Scot­land un­fazed by poor record

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

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.”

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