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RBS 6 Nations 2011: Scotland v Wales Preview

Scotland play Wales at Murrayfield this afternoon in RBS 6 Nations 2011.

The match is set to be one of the closest encounters between these two rugby playing nations in recent years, and its one both teams will be looking to win after suffering defeats in last week’s opening round.

Wales were beaten by England, at home, while Scotland fell to France in Paris, meaning that whoever wins today’s match will be picking up their first RBS 6 Nations 2011 points.

Starting Line-ups

Scotland Starting XV

  • 15. Hugo SOUTHWELL
  • 14. Nikki WALKER
  • 13. Joe ANSBRO
  • 12. Nick DE LUCA
  • 11. Max EVANS
  • 10. Dan PARKS
  • 9. Rory LAWSON
  • 8. Kelly BROWN
  • 7. John BARCLAY
  • 6. Nathan HINES
  • 5. Alastair KELLOCK
  • 4. Richie GRAY
  • 3. Euan MURRAY
  • 2. Ross FORD
  • 1. Allan JACOBSEN

Scotland Replacements

  • 16. Scott LAWSON
  • 17. Moray LOW
  • 18. Richie VERNON
  • 19. Ross RENNIE
  • 20. Mike BLAIR
  • 21. Ruaridh JACKSON
  • 22. Sean LAMONT

Wales Starting XV

  • 15. Lee BYRNE
  • 14. Morgan STODDART
  • 13. Jamie ROBERTS
  • 12. Jonathan DAVIES
  • 11. Shane WILLIAMS
  • 10. James HOOK
  • 9. Michael PHILLIPS
  • 8. Ryan JONES
  • 7. Sam WARBURTON
  • 6. Dan LYDIATE
  • 5. Alun Wyn JONES
  • 4. Bradley DAVIES
  • 3. Craig MITCHELL
  • 2. Matthew REES
  • 1. Paul JAMES

Wales Replacements

  • 16. Richard HIBBARD
  • 17. John YAPP
  • 18. Jonathan THOMAS
  • 19. Josh TURNBULL
  • 20. Tavis KNOYLE
  • 21. Stephen JONES
  • 22. Rhys PRIESTLAND

Match Officials

  • Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
  • Assistant Referee: Roman Poite (France)
  • Assistant Referee: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
  • TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

Scotland v Wales RBS 6 Nations 2011 – Match Prediction

Scotland v Wales is always fought in a great atmosphere in Murrayfield with the Welsh support welcomed into Edinburgh by the home nation – but this year is probably the first in a few seasons that Wales cannot be expected to win.

Scotland have developed under Andy Robinson into not just one of the best defences in World rugby – as evidenced frequently in 2009 and 2010 – but now also posses a little flair with the ball in hand, too. Last week against France, but for some uncharacteristic errors with the ball in hand, Scotland looked very much a proper rugby team.

Wales were also the architects of their own demise, at times, last week, as they failed to run straight enough to capitalise upon some good possession and field position and were eventually picked off by England’s backs. A repeat of that in Murrayfield will see the same result for the visitors.

Much depends upon Wales finishing and Scotland’s defence. Scotland know how to play behind their solid pack better than they used to, so expect them to pick up at least one five pointer, and to make the most of any three point opportunities courtesy of the consistent Dan Parks. Whether or not they can stop Wales from scoring more than two tries may well determine the result of this match.

The slight preference goes to Scotland, who could pick this match up by 2-5 points, though that is only as a result of the couple of percent edge they receive from home advantage. This is a fascinating prospect for rugby fans, and the match could swing to Wales just as easily, if their backs, driven by the new number 10, James Hook, can begin to function as they have often threatened.

Match Details

Scotland v Wales takes place at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, and will kick off at 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET) on Saturday 12th February 2011.

About Robin Scott

Robin Scott
Robin Scott is co-founder and publisher of The Global Herald.

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