Townsend seeks major reaction

04 February 2018 20:13:33 GMTPlus11

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend accepts his side have much work to do after suffering a 34-7 Six Nations thrashing at the hands of Wales.

The Scots were much fancied to be challengers for the overall title this season, but their hopes appear to be in tatters after they were swept aside by the hosts in Cardiff.

And Townsend admitted that he was shocked by the nature and the size of the defeat, having seen his side trounce Australia 53-24 in their last outing.

He told reporters: "We were badly beaten, but as we said during the week there were not many away victories last year.

"We didn't play anything like we know we can do. It was miles below what we need to do in the jersey and in this championship.

"We have to make sure next time we go on the road in Dublin that we are much, much better than we were today. We need to have a response throughout this week.

"I believe in the players and I believe in what they have produced in training and games leading up to today and I believe in their determination to put it right at home."

Next up for Scotland is a Murrayfield clash with France next Sunday, with Les Bleus having also made a losing start to their Six nations campaign as they suffered a 15-13 home reverse at the hands of Ireland.

Scotland are now 41.00 to win the Six Nations outright, with Wales priced at 15.00 and Ireland 2.20.

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