Scotland wing Dougie Fife admitted his first cap did not meet his dreams in 51-3 Welsh hammering
Scotland wing Dougie Fife admitted his first cap for the Dark Blues did not live up to his expectations.
Last Updated: 17/03/14 3:25pm
The Edinburgh back looked to celebrate his first appearance with a win which would take them to two wins in the tournament and match last year's performance.
But hope was quickly obliterated after just 23 minutes when full-back Stuart Hogg was sent off for slamming his shoulder into Dan Biggar's jaw.
Fife was forced to spilt his duties covering the right flank with filling in at 15 but it proved an impossible task for the 25-year-old as five of the Welsh scores came down his side.
"I've dreamed about my first cap for so long but that wasn't what I had in mind," Fife said.
"It was never going to be an easy match but it got so much tougher once Hoggy got the red card.
"I had to slot in at 15 at times to cover but it is hard enough to play against the Welsh with a full compliment, never mind when you are a man down.
"It felt like I had been chucked in at the deep end - but in a way I did enjoy it."
Scotland won just one of their five games as they finished second bottom of the table.
But even though the result was Scotland's biggest ever margin of defeat in the championship Fife is already desperate for another chance to make amends.
"It didn't go well but I'm hungry to win more caps and make up for that defeat," Fife said.
"We've got the World Cup next year and the summer tour coming up, so we don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves."
Head coach Scott Johnson will now be replaced by Vern Cotter but flanker Ryan Wilson admits that while the side have taken a backward step by losing so heavily to Warren Gatland's team he believes there are signs of encouragement.
"There is no hiding from it, we went badly wrong," Wilson said.
"It's always difficult when you go down to 14-men that early, but even more so against a team like Wales.
"We spoke at half-time about trying to shut-up shop by keeping hold of the ball. At points we did that. We had a 20-minute spell when we kept the ball in their half and took it to them.
"But it is tiring. Going through phase after phase, you know at some point you are going to give away a penalty and then they will be back in our half.
"We have gone backwards with this result but I don't think we will worry about that too much because the positive steps we've taken in the two games before this were massive."