Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Scots unchanged for Wales clash

Rory Lawson

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales at Murrayfield.

Scotland suffered defeat on the opening weekend of the Six Nations for the 11th time in 12 attempts, losing 34-21 to defending Grand Slam champions France in Paris last Saturday.

But Scotland were praised for their performance and Robinson, who has agreed a contract extension at Murrayfield until 2015, has resisted changes. Scrum-half Rory Lawson (back) and wings Max Evans (dead leg) and Nikki Walker (knee) have shaken off knocks to retain their places.

The only change to the matchday 22 saw Gloucester hooker Scott Lawson promoted to the replacements' bench in place of Glasgow's Dougie Hall, who has a shoulder problem.

Robinson was pleased with parts of the match at the Stade de France, but insisted results are all-important.

He said: "We were disappointed as players and management that we did not start the championship with a win against France.

"We are determined to put that right with an improved performance against Wales.

"Wales showed again last weekend that they are combative and skilful and play for the full 80 minutes and we know we have to be more accurate and ruthless this weekend."

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