Biggar in unusual territory
Dan Biggar admits it is "a strange feeling" for Wales to enter the final weekend of an RBS 6 Nations Championship with no silverware at stake.
Wales, Six Nations champions during Warren Gatland's coaching reign in 2008, 2012 and 2013, can realistically finish no higher than third this time around.
That mid-table outcome is a direct product of crushing defeats against Ireland and England, when Wales conceded 55 points in total and failed to score a try.
It has rendered Saturday's Millennium Stadium appointment with Scotland as meaningless in terms of trophies, although both teams will target a winning send-off prior to testing summer tours.
Fly-half Biggar's return for Rhys Priestland is among six changes from the side beaten 29-18 at Twickenham last Sunday as Wales look to defend a 12-year unbeaten home record against Scotland.
"I think the last time was 2010 when we did not have anything to play for on the last weekend. It's a strange feeling for us all," Ospreys playmaker Biggar said.
"Obviously, we want to finish as high as we can, so we need Ireland to do us a favour and for us to play well to finish in the top three.
"I suppose we are playing for a top three position and a bit of pride and to give our supporters something to shout about.
"It is an international Test match at the end of the day, and we won't need any pumping up.
"We have been inconsistent as a side this season. I don't think there is any getting away from that.
"We peaked for the last World Cup and it was a superb achievement by the lads, followed by a Grand Slam, followed by a Six Nations (title), so I think we have in Wales been spoilt a little bit.
"We have lost a couple of games. Our form has been relatively good overall, although this tournament it's been a bit disappointing, but we will be back."
Wales were widely criticised for their game-plan on show at Twickenham, particularly a kicking strategy that did not work due to poor execution.
Going into the Scotland clash, Wales have conceded more tries than they have scored in this season's Six Nations, a statistic that reflects their struggles, apart from the resounding victory over France last month.
"I am sure everyone wants to see 10 tries being scored from their own 22, but, unfortunately, defences are reasonably good these days," Biggar added.
"You have to be a little bit patient and not being the first people to make a mistake in your own half. Often in international rugby there is only one score in it and you have to make the opposition make a mistake.
"I think it shows the success this team has had, that the coaches have had, with this style of play countless times. It's about trusting that.
"Everyone knows we had a bad day at the office on Sunday, but one bad day does not make you into a bad team.
"We know how good we are and we showed that against France when we got into a lead we did not feel threatened about losing that game.
"We have to start well (on Saturday) and not give them anything soft and make sure we are in the driving seat, rather than having to chase the game."
And for Biggar, it is a huge opportunity to press his claims ahead of the two-Test South Africa tour, having played second fiddle to Priestland throughout this season.
"Overall, I am reasonably happy with how I am going," he said. "The coaches have been as good as gold, and honest.
"They have said that if things don't go well and people don't perform, you will get an opportunity. That is what I see Saturday as - a good opportunity to put a marker down and to just enjoy it.
"It is easy dealing with the good bits, starting every week and winning championship after championship and game after game. It's how you are judged dealing with being dropped or going through tough times on the field.
"You are paid to do a job, whether it's to sit on the bench or start. When you get an opportunity, it's about taking it the best you can. You have just got to keep your head up and keep going.
"I am a relatively positive person in terms of keeping going and coming back from disappointments. And, as a team, we can come back on Saturday from a couple of disappointing games."