Six Nations 2013: Scotland team to face Wales

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Scott Johnson has named his team to play Wales on Saturday at Murrayfield (KO: 14.30 GMT). Duncan Weir is handed his first start at fly-half, while Euan Murray is recalled in the front row.

15: Stuart Hogg
14: Sean Maitland
13: Sean Lamont
12: Matt Scott
11: Tim Visser
10: Duncan Weir
9: Greig Laidlaw

1: Ryan Grant
2: Ross Ford
3: Euan Murray
4: Richie Gray
5: Jim Hamilton
6: Rob Harley
7: Kelly Brown
8: Johnnie Beattie

Replacements: Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Geoff Cross, Al Kellock, Ryan Wilson, Henry Pyrgos, Ruaridh Jackson, Max Evans

What do you make of the team? Can they beat Wales? Is Weir to start the right call?

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39 comments on “Six Nations 2013: Scotland team to face Wales

  1. If he plays on a sunday or not is not a relevent issue for this game, the only question is whether he is the best man for the job, Cross played really well against the Irish and he might have hoped to retain his position on the back of a good game. However on that day the Irish frontrow was not up to much, I would still go with Murray. The good news is that Scotland have to good tightheads and can sub if neccessary.

    I thought Ryan Grant was immense last time out as well, Grey and Hmailton were also a real pain, the scots have once again a real destructive pack, that tackles all day.

    Scotland are similar to Wales, although Wales are in a better position, in that they don’t give their strike runners enough oportunities. We can all agree that the back three of the lions is at the moment going to be dominated by these 2 nations.

    This is where Weir comes in, I haven’t seen much of him but it seems his is more confident at attacking the gainline, Jacksonm stands very deep. With Laidlaw taking on a lot of the decision making at 9 this will take the pressure off Weir, lets see if he can get the backline moving.

    I would still like to see Maitland coming in more off first phase ball and acting as a playmaker, he plays heads up rugby.

    Scotlands main area of concern in continuety, they need to go through some phases, keep the ball and apply pressure, if not this is going to be a long afternoon.

    • “If he plays on a sunday or not is not a relevent issue for this game, the only question is whether he is the best man for the job, ”

      Spot on. As soon as it becomes a debate or decision based on anything other than that it’s a slippery slope.

  2. Re. Murray and faith. Everyone is entitled to their faith and to live their life accordingly which Murray does. To be fair I don’t think anyone disagrees with this point, although some question why he has changed his life in this way.

    I say that it is up to the Scottish and club coaches to decide on how they wish to pick him based on the bigger picture. If his upside in the scrum overides the downside on the team then they will continue to pick him. If not they should jettison him. Essentially, while he is an international type prop he will play, but when his top class days are over, his decline will be much quicker because he has the extra downside other players don’t have.

    • I tend to look at it as simply as this. You’re entitled to not work on a Sunday if that’s how you choose it. Unfortunately, rugby is a Sunday job. I don’t expect someone who has an issue with alcohol to work in a bar anymore than I expect someone so opposed to working on a Sunday to do a job that requires it.

      I was most annoyed during the world cup when he announced that the sport was anti-christian for playing on a Sunday. Not only an insult to the sport, but to all the many Christians who did play on a Sunday.

      While I believe in selecting the best player for a job, I also believe that continuity is important and if you’re having to chop and change your prop to suit his timetable, it’s going to upset momentum going forward.

      • 100% agree with everything you said there wookie.

        Especially at the annoyance of him claiming rugby was anti-Christian. I know for a fact that plenty of rugby players are devout Christians. It’s evident in the Pacific Islanders. In fact, John Smit is a very religious person, yet he has understood the demands of the job and accepted them.

      • Wales, England and Ireland all have 1 decent tight-head prop and not much beyond that. Continuity is great when they are there but it’s an issue if they are not. You could therefore argue that Scotland actually benefit from needing to have 2 tight-heads who play regularly. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want Dan Cole to suddenly declare himself ineligible for Sunday’s or anything, just that you can view the situation from a glass half full perspective.

        Personally I don’t agree with his beliefs or the attributed comments (were these media comments or a recorded interview?), but I respect his right to have them. He shouldn’t be discriminated for having them (positively or negatively).

        The analogy of working in a bar isn’t a good one, a better one would be a working mother (or father) returning to work to do 3 days a week in a position they used to do full time. Should they be denied the opportunity to carry on working because they can no longer work every day? Or do you accept the constraint and make the best use of what they can do? It’s good that Scotland have done the latter, I can not see how Scottish Rugby would be the better for excluding him completely when there is no one better to take his place. I’m sure his club contract does not “require” him to work on a Sunday either and I’m sure his remuneration has been adjusted accordingly, just as a part time working parent would be.

        Scotland camp seem to be fine with it, his club employers seem to be fine with it, so I think people are inventing problems that don’t exist because they don’t like his views.

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