Barclay: ‘Ignore the hype’
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 twotime reigning World Cup winners have dominated the sport for the last 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 lasted an hour of the win, is keen for his team-mates not to get caught up in the hype surrounding the All Blacks and insisted 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 impose 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.