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Wales expect Scotland to play mind games

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

CARDIFF - Wales lock Ian Evans says any verbal tricks played by former coach Scott Johnson ahead of next week's Six Nations international at Murrayfield will come as no surprise to him.

The Australian caretaker coach has guided Scotland to two straight wins, against Italy and Ireland.

The former Ospreys and Wales boss has also provided plenty of colour to the competition, such as when he compared the Scots' extraordinary come-from-behind victory over Ireland to Muhammad Ali's 'rope-a-dope' defeat of George Foreman in the 1974 'Rumble in the Jungle'.

"He is quite a character, really," Evans said of Johnson.

"He likes to put himself out in the press, trying to ramble some jargon and trying to play mind games.

"His worst fear is probably that he's coached most of the boys within our squad, so we will more or less know how his mindset is.

"So he can ramble as much as he wants, it just becomes pretty boring in the end.

"Rugby is a pretty basic game, isn't it? I don't think you need to add fuel to the fire.

"There is no doubt that there will be (mind games next week). But, like I said, it's boring, for me anyway."

The Scots are level on points with second-placed Wales, and still in title contention.

"I am not surprised by it," Evans said.

"He has been around international rugby with Wales and Australia, and he's obviously with Scotland now.

"So he is a very experienced coach, to be fair to him. He knows what he's doing and you've got to respect that."





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