Wales smash 14-man Scotland in Six Nations

Wales smashed a 14-man Scotland team 51-3 in the Six Nations at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday after Stuart Hogg was sent off.

Hogg was initially shown a yellow card by referee Jerome Garces but after seeing him colliding with Wales fly-half Dan Biggar, he upgraded the card to a straight red which spoiled the contest.

The Scots never recovered from having to play nearly an hour a man down after
Hogg was sent off.

The visitors, seeking a first win in Cardiff in 12 years, took an early lead
but from then on it was one-way traffic as Wales, unable to win a third successive
title following last week’s defeat by England, took complete control of their
final match of the 2014 Championship.

This was Scotland’s third heaviest Test defeat of all time, with their previous
worst in the Six Nations a 43-3 thrashing by England in 2001.

And this result saw Wales surpass their previous best victory margin in 119
Tests against Scotland of 22 points set during a 44-22 success in 2005.

In all Wales scored seven tries, six after Hogg was dismissed, with wing George
North and centre Jamie Roberts scoring two apiece.

Wales coach Warren Gatland made six changes to the starting side beaten 29-18
by England at Twickenham

But he retained prop Gethin Jenkins, who surpassed retired fly-half Stephen
Jones’ Welsh appearance record by winning his 105th cap.

Jenkins kept his place despite being yellow-carded in both his last two Tests
for scrummaging offences.

For Scotland, Edinburgh wing Dougie Fife made his Test debut after Tommy Seymour
(ankle) was ruled out following his try-scoring heroics in the agonising 19-17
loss to France at Murrayfield.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw kicked the visitors into a third-minute lead
with a penalty only for Biggar to equalise moments later.

Worryingly for Scotland, captain Kelly Brown left the field with what appeared
to be a head injury in the eighth minute.

Laidlaw then saw a second penalty effort at goal from 40 metres fall wide of
the right post and soon afterwards Wales had the first try of the match.

After sustained pressure near the Scots’ line, Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips
found Biggar and the stand-off’s long pass to Williams saw the full-back dive
in at the left corner.

Then came Hogg’s late challenge, his shoulder clattering into Biggar’s face
after the stand-off had completed a clearing kick.

Initially, Garces produced a yellow card but, on viewing the replay on the
big screen, changed his mind and produced a red.

Scotland’s already difficult task of adding to their lone win this tournament,
against Italy, had now become all but impossible.

Biggar recovered to kick the ensuing penalty and the floodgates opened shortly
before half-time.

Williams took a high ball superbly before bursting down the left wing and then
passed out of the tackle to Phillips who in turn found North and the giant wing
powered his way down the touchline for a try.

Wales centre Jonathan Davies then had a try chalked off after Taulupe Faletau
was offside in the build-up.

But it scarcely mattered as Wales scored their third try on the stroke of half-time
as North and Davies, both outpacing the defence, combined to send in centre
Roberts.

Biggar made it seven goalkicks out of seven and Wales had a 24-point lead at
the interval.

And a minute into the second half North scored his second try after Wales,
making use of their man advantage, worked an overlap.

Wales were now attacking from anywhere on the field, as was evident from Roberts’
second try in the 47th minute.

An overthrown Scottish line-out deep in the Wales 22 was picked off by home
captain Sam Warburton and he released Williams.

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