SCOTLAND VS WALES SIX NATIONS 2011


Posted: February 09,, 2011 by Gregory Swaby

Scotland vs Wales Six Nations 2011    Saturday 5th  February 2011 at the Murrayfield, Scotland

Scotland are aiming to improve their set-piece quality as this was lacking at times in Paris and an improvement could give them an edge over a Wales side who are still smarting over their home defeat by England.

Scotland have injury concerns over Rory Lawson, Max Evans and Nikki Walker but limited changes anticipated.

It will be Alistair Kellock’s first outing as skipper at Murrayfield on Saturday and he has pinpointed the scrum as the area of the pitch where the Scots must improve against a Welsh side who will be just as desperate to revive their own title hopes.

Hooker Ross Ford agreed that it was deficiencies in the Scots' own play rather than an early French try that ultimately led to defeat.
"It was a bit of a blow, but we knew, if we stuck in, we could come back," he said. "I firmly believe that, if we play with the same pace and tempo that we have shown and are clinical, we can definitely beat the Welsh."

There was also a boost to the Scotland camp with head coach Andy Robinson signing a contract extension to 2015.

His opposite number, Warren Gatland, has handed James Hook the number 10 shirt for match in Edinburgh but has told fly half to be "conservative."

Hook has changed position to replace Stephen Jones at as Wales hope to bring an end to their eight-Test winless run.
The versatile Ospreys back, has recently secured a move to French giants Perpignan after this years World Cup so much is his desire to play from the number 10 position.

And despite not playing fly half at international level, since the 2009 Six Nations win over Italy, he has been given a chance to step out of Jones' experienced shadow.

Hook has been moved to fly half from centre during games and was switched from fullback to playmaker in Wales' opening Six Nations defeat to England in Cardiff.

Hook commented that: "I've got Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies outside me who are big, powerful blokes and very good players.
"Everyone makes a big thing of playing number 10 but none of the players or coaches have focused on it too much."

Gatland is also looking for more input from Jamie Roberts, who managed to go 41 minuets against England before touching the ball.

So Scotland have been fine-tuning in preparation and Wales are taking a, possibly conservative, “he who dares, wins Rhodri” plan.

 

  
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