Six Nations 2015: Pressure on Scotland, not Wales - Neil Jenkins

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport in Edinburgh
Neil Jenkins (right) with Leigh Halfpenny
Assistant coach Neil Jenkins (right) is Wales' record points scorer
RBS Six Nations: Scotland v Wales
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Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins says the pressure will be on Scotland when the two teams meet at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Both sides lost their Six Nations openers, with Wales defeated by England and Scotland edged out in France.

But having been underdogs in Paris, Jenkins thinks Scotland will have to cope with the weight of expectation that comes with home advantage.

"I'm sure they'll put pressure on themselves, it's a home game," he said.

"I think they'll want to win their home games - we do. We lost last week so we need to win on the road. It's as simple as that."

Scotland were praised for a gallant display in their 15-8 defeat by France last weekend.

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That came after an encouraging autumn in which they beat Tonga and Argentina and threatened to cause an upset against New Zealand.

But they have lost their last seven meetings against Wales, who will be aiming to make amends for an opening loss to England, which Jenkins believes has added to the pressure the visitors will face at Murrayfield.

"It certainly focuses the mind and I think we've seen that in training this week," he said.

"After the disappointment of last week, we realise we have to pick it up a gear or two and we've done that this week.

"I'm looking forward to the game and the guys are certainly raring to go."

Wales have made two changes from their defeat against England, with wing George North making way for Liam Williams and tight-head prop Aaron Jarvis replacing Samson Lee, who is ruled out with concussion.

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter says they will target the Welsh scrum in Lee's absence, but Jenkins is confident Jarvis can fill the void.

"Aaron's a very talented rugby player - he wouldn't be here otherwise," added Jenkins.

"Samson has been excellent for us and he's played pretty well so obviously he's a loss but it's a great opportunity for Aaron to take over and stake his own claim."

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