Scotland's performance was marginally better this week - what the Welsh had was a cutting edge, the ability to score from different situations, whereas Scotland could have played three more matches and not got close to the tryline - which was the most disappointing part of the game.
Watching the match it was very difficult to see what kind of game Scotland were trying to play - it was not obvious what the game plan was. In many respects Wales shot themselves in the foot by giving away penalties through indiscipline.
The two players who did impress me on the Scotland side were John Barclay and Mike Blair. I thought Barclay’s work-rate was very good - he did a lot of good things like competing on the ground - and Blair is one of those players that gets into the right positions both offensively and defensively.
The main problem Scotland had was that the ball was far too slow and it was very difficult to do anything with it.
The Shane Williams try was a difficult one but I don’t think it would have made much difference to the final scoreline. I talked to Andy Nicol about it after the game and he said the TMO did not request a replay that would have clearly showed it was no score.
The thing that depressed me even more was that Ireland did not get a thrashing at the hands of France which it was looking like was going to happen. It makes Scotland’s trip to Croke Park even more galling as it makes it an even greater task.
The depressing thing is we are almost back to the place where we were at with Matt Williams, with an inability to score tries and to shape a game.
It is a really important game against Ireland. Frank Hadden must consider if he goes with the same players again or changes the side. I suspect the Scottish public are angered by the performances and Alasdair Strokosch and Johnnie Beattie are two options that Hadden must look at.