"The expectation down there on the Welsh team is huge, rugby is like a way of life down there, so like any away game you've got to try and start well". "We will have to play even better than in November if we are going to win".
Wales' triumph marked Warren Gatland's 10th anniversary as head coach in style, although bigger challenges now await in the shape of reigning Six Nations champions England at Twickenham next weekend, then Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
Without Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, Sam Warburton, Rhys Webb, George North, Taulupe Faletau, Liam Williams, Rhys Priestland, Jake Ball and Dan Lydiate through injury, Wales enter this Six Nations opener with a void constituting something of a crisis. Class in the 13 channel and set up Halfpenny's try.
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There's a fair chance it will be a close game, but I think if Wales play loosely it will suit us because Scotland want to play a very fast game.
However, it was Wales who scored first as Ali Price, the Scotland scrum-half, delayed a long pass too long and his opposite number Gareth Davies intercepted and ran 60 yards untouched for the try in the left corner.
A great kick from deep by Hadleigh Parkes piled pressure on Scotland in their own five-metre line in the final few minutes of the first half, and but for some lucky bounces in the Scots favour, Wales could have made more of that opportunity.
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Valid expectations of a tight contest - Wales without eight Lions, more than 500 caps, and Scotland willing to give it a lash - were ripped up in the first minutes as Wales started fast with two tries to lead 14-0.
The Wales full-back ended a five-year try drought with a superb double strike to heap humiliation on the woeful visitors.
Wales started the second half brighter and forced a penalty out of the Scotland defence two minutes after the resumption.
The men in blue nilled Wales in the second half in Edinburgh previous year and it looked like they could suffer the same fate in Cardiff in the first period. However, after a couple of offloads in the tackle nearly put through Alun Wyn Jones, his final pass to Steff Evans was knocked on and the chance was lost.
Wales kept threatening: Replacement prop Wyn Jones was held up by Scotland's Huw Jones, and replacement flyhalf Gareth Anscombe dropped a try-scoring pass from Alun Wyn Jones.
The only surprise was the scoreline, a whopping 34-7 with a four-tries bonus point on Saturday.
Scotland: S Hogg, T Seymour, C Harris (P Horne 54), H Jones, B McGuigan (S Maitland 54), F Russell, A Price (G Laidlaw 48), G Reid (J Bhatti 48-75), S McInally (S Lawson 69), J Welsh (M McCallum 64), B Toolis (G Gilchrist 54), J Gray, J Barclay (captain), H Watson, C du Preez (R Wilson 48).