Printer Friendly

'We won't be insulted by Wales again' - Scots star.

Byline: Andy Howell Rugby correspondent

FIRED-UP Scotland intend to make Wales pay - for humiliating them on and off the field during last year's Six Nations.

"We had them swan-diving over the line and singing to each other at the after-match meal," claimed flanker star Alasdair Strokosch.

Scotland were thrashed 51-3 in the Millennium Stadium after having full-back Stuart Hogg sent off with an hour remaining for a crazy off-theball challenge on Wales outside-half Dan Biggar.

"It was a big insult, a big slap in the face, and it's not something that's going to happen again," vowed Perpignan's former Gloucester back-row forward Strokosch.

"Anything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. It's the worst defeat we've ever had.

"It was an embarrassing display to be a part of.

"The manner in which we folded over didn't do ourselves or the jersey justice."

But it was the way in which Warren Gatland's team allegedly rubbed salt into gaping Scottish wounds with their try celebrations and post-match behaviour which has riled Strokosch and put the Scots on a war footing.

"That's a big motivation this week.

We got humiliated. You're angry, upset, gutted, disappointed at the same time," he said.

Asked if they felt they had unfinished business against Wales, Strokosch replied: "Yeah, a big bit.

"One player going off is not an excuse to lose 50 points. It's a bit harder playing with 14, but it's not 50 points harder.

"You can't blame 'Hoggy' for anything ... you can blame him for doing something stupid, but you can't hold the result against him."

The hammering was former Wales assistant coach and caretaker boss Scott Johnson's - he was in charge of Wales for three unsuccessful Six Nations fixtures during the 2006 championship following the shock departure of 2005 Grand Slam winning mastermind Mike Ruddock - last match in command.

The former Ospreys chief moved upstairs to become director of rugby at the Scottish Rugby Union with hard-nosed Kiwi Vern Cotter, who guided Clermont Auvergne to the French League title and a Heineken Cup final, succeeding the controversial Australian as coach.

Strokosch is adamant a new-look Scotland side will not fold against a Wales team under real pressure after losing 21-16 to England in Cardiff in its Six Nations opener.

"Vern is a strong character who pretty much inspires respect straight away from the first time you meet him," he said.

"He shouts from time to time but only when he has to - usually when we do something wrong. It doesn't happen often.

"If someone shouts all the time, it just becomes a noise.

"Vern is very, very quiet, very precise, but if you don't do what he's told you to, he'll give you one chance and then he'll make sure."

The Scots lost their opening Six Nations match 15-8 to France after gifting outside-half Camille Lopez a host of penalty chances during an enthralling encounter in Paris.

Like Wales, they are in the lastchance saloon with the loser almost certainly out of the reckoning for the European title.

Six Nations Special: Former skippers Gwyn Jones and Ryan Jones have their say: Pages 38-43

No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2015 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 13, 2015
Previous Article:Footfall slump raises concerns.
Next Article:ThirdWelsh victim of Bath truck tragedy named.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters