#360fans: SCO vs WAL Six Nations - UAE preview

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In round two of the Six Nations, Wales travel to Scotland in a match where both teams are desperate for a first win. Last week Scotland were beaten in a physical match in Paris but recieved wide praise for their improved attacking play, while Wales lost to England in thrilling match at home.

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To gather an insight into the minds of the two sets of fans we asked UAE club rugby players from the respective countries to share with us their predictions and players to watch.

Do you agree or have they missed the mark? Use #360Fans to share with us your thoughts.

 

DOUGIE HORNE – DUBAI EXILES (SCOTLAND)

Last week the highlights were Finn Russell at ten, who really took the ball to the line and asked questions of the French defence. I think Stuart Hogg had a good game, as did the partnership of Alex Dunbar and Mark Bennett. That Glasgow combination works really well and I like the fact that Hogg, after two or three phases, came in at first reciever and really opened up the game.

I think against Wales we need to be more aggressive up front. They will be a little bit disappointed by getting a little bit bullied at the beginning of the second half in Paris…the French forwards are big forwards, as are the Welsh, and we need to combat that.

Murrayfield is always a good place to bring teams to. It's the first time Scotland have had home field advantage this year and I think the crowd will get right behind them.

SCOTLAND LINE-UP: Dickinson, Ford, Cross, Gray J, Gray R, Harley, Cowan, Beattie; Laidlaw, Russell, Visser, Dunbar, Bennett, Lamont, Hogg 

SCOTLAND PLAYER TO WATCH – Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg. I think Finn Russell will be up for a big game as well as Stuart Hogg and in the second row I think it will be another big game from Jonny Gray who equipped himself really well last week and should hopefully take on the Welsh forwards. 

Prediction: I think Scotland will edge it by four.

IAN HUGHES – ABU DHABI SARACENS (WALES)

If Wales had put as much effort into the game as they did with the build up with all the lights and fireworks, I think it would have been a different performance.  

It all comes down to errors at the end of the day. I think the statistics were very very close. England were the better team and it was just too many errors from Wales.

I think for any team travelling to Murrayfield, it's not going to be warm up there and it's a difficult place to go and win. I think the Welsh camp would have been training hard and Gatland has rewarded the team and has given them another shot.

WALES LINE-UP: Jenkins, Hibbard, Jarvis, Ball, Jones, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau; Webb, Biggar, Williams, Roberts, Davies, Cuthbert, Halfpenny

WALES PLAYER TO WATCH – Liam Williams and Scott Williams. Liam Williams is the in-form back in Wales and he offers something different in attack. He can turn nothing into a play and get the guys going forward so very pleased to see him get in. I'm also pleased to see Scott Williams come onto the bench who is another player that offers something different.

Prediction: I think it's going to be a close game and I will say Wales by seven points.

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Rising high: Locks Pascal Pape and Paul O'Connell will battle for line-out possession to give their team the upper hand.

Ahead of the Aviva Stadium clash on Saturday, which sees both Ireland and France attempt to maintain their unbeaten start in the Six Nations, Jordan Egan from Dubai Exiles joins us to highlight why Ireland have their best chance of winning this potential championship decider.

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"I think if you look at the team, it is one of the strongest teams Ireland have seen for a while," said Egan.

"(Jamie) Heaslip is back in the team, (Sean) O'Brien and (Jonny) Sexton are back. I think it is just a huge boost to have Cian Healy on the bench.

"France is never going to be easy as Ireland don't have the best record against them over the last six years but with such a strong team this is going to be a very exciting game.

"I think it will be a tough game but 'm going to go Ireland again and I think they will win by five points."

Etienne Masson from Dubai Sharks predicts a game fought at close-quarters and predicts who the players to look out for will be.

"The only thing for us to remember (against Scotland) was the win. We need to get confidence back which is clearly lacking at the moment," said Masson.

"I hope it is going to be an open game. I doubt it as I think it will be quite a tough, quite a close one.

"The thing I am really looking forward to is the battle in the centre. Two strong, new centres are playing for Ireland, one they describe as probably the successor to Brian O'Driscoll.

"For France we have now two quite well established centres in [Mathieu] Basteraud and [Wesley] Fofana. Let's see how [Robbie Henshaw] can resist Basteraud at full speed, at full power.

"My heart would say France [will win], if I listen to logic I would probably say Ireland."

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