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Scotland vs. Wales: Date, Live Stream, TV Info, Six Nations 2015 Round 2 Preview

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2015

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 06:  Samson Lee of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 6, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Both Scotland and Wales were beaten on the opening weekend of the 2015 Six Nations and will be desperate to put a win on the board when they meet at Murrayfield on Sunday.

The hosts will be the more confident of the two, having impressed in a 15-8 loss to France in Paris, while Wales will be hurting after a 21-16 loss to England in Cardiff.

George North has been omitted from the Welsh squad after suffering two blows to the head against England, and while the talented Liam Williams comes in as a replacement, per BBC Sport, North's absence could prove key.

Read on for full scheduling, television and live streaming information ahead of the Edinburgh clash as well as a full preview of Sunday's action.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 15

Time: 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET

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TV Info: BBC1 (UK), beIN Sports (US)

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, beIN Sports Connect

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PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 07:  Richie Gray (L) and his brother Jonny Gray of Scotland line up for the anthems during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France on February 7, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by David Rogers/Gett
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Apart from the omission of North, Gatland has stuck with the same team that went down against England last weekend.

The Welsh let an early 10-point lead slip in Cardiff, and as The Sunday Times' David Walsh notes, they were lacking a killer instinct in the second half:

David Walsh @DavidWalshST

England's victory more comprehensive than five-point margin suggests. In the second half Wales lacked energy. That was surprising.

The Kiwi coach clearly believes that his men can respond to a demoralising loss, and indeed, they should be well motivated as another defeat would see their championship hopes go up in smoke.

Welsh hooker Richard Hibbard is adamant that the team can repay the faith Gatland has shown in keeping with largely the same 15 players, per BBC Sport:

I think we owe him that for giving us a second chance. We've let ourselves down and let a lot of people down at the weekend losing to England, especially at home. To get a second chance, it's a great opportunity. 

In a World Cup year, every performance should be a statement of intent, with each player vying to keep their place in the side.

Gatland will likely not tolerate another lacklustre performance from Wales, and a victory in Edinburgh is a must with each man potentially playing for his place.

The likes of Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies and Leigh Halfpenny form the core of a fantastic Welsh back line who, on their day, are capable of extraordinary power, creativity and precision.

They under-performed last weekend and face a tough Scotland team on Sunday, but vast improvements are needed if Six Nations—and World Cup—glory is to be a realistic aim.

Vern Cotter, unlike Gatland, has cause for great optimism after a fine set of autumn results was followed up by an impressive performance in defeat against France.

However, as BBC Sport's Bryan Palmer alludes to, plucky Scottish performances that end in defeats are still not good enough, and they must be aiming to beat a Welsh side reeling from last weekend's result:

Bryn Palmer @BBCBrynPalmer

Great signs of more dynamic @Scotlandteam under Vern Cotter but ultimately a 14th opening-day defeat out of 15 in #SixNations. Quel dommage

It is certainly not an unrealistic aim—despite last year's 51-3 drubbing by Wales in Cardiff—as Scotland look a completely different team from 2014's championship.

Their defence was exemplary against France—and will need to be again on Sunday—while Dougie Fife's try finished off a finely worked Scottish move which stretched Les Bleus to breaking point.

Scotland will have to be incredibly disciplined against Wales as Leigh Halfpenny will take any chances he is given to move the scoreboard along from the penalty spot.

But in front of a likely roaring Edinburgh crowd, and with their new-found belief and resilience, Scotland could seriously trouble Wales in Sunday's clash.

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