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Scots will step it up after Irish lesson: Taylor


By Andy Newport

Duncan Taylor admits Scotland are bracing themselves for the storm of criticism headed their way after their dismal start to the World Cup.

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Sunday's opener with Ireland in Yokohama was forecast to be played out under extreme conditions as Typhoon Tapah hit Japan.

But while the worst of the weather predictions failed to materialise, Gregor Townsend's sloppy Scots still found themselves clinging on as Joe Schmidt's team ran riot on their way to a 27-3 bonus-point win.

That humiliating start has blown away much of the optimism that had swirled round the Dark Blues' camp in the days leading up to their opening showdown at the International Stadium.

But Saracens centre Taylor insists his team will deal with the criticism and then look to unleash their frustrations on Samoa, who they face next in Kobe next Monday.

He said: "I know that fans aren't happy. We're not happy, believe me. We need to make sure we front up now.

"We'll take the whirlwind that will come at us and we'll brush ourselves down and prepare for Samoa.

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"We'll go out there and give it everything we've got. We've got to win the next three. We have to be on top of our game from here on in.

"We don't have too much time to dwell on it. We have to look to Samoa now. We have a game in eight days time and we need to get back on the horse."

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