Hooker Ross Ford has defended another member of the front row union after Euan Murray came under fire for his performance during Scotland's opening RBS 6 Nations loss in France.
Head coach Andy Robinson is set to name his team for Saturday's clash with Wales at Murrayfield, with Murray's position at tighthead prop under scrutiny after Scotland conceded a penalty try as they were given a torrid time by the French scrum in their 34-21 loss at the Stade de France.
Ford told Press Association Sport: "As a pack, as a front row, we're a collective unit. It's an eight-man thing. Everybody has their own roles to play in how it performs - we didn't do that to the best of our ability on Saturday and we paid the price for it. We've had a look at the scrum and found a few areas we can tighten up on and improve and I expect that to be a lot better this weekend."
Newcastle's Murray, who was substituted for Moray Low with 10 minutes remaining, will be available for selection against Wales but will then be absent for the games with Ireland and England due to his refusal to play on Sundays for religious reasons, something which was a factor in his release from Northampton in December.
Robinson insisted prior to the championship it would not impact on his selection in other matches, but Low could be given the number three jersey this weekend.
For Scotland, the loss in Paris was an 11th opening Six Nations weekend defeat in 12 attempts. However, the defeat was just Scotland's second loss in eight Tests and Ford is optimistic Robinson's men can bounce back quickly against Wales, who were beaten 26-19 by England in their first game and are winless in eight games.
The Edinburgh hooker added: "They've got some great attacking players in their team and we've got to be wary of that.
"We are in control of what the outcome of the game is with our performance. We're focusing on the things we can get right and improve."
Scotland led 21-9 before losing 31-24 to Wales in Cardiff 12 months ago and Ford hopes to avoid a repeat result.
He added: "It was bitter to take. In that game we were in control and Wales won it. We are in control on Saturday and we need to stamp our authority on the game."