Scotland depart for Australia's Gold Coast on Saturday to begin their final preparations for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Centre Joe Ansbro is eager for Andy Robinson's 30-man squad to start well when their tournament begins on September 10 against Romania in Invercargill, with matches against Georgia, Argentina and England to follow.
He said: "They will all be fairly tough, physical packs and we're going to have to hit the ground running - we can't start slowly. That's a big priority. When that first whistle goes we'll explode out of the blocks."
Seven players missed the final selection cut, with three other members of Robinson's 40-man provisional squad ruled out through injury.
Robinson utilised his full squad in warm-up wins over Ireland and Italy, and Ansbro is now intent on staking his claim for a starting place.
He added: "The guys are itching. There's a lot of competition for places - that was highlighted in the last two games.
"Everyone's pushing for a starting spot - we all want to be involved.
"Getting in the squad is one thing but obviously you want to get into the 15, and then it's about performing and inspiring the nation."