In a solitary change from the team that started the first game, Scotland recalled Duncan Taylor for their RBS 6 Nations second round clash against Wales. Taylor would be making his first start for Scotland since June 2014 and would be replacing the injured Matt Scott in the centre.
Vern Cotter resisted the urge to make any other changes from the side that lost to England, as he named an otherwise unchanged starting XV. Scott pulled out of training on Wednesday because of a quad injury and it was expected that he would be out of action this weekend.
Taylor had played only one game earlier in the RBS 6 Nations – having appeared against Ireland in 2014. His form this year, though, has been nothing less than spectacular for his club side Saracens.
Scotland lost their first round match against ‘Auld Enemy’ England 15-9 at BT Murrayfield and along with it the bragging rights on Calcutta Cup. Cotter also went for a jugular in the replacements with veteran Sean Lamont called in to help the squad.
Cotter knows that it would be a tough game ahead of them against Wales who are smarting from share of points against Ireland. Toppling the Welsh at the Principality stadium isn’t an impossible task but something which will take some doing from this side.
The opening game against England aside, this Scottish side has all the ingredients to come out trumps this weekend. The only question is on their ability to soak up pressure and improve their accuracy.
Cotter was quick to acknowledge that his side had to improve everywhere on the park. “As a team we know we can perform better and believe we're capable of making improvements all over the park.”
The game between Scotland and Wales should be pretty interesting considering the results of their respective first rounds. Both teams have enough reasons to feel disheartened from the games. Can Scotland overcome the blip and come out on top of Wales? Definitely a tough task!