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Pressure is on for Scotland clash, admits Dan Biggar

Dan Biggar has no doubt that Wales remain flrmly in the RBS 6 Nations title mix ahead of next Saturday's clash against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Wales' fourth successive Six Nations defeat at England's hands last weekend left them with it all to do, especially as two of their final three games - Scotland and France - are away from home, but fly-half Biggar remains upbeat.

"The next three games are absolutely must win if we want a chance at the title," he said.

"We are fully aware of where we let it slip (against England), but we spoke about a huge amount of positives to take into Scotland.

"If we can replicate what we did for large periods against England, then we have a massive chance of still stealing this title.

"Obviously, we are relying on other results now, but the main thing is the Scotland game. If we don't beat Scotland, then we haven't got a chance.

"It has turned into a huge game next Saturday, and not just from our point of view. Scotland will see it as that as well - they will probably see it, if they lose they are out of the race as well.

"Sometimes with our backs against the wall is when we perform better. We have a huge test. Our record (against Scotland) is good, but we have to make sure we do all the basics."

The first fallow week of this season's Six Nations has enabled all-important physical and mental recovery to take place in the Wales camp, post-England, underlining how a condensed five-week tournament currently being talked about would place even greater demands on players.

Asked about any possibility of playing on five successive Six Nations weekends, Biggar added: "Those are probably people who aren't involved on a Saturday.

"Probably the England boys were feeling the same, in that the intensity and the whole Test match that went on last Saturday, it would be very difficult to back it up again the following weekend.

"I always find the autumn a lot more difficult because you've got four games on the bounce. Sometimes you get a rest against the tier-two nation, but these rest weeks are key for us physically and in terms of preparation."

Wales' agonising late defeat - England wing Elliot Daly scored the winning try five minutes from time - came following poor defensive work that allowed their opponents the chance to counter-attack and capitalise brilliantly on their opportunity.

Biggar, though, is not into playing the blame game.

"Probably, if we had our time again we may have taken another phase and perhaps kicked the ball off the park," he said. "That's just how it is. There is no blame attached to anybody from our squad.

"Our squad is about making sure we learn from the mistakes we made and make sure we put it right for the rest of the tournament.

"It's unfortunate we gifted them a chance at the end, but we have to hold our heads up high in terms of the performance, which was excellent. If we perform like we did last Saturday, then we've got a heck of a chance of lifting the trophy on the last weekend."

Despite the growing presence of his fellow Ospreys fly-half Sam Davies, 53 times-capped Biggar remains a go-to player for Wales, an individual whose accuracy and consistency rarely wane.

"I have been in this shirt for a few years now," he added. "I know the system. I know what goes on here. The coaches have been brilliant in just allowing me to play my game and do what I do.

"I said before the Italy game that if you want a fly-half who is going to make 25 breaks a game and bring the absolute X-factor, I am probably not your man.

"But if you want someone who can steady the ship and do the basics well, then hopefully I am the direction you want to go down. It's trying to bring the best out of people around me who are a lot more talented and have a lot more X-factor than myself."


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