Blair seeks Cardiff glory

02 February 2018 10:25:57 EST

Scotland assistant coach Mike Blair is refusing to get carried away by their chances in the Six Nations as they look to win in Wales for the first time since 2002.

Despite injuries in the front-row, the Murrayfield outfit have put together their best squad for some time, with Gregor Townsend's men hoping to challenge England and Ireland for the title.

Townsend's side will look to get off to the perfect start against a Welsh team that also have a few issues, with Taulupe Faletau, Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies among those who are out, but Blair insists that winning in the Principality Stadium will be a tough task.

"We're aware that playing Wales in Cardiff we haven't won there since 2002 and throughout my whole career I didn't get a win down there, so it's going to be a very hard thing to do," he said.

"We do have a little bit of form behind us but the last game Wales played was a win against South Africa, so they will have a certain amount of confidence as well.

"We've just got to focus on what we're trying to do and, although it's an eight-week period, the time disappears quite quickly once the tournament gets started."

Blair also believes that Wales will target them up front following the injuries to their props and hookers preceding the tournament.

He added: "We've played some great, attractive rugby but teams will look to hinder that and change how we approach the game.

"We've still got plenty of talented players in the squad who are able to deal with the power game and we'll talk about how we can deal with things and still be able to impose our game on the opposition."

Scotland are 11/8 to beat Wales on Saturday.

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