Blogs & Opinion


Dewi Morris:

Most Popular Posts:

Opinion Archive:

Dewi Morris: Will Scotland be able to handle England's pack?

Dewi Morris - Dewi Morris Posted 7th February 2014 view comments

I was massively surprised that Kelly Brown was dropped from the Scotland team to take on England. He is not even on the bench, which I find really strange.

I am not sure what is going on there, perhaps something happened in the camp but I am really lost for words. If you cannot find a place even on the bench for him then that that does suggest to me that something has happened that we are not privy too.

Will Scotland cope with England's forward power?

Will Scotland cope with England's forward power?

I think it has given England a real advantage - Scotland will miss his leadership and his knowledge too. He plays with Saracens in the Premiership and knows this England side inside out. Chris Fusaro is a great player but you also need that leadership and Brown really gave them that.

Against Ireland, Scotland carried the ball, they made some clean breaks but they had the same old problem where they could not score enough tries or enough points to build up a lead. They really struggle in scoring enough points and it is a real conundrum that they cannot seem to solve.

Conditions are going to be pretty dismal and I am not sure if Scotland can withstand not only the battering from the weather, but from the England pack as well.

Dewi Morris
Quotes of the week

I think Scotland really struggle in keeping up the intensity. Their big ball carries need to do that for the full 80 minutes. David Denton can blow hot and cold at times and you can't affords to have him blowing cold when your side is under pressure. Jim Hamilton and Tim Swinson are going to have to really carry well against England and get that go forward.

The problem is that I think England will put them under all sorts of pressure at the scrum which will hamper their front five forwards from getting that ball carrying going to allow the backrow to go out and patrol round the field.

Conditions are going to be pretty dismal and I am not sure if Scotland can withstand not only the battering from the weather, but from the England pack as well.

England have not got the best record up in Murrayfield and it is a difficult place to go. We are not exactly loved up there but that gives these young England lads another experience. I saw something in this young England side to tell me that while they have a healthy respect for the opposition, they won't fear anyone or succumb to any hostile environment either.

I am not surprised that Stuart Lancaster has selected the same team that loss to France for this trip. Their response to that poor start was excellent and they all deserve to be starting again. It is definitely the right decision.

England will want to go out and put in a very good performance and I think they are capable of that. If Scotland do not start well, then I think they will be in for a very rough afternoon.

Their biggest challenge is how they handle the England pack - the half-backs need to keep them turning around and their forwards have to nullify them. They can't play fancy dan stuff, they have to roll up their sleeves and knuckle down for a tough day at the office.

back to top

Other Rugby Union Experts:

Latest Posts in Rugby Union:

Dewi Morris

Heart and soul

Dewi Morris looks at a crucial weekend in the Championship as we head towards the play-offs....

Stuart Barnes

Ups and downs

Stuart Barnes says the drama of relegation must be kept in rugby, but the play-offs need changing....

Latest News RSS feeds

Late bonus for Bath

Bath moved back up to third in the Aviva Premiership table thanks to a 32-20 victory over bottom club Worcester.

Five-try Wasps down Gloucester

Wasps moved into the European play-off spot with a 38-30 victory over Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership at Twickenham.

Sharks power past Chiefs

Sale Sharks ran in eight tries on their way to a crushing 55-12 victory over their top six rivals Exeter at Sandy Park.

Diamond: We hit form today

Steve Diamond was 'delighted' after Sale secured a place in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup.

Munster see off Connacht

Munster warmed up for their Heineken Cup semi-final against Toulon with a bonus-point 32-23 victory over Connacht.

Features

Win London 7s tickets

Win London 7s tickets

Click here for your chance to win tickets to the Marriott London Sevens with Game Changers.

Harlequins' Nick Evans speaks exclusively to Sky Sports

Harlequins' Nick Evans speaks exclusively to Sky Sports

While Premier League football managers have spent their run-in perfecting the art of ruling themselves out of contention, Nick Evans insists Harlequins are adopting a far more assertive philosophy as their push for an Aviva Premiership play-off berth reaches a crucial juncture.

Sky Sports have signed the rights to the Top 14, France's premier rugby competition

Sky Sports have signed the rights to the Top 14, France's premier rugby competition

Sky Sports will offer customers even more top class rugby union from next season, after securing a five-year agreement to show France's Top 14 exclusively live.