Wales 28 Scotland 18
Wales bounced back from last week's horrific loss to England to ignite their Six Nations Championship challenge at the expense of the hamstrung Scots.
Unfortunately, the spectacle was neutered in the 22nd minute when Scott Murray became only the second Scotland player in international history to be sent off. He now joins Nathan Hines in the Hall of Ignominy.
No right-minded Scot could quibble, though. As needless and irritating as Ian Gough's off-the-ball tackle was, a man of Murray's experience should know better than to kick out at a defenceless opponent.
Quite how much that affected proceedings is difficult to say. The visitors were clearly emasculated at setpieces but, that said, their lineout wasn't up to much when he was on the pitch and their scrum improved drastically when he left.
But it no doubt had a psychological impact, as much on the Welsh as his team-mates, as the hosts appeared both encouraged by their numerical supremacy but, for large periods, seriously challenged as to how to turn it into points.
Nevertheless, they did more than enough to ease away with two tries from Gareth Thomas, who looked a different player to the one that went into his shell against England, plus one from Robert Sidoli and a penalty try.
Perhaps, given their purposeful start when both teams were at full strength, Wales were worthy winners.
They certainly controlled the opening exchanges and laid siege to the visitors' line until Mike Blair was snagged in his own 22 by Colin Charvis and was forced to hold on.
His opposite number, Dwayne Peel, surely the best scrum-half in the tournament after another magical dis-play, took a quick tap which created space for Shane Williams to try a drop goal. Fortunately for Blair, Allister Hogg smothered the winger's attempt but the platform remained in tact.
Only three minutes on the clock and the visitors were haemorrhaging penalties, particularly at the scrum. Both props were spotted causing a variety of misdemeanours but it was Jason White's encroachment into the back of the Wales set-piece as it surged to the line that finally broke referee Steve Walsh's patience.
The New Zealander awarded a penalty try, converted by Stephen Jones, leaving last week's Twickenham aberration almost forgotten.
Certainly not by the Red Rose front row. Matt Stevens, Steve Thompson and Andrew Sheridan must be licking their lips at the thought of tucking into the Scottish front row when travel to Edinburgh in a fortnight.
Quite how Scotland can go from scrummaging parity against the French to an hors d'oeuvre for the Jones boys, Adam and Duncan, in the space of seven days is a mystery.
Nevertheless, they struck back in the 17th minute when Blair sent Bruce Douglas down the left wing and smashing into Thomas. Wales were wobbling for a minute and forced to concede a penalty, duly thumped between their posts by Chris Paterson. Game on. But only for ten minutes, until Murray lost his head in attempting to deprive Gough of his.
Seven minutes before half-time, that which everyone suspected became fact - Wales effectively won the match after a couple of disallowed scores.
Thomas chipped over the Scotland backline and, as two defenders closed to field, they crashed into each other allowing the Toulouse full-back to take a simple catch and scoot under the sticks. Jones converted for 14-3. Game up.
Paterson sent over a second penalty after Martyn Williams crept into the ruck via the side entrance but, until the last few minutes at least, that was the end of his team as an attacking force.
Instead, they were left to watch Wales toss the ball about in front of them; sometimes behind, too, if Peel decided to have a snipe.
Thirteen minutes of the second period had gone when Thomas bashed to within ten yards, Peel burst to the line and kept one arm free to flip up for Sidoli to fall over. Jones converted.
The fourth try came just after the hour as Shane Williams chipped over his marker, only to be taken out in pursuit. Gordon Ross obviously felt for the diminutive wing, so coughed up possession as he tried to run through a scarlet wall.
Soon the ball was back with Peel who cut into the Scottish heart and released captain Thomas for his 36th international try. Jones' peerless conversion rubbed salt into the wound. That prompted an avalanche of replacements, which led to an amorphous 20 minutes with neither side able to generate anything noteworthy.
Scotland scored two tries late on, through Hugo Southwell and Paterson, to narrow the score to ten points and, more lastingly, leave one wondering 'What if?'