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Published: 10:40 | 19/3/16

Best wary of lethal Scottish backs

Ireland captain issues rallying call

Rory Best has warned Ireland to be wary of the "lethal" Scottish back line ahead of their RBS Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.

Ireland will be looking to finish what has ultimately been a disappointing Six Nations campaign on a high against a much-improved Scotland side who were just seconds away from making the World Cup semi-finals last year.

The Ireland captain, who will win his 94th cap in the contest, has warned that Ireland must contain the threat of the Scottish back line if they are to prevail.

“Their backs now are lethal,” the hooker said.

“We know Tommy Seymour really well from his time at Ulster, the guys like Hoggy and Tim Visser on the wing.

“If you give these guys half an inch they’re gone and they’re electric and they’re not afraid to offload, and they have pace to burn.

“For us it’s going to be a challenge because the big benefit they have [is that] their general is in the middle. Greig Laidlaw is probably one of the most underrated players there is.

“He’s a fantastic talent, he controls the game and he has this ability that not a lot of players have - probably 99% of the time he makes the right decision.

“It’s a real credit to him and the way he has gone about his business that [is behind] this turnaround you’ve seen in Scotland over the last couple of years.

“They look like they are playing with a lot more belief. There’s no doubt that they got a few big results at the World Cup, and there was one very near miss [versus Australia in the quarter-final]. They look like they’ve grown a lot from it.

“They feel that they can take anyone on. That makes them very dangerous because a side that has confidence and belief, you’re never going to get rid of them, no matter how well you’re playing, no matter what the score, they will always feel that they can get back into it.”


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