How Hamish Watson and Justin Tipuric compare ahead of Scotland v Wales

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Scotland host Wales in the Guinness Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday.Here, the PA news agency analyses one of the key duels that will help decide the outcome.

Hamish Watson v Justin Tipuric (PA Graphics)Hamish Watson – ScotlandPosition: FlankerAge: 29Caps: 37Debut: v Italy, 2015Points: 20 (4t)Height: 5′ 11″Weight: 16stWin percentage: 58.10 per cent.In the year of a British and Irish Lions tour, the Edinburgh flanker could not have started it by making a stronger selection claim than he did during Scotland’s Calcutta Cup victory over England – their first at Twickenham since 1983. Workaholic Watson was everywhere, excelling at the breakdown, hitting tackle after tackle and also making his fair share of metres. A total nuisance for any opposition with his all-action style, and a player that excels on the big stage.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Hamish Watson (@hamishwatson07)Justin Tipuric – WalesPosition: FlankerAge: 31Caps: 81Debut: v Argentina, 2011Points: 50 (10t)Height: 6′ 2″Weight: 15st 7lbWin percentage: 59.14 per centHas been a key part of Wales’ armoury for the best part of 10 years. Made his Test debut aged just 22, and despite often finding himself facing fierce back-row competition at international level with Wales, he has delivered one world-class performance after another. A master operator at the all-important breakdown area, his work there has repeatedly put Wales on the front foot, while his tackle-count is rarely short of spectacular and his ball-handling and footwork mean he would not be out of place in the back division. Outstanding player.

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