Scotland suffer crushing defeat to Wales in Six Nations

Feb 04, 2018, 02:02
Scotland suffer crushing defeat to Wales in Six Nations

The pressure we put on ourselves in training and how to play, our standards are very high.

But if any team can deal with a raft of injuries, it ought to be a well-resourced England.

Not everyone makes it, for as many people who've been on zero as Martin Johnson have, we've never heard of them.

Wales are without a swathe of injured players, including British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton and centre Jonathan Davies, and some see the Scots as dark horses to win their first ever Six Nations title, but the home team can take heart from the fact their opponents have not won in Cardiff since 2002. If they manage the Grand Slam, though, it will be some achievement.

But it made no difference to the overall picture as Halfpenny went over for his second try, adding the conversion to end things as a contest and confirm Townsend's Six Nations coaching debut as one to forget.

Under Six Nations rules, "both teams must agree for the retractable roof to be closed".

"It's a massive honour to be picked to start and it's great to be back in", he said.

Here's all the information you'll need to stream the glorious rugby action for free, with Wales and Scotland facing off this Saturday (February 3, 2018), plus all the crucial details like what channel you can catch it on, the date, and the kickoff time. "Last year it was close and I think it will be as close again this year".

But it offers an opportunity from a player I've watched for many years. In November, they were within inches of beating the All Blacks, then put 53 points past Australia.

"England against Ireland on the final weekend at Twickenham, I would bet that would be a Championship game".

Rhys Patchell has been handed the cherished outside-half jersey in the absence of Dan Biggar and will partner his regional colleague Gareth Davies. "The guys, they've been excellent".

Unfortunately, Wales' injuries are also extensive.

The side is captained by Scarlets star John Barclay, with Hamish Watson and Cornell Du Preez making up the back-row.

Wales have in the last two years modified the style that brought them success without abandoning its sinewy foundation. 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. Davies is also an Olympics Sevens silver-medallist, so if these two are selected, there will be plenty of skills on show.

Meanwhile France have turned to a new coach in Jacques Brunel, the former Italy boss, in a bid to lift them out of a prolonged slump.

Sadly, this looks set to continue, with No.8 Louis Picamoles - perhaps their only world-class player - being left out. "It's their best players and their most important players". They will want to stay in the team I am sure.

Brunel could entrust the key position of fly-half to a 19-year-old in Matthieu Jalibert, having coached the teenager at Bordeaux. His pace and foot-work are like those of a winger, but he reads the game like an experienced 10. If you mark him with one man, he'll beat you. There are more reasons than usual for them to be positive, but positivity alone is unlikely to be enough. According to my ratings, England have around a 59% chance of winning the Six Nations, which translates to odds of around [1.70], shorter than the generous [2.16] on offer.

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