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Brent Cockbain's column
Brent Cockbain
By Brent Cockbain
Wales and Ospreys lock

After watching Wales' 21-9 loss at Murrayfield from my sick bed, all I can say is that I'm disappointed for the boys.

Dwayne Peel and Stephen Jones after the Scotland loss
People will be frustrated - there are three million selectors in Wales

Scotland had an off-game against England and I think they looked at themselves and came out playing a bit above their weight.

They put a lot of pressure on us and played very well, but that's sport - this one didn't go for us, but if we played them again tomorrow we might get the result.

Looking at the performance of the Scotland pack, Scott Murray's recall was perhaps the telling factor.

He has a wealth of experience and is immense at the line-out, where Scotland carry quite a lot of timber.

Wales' hooker Rhys Thomas has been taking some flak, but I feel quite sorry for him as the line-out isn't all about the throw.

Calls change, and with all the noise in the stadium it's easy to hear the wrong one - it can be very frustrating, and you never quite know what's going on unless you're out there.

It was good to see my Ospreys colleague Alun Wyn Jones having another strong game, and I think the way the entire front five scrambled in defence to stop Scotland getting a try was a positive from the match.

I'm not too sure about the other lock, Robert Sidoli, sliding around without any boots on, though - I'll be having a word with him about that!

Disconsolate Alun Wyn Jones leaves Murrayfield after defeat
Cockbain says Wyn Jones impressed in defeat

The amount of pressure applied on the Welsh scrum was perhaps the biggest surprise. Again it's hard to comment without having been there, but all I can say is that Adam and Duncan Jones are extremely good scrummagers, and I'm sure they'll put it right if they're given another opportunity.

I know that there's been a lot of criticism flying around about our coach Gareth Jenkins, but it was just a bad performance after a pretty good one against Ireland and you have to keep faith.

People are going to be frustrated, but that's rugby in Wales for you. There are three million selectors, there's pressure and expectation - and rightly so.

But Gareth's a great coach and a gentleman who is always spot on with what he says. The players are 100% behind him as we build towards the World Cup.

As for me, I've just started to come good again after the flu. I'd imagine that I'll be given some game time for the Ospreys against Connacht on Saturday, but that's for powers higher than me to decide.

The Welsh squad get back from Edinburgh on Sunday and I meet up with them again on Monday morning, so we'll take things from there.

The management will decide on a player-by-player basis who needs a match for their region and who needs a rest, but obviously I'll be looking to make a case for a recall.

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