Greig Laidlaw joy after points milestone

Greig Laidlaw has overtaken the points total of Andy Irvine, below
Greig Laidlaw has overtaken the points total of Andy Irvine, below
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Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has told of his pride at surpassing the points aggregate of predecessor Andy Irvine during the victory over Argentina.

Laidlaw’s haul of 14 points hoisted him up to third in the Scotland all-time list, with his 276 three more than triple British Lion Irvine.

“I never knew that,” said scrum-half Laidlaw when the statistic was pointed out by the Evening News, adding: “It’s good to know. To surpass someone of Andy Irvine’s stature is a milestone for myself.

“I was too young to see Andy play but his legend continues. He was a great player.

“It’s probably something I will look back on when I finish. But I’m very happy with that.

“I hit the ball well apart from one (kick) that clipped the post and didn’t get through.”

Laidlaw might even have had a fourth Test try, notably when putting the supporting Stuart Hogg over instead.

“Maybe I could have scored but there were two players coming across and Hoggy is fast. There was more chance he was not going to get caught.”

That came just after the interval which saw Scotland 24-10 ahead, Laidlaw remarking: “The theme at half-time was more of the same. After a great first half we didn’t need to re-invent the wheel, just keep doing what we were doing.”

Laidlaw’s target now is to improve his win rate in Scotland colours – his 37.50 per cent success rate compares with Irvine’s 40.19 per cent.

“Sometimes it’s hard playing for Scotland with the ups and downs we have had and that is something we are trying to get rid of,” he said. “Hopefully with someone like (new coach) Vern Cotter at the helm we can take the roller coaster away and get us on an even plain, more consistent in all facets.”

While delighted with the win Laidlaw needed no reminding that Scotland opened last year’s Autumn series with a romp against Japan before being nailed 28-0 by South Africa a week later.

“We all understand we’ll need to work hard through this week. One of the biggest challenges you will ever face on a rugby field is coming up.”

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