Seymour wants to end campaign on a high

Date published: March 17 2016

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Scotland wing Tommy Seymour has urged his side to end their Six Nations campaign on a high against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

Scotland ended their run of nine successive defeats with back-to-back wins over Italy and France over the past two weeks, moving them up to third place on the table, and Joe Schmidt's charges will seal a hat-trick of triumphs if they top Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

"The real key for this team is getting wins and backing them up and increasing that confidence," Seymor told BBC Sport.

"We definitely have the potential to do it, to be a team that is consistently challenging and winning games. It's as much about playing for the 80 minutes.

"Against England, we didn't have an 80-minute performance or at least a large proportion, and that makes it very hard to get victories. We probably had a couple of lapses against England and Wales, which allowed them to get tries.

"The Italy victory gave us confidence and France was probably the most complete performance from us during the tournament. The next step is doing that on a consistent basis.

"There is no point in ebbing and flowing, playing to your potential one week and dipping back down the next week. That is something we have talked about a lot over the last 18 months."

The Glasgow Warriors stalwart knows they'll have their work cut out for them but is confident that they can secure their first third successive Six Nations win since 1996.

"It's two wins, we have played some good stuff and enjoyed the success but we're not getting ahead of ourselves," he added.

"Ireland in Dublin are an incredibly tough team. I know they are not going to be champions again this year but they have been the leaders in terms of northern hemisphere rugby for the last few seasons. So it's a serious step for us to take.

"Obviously if we play for 80 minutes and play well then we are in with a shout but there is no point looking at facts and figures and the history books, we have to concentrate on controllable aspects. Unless we go over there with full capacity, it's going to be a difficult day."

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