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Welsh prop Evans plotting revenge


'We got embarrassed a little bit, pants pulled down' - Evans plotting revenge

Rob Evans has helped Wales beat England and met Prime Minister Theresa May in the past week – but being “embarrassed” by Scotland two years ago is a different kind of memory.

Scarlets prop Evans is set to be among nine probable survivors in Wales’ starting line-up from 2017 when they return to Edinburgh next Saturday.

This time, Wales will head north with a Six Nations title and Grand Slam in their sights, knowing that victory over Scotland would tee up a final day showdown against Ireland on March 16.

Wales’ 29-13 defeat on their last Murrayfield mission was a heaviest Six Nations loss to Scotland – and Evans has not forgotten it.

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“They embarrassed us last time by quite a hefty scoreline, so it’s going be a massive game up there and we need to be ready for that task,” he said.

“We got embarrassed a little bit, pants pulled down. We are away, and it will be a brilliant atmosphere up there that they will feed off. We are aware of how much of a tough challenge it’s going to be.

“We are not shying away from the fact that it’s going to be a massive game.

“I think every game is presenting us with a different test, as you can see from our last three matches (against France, Italy and England).

“Their (Scotland’s) set-piece has been going pretty well, I believe, and they’ve got some quality back in there. I don’t know if (fly-half) Finn Russell is fit, but they have got some exciting talent, so it’s going be a tough game.”

And Evans says there will be no hint of complacency in the Wales camp following a first Six Nations win against England since 2013.

“It’s brilliant to have a great captain in Alun Wyn Jones,” Evans added.

“I think if he sees any glint of complacency or anything like that he will just snap it out straight away.

“He is a great leader, and I think that is another big thing about this group is that everyone is pretty grounded, and as he said in the lead-up to England, we realise where we are at the moment.”

Wales celebrate their win over England

Evans, meanwhile, was at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, having been invited to Parliament by Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb, who Evans’ father taught at school.

“Well, this Brexit has gone on long enough now, so they called in the special forces!” Evans joked, of his visit.

“We were invited up for dinner, and there was a St David’s ceremony. I spoke to her (Prime Minster) afterwards. We just talked about rugby.

“She knew quite a lot about it, saying that we were on a good streak with 12 wins in a row, and we spoke about the Scotland game. It was pretty relaxed, really.”

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'We got embarrassed a little bit, pants pulled down' - Evans plotting revenge
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