Scotland can take little comfort from their second-half revival against Wales because the game was effectively over after 18 minutes.
For any team to come back from 24-0 down would be very difficult, and Scotland were out of the game at that point.
Some of the Scotland decision making in the first half was mind boggling, and the first half performance as a whole was very, very poor.
The first try that Wales scored was the kind of try you might expect to conceded in the last ten minutes of a game when defences are stretched, not in the first ten minutes, and some of the defence around the rucks and mauls was woeful.
The Rhys Williams interception try was so obvious for everyone to see coming, but Dan Parks still gave the pass.
However, to just point the finger at Scotland's inadequacies would detract from what was an outstanding Welsh performance.
Their continuity was terrific, and they played at a high tempo, looking to move the ball away from contact, rather than going to ground and slowing the pace of the game down.
At least in the second half Gordon Ross came on and showed what he is capable of - adding direction and shape to the Scottish backline. Why he hasn't been playing all season is beyond me.
Rory Lamont also had a good debut, particularly as he had only played nine professional games before Sunday.
The best thing that Scotland can get out of the visit to Twickenham is an element of respectability, as any semblance of credibility that they may have gained with the win over Italy will have been lost in the eyes of the Scottish public.
They have to go and produce a performance which shows that it means a lot to wear the Scotland shirt. Generations of Scottish players would literally have died to wear that shirt and the current crop have to reclaim the respect that the shirt deserves.
Before Will Greenwood started breaking down moves off the field, he was doing the business on it - and no match better illustrated the type of marauding centre he was than in a virtuoso performance against Wales.