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'Chance for Scotland to get on a roll'

Scotland have "got such a good opportunity" to make their mark on this year's Six Nations, reckons former England star Chris Ashton.

Gregor Townsend's team open their campaign in Cardiff on Saturday, a venue where they last won in 2002, but start as favourites against inexperienced hosts.

"There’s something about Cardiff and Scotland which is making this game if it needed anymore hype, just incredibly exciting, said Ashton, previewing the game on the Rugby Union Daily podcast.

"If you’re a Welsh fan you have to make the Principality hell for Scotland. Make it as hostile as possible for them.

"Warren Gatland's team was always going to raise some eyebrows just because of the situation with the turnover of players.

"There won’t be a lot of pressure on the lads. People are expecting them not to beat Scotland, they just go in there and have a good crack at it and that’s how sometimes you can turn it round.

"I'm surprised there's no Andy Christie for Scotland. He's a carrier, Scotland could do with a couple more big ball carriers.

"But I think Scotland are the most settled out of everyone. They didn’t have a great World Cup because they had such a tough draw, they kind of accepted their fate before the tournament really got going so that’s not a good idea of where they’re at.

"Finn Russell as captain, going down to a weakened Wales team. They’ve got such a good opportunity, they’ve got great fixtures that suit them. They’ve got to make the most of it. If ever there was a chance for them to get on a roll in the Six Nations and lift everyone’s hopes, it’s got to be Wales away with a starting win.

"There's every chance Scotland blitz Wales and win by a lot."

Scotland crushed Wales 35-7 in Edinburgh last year
Scotland crushed Wales 35-7 in Edinburgh last year but have not won in Cardiff in 22 years