Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Scots' Resolve Worries Wales

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Scots' Resolve Worries Wales

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TOURNAMENT favourites Wales will receive a little help from England when they begin their defence of the Six Nations title tomorrow, writes ANDREW BALDOCK.

Wales arrive at Murrayfield without injured centre Gavin Henson but knowing victory over an improving Scotland side would give them immediate momentum in the quest for back-to-back Grand Slams.

But Wales have triumphed just twice in Edinburgh since 1985, losing eight and drawing one of the subsequent 11 Tests.

If that statistic was not enough to concentrate Welsh minds, then a quick recall of England's Murrayfield implosions in 2000, 2006 and 2008 might just do the trick.

Assessing the mission, head coach Warren Gatland said: "We are very aware of how deep those (Scottish) guys dig in terms of responding to challenges.

"I have vivid memories of a number of times when England have gone up there for Six Nations glory or been favourites to win the Calcutta Cup, and then come back having been beaten by a dogged Scottish side. …

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