Six Nations: Welsh forwards coach McBryde fears ‘wounded’ Scots

Robin McBryde believes Scotland will be encouraged by an impressive Millennium Stadium performance two years ago when they look to stop Wales on Sunday.

Shane Williams’ last-gasp try gave Wales a thrilling 31-24 victory on that occasion, but Scotland made the home side sweat throughout an enthralling encounter. This weekend’s clash comes against a backdrop of Wales’ razor-sharp back division inspiring a 23-21 win against Ireland in Dublin, while Scotland created numerous chances but failed to put Calcutta Cup opponents England away.

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“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, 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.”