|Six Nations: Scotland v Wales|
|Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Date: Saturday, 9 March Kick off: 14:15 GMT|
Stymied by France from shredded and Ireland, struggling Scotland host Grand Slam-chasing Wales.
Wales also have defeated against Scotland on all 10 occasions and have been on a of 12 straight wins Warren Gatland was at the helm.
So can Gregor Townsend along with his side go about stopping a Welsh team high in confidence and minding a headtohead album that is far superior?
BBC Sport pundit along with Scotland’s alltime top points scorer Chris Paterson examines the areas when they have been supposed to earn a morale-boosting win they will need to buy right.
Improve their accuracy
Scotland have surrendered probably the maximum penalties from the Six Nations thus far. Their overall of 30 is than Saturday’s opponents.
They rank second to get breaks with 35 – nearly 20 a lot more than the side of Gatland – however 3 2 tackling errors, at an average of just more than 10 per game, are breaking Scotland attempts.
Paterson feels securing their match, rather than tactical overhaul, is required.
“Tactically, Scotland are playing the correct method,” he says. “They’ve just been incorrect and lost ownership, or committed silly errors and haven’t finished breaks off.
“I know people look for different game plans or styles or to try out something new. However, I think accuracy could be your secret for Scotland. If they are able to play how that they like to play with – that fast game – and that they do it it provides the best opportunity to succeed “
Wales’ smart kicking game has played a huge part in their success up to now. They have kicked typically, nearly 30 times per match in the Six Nations – the third-highest tally from the championship, from hand.
Their back-three are proficient at fielding kicks – Josh Adams’ try against England has been the result of a Dan Biggar cross-fielder. Liam Williams and wing Adams have collected 16 kicks, behind just England’s Elliot Daly.
Also they are a threat with ball in hand, so Scotland game needs to be exceptional.
“England increased 3 2 days against Wales however plenty of the kicks were poor. In case Scotland see that there are just two or three at the backfield they should keep it at your fingertips. There is a lot of room, no matter how good you’re, When there one at the back, to cover.
“therefore Scotland must kick to space, rather than to competition. The chase is also important. The chase against France was not exactly what it should have been and it enabled them in to the match “
Breach the Welsh wall
A stingy defence also has propelled Wales’ record winning streak. In those 1 2 matches that they have surrendered an average of 14 points, and just 1.5 strives, per match.
The only team to score more than two attempts against Wales on this run is Tonga – and that was at a 74-24 conquer. How is the Welsh wall breached by Scotland?
“Wales come off the line very quickly, they’ve got really a hard press defence that takes all of the time and space from you being an attacker,” Paterson explains. “But it can be quite narrow at times. Therefore, it’s rather difficult to really do, although in the event that you can find the ball around it you can cause problem. Scotland have to work hard the ball off to receive two or three viable choices for the ballcarrier, simply to hold the Welsh on their heels.
“Also, if the initial carry is good and you also can get in behind it causes problems to get a blitz citizenship because, even when you are handled, it’s very hard for that defence to escape after which return ahead hard back again. So if they get behind that’s when Scotland go and may reset wide.