All Blacks to get the ‘game of their lives’ from Scots

Manawatu Standard - - Sport -

Scot­land have a new at­tack­ing mind­set and will be out to give the All Blacks ‘‘the game of their lives’’.

That’s the be­lief of Bri­tish great Jeremy Gus­cott, these days a re­spected rugby pun­dit for the BBC.

Gus­cott feels Scot­land now have one of the best coaches in the busi­ness in charge in Gre­gor Townsend who can add a new di­men­sion to the team on the back of im­prove­ments made by their for­mer New Zealand men­tor Vern Cot­ter who fin­ished his term in charge ear­lier this year.

Gus­cott sug­gested Scot­land’s pul­sat­ing 44-38 win over Samoa last week­end was a sign of things to come as Townsend’s team came out on top in an 11-try thriller.

‘‘I’ve seen and heard peo­ple moan­ing that Scot­land’s de­fence is a bit por­ous. But I think Scot­land are in a bet­ter place than peo­ple might think, be­cause they’re do­ing what is harder in rugby and that is scor­ing tries,’’ Gus­cott wrote in his lat­est piece for the BBC.

Gus­cott was sure that, de­spite Samoa stay­ing in the game, the Scots never re­ally felt they would lose the test in Ed­in­burgh.

‘‘I re­mem­ber Gre­gor Townsend, the new Scot­land coach, as a player. I played with him on the 1997 Lions tour and also against him for our coun­tries and the score­line very much re­flects him as a player. His men­tal­ity is ‘if you score four, I’m go­ing to score five’,’’ Gus­cott con­tin­ued.

‘‘They’ve got one of the best coaches in the world, some­one who trans­formed Glas­gow into a tryscor­ing team, and it looks like he’s do­ing the same now with Scot­land.

‘‘They’ve got the All Blacks this week­end and he’ll be say­ing: ‘you’re not ex­pected to beat New Zealand, go out and prove peo­ple wrong. Let’s give them the game of their lives and the game they weren’t ex­pect­ing’.’’

Scot­land have never beaten the All Blacks with New Zealand win­ning 28 and draw­ing two of their 30 tests.


All Blacks cen­tre Jack Good­hue is wrapped up by sev­eral French XV tack­lers dur­ing the match in Lyon yes­ter­day.

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