Matt Scott: Japan will throw everything at Scotland

Matt Scott. Picture: SNS/SRU

Matt Scott. Picture: SNS/SRU

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NOBODY embodies the link between club and international rugby better than Matt Scott.

So, it was typical of him that he began a week that should see him earn a 16th cap against Japan at Murrayfield on Saturday by travelling to Stirling to watch his old Currie outfit.

Not only did Currie win but it was an occasion notable, too, for the debut of former Scotland A back row Stuart McInally, at hooker.

Given that McInally is also part of the same Edinburgh outfit, Scott took keen interest.

“Stuart was good especially as it was a horrible day,” recalled Scott.

“But he did well. He played for 40 minutes and had to come off, but then had to come back on at back row for about ten minutes.

“It was what you’d expect, there were a few mistakes because he hadn’t played for a few months – but he enjoyed it.”

With Currie re-arranging a cup tie against Biggar for Friday night, plenty members are expected to reciprocate by watching Scott, who actually gained an insight to Japanese rugby at Malleny Park.

In 2010, a European tour took them up against Scotland’s then champions, Currie, and Scott recalls: “I didn’t play due to under-20 World Cup preparations, but I saw enough to know that it will be frenetic.

“Japan are going to throw everything at us.”