McBryde wary of wounded Scots
February 10, 2012
Wales' forwards coach Robin McBryde is taking nothing for granted against Scotland on Sunday © Getty Images
Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde is taking nothing for granted ahead of his side's Six Nations clash with Scotland in Cardiff on Sunday.
The Welsh opened their Six Nations account with battling 23-21 victory over Ireland in Dublin last weekend while the Scots slumped to a 13-6 reverse at the hands of England. Wales have won the opening two games of a Six Nations campaign on just two previous occasions - in 2005 and 2008 - and each time they went on to win the title and Grand Slam. Scotland, meanwhile, have not won in Cardiff for 10 years.
However, McBryde believes Scotland will be encouraged by an impressive Millennium Stadium performance two years ago when Shane Williams' last-gasp try gave Wales a thrilling 31-24 victory. "They are a bit wounded, and they will be keen to come to Cardiff and put up a good show," Wales forwards coach McBryde said. "We left it late against them two years ago, and they will take heart from that.
"Scotland are very good at keeping hold of possession and they have some potent runners. They will look to get over the gain-line, hold on to the ball and put us under pressure. They like to play a quick tempo game, and they are dangerous with plenty of threats throughout the team, especially when the game breaks up and they get on the front foot. Scotland created far more opportunities than England did. They were strong at set-pieces, and with a bit more composure and better decision-making they would have been home and dry."
The Scots, though, will encounter a Wales side oozing confidence. They have four Six Nations games left, with three of them in Cardiff. McBryde added: "We will take heart from the Ireland game, when we showed a lot of character. It is not the Wales of old when people questioned us before a game whether we were tough enough to get a result in Ireland. The players have pulled together and know what they are about."
Former Wales captain Ryan Jones will, as expected, fill the second-row void against Scotland caused by Bradley Davies' seven-week suspension. Davies was cited and banned for foul play during Wales' dramatic victory over Ireland when he recklessly tip-tackled Irish replacement Donnacha Ryan.
But in a triple boost for Wales coach Warren Gatland, flanker Dan Lydiate has recovered from an ankle injury to reclaim the number six shirt, prop Gethin Jenkins has recovered from knee trouble to start and skipper Sam Warburton also features.
Warburton went off at half-time in Dublin because of a leg injury, but he has been named to pack down alongside back-row colleagues Lydiate and Toby Faletau. "Dan's return from injury is timely, and Ryan's versatility allows us to cover for Bradley with minimum disruption, with Lou Reed also giving us an extra option from the bench," Gatland said.
"Gethin brings a wealth of experience to the team, which is the main reason we have brought him in for Rhys [Gill], who is unlucky to miss out, with Paul James covering both sides of the scrum from the bench."
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