Scotland head coach Andy Robinson is convinced that, whatever the elements throw at Tuesday's Test match against Australia, the real battleground will be the breakdown.
The Australian city of Newcastle is forecast to experience a storm before the game - an encounter in which the tourists will be looking to avoid an eighth straight defeat.
Robinson believes the Scots' chances depend almost entirely on their ability to stop Australia flanker and new captain David Pocock, and then put pressure on Wallaby scrum-half Will Genia.
"We need to create a bit of mayhem there," he said as the final preparations for the game went ahead in calm and sunshine.
"We have to be really accurate inside our half, accurate defensively and accurate when we have got the ball. That means not getting turned over in our half - something that we did not do well in the Six Nations, where we turned a a lot of ball over when we were carrying it. If we can do that, it puts us in a good position to put pressure on Australia.
"We have to contest the breakdown, that is why we are playing John Barclay at number eight.
"We have to put Australia under huge pressure in that area, we want to have a go at them, put pressure on Genia and slow Australia ball down. The only way to do that was playing Barclay and Ross Rennie together, who I think are our best two players over the ball.
"Obviously it is vital that Richie Gray and Ross Ford step up to the mark and carry the ball a lot. Ryan Grant is a good carrier too, a good footballer and we can bring Sean Lamont in off the wing while Matt Scott and Joe Ansbro can carry as well. We have got the carriers but they have to put a good shift in."
The weather is going to be the great unknown for the game, though both teams are insisting it plays into the hands of the opposition; the Scottish theory being that the Australians are more natural ball-handlers and therefore better able to cope with tricky conditions, while the Wallaby claim is that the Scots are used to playing in the wind and rain.
It certainly could prove to be a leveller, and definitely makes the match harder to call. In theory it should benefit the side with the stronger set of forwards and that should be Scotland, but with confidence at such a low ebb after the poor RBS 6 Nations campaign and so many new faces in the Australia line-up, that is not really of much help.
Of Scotland's approach, Robinson continued: "We have got to look at the set-piece. We have got to put the ball out of play and then look to put pressure on them. We need an accurate kicking game to do that - that has got to come first.
"Of course we have got to try to target their front five and get stuck into them.
"Ryan Grant [the uncapped Scotland loosehead prop] is a very good scrummager. He got his position in the Glasgow team at the end of the season because he was scrummaging so well.
"On their side, James Slipper [Australia's loosehead] is a good player, but the young lad on the tighthead [Dan Palmer] is somebody that we have got to get some change out of."
Despite their recent record, Scotland are taking confidence from the fact that they defeated Australia last time the sides met and still have a core of players who were involved in that game in the squad preparing for this one.
"Probably the best moment of my rugby career," was how Richie Vernon, the number eight who hopes he can come off the bench and help close out another famous win, described it.
"The basis for that win was that we were really tight defensively and got stuck in. They had the chances but our scramble defence got us through and we managed to limit them to eight points, which is very good when you look at a great attacking side like Australia.
"I feel that is going to be key for us again. If we can disrupt them at the breakdown, get our defence set and frustrate them as much as possible then we will blunt their attacking force.
"If we can keep them quiet for 40, 50 or maybe even 60 minutes then they will start to get frustrated and maybe make a few mistakes and start forcing stuff that isn't there."
Australia: L Morahan (Queensland Reds); D Ioane (Queensland Reds), A Fainga'a (Queensland Reds), M Harris (Queensland Reds), J Tomane; B Barnes (NSW Waratahs), W Genia (Queensland Reds); J Slipper (Queensland Reds), S Moore (ACT Brumbies), D Palmer, S Timani, N Sharpe (Western Force), D Dennis, D Pocock (C)(Western Force), S Higginbotham (Queensland Reds).
Replacements: S Fainga'a, B Alexander, R Simmons (Queensland Reds), M Hooper, N Phipps (Melbourne Rebels), P McCabe (ACT Brumbies), A Ashley-Cooper.
Scotland: S Hogg (Glasgow); J Ansbro (London Irish), N De Luca (Edinburgh), M Scott (Edinburgh), S Lamont (Scarlets); G Laidlaw (Edinburgh), M Blair (Edinburgh); R Grant (Glasgow), R Ford (C) (Glasgow), E Murray (Newcastle), A Kellock (Glasgow), R Gray (Glasgow), A Strokosch (Gloucester), R Rennie (Edinburgh), J Barclay (Glasgow).
Replacements: S Lawson (Gloucester), J Welsh (Glasgow), T Ryder (Glasgow), R Vernon, C Cusiter (Glasgow), D Weir (Glasgow), T Brown (Edinburgh).