Scots’ big wait lifts in Llanelli
SCOTLAND claimed a first win on Welsh soil since 2002 – and ruined Alun Wyn Jones’ landmark day.
Wales captain Jones won a record 149th Test cap only to end up on the losing side as the Scots edged it in Llanelli.
It was a third straight win for Scotland in the delayed Six Nations after victories over France and Italy in the spring.
But Wales have now suffered five straight defeats, with Wayne Pivac enduring a torrid time since succeeding Warren Gatland as head coach.
It is the first time since 2007 that Wales have managed only one win in the Six Nations Championship.
Pivac said: “It’s not going to be lost on us, it was the worst defeat in terms of performance.
“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.”
A poor game saw Scotland dominate possession and territory at a wind-lashed Parc y Scarlets.
Rhys Carre crossed for Wales in the first half but the game was won at the breakdown with flanker Jamie Ritchie named man of the match.
Replacement hooker Stuart McInally scored the decisive try just after the hour mark – and the Dragons never looked like hitting back.
Disappointed Wales skipper Jones said: “We’ve got to improve, it’s as simple as that.
“The Welsh public have got high expectations from the previous 12 years. Of those 12 years we won three grand slams and a championship.”
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend said: “For this group it’s great to have some confirmation of the hard work and progress they’re making.”