townsend hoping to end gatland’s dominance over scotland

14:00    09 Mar 2019

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend says he is hoping to end the dominance of his Welsh counterpart Warren Gatland when the teams meet in the Six Nations Championship in Edinburgh later today.

Scotland boast only three home wins against the Dragons in Six Nations history and none of them have come against Gatland. Wales are currently on a record run of 12 straight wins, but Townsend believes his team can end the streak.

"Wales have a very good record against us and are in excellent form,” he said, having revealed that captain Greg Laidlaw has been benched, with Ali Price and Finn Russell starting at 9 and 10.

"It's a similar challenge to the one we faced last year against England, who had also been on a very good run of results in their preceding games.

"We rose to the challenge that day and found a way to win and I firmly believe we can reach that level of performance once again on Saturday."

For Wales and Gatland, this match is all about momentum and setting up a final-week showdown with Ireland which is likely to decide the Championship.

"There is no doubt that their record at Murrayfield has been very impressive, and they are hard to beat there for any team,” said the Dragons’ coach.

"They will be disappointed and hurting from that performance against France in Paris. We are well aware of their threat.

"The maturity in the team, not panicking and having that belief that they can come through and win a game; that's been massive for this team. I don't see any fear in their eyes or any trepidation."

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