Captain Dan Biggar warns Wales want to take out their frustrations on Scotland as they seek to bounce back from a disappointing start to the Six Nations Championship
- Wales captain Dan Biggar will win his 100th Test cap against Scotland
- Wales looking to bounce back after losing their Six Nations opener to Ireland
- Scotland beat England in round one but haven’t won in Cardiff since 2002
Dan Biggar has heaped the Six Nations pressure on Scotland and revealed his Wales side plans to take out their frustration on Gregor Townsend’s men in Cardiff on Saturday.
Wales captain Biggar will win his 100th Test cap at a sold-out Principality Stadium and the two teams go into the game in contrasting moods.
Scotland claimed Calcutta Cup victory over England in round one while Wales were brushed aside by Ireland in Dublin. That hasn’t stopped Biggar from planning a big Welsh response.
Dan Biggar has heaped the pressure on Scotland, who haven’t won in Cardiff since 2002
‘Scotland have had some good results. They had a decent autumn and are playing with confidence,’ said Biggar.
‘We know they are confident, but there is a bit of pressure on them that they have been talked up.
‘They have to try and win a Championship from what I am hearing. Let’s see how they go in the tournament and we will judge them at the end of it.’
Scotland were victorious on their last visit to Wales in the delayed Six Nations clash of 2020, but that game was played in Llanelli while Principality Stadium was being used as a field hospital to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The men in blue haven’t won in Cardiff since 2002.
Wales captain Biggar will win his 100th Test cap at a sold-out Principality Stadium
‘We spoke in the huddle at the end of the team run today and we just said we have to take that frustration of last weekend out on this Saturday,’ Biggar said.
‘It doesn’t matter that we’re playing Scotland. We’re hoping the frustration, the disappointment, and the lack of energy in our performance last week is flipped on its head.
‘History tells us that when we have a poor performance, we tend to respond quite well. Now we are under no illusions and are not papering over any cracks.
‘But we’ve been in this position and it’s nothing new to us in terms of responding to a tough performance.
The fly-half won his first cap in 2008 but did not establish himself in the side until 2013
‘We are grown men and we have to accept that if you don’t play well, you are going to take a bit of flak.
‘There is no better way for us to respond to the criticism and the heat that has been on us this week than by coming out firing on Saturday and putting in a performance that hopefully gets the result.’
Wales will hope home comforts can help them return to winning ways on what will be a special day for Biggar.
His Wales and British & Irish Lions team-mate Jonathan Davies will also win his 100th cap if he comes off the bench against Scotland.
Wales lost their Six Nations opener against Ireland and will be looking to bounce back at home
‘I’ll be full of pride and excitement,’ said Biggar of his upcoming milestone.
‘It’s also a little bit of vindication because I’ve had to endure some highs and lows along the way.
‘It’s every boy’s dream to play for Wales and to be able to lead the lads out at home in a huge Six Nations game will be massive. All the family are coming, so I’m just really excited.
‘My little boy is coming, but I think he’ll probably be on the iPhone watching Paw Patrol and not much else. I imagine Wales-Scotland and his dad leading out Wales will come second to him.’
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