Gatland dig at predictable Scots
Wales boss Warren Gatland claims rocket science will not be required to work out Scottish tactics in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium.
And Gatland has admitted his surprise Scotland have already requested the stadium roof be kept open. Not to put too fine a point on it, Gatland believes the Scots will be praying for rain. And, if the heavens open - current weekend weather forecasts suggest a dry day - then Wales are braced for an aerial kicking bombardment on the back of a Scottish scrum reinforced by powerhouse prop Euan Murray's return to action.
For the roof to be closed - as it was throughout Wales' autumn Test series this season - both teams must agree. Gatland said: "I think, with (Dan) Parks at 10, they will probably kick to the corners, (Chris) Cusiter will box-kick a lot and (Sean) Lamont will carry the ball in midfield."
He added: "They've asked for the roof to be open, so you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know what we are expecting.
"We are expecting the ball to be kicked a lot or put up in the air. England got a bit of success against us last weekend - (Jonny) Wilkinson only passed the ball five times.
"England tried to run it against us early on but got nothing out of it, and then they resorted to a bit of pick and go and box-kicking.
"The ball was in (Wales centre) James Hook's hands 23 times, compared to (England centre) Mathew Tait touching the ball three times in the game.
"If you are Scotland, you are probably looking at it and saying they expect us to defend strongly and for Cusiter and Parks to put the ball into the air or into the corners; Euan Murray will come in to make their scrum a bit stronger and hopefully it's a day in Cardiff when it is pouring down with rain.
"To me, at this time of the year, if it's dry on the weekend and it's sunny and Scotland want the roof open, I understand that. But if it is raining, I cannot understand why you would have a roof and not close it.
"I think we've got a responsibility to the game, public, media and sponsors that if it's raining and you've got a roof to be closed, let's close it. We need some sanity, so at least we can see some positive rugby. Why play in the rain and wet if you don't have to?"