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This is just the start - Maitland

27th February 2013 08:49

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Confident: Sean Maitland

Sean Maitland hopes last week's Six Nations win over Ireland could be the beginning of a new era for Scotland under Australian boss Scott Johnson.

The gutsy 12-8 win at Murrayfield followed a victory over Italy and saw Scotland enjoying back-to-back Six Nations triumphs for the first time since 2001.

It also left Scotland level on four points with second-placed Wales in the Championship.

"It's a pretty great feeling," said former Crusaders finisher Maitland, drafted in by Johnson this year.

"This is just the start for our team."

Scotland's defeat of Ireland was a triumph of team spirit, with the Irish dominating more than 70 per cent and territory and scoring the game's only try.

But they failed to kill the game off and Scotland, from 8-0 down early in the second half, saw their forwards provide a platform for scrum-half Greig Laidlaw to kick them into a winning position with four penalties.

Ireland did have one final chance to salvage a win but with 80 minutes up and in the last play of the game, debutant centre Luke Marshall knocked in sight of Scotland's try-line.

"I was really scared," said Maitland. "I thought they were going to get in for a try. But to hold out and show our courage on defence was very pleasing.

"It just shows the character of the men in this side."

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RBS Six Nations Table
PosTeamPPts
1Ireland58
2England58
3Wales56
4France56
5Scotland52
6Italy50