Kidney not fooled by Scotland form
Ireland coach Declan Kidney refuses to be deceived by Scotland's poor record in this year's RBS 6 Nations.
The Scots have lost all three games to England, Wales and France and are currently locked on course for a wooden spoon decider against Italy next weekend. But there is a consensus that they have failed to achieve the results their play has deserved with a more expansive approach foiled by their perennial inability to cross the whitewash.
"When I was asked at the start of the championship, I said Scotland were in a prime position to go very well," Kidney said ahead of Saturday's clash between the two sides.
"If you look at the thin margins that have affected them - as they have affected us - it's clear they've been right on the money going into every game.
"They've performed well in every match. If it clicks for them it will be an unbelievable challenge for us.
"Sometimes we underwrite the strength of this competition, every game is different and throws up different challenges."
Ireland have a mathematical chance of winning the title, but in reality their aspirations faded with Sunday's draw with France.
Mid-table beckons for a team that has ambitions of winning the Grand Slam, but Kidney insists there is no shortage of motivation to inflict a fourth defeat on Scotland.
"It's a brilliant opportunity to pull on a green jersey and represent Ireland to the best of our ability, that's how we see every game," he said.
"It will be a full house and a lot of people will have spent a lot of money to be there. It's our job to represent them."