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Six Nations: Wales need to get back to winning ways against Scotland, says flanker Dan Lydiate

Dan Lydiate believes “fingers will be pointed” as Wales seek a rapid response to their RBS 6 Nations defeat against England

Wales have little time to regroup ahead of next Saturday’s Murrayfield appointment with Scotland.

And they also have a fresh injury concern, as wing Morgan Stoddart looks set to be ruled out of the Edinburgh trip after breaking a bone in his hand during Wales’ 26-19 loss on Friday night.

Wales have beaten Scotland just three times in the past 20 years at Murrayfield, while they will head north without a win from their last eight Tests against all opponents.

Flanker Lydiate said: “We need to get back to winning ways. Once we do that, we will get some momentum and it will give us a boost.

“There were times we were sloppy against England, and we need to cut out those mistakes. If we do that, we will really be firing.

“We were a bit rusty, and you cannot be that way at this level.

“Nobody is hurting more than the players, and we are all disappointed for the fans. We will take a good long hard look at what happened.

“Fingers will be pointed this week, and we will sort it out for next weekend.”

The Wales squad will reassemble at their base in the Vale of Glamorgan on Monday, with coach Warren Gatland awaiting medical updates on Stoddart and number eight Andy Powell.

Stoddart, Wales’ try-scorer against England, joins an injury list that includes his fellow wings Leigh Halfpenny and George North, props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones, plus centres Tom Shanklin and Andrew Bishop.

Stoddart is to be reviewed by a specialist but it is likely that Gatland will need to summon a reinforcement from outside his Six Nations squad, possibly one of Tom James, Aled Brew or Will Harries.

Wales physiotherapist Mark Davies said: “Morgan has broken a metacarpal bone in his right hand and will have a consultation with a hand surgeon when he reports back to the Wales camp on Monday.

“It is too soon to say how long he will be in recovery, but it is hoped that he will be back in contention for selection soon and be able to play a further part in the championship.

“We will have a clearer idea of when he may return to play by Monday.”

An assessment of number eight Powell’s bruised shoulder will also be made. Wasps forward Powell went off six minutes before half-time against England, and was replaced by Ryan Jones.

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