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Hogg happy to wait

Scotland's goalkicking understudy Stuart Hogg admits he will have to wait for his chance while rival Greig Laidlaw continues his streak of success.

Dark Blues scrum-half Laidlaw has scored with five conversions and another eight penalties to climb to third on the list of this term's top RBS 6 Nations points scorers. The Edinburgh number nine knocked over all four of his penalty attempts in the 12-8 win over Ireland last time out to take his tally to 34 points from the three games so far.

And with Wales to visit Murrayfield on Saturday, back-up kicker Hogg said: "We practice our kicking every day and it's always serious work. But at the end of the session, we always have a difficult kick for coffees. Whoever misses has to get them in. So far I don't think Greig has had to go near his wallet."

He added: "If the opportunity comes up though I'm happy to step up but I can't see Greig missing too many so I'll have to wait."

Hogg was, however, given the chance to line up a late first half penalty against the Irish with Laidlaw confessing the 50-yard gap was too far him to succeed. But the Glasgow full-back fell just short when his attempt from halfway failed to go the distance.

Declan Kidney's side had pinned the Scots down for most of that opening 40 minutes but went in just 3-0 up. Despite adding Craig Gilroy's try soon after the restart, Laidlaw then stepped in to resume kicking duties and succeeded with four perfect penalties to hand Scotland an unlikely victory.

But Hogg admits he should have levelled the scores when he had his chance.

"Against Ireland, we got one just before the break and we didn't have time to kick for touch," he said.

"Greig said he didn't think he had the distance so I had a go. I was unlucky just to fall a bit short.

"The funny thing was that I didn't even bring my kicking tee out. Mine was in the changing room so I had to use Greig's. That's not an excuse but I should have been more prepared."


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