Laidlaw eyes shock win

Date published: November 13 2014

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw insists New Zealand are “not superhuman” and his team will push hard for a shock win at Murrayfield.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw insists New Zealand are “not superhuman” and his men will push hard for a shock victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The scrum-half, who created three tries for his side against Argentina, wants his charges to follow up that 41-31 triumph, against the world champions.

“England showed a couple of times that the All Blacks can come up with errors just like everybody else,” he revealed, speaking to BBC Sport.

“They are not superhuman but we are going to have to be at 100 percent to come anywhere close to winning the game.”

Laidlaw is skippering Scotland in the absence of injured lock Grant Gilchrist and while he knows New Zealand will be tough opposition, he said they might have found weaknesses in their game.

“We in the Scotland team know how hard it is to go down to Twickenham and win,” he continued.

“We are under no illusions.

“But we have had a look at the tapes and come up with some things that can help us.

“Hopefully that might do the trick. We will wait and see.

“We have to be ready for whatever is thrown at us but we also have to be ready to have a go at them as well.

“We have to try and put the All Blacks under pressure when we can.”

Laidlaw continued that the confidence their performance against the Pumas has given them – along with the arrival of head coach Vern Cotter – is creating a fresh drive to succeed.

“Vern has given us the confidence to go and play and you saw that at the weekend,” he said.

“It is credit to him and his coaching staff for putting that performance together.

“But we have got our feet firmly fixed on the ground. We were extremely happy with the win over Argentina but it will be a different test altogether against the All Blacks.”