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Wales vs Scotland: Who Will Come Out on Top?

James
February 8, 2022
Modified: February 15, 2022

On the 12th of February 2022 at 15:15 CET, Wales go into this match playing at their home ground in Cardiff. Known more commonly as the Millennium Stadium, it saw a name-change in 2016 to the Principality Stadium. Scotland will be feeling confident, riding on their win against England in Week 1. Wales on the other hand, will want to bounce back from their 22 point loss against Ireland in the first match of the Six Nations. However, in 2021 Wales beat Scotland 25-24 in the 6 Nations and also won 21–10 in the inaugural match of the Autumn International in Cardiff in November 2018, so they definitely have proven history of success against Scotland.

The first match between these two countries was in 1883. Since then, they have contested a total of 127 matches. Out of the 127 matches Wales have won 74 and Scotland have won 50 matches. There have also been three matches that were drawn.

Since 2018 when Wales play Scotland in the 6 Nations Championship, they also play for the Doddie Weir Cup which is currently held by Wales. The cup is named for former Scotland international lock Doddie Weir, who suffers with motor neurone disease, and the cup created to raise awareness of the illness.

The Strength of the Welsh Squad

The Welsh coach is the unlikely Wayne Pivac. The WRU had but a release clause in his contract they were that unsure of him. In 2020 Wales lost 10 out of 13 tests. Pivac turned this round in 2021 by winning the 6 Nations Championship and the WRU have agreed to honour his contract until 2023.

I would rate Wayne seven out of ten.

The current Welsh captain is Alwyn Wyn Jones. He is the worlds most capped Rugby Union Player. He has 161 international appearances. 12 for the British Lions and 149 for Wales. He is the most capped Welsh captain and Welsh player. As a British Lions player, he is only one of four players that have played in four Lions tours, 2021, 2017, 2013, and 2009.

I would rate Alwyn 10 out of 10.

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Best of the Welsh

PlayerCaps
Wyn Jones38
Josh Adams35
Adam Beard29
Alun Wyn Jones149
Louis Rees Zammit2
Liam Williams74
Dan Biggar95
Ken Owens82
Taine Basham7
Taulupe Faletau86
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The Welsh 16th Man: The Crowd

The Welsh Identity is built around their national sport Rugby Union. Rugby Union gave the small nation of Wales a chance to be on the top of the world. The game originating from the English Public schools was embraced by the working class of Wales in the early 1890s. The Principality stadium is also the loudest stadium in the 6 Nations competition.

Wales were also the first Nation to start singing the National anthem at a Rugby Union Match. This was done after the mighty All Blacks had done their famous Haka. The 16th man is very prevalent and has indeed changed the results of games.

The Strength of the Scottish Squad

Scotland have an uphill struggle in week two playing away at the Principality Stadium, but they will definitely be a worthy adversary as they are also playing for the Doddie Weir Cup, a cup that they would want to bring back home.

The current Scottish Coach is Gregor Townsend who has been in this role since May 2017. Previously he has been a coach at Border Reivers, Scotland A, Forwards and Backs for Scotland, Glasgow Warriors and Attack Coach for the British and Irish Lions. Townsend has had success with the great comeback draw with England at 38-38 which was the biggest scoring draw on record for Rugby. He also enjoyed a close Scotland win (15-13) against Australia.

The current Scottish Captain is Greig Laidlaw. He holds the most caps as captain at 39 for the Scottish National team. He is often used as first choice kicker even though his preferred choice of position is being a Scrum half. For Scotland he has scored over 700 points. He joined the Japanese side Shining Arcs before the 20/21 season and previously to this he has played for Clermont Auvergne and Gloucester.

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Best of the Scottish

PlayerCaps
Stuart Hogg87
Rufus McLean2
Finn Russell55
Ewan Ashman2
Ross Thompson1
Duhan van der Merwe13
Hamish Watson44
Stuart McInally40
Ali Price40
Zander Fagerson38

The Scottish 16th Man: The Crowd

Scotland’s national sport is football but their passion for Rugby is there for all to see when you hear the Scots singing the “Flower of Scotland”. The Scottish Football Union was founded in 1873 at this time Rugby was a 20 man a side game. They have had crowds over 100,000 fans at past home matches but for a crowd to travel to Wales is not likely due to Covid and the Scottish not having lots of travelling fans. Playing at the Principality the travelling Scottish will not be big enough in numbers to play their part as the 16th Man.

Final Verdict: So, Who’s Going to Win?

This is going to a great contest with a Scottish side that is building for the future and who is coming off the Autumn tests with good results. The team will be in high spirits, and they have players who play with flair.

Wales will be getting up to full strength with players coming back from injury and who will be ready to make their mark. Their set pieces, the advantage of experienced players and the 16th man will be the difference!

There is only going to be one winner on the 12th of February 2022 and that team will be WALES.

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