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Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw has one eye on Six Nations ahead of Georgia Test

Published 22/11/2016

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is eyeing another win when his side face Georgia this weekend
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is eyeing another win when his side face Georgia this weekend

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw is looking for a double helping of victory against Georgia this weekend as he aims to serve up a successful RBS 6 Nations campaign.

The Dark Blues round off their autumn Test fixtures when they take on the eastern Europeans at Kilmarnock's Rugby Park on Saturday.

Australia mugged Vern Cotter's side of a win in their series opener at Murrayfield but the Scots made amends by pinching victory from Argentina three days ago.

Now Laidlaw - who kicked a stoppage-time penalty to see off the Pumas - has targeted another win as he looks ahead to their up-coming Six Nations schedule.

Scotland kick off the 2017 campaign with a clash at home to Ireland on February 4 and the captain wants to march into that battle with a squad high on confidence.

The Gloucester scrum-half said: "If you can win games back to back, it builds confidence and it builds momentum.

"The next time this group comes together after this game will be for the Six Nations so if we can win again after Saturday, it will be huge for us.

"It makes such a big difference. It means the boys have confidence in each other and everything we are trying to do out on the field.

"To be honest, even though we fell short against Australia, we can still take confidence from the type of performance we put in.

"If we can get a performance and a result this weekend we'll be in a great spot."

But Laidlaw knows his side's physicality will be tested to the limit by the heavy-weight Georgian line-up.

The Lelos edged out Samoa on Saturday 20-16 largely thanks to their muscular forwards, who were rewarded for their heavy labour with a penalty try and another push-over surge.

But having seen his side battered about by both the Wallabies and Argentina, Laidlaw is confident Scotland can handle what the visitors will have to offer.

"Georgia are developing into a good side," said the Scotland skipper. "They have had a lot of positive results this year and I'm sure they will be confident in their own right.

"They are big on their scrummaging and their forward play. Coming off the back of a big win they will be coming here to cause an upset.

"We will have to be right up for it.

"We need to play an aggressive game because they are an aggressive team themselves who like the contact side of the game.

"But so do we and we have shown that these last two weeks.

"We enjoyed winning on Saturday so it's very important we finish off this series with another win.

"The two games so far have been pretty brutal and that's part of the challenge. It won't drop off and we as players have go to drive that part of our performance forward.

"We understand what this game will be about and it's up to us to put in a performance at the weekend. We need to get our own stuff right, though. We can't be too worried about Georgia.

"If we can get our skill sets right and get our dangerous players with ball in hand and space to run in, then I think we can cause them some problems."

Meanwhile, Laidlaw admits he has sympathy for his understudy Ali Price.

The Glasgow half-back was handed his first call-up ahead of the Aussies duel but has so far been left to kick his heels on the bench while Cotter left the captain to play all 160 minutes of this month's Murrayfield double header.

Laidlaw should start again this weekend but he reckons he will make way at some point to finally hand Price his debut cap.

"I'm sure Ali will be frustrated, I've been there myself," said Laidlaw. "He is level-headed and his attitude has been second to none since he came in.

"He has trained brilliantly, got his head down and worked hard. That's credit to him.

"He's been selected for a reason and that's because he's been playing well. He just needs to keep his head down and his chance will come. He will have a big career when he gets his break."

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