Welsh back to face Wales in Six Nations

by Abel Hampton February 4, 2018, 2:04
Welsh back to face Wales in Six Nations

There were a lot of players who were involved a year ago (in the loss at Murrayfield) and they wanted to make up for that disappointment.

Wales ladies: Wales head mentor Rowland Phillips has picked four uncapped players to begin Friday's 2018 Women's Six Nations opener with Scotland. "I am confident, I have played with Gordon Reid for years, played against and with Rambo (Stuart McInally) for years as well". But the Scots, who have grown tougher at home, still can't get over a woeful record away from Murrayfield: This was their 16th loss in their last 18 away matches in the championship.

"But I think sometimes it's better to be the hunter rather than the hunted".

"I thought we defended superbly".

"I don't know if it can be merged (into Wales' gameplan)". I think he's a wonderful player, can play anywhere across the back five, so between positions four and eight in the pack.

Gregor Townsend's men were kept at bay until the 79th minute when Peter Horne went over.

Scotland's charity began in the sixth minute, when it was going nowhere near the touchline. "The guys, they've been excellent". That reputation may soon be a thing of the past if this game is any indication of things to come.

But they did not have to wait long to cross the whitewash for the third time as Halfpenny raced over after Steffan Evans beautifully flicked the ball on to his regional team-mate.

It's an opportunity as a fly half to adapt and show the variety in his game. If Brunel can nurture him, he will be one to keep an eye on.

Italy, I like the player in the centre, he's not necessarily full of cunning and guile, Tommaso Castello, some sort of bad pun like he needs to be as strong as a castle because his name means castle. We made some breaks in that period, we went wide and we turned over the ball, then they made breaks and turned over that ball. The big thing is to play the match and not the occasion.

With Scarlets flying high in the PRO14 and Europe, Warren Gatland has picked 10 of them to start in Cardiff - an arena where no matter which XV Welshmen are on the park, makes them a hard proposition.

"We went in the game expecting to win reasonably comfortably".

"They've got the best if not one of the best stadiums in world rugby and it's unbelievable to play down there, so they must get a buzz off it".

We have to trust Eddie's judgement, and he keeps turning pigs ears into silk purses and he'll keep doing it.

England is clearly missing Elliot Daly and Billy Vunipola, world class players. "You've got a team (England) there that's won 22 out of 23 Test matches over the last two years".

Three more British and Irish Lions - Taulupe Faletau, Liam Williams and Dan Biggar - will take no part in the opening round at least.

Would Scottish success be a surprise given recent Six Nations performances?

In years gone by, the 6 Nations had become a tournament renowned for its defensive performances.

So teams would like to grow in self-belief by doing well in the Six Nations.

For years, when asked what chance England had in the Six Nations (always England, never Scotland or Ireland), I would always say that the odds were too short based on their form, even if I hadn't yet checked those odds or form.


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