2019 Six Nations: Scotland v Ireland
Venue: Murrayfield Date: Saturday, 9 February Kick off: 14:15 GMT

Scotland must beat against Ireland on Saturday at Murrayfield to establish they have been serious contenders for the Six Nations name, says captain Greig Laidlaw.

Scotland have not finished higher than third in the Six Nations but in the last two years have beaten every single team.

Laidlaw says when they want to”take the next step” towards rival for the name”it has games like that you will need to win against quality resistance”.

“Ireland are among the best teams in the world,” said the scrum-half,” 3 3.

“We’ve got plenty of admiration for them. If we will win we will need to play a number of our very best games.”

There’s been much discussion in regards to the Scots confronting an Ireland back lash later England beat ’s men 32-20 in their own turf in their opening match.

Laidlaw says that his team have decided for this however expects types of it, and the defeat, could have planted seeds of uncertainty in heads that are Irish that Scotland may exploit.

He stressed the Gregor Townsend’s men must attempt to iict their own game rather than simply search to mirror the England performance.

“Any time you get overcome there is a reason,” said the 33-year-old, who’ll acquire his 68th cap on Saturday.

“We’ve analysed the match well from a week ago although we’ve also assessed the match from a couple of years back [if Scotland won 27-22] and last season [if Scotland lost 28-8 at Dublin later spurning several try-scoring opportunities] also as

“We feel we could result in any team in the world problems using your attacking match and also we aim to achieve this with quick ball when we get on the job the ball. We desire a strong defensive performance as well.

“Ultimately it always comes right back to us and what you desire to get out of it. We feel as though we’ve prepared very nicely and would like to spend the measure to deliver a winning operation .”


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