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We will have wind in our sails, insists Greg Laidlaw

By Andy Newport

Greig Laidlaw has warned Ireland to expect a storm at Murrayfield as Scotland look to blow away their Guinness Six Nations title dreams.

Joe Schmidt's men were undone by England's brute force in Dublin last week.

But the weather could be the deciding factor as they head to Edinburgh for today's potentially do-or-die showdown.

The Scottish capital is set to be buffeted by winds approaching 50 miles per hour, with heavy rain due to lash down too.

Laidlaw is confident the Dark Blues will be able to handle the conditions better than their rivals, who know a defeat will wash away any hopes of clinging onto their Championship crown.

The Clermont Auvergne scrum-half said: "I think it's good for us being at home when the weather is like this. The way the wind is at Murrayfield, sometimes it can be pretty tricky.

"Hopefully our experience of playing here a little bit more than the Irish boys, we can use that to our advantage.

"If it comes in like it's meant to, it's difficult - certainly more difficult for your nines and 10s trying to judge your passing game, your kicking game.

"Could the weather be the narrative of the game? Potentially, yeah. Everybody knows the way Scotland want to play the game.

"We won't deviate from that, but we've got to be smart and pick the times when we play, so we will get a gauge on the weather when we arrive tomorrow.

"If we want to take the next step, it's games like this we need to win against quality opposition. Ireland are certainly that, they've proved that. We have a lot of respect for them and if we want to win we'll need to play one of our best games."

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