Scotland unfazed by poor record
SCOTLAND will not be spooked by the ghosts of disappointments past as they set out to prove they are future NatWest 6 Nations rugby contenders, forward Ryan Wilson has declared.
Gregor Townsend’s men kick-off their Championship bid away to Wales on Saturday but they will have to re-write 16 years of failure in the Principality if they are to open with a win.
The Scots’ last Cardiff triumph was in 2002 but Glasgow back-rower Wilson insists those kind of horror stories do not faze the current crop now causing a stir for the Dark Blues.
While only three members of Townsend’s squad have tasted victory in the Six Nations outside of Edinburgh and Rome, skipper John Barclay, prop Scott Lawson and lock Richie Gray, who misses this weekend’s trip through injury, there is a growing feeling this may be the year they make a mark on their travels.
Home and away wins over Australia last year, plus their daring November display against New Zealand as they took the world champions to the brink of defeat, suggest Scotland could now rival England and Ireland for the title.
Wilson knows, though, that remains a major challenge.
However, he is certain his team will not be deterred by the letdowns of yesteryear.
“Winning in Cardiff has not been done for a while, since 2002, so it’s a significant thing — but we’ve got the confidence,” said the Warriors captain.
“It’s a huge start and we have to make sure we go there and do it.
“The guys in the team can quickly forget about what’s happened in the past because we’ve got a confidence about us. We know we can win this game.
“I can’t imagine anyone will be thinking we’ve not won down there before. It’ll be focusing on ourselves that we can do a job.”