. Happy days. But once again the true greatness of #WarrenGatland comes around. To get such a high level of performance from an average international team so consistently is genius. What a coach.#WALvSCO#InGatlandWeTrust
— Sam French (@AndSamFrench) October 31, 2020
Bullied at the breakdown. The lack of phase build up was concerning also. Am I correct that our longest “attacking” build up was in the last 5? Taking nothing away from Scotland though as they constantly secured their own ball and stole ours far too much #WALvSCO
— Sam Baker (@SamBake26769336) October 31, 2020
We were beaten by Scotland?! SCOTLAND?? FFS #WALvSCO
— Charlotte Bufton (@CharlotteBufton) October 31, 2020
— Richy Boy (@richbarry_03) October 31, 2020
WRU, stop being seduced by successful Scarlets coaches and poaching them from us. Scarlets’ sexy rugby can’t be replicated when you chuck in players who regularly play in less sexy teams. #wales #WALvSCO #rugby #scarlets
— Mr. Hyde (@J_C_Hyde) October 31, 2020
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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