RBS 6 Nations 2013: Scotland team to play England

tim visser scotland

Scott Johnson has announced the following lineup to take on England at Twickenham on Saturday. Kick off is at 4pm.

15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors)
14 Sean Maitland (Glasgow Warriors)
13 Sean Lamont (Glasgow Warriors)
12 Matt Scott (Edinburgh Rugby)
11 Tim Visser (Edinburgh Rugby)
10 Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow Warriors)
9 Greig Laidlaw (Edinburgh Rugby) vice-captain

1 Ryan Grant (Glasgow Warriors) vice-captain
2 Dougie Hall (Glasgow Warriors)
3 Euan Murray (Worcester Warriors)
4 Richie Gray (Sale Sharks)
5 Jim Hamilton (Gloucester Rugby)
6 Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan)
7 Kelly Brown (Saracens) captain
8 Johnnie Beattie (Montpellier)

Substitutes:
16 Ross Ford (Edinburgh Rugby)
17 Moray Low (Glasgow Warriors)
18 Geoff Cross (Edinburgh Rugby)
19 Alastair Kellock (Glasgow Warriors)
20 David Denton (Edinburgh Rugby)
21 Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors)
22 Duncan Weir (Glasgow Warriors)
23 Max Evans (Castres)

What do you make of the team? Do they have a chance against England?

12 thoughts on “RBS 6 Nations 2013: Scotland team to play England

  1. Pretty nippy wingers, big centres, a running fullback and a very good back row

    In theory it looks pretty good, but so often the Scots have flattered to deceive. A lot will depend on Jackson and also how well the defence has been coached

    I think it all depends which England turns up. If its the one that beat NZ then my money is on the them. If its the one that lost to Aus then the Scots are in with a good chance

    As an England supporter, i am certainly not counting any chickens

  2. its a good enough team on paper to pull of a shock but I fancy England to beat them comfortably. Tasty back row tho, esp with Denton to call of the bench.

  3. Should be a cracking game! As mentioned above on paper Scotland have class across the pitch (and on the bench) and if they can gel it will be a very tough day at the office for us. Can’t wait!

  4. I’m a bit surprised at all the complements on the back row. It looks brutal but not balanced. Would have been better with one of Rennie or Barkley are they injured?

    I would say the back three and 2nd row (if Grey finds form) are the strengths of this team.

    I know nothing about Matt Scott what kind of player is he? Sean Lamont is limited as a centre.

    1. rennie and barclay are injured, but Fusaro was brought in to be the specialist 7, and yet they have chosen not to play him…

      puts a lot of pressure on brown i think.

      with regards to scott, i think he is also a little bit of a “big lad” for getting over the gain line. therefore much like england, seem to lack a ball player in the centres.

      i think the scottish result will hang on jackson.

      from an english point of view, the fact that this team has been released so early would let england have a good think about their centres. i would go for 12Ts and barritt. the bulk to defend, but also 12Ts will be able to create something to try and get round this big backline.

      1. Scott is a good ball player, he played a lot at 10 before his pro days and can certainly move the ball about. Unfortunately, with Lamont at 13 the ball probably wont make it much further than that.

        1. fair play regarding scott, i was a bit unsure of him, as i only have seen a few games with him, and he was quite direct. would be good if he can get the ball going, if that is the case i would expect to see him and lamont switch a bit, in an attempt to get the ball to the wingers more.

  5. It’s a pretty grizzly pack, must be a 40 stone plus second row. I’m expecting a ferocious battle upfront, but on a couple of weeks prep can they be that much better than the side beaten by Tonga? Think England will prevail in the dogfight by a score.

  6. Yeh Scott is more of a distibuting centre than crash-ball.

    Lamont has actually been paying very well at 13 for Glasgow, a lot better than his performances on the wing.

    I expect they will distibute to Lamont who will hit up with Visser and Maitland playing off his shoulders.

    I think going in without a 7 is crazy but Rennie and Barclay are both injured and Fusaro has been struggling with groin problems so probably would be harsh to throw him in for his debut at Twickenham not at full match fitness.

    The rest of the team looks alright, though I would have started Rob Harley at 6 and Pat Macarthur on the bench for Ross Ford who is useless in the lineout.

    1. agree with harley selection, especially over strok (never been a fan)

      interesting on fusaro (groin problems), i assume that may have been the thinking, i still think brown is a decent enough player to do a job there.

      i think lamont is more useful to scotland in the centre. he has been one of their more consistent players over the last few years, is always a willing runner, and gets go forward. its wise having him at 13, so he can do it more. plus it allows visser and maitland on the wings. maitland should be able to add some creativity, making up for what may be lacking with lamont, similar could be said of hogg (adding creativity)

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