Captain Greig Laidlaw insists the mighty All Blacks can be made to look ordinary – but only if Scotland execute their game plan perfectly.
No Dark Blues side has ever beaten the New Zealanders – a run of failure stretching back 29 Tests and 109 years.
But Gloucester scrum-half Laidlaw believes the world champion Kiwis can be toppled at BT Murrayfield this Saturday.
Steve Hansen’s XV were pushed close by England at Twickenham last weekend before edging to a 24-21 win. But the Scotland captain has taken heart from the sloppy mistakes which marred their first half-display.
He said: “England put a lot of good line-speed on New Zealand in their defence and it showed a couple of times that the All Blacks can come up with errors just like everybody else. They are not superhuman.
“Having said that, they came back with a great second half and it was a good victory for them. We in the Scotland team know how hard it is to go down to Twickenham and win.
“We are under no illusions but we have had a look at the tapes and come up with some things that can help us. Hopefully that might do the trick. We will wait and see.”
He added: “We are going to have to be at 100 per cent to come anywhere close to winning the game. We have to be ready for whatever is thrown at us.
“But we also have to be ready to have a go at them as well. We have to try and put the All Blacks under pressure when we can.”