Six Nations 2015: Fearless Fife targets Wales win
Edinburgh Rugby winger confident of home victory, but expects a backlash when the two sides meet at BT Murrayfield on Sunday
Dougie Fife insists Scotland aren’t scared of any team in the Six Nations ahead of their first home match in the championship against Wales on Sunday.
The 24-year-old came off the bench after 17 minutes of the first half to win his fourth cap and the Edinburgh native scored the only try in the Dark Blues’ 15-8 defeat at the Stade de France last Saturday.
We respect every side in this tournament but we don’t fear any team. We have the ability to beat anyone in this competition.
While some will have seen Scotland’s loss to France as a chance wasted as Vern Cotter’s men held their opponents to five penalties from the boot of Camille Lopez, their record in the French capital still makes for painful reading with their last win coming in 1999.
The next big test for Scotland will be at BT Murrayfield as a Wales team hurting after their 21-16 defeat to England in Cardiff arrive looking to emulate their 2013 heroics of winning four consecutive games to win the title, and Fife believes Scotland can beat anyone in the competition.
“We watched the Wales-England game on Friday,” Fife told Press Association Sport.
“It looked very physical and the breakdown was more competitive than it has been in the last few Six Nations, so that will be a big part of the match next week when we play Wales.
“They will be disappointed and will be looking for a backlash, but so will we.
“We respect every side in this tournament, but we don’t fear any team. We have the ability to beat anyone in this competition.”
There is added incentive for Scotland to win on Sunday after their performance in the Welsh capital last March saw them ship seven tries in a record 51-3 defeat.
That match was Fife’s Scotland debut and he endured a particularly torrid night on the right wing as George North and Liam Williams targeted him after full-back Stuart Hogg had been red carded in the first half.
Scoring at the Stade de France is the type of thing you dream about.
Fife’s chances of winning just his second start for the Dark Blues are boosted after Scottish Rugby confirmed that Tommy Seymour – who he replaced in Paris – needs further assessment on a hip injury.
Cotter is already without Seymour’s Glasgow Warriors team-mate Sean Maitland, who has returned to his club rehab shoulder damage, while Sean Lamont, a third Warrior wing, missed the opening match of the championship with a calf problem.
That leaves Fife and his Edinburgh team-mate Tim Visser as the only fit wingers in the squad, and he hopes his try and a solid shift in a tough game will also help his chances of lining up for his first senior international appearance at his home ground.
“We’ve got a talented squad with a lot of good wingers,” he added.
“But hopefully I have done enough to keep hold of the jersey. Fingers crossed anyway.
“That try has got to be up there with the most important I’ve ever scored. Scoring at the Stade de France is the type of thing you dream about.”