Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Laidlaw: Time to reward the fans

Greig Laidlaw wants Scotland to embrace home advantage

Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw insists it is time Scotland repaid their long-suffering fans with a RBS 6 Nations win.

The Dark Blues have prevailed just twice in their last 18 Championship matches and tasted success only once at home in the tournament since 2009.

The team take on Italy at Murrayfield this Saturday following an opening defeat to England at Twickenham, and Laidlaw said: "We are delighted to be playing at home. The Scottish fans at Murrayfield have been outstanding. It's about time we repaid some of their faith."

He continued: "We have three home games in a row this year and if we can get a result against Italy, there is a chance we can build up some momentum. That's exactly what we are looking at.

"Italy had a good result in Rome so we can look too far past the game this weekend.

"But three home games one after the other is a good run and hopefully will work in our favour."

Winning against the Azzurri, though, will be a harder prospect than ever.

Their maturing backs and dominant pack were impressive as they battled past the French 23-18 last weekend and will still fondly recall dismissing the Scots 13-6 in the Olympic Stadium 12 months ago.

Laidlaw said: "Their result doesn't surprise me. They have got a good pack and are starting to build momentum. But it is like all the teams. I think it is going to be close this year - a close competition.

"If we can do our job right and do our work, we should come out on the right side of the result."

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