Williams wary of Scotland

2007 Murrayfield defeat at the forefront of flanker's memory

Last Updated: 02/02/09 5:50pm

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Williams: Scotland no walkover

Williams: Scotland no walkover

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Martyn Williams is wary of Wales' first opponents, believing an improved Scotland side could destroy their chances of another Grand Slam.

The Cardiff flanker was a part of the Wales side the last time they visited Murrayfield in 2007. On that occasion they crashed to a 21-9 defeat.

"It was one of the worst games I've had for Wales. Our confidence and form wasn't the best and, when you go to a place like Murrayfield like that, you get found out," Williams said.

"This time we will be more confident but we know it won't be a walkover. I remember being asked the question in 2005 before we went up there: 'Hands up who's won at Murrayfield?'

Tough

"I think it was only Gareth Llewellyn who could put his hand up. We won that year but it's the only time I have been on a winning team there.

"It is always a tough place to go and I think they are probably stronger than they've been for a few years."

Wales are looking for their third Grand Slam in five years and Williams admits that going into the tournament as favourites is a new experience for him.

"I don't think I have ever been involved in a squad that has gone in as favourites," he added.

"It's new for everyone and that is a different type of pressure for us. But there is always pressure when you play for Wales in the Six Nations. Even if you've got no chance, people expect you to win a lot of games.

"That is more so this year but we coped pretty well with the expectation last season. It's about kicking on now."

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