Scotland can learn from Edinburgh’s example – Laidlaw

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 Feb 2012


Edinburgh star Greig Laidlaw has revealed Scotland need to borrow a page from the RaboDirect PRO12 side’s book to get their backline firing again.

The Scottish capital side have established a reputation this season as one of Europe’s most entertaining sides, as showcased in their two Heineken Cup matches against Racing Metro which they won 48-47 and 27-24 respectively.

In stark contrast, Scotland’s 13-6 reverse to Scotland means they have not scored a try in four matches although Laidlaw so nearly ended that run.

Racing onto his own chip, Laidlaw was ruled not to have grounded the ball in a footrace with Ben Youngs.
And the half-back is convinced tries will come with the Scotland XV against England boasting six Edinburgh players.

“With Edinburgh we throw the ball about, but we don't just play Barbarians style,” he said. “We kick, we pressurise teams, we're pretty direct. We (Scotland) are not far off.

“We just need to hold some composure and get over the line, hold that little bit more depth and just hold onto the ball at crucial times. Hopefully next week it will come together.

"I was quite happy with how I played when I came on. I injected a bit of speed into the game and we definitely made some chances when I was on the field. I'm quite happy with that. Whether that's enough, time will tell. It's the first game of the championship, so we can't get too excited or too downbeat.

"We created a lot of chances. Next week going forward it's about taking the step over the line and scoring a try.

"I definitely got my hand to it. I felt I got a good touch on it and there was some downward pressure there, I felt I controlled the ball at one point."