Ian Gough is relishing a line-out duel with Scott Murray in the crunch RBS 6 Nations clash between Wales and Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday.
Defending champions Wales will be desperate to break their duck after a morale-sapping 47-13 defeat at the hands of England last weekend.
They are also keen to halt Scotland's revival after their famous 20-16 victory over France.
And Welsh lock Gough realises the importance of his line-out battle with Murray, who was named man of the match against France.
''I have played against Scott Murray a few times in the Celtic League and internationally as well. He is a quality player and one of the top line-out forwards in the world,'' said 26-timed-capped Gough.
''We have had some good contests and it is always good to play against him because you know you have got to be at the top of your game to get any change out of him. So it is a battle you always look forward to.
''I am not surprised at the way Scotland beat France because if any team turns up like the French did they will get beaten. They dropped ball and seemed to lack any cohesion.
''Scotland showed over the autumn that their performances were getting better and that's just what happened.
''It shows it is going to be a really good championship. France were favourites but were beaten by an unfancied Scotland team and Ireland stuttered to victory against Italy, who could have won.
''Every team is really competing and it is up to us now. If you don't turn up you are going to get put to the sword.''
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