Bar­clay: ‘Ig­nore the hype’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

SCOT­LAND rugby skip­per John Bar­clay will be do­ing his ut­most to ig­nore the hype sur­round­ing New Zealand this week.

The All Blacks travel to Ed­in­burgh to face Scot­land at BT Mur­ray­field on Satur­day, three years since the two sides last met.

Steve Hansen’s t wotime reign­ing World Cup win­ners have dom­i­nated the sport f or t he l ast decade and it will be a daunt­ing test for Gre­gor Townsend’s side af­ter con­ced­ing five tries in a thrilling 44-38 win over Samoa last Satur­day.

H o w e v e r, cap­tain Bar­clay, who l asted an hour of the win, is keen for his team-mates not to get caught up i n the hype sur­round­ing the All Blacks and i nsisted the game takes on no ex­tra sig­nif­i­cance.

“It’s in­spir­ing to play at Mur­ray­field,” he said. “T h e r e ’s prob­a­bly some­thing wrong if you need to take in­spi­ra­tion from the op­po­si­tion.

“If we sit back and are in awe and are in­spired, then there’s some­thing quite dras­ti­cally wrong with our mind­set.

“We need to fo­cus on our­selves as much as we can and try to i mpose our­selves.”

He added: “There are a lot of ques­tions about the All Blacks but for me it’s about the hon­our of play­ing and cap­tain­ing my coun­try, and what that means to me.

“Yes, we have to do a bit of home­work but if we sit back and talk about them and how fan­tas­tic they are, we have no chance.”

The Dark Blues are yet to reg­is­ter a win against the All Blacks, draw­ing just twice and los­ing the other 28 times.

John Bar­clay

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