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Scots seek revenge for drubbing

By Andrew Baldock

Ross Ford insists Scotland will set out to address the humiliation of last year's last-day RBS 6 Nations defeat to Ireland when they run out in Dublin this weekend.

Joe Schmidt's title-chasers dished out a 40-10 drubbing to the Dark Blues 12 months ago as they edged past England to claim their second successive crown.

But it was a doubly painful result for Vern Cotter's men as the defeat also confirmed a mortifying whitewash.

This time, though, the fortunes of both teams are heading in the opposite directions.

The Irish seem to have lost their way since inspirational skipper Paul O'Connell's retirement, letting their title slip on the back of a campaign that has so far produced just one win and a draw.

The Scots, on the other hand, have rediscovered their confidence after back-to-back triumphs over Italy and the French and are now looking for their first hat-trick of victories in 20 years.

And hooker Ford wants to complete the turnaround with revenge for last year's thumping.

He said : "We will use last season's game a little bit for motivation. It has been mentioned. It would be silly if you didn't look back at it.

"It was a poor performance from us. But this time we are a far better team than we were then.

"We just want to do ourselves justice by putting in a good performance.

"I think they're going through a bit of a transition. They have lost a few key members of the squad. But they are still a dangerous team who don't make too many mistakes.

"We've got a fairly settled squad but we tend to focus on what we can do, rather than getting too carried away with the opposition."

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