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Wednesday 13 November 2019

McInally: Scotland ready for battle

SIX NATIONS SCOTLAND v WALES Virgin M/BBC1 Today 2.15

Stuart McInally
Stuart McInally

Stuart McInally has told Wales' Grand Slam-chasers to get ready for a battle after warning Scotland will not go down without a fight.

The Dark Blues' Six Nations title dreams are already dead after defeats to Ireland and France. But Warren Gatland's outfit can take a step closer to their first clean sweep since 2012 with victory at Murrayfield today.

New Scots skipper McInally insists his team will come out swinging as they look to make up for the pain suffered in their last two game s.

The Edinburgh hooker said: "We can't win the championship but we can win tomorrow. That's all we're focusing on. We're at home and we don't go down at home without a fight.

"All we're focused on is our group and going out there and playing at home in front off a sell-out Murrayfield. That's really exciting for the players.

"Not only exciting, but something we embrace as a pressure as well. There is expectation from people that come and watch us and we love that. We love that pressure and we want to make sure we do everybody proud.

"The goals we set at the start of the tournament we've fallen short of but we can beat Wales tomorrow and that's what we're excited about."

Scotland kicked off the Championship with a straight-forward victory over Italy.

But Gregor Townsend's team played a part in their own downfall in the losses that followed as Ireland and France were handed wins.

And drastic improvements will be required if they are to avoid Wales stretching a run that has seen them triumph in 12 of their last 13 head-to-head matches.

"We fell way below our standards in France and that was so disappointing," admitted McInally. "We expect so much more of ourselves.

"The great thing is we're now back at Murrayfield in front of a sell-out crowd and we get a chance to put those wrongs right."

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