Record-breaking crowd can roar Scotland to victory

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw
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Scotland rugby captain Greig Laidlaw today called on players to draw inspiration from a likely record crowd for a match against Argentina at BT Murrayfield tomorrow.

Around 40,000 are expected, which will surpass the attendance when Scotland tackled the Pumas immediately after the 1990 Grand Slam, and scrum- half Laidlaw says: “Argentina are a tough challenge as last time they played they beat Australia. However, we’ve managed to sell the most amount of tickets ever for an Argentina game and that will help us.”

The fixture will be the first at home under coach Vern Cotter of whom Laidlaw says: “A hard taskmasker on the training pitch, he doesn’t mess with his words. The boys appreciate he is up front.”

Former Scotland coach Jim Telfer also backed Vern Cotter to make an instant impact, telling BBC Scotland today: “If he is a so-called hard man fair enough. It means the players have to sweat a bit in training or knock lumps out of each other. That happens in a lot of areas.”