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Scotland face a mammoth task in Dublin, admits wary Maitland

Sean Maitland
Sean Maitland

Taking on Ireland in Dublin will be a "different beast" for Scotland despite their Calcutta Cup heroics, according to Sean Maitland.

Gregor Townsend's side are on a high after victory over England proved their title credentials in the NatWest Six Nations, showing they are capable of winning on the big stage.

Lots had been made of a perceived fragility in the big matches within the Scotland ranks, and the win proved they are a side to be seriously considered.

BT Murrayfield continues to be something of a fortress for Scotland, but their away form has been far less impressive, with just six wins on the road in the entire Six Nations.

And Maitland understands how big a challenge they face in Dublin on Saturday.

"We can take a lot of confidence from the last game, but we know it's a different beast," he said. "Everyone's been talking about our away form but we're not resting on our laurels.

"There was a bit of an edge to our training. That's going to help us massively."

While the Scotland camp is still on a high, they must guard against complacency and Maitland admits they have to up their game against Ireland, who still harbour hopes of a Grand Slam.

"It was good to see the boys again and it (camp) was still buzzing," he said. "But yesterday (Monday) we did the lessons, we saw a lot to improve on.

"We're still looking to get that extra five per cent, it's an even bigger challenge this weekend."

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