Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Lamont relishing milestone

Sean Lamont
Sean Lamont

Sean Lamont's Scotland career began against Samoa and he is thrilled to be bringing up a half century of international appearances against the Pacific islanders this weekend.

Scarlets back Lamont was named on the wing as Scotland head coach Andy Robinson made one enforced change to the starting XV from last Saturday's 21-17 win over South Africa. Lamont may well have reached the landmark sooner had it not been for injury, but he has bounced back and is an integral member of the Scotland team which is seeking a fifth win from six Tests on Saturday.

Lamont said: "I always said in my career I wanted at least 50 caps, so it's nice to hit that now. It's quite fitting it's rounded off with another Samoa match."

He added: "I started with a win against Samoa, let's hope we can mark 50 with a win against Samoa."

The 29-year-old praised the togetherness and camaraderie of the Scotland squad throughout his career hopes consistency is now developing after wins over Australia, Ireland, Argentina (twice) and the Springboks in little more than a year.

"The core of players have been the same since the last World Cup, with the next World Cup looming on the horizon," added Lamont.

"I think that's what's helping us now, the experience and that core of players.

"There is potential in the squad and a buzz with the mix of the young boys, older heads and the ones in between.

"The game against South Africa shows we can match the top three - okay, there was the New Zealand blip where we were terrible and they were awesome. But when we do muscle up and take it to teams, we can run with the big dogs, as it were.

"It's now just about getting major consistency, because I hate that rollercoaster ride rugby can be - the low of New Zealand and the high of South Africa. If we can get less of the rollercoaster and more of the upward slope it would be great."

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