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Guinness Six Nations – Scotland v Wales

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One of the big matches this weekend in the Guinness Six Nations is surely the match between Scotland and Wales.

Both won their first round matches and will be desperate to get a second win in the championship. Scotland upset England in their own back yard last weekend and Wales had to battle hard against a 14-man Irish side to win at home.

With Scotland playing at home they are getting the favorites tag from me just slightly.

Wales had to come from behind to get the win against Ireland 14-man side and had to fight to keep that lead till the end. That came at a price as they have some more injuries to content with this weekend.

George North and Johnny Williams are not available due to injury and will be replaced by Liam Williams on the wing and Nick Tompkins and Owen Watkin coming into midfield for this one.

Aaron Wainwright will come in for the injured Dan Lydiate in the backrow as well with Willis Halaholo who will make his debut from the bench for Wales.

Gareth Davies will replace Tomos Williams on the bench as backup scrum-half.

Wales will still be without Josh Adams due to his suspension from the Wales squad for a breach in COVID-19 regulations.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has made three injury-enforced changes to his squad for the weekend.

The trio Jamie Ritchie, Sean Maitland and Cameron Redpath all drop out of the team. Blade Thomson, James Lang and Darcy Graham will come in for them.

Ritchie and Maitland are expected to be fit to go again for the French test.

One of the hero’s from last weekend Redpath has a neck injury which made him unavailable for this weekend test. It is unsure at the moment for how long he will be out of action.

Scotland is now chasing teh Six Nations title after the great win over England and the only way to do this is to keep on winning. Townsend said that last weekend match was a bench mark on which they now need to keep on improving of they want to win the title this year.

The two teams match up nicely from 1 to 15 which makes for a great test which we in any case get when Scotland and Wales meet.

Defence will be key again but one do feel that it will come down to the big men upfront in the set pieces. An interesting battle is expected in the air and as a rugby fan we can not wait for this one.

Prediction: This one is harder to call than the England v Italy test but we believe in the home side to pull it through, Scotland by 6

Teams:

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg (c), 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Chris Harris, 12 James Lang, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Blade Thomson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 George Turner, 1 Rory Sutherland
Replacements: 16 David Cherry, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 WP Nel, 19 Richie Gray, 20 Gary Graham, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Huw Jones

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Louis Rees-Zammit, Nick Tompkins, Owen Watkin, Liam Williams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies, Wyn Jones, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhodri Jones, Leon Brown, Will Rowlands, James Botham, Kieran Hardy, Callum Sheedy, Willis Halaholo.

The match will be live on SuperSport at 18;45

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