Monday 11 December 2017

Greig Laidlaw: 'We're desperate to beat Ireland'

Greig Laidlaw passes the ball during the Scotland captain's run
Greig Laidlaw passes the ball during the Scotland captain's run

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has called on his side to keep their single-minded focus on beating Ireland to avoid the wooden spoon.

Defeat to England on Saturday was Scotland's fourth loss from four RBS 6 Nations games, leaving Vern Cotter's side staring at a second whitewash in four years.

"It's simple. We have one massive challenge at home and we are desperate to win the game," Laidlaw said.

"We will be chucking everything at that game. We will stick together this week, look at the videos, do our recovery together and stay together as coaches and players.

"We will put together a plan and then go and execute it. We will be absolutely desperate come Saturday to win the game."

Narrow defeats despite good performances in all but the loss to Italy - bottom of the table 10 times since their inclusion in the championship in 2000 - give Scotland some positives on which to focus this week.

"We believe in what we are all about," the Gloucester scrum-half added. "We believe we can win the game at home. If we start looking outside we will miss things inside.

"If we get our part right and are true to ourselves as players and coaches we will put ourselves in a position to get right in the game and take it."

On defeat to England, Laidlaw added: "It's hugely frustrating. As players we're absolutely gutted with another defeat."

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