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We won't be fed to Lions; SIX NATIONS LATEST; Welsh centres are best of British but Scots duo Matt and Al are up for battle.


MATT SCOTT and Alex Dunbar have earned rave reviews since they emerged as Scotland's first-choice centre partnership.

But tomorrow they will find out their true Test stage when they go the duo who inspired the against Australia.

The midfield match-up will be an intriguing contest as the Scots take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium to bring the curtain down on their respective roller-coaster rides in the Six Nations.

Scott and Dunbar go into battle with 27 caps between them - while power-pair Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies can boast a total of 101 international appearances. But Scott is determined to prove that he and Big Eck can make mockery of that chasm in experience.

The Edinburgh ace said: "Roberts and Davies were the centre combination that kept Brian O'Driscoll out of the Lions line-up for the decider against the Aussies last summer - and the Lions hammered them!

"So it will be great for us get a bearing on where are. Our partnership is still in its infancy, but we are learning all the time.

"It will be a while before was can be regarded as a proven test partnership. It is important that coach Scott Johnson has allowed us to develop over the past few games.

"That has certainly helped a lot because I don't play with Alex at club level.

"Familiarity is vital - look at O'Driscoll and D'Arcy for Ireland.

They have played so often together for theircountry and Leinster that they could probably do the job blindfold. Alex and I are both pretty young so hopefully we have many years in front of us as a unit."

Johnson has already labelled Scott - who is a qualified lawyer - a future global superstar but the 23-year-old stressed: "He is very hard on us. He won't let us rest on our laurels or stay at this level of ability.

"If Scott thinks a player has potential, he will hammer him. He's never off your back.

"He says 'I'm going to keep on top of you. I will be relentless.' I am more than happy with that because I need that allround game to be a world-class centre." Meanwhile, Scott has backed Scotland's latest debut boy Dougie Fife to step up to the plate tomorrow in Cardiff.

The international rookie replaces the injured Tommy Seymour and Scott said: "I played alongside Dougie at Currie and we came up through the age groups together.

"He has always had that talent and it will be lovely to see him get capped.

"Dougie is a solid all-round wing and has the ability to beat people. He is also good at getting into the right place on your shoulder to finish off moves - sometimes you just can't coach that in a winger.

"It will be great to see him on a hard pitch with the roof closed in Cardiff. It will be his type of game: Wales have physical wingers and he's tall and physical himself. He is ready for international rugby."

SCOTLAND: S Hogg (Glasgow), D Fife (Edinburgh), A Dunbar (Glasgow), M Scott (Edinburgh), M Evans (Castres), D Weir (Glasgow), G Laidlaw (Edinburgh), R Grant (Glasgow), S Lawson (Newcastle), G Cross (Edinburgh), R Gray (Castres), J Hamilton (Montpellier), R Wilson (Glasgow), K Brown (Saracens, capt), D Denton (Edinburgh).

Subs: R Ford, A Dickinson, J Cuthbert (Edinburgh), E Murray (Worcester), T Swinson, C Cusiter (Glasgow), D Taylor (Saracens).


CARDIFF TEST Matt Scott will team up with Alex Dunbar, far right, to halt Jamie Roberts, right
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Date:Mar 14, 2014
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