Mait­land happy with re­turn to Mur­ray­field

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RE­TURN­ING to Mur­ray­field’s home com­forts will help Scot­land get their au­tumn cam­paign up and run­ning against Fiji, be­lieves Sean Mait­land.

Gregor Townsend’s side lost 21-10 to Wales in Cardiff in their opener, their sixth straight Test on the road since beat­ing Eng­land in Fe­bru­ary.

But they have won eight of their past nine matches at Mur­ray­field, their only de­feat a close shave with New Zealand.

“Our track record has been pretty good,” said the Sara­cens wing.

“It’s sold out as well so that will add to the en­ergy the crowd gives us at Mur­ray­field.

“There’ll be no com­pla­cency at all. We know how dif­fi­cult the game will be and it’s go­ing to be a great bat­tle.

“But it’s ex­cit­ing to be back – the last time I was at Mur­ray­field, we played Eng­land, so I have a lot of good mem­o­ries.”

Mait­land missed the de­feat in Cardiff as the Test was out­side the in­ter­na­tional win­dow, but he re­turns along­side Finn Rus­sell, Greig Laid­law and fit-again Stu­art Hogg to face the Fi­jians.

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