Wales v Scotland Six Nations 15:00 Sun
Without doubt the highlight of the second weekend of 2012 Six Nations action, Wales host Scotland on Sunday afternoon as odds on favourites with Paddy Power, in a game that both teams will be desperate to win.
Wales secured an excellent win over Ireland last weekend and in the first tournament since their epic Rugby World Cup campaign, they will want to make it two wins from two, with a Grand Slam victory in their thoughts this year.
As for Scotland, they were frustrating against England last time out, wasting a host of chances in front of their home fans as they went down 13-6 on a disappointing afternoon for Scottish rugby.
They have already spoken about relishing the challenge that lies ahead on Sunday though, with coach Andy Robinson making a host of changes to his team, including the omission of Dan Parks who decided to retire from rugby after the England defeat.
Wales are without doubt favourites, but they have called for focus, saying that Scotland are a more than capable team. If the home side let their standards slip, they may not get the result they are targeting.
Coach Warren Gatland has also insisted that his team only played to around 70% of their potential during last weekend’s win over Ireland, so he is already demanding more from his side.
Looking at the recent history between these two teams, Wales have lost just once of the last eight Six Nations meetings, while Scotland haven’t won a Six Nations clash in Cardiff since 2002.
This is not a record many expect to end this weekend either. Wales have been described as the ‘most dangerous’ they have ever been this week, while Scotland have had a week to forget.
Scotland have also not managed to score a try in their last four international matches, so a significant improvement needs to be made if they are to compete with a confident and organised Welsh outfit.
This one gets underway at the Millennium Stadium from 3pm on Sunday afternoon.