Wales remain firmly on course for their first Grand Slam since 1978 after a blistering display of running rugby destroyed Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations clash at Murrayfield.
After this emphatic win Mike Ruddock's resurgent and entertaining side must now beat Ireland on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium to claim their ninth clean sweep.
Scotland failed miserably to build on their unconvincing victory over Italy a fortnight ago and such a poor performance is likely to further increase the heat on coach Matt Williams.
With a daunting trip to face England at Twickenham on Saturday looming, it is likely the Australian will only have secured one Six Nations win from two campaigns in charge of the national team.
Ryan Jones was the first to touch down in Edinburgh after a magnificent handling move which proved an accurate portent of things to come.
Rhys Williams intercepted a laboured Dan Parks pass to gallop virtually the length of the field for the second before Shane Williams was the beneficiary of a Stephen Jones break for Wales' third.
Stephen Jones added three conversions and a penalty in these incredible first 15 minutes to make the result effectively safe with less than a quarter of the game gone.
Kevin Morgan got on the scoresheet after being fed by Tom Shanklin and then grabbed a second try just before the break following a jet-heeled break from Dwayne Peel.
Chris Paterson's solitary penalty was all hapless Scotland could produce in the opening period.
Rhys Williams got his second of the afternoon not long after the break thanks to a quick tap penalty from Peel before Glasgow centre Andy Craig replied with Scotland's first try.
The home side improved in the second period and they took advantage of Brent Cockbain's sin-binning for a ruck offence when Rory Lamont collected a looping Jon Petrie pass and dismissed the challenge of Shane Williams to touch down for a debut try.
Paterson collected Hugo Southwell's chip ahead to cross for Scotland's third try but it was too little too late for the Scots as Wales marched on to Cardiff unbeaten.
Tries: Craig, R. Lamont, Paterson.
Cons: Paterson 2.
Team: Paterson, R. Lamont, Craig, Southwell, S. Lamont, Parks, Cusiter, T. Smith, Bulloch, Kerr, Grimes, Murray, Taylor, Petrie, Hogg.
Replacements: Henderson for Craig (76), Ross for Parks (41), Blair for Cusiter (44), Douglas for Kerr (41), Hines for Grimes (41).
Not Used: Russell, Dunbar.
Tries: R. Jones, R. Williams 2, S. Williams, Morgan 2.
Cons: S. Jones 5.
Pens: S. Jones 2.
Team: Morgan, R. Williams, Shanklin, Henson, S. Williams, S. Jones, Peel, Jenkins, Davies, A. Jones, Cockbain, Sidoli, R. Jones, M. Williams, Owen.
Replacements: Luscombe for R. Williams (68), Sweeney for Henson (76), McBryde for Davies (50), Yapp for A. Jones (63), J. Thomas for Cockbain (71).
Not Used: Sowden-Taylor, Phillips.
Sin Bin: Cockbain (61).
Conor O'Shea will lead his side to matches against Fiji and Australia
30 March 2017, 2:36pm
After a disappointing RBS 6 Nations campaign for the Azzurri - losing all five of their Championship matches and picking up their 12th Wooden Spoon - they will be licking their wounds ahead of their summer tour Down Under.
The 2017 RBS 6 Nations was watched by record numbers of fans
29 March 2017, 12:25pm
After an enthralling RBS 6 Nations Championship of twists, turns, and no small amount of drama on the last day, figures show the RBS 6 Nations is going from strength to strength, year on year, with no sign of slowing down.