Thursday 22 February 2018

Scotland vow to 'right the wrongs'

Ryan Wilson of Scotland in action. Photo: Getty
Ryan Wilson of Scotland in action. Photo: Getty

Nigel Whittaker

Ryan Wilson wants to "right the wrongs" of Scotland's Twickenham nightmare and claim his side's highest-ever Six Nations finish by beating Italy today.

The Scots' 61-21 defeat by England cast a dark shadow over a campaign previously rich in promise, garnished by home victories over Ireland and Wales.

Another win at Murrayfield today - in Vern Cotter's last game in charge - would be only the second time in the Six Nations era that Scotland have won three games in the same season, the only other time coming in 2006.

That year was also one of three - along with 2001 and 2013 - which brought a third-place finish.

A bonus-point win over Italy, combined with a Wales win in France without a bonus point and Ireland failing to beat England, would see the Scots finish second.

"At the beginning of this campaign I said that to get three home wins would be a massive thing for us," said No Wilson. "We're on track to get that and if we finish second then it will be a successful campaign.

"What happened last week was unacceptable in a Scotland shirt. We're excited to right the wrongs."

The Scots were forced into a late change yesterday with Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist replacing Richie Gray, who has failed to overcome a hamstring strain.

Tim Swinson, replacement lock in all four matches to date, remains on the bench.

Scotland v Italy,

Live, RTE/BBC, 12.30

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