Scotland v Wales: Ryan Bevington hoping to make impact from the bench
OSPREYS prop Ryan Bevington is hoping to make a big impact if he comes off the bench for Wales against Scotland tomorrow.
The dynamic loose-head has been named as a replacement following Gethin Jenkins's injury and Paul James's subsequent promotion to the starting line-up.
Bevington, who has eight Wales caps to his name, is a ferocious tackler whose work rate around the field has seen him build himself a reputation as an all-action front-rower .
The 24-year-old demonstrated his athleticism most strikingly against Ulster last month, as he finished off a stunning length-of-the field try to help secure the Ospreys a memorable 16-12 victory at Ravenhill.
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Bevington may have to wait patiently for his opportunity to make such an impression at Murrayfield having been named on the bench this weekend, but he will be ready if the chance comes.
"I'm really looking forward to it — it's a tournament everyone wants to be part of," he said.
"The Six Nations is a huge stage and it's a great opportunity to be part of a match day squad.
"As a player you always want to play on the biggest stage. We've all been working hard in camp and I've been getting my head down in training and speaking to the coaches about what is required.
"When you get your opportunity you have to try and take it."
Both sides go into tomorrow's encounter with slim hopes of winning the Championship having won two of their three matches to date.
And the other prop on the Wales bench, the Blues' Scott Andrews, believes the battle up front will have a major bearing on the outcome.
"Scotland's scrum was impressive against Ireland and that went a long way to giving them the result," he said.
"It's a big game, the stakes are high but we are looking forward to it.
"We scrummaged well against Italy but we know it will be a heated battle up front."