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Davies revels in Scotland thumping

Jonathan Davies has applauded Wales' ruthless streak after they ended a trophy-less RBS 6 Nations campaign by putting Scotland "to the sword."

For the first time since 2010, Wales went into their final Six Nations game with nothing at stake apart from two championship points.

But their reign as champions at least ended on a high note as they ran in seven tries, registered a record 51-3 victory against Scotland and posted a biggest Millennium Stadium win since the 2007 World Cup.

Centre Davies was instrumental to Wales' attacking game, playing the role of creator time and time again on what was just his fourth start for club and country since suffering a torn pectoral muscle in November.

And Scotland, who saw full-back Stuart Hogg sent off midway through the first-half, had no answer.

"It was nice to get a bit of ball in some space," Davies said.

"Obviously, them being down to 14 men helped us, but we had to make sure we used the ball effectively. We scored some good tries.

"Opportunities came and we took them. The best teams in the world finish off teams - they put them to the sword.

"That is what we talked about when they went down to 14 men, to keep going for the whole game. To be fair to Scotland, they kept the ball in the second half, but we were always in control."

Wales, though, paid the price for no-shows against Ireland and England this season - they conceded a total of 55 points in those games and did not score a try - and it cost them all hope of a successful Six Nations title defence.

"We have been inconsistent at times," Davies added. "It is a sign of where we are as a team that we pride ourselves to be competing for championships.

"It was weird not having something to play for this week, but we showed the character of the team. We just need to make sure our accuracy, how we use the ball and where we play gets better.

"Considering we put some pressure on ourselves to deliver a performance (against Scotland), I thought it was pretty good."

Davies will now focus his attention on ending a productive career with the Scarlets before he moves to French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne this summer. There is also a two-Test South Africa tour to contemplate in June.

"I have had three months off and I am ready to go. We have got a few games left with the Scarlets and I want to make sure my time at the Scarlets finishes on a good note.

"I am very proud of the region I supported as a kid and I am looking forward to getting some opportunities on the bounce.

"Just after January I went back with the Wales coaches and did some rehab and some intense training and stuff. It was pretty much like a pre-season.

"Obviously, I was a bit rusty, but I came back and the legs weren't too bad. I am grateful for what the Scarlets and Wales physios and conditioners have done to get me in shape to play some part in this Six Nations.

"It is exciting for the rest of the season. We have a good run-in with the Scarlets and hopefully a summer tour of South Africa.

"We want to challenge ourselves against one of the best teams in the world, so there is a lot to play for."


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