Ford urges Scots to maintain focus

PA Sport
Ross Ford wants to make life uncomfortable for Fiji

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Ross Ford wants to make life uncomfortable for Fiji

Scotland captain Ross Ford has challenged his team to keep their discipline and structure in order to deliver a win against a "dangerous" Fiji side on Saturday.

Ford claimed his first victory as skipper when the Scots inflicted a shock defeat on Australia last week thanks to Greig Laidlaw's last-gasp winning kick. Now the tourists will turn their attention to the match in Lautoka and Ford believes they must not be sucked into playing a Fijian-style game if they are to build on that surprise win in Newcastle.

He said: "We are going into this game still hoping to play good rugby, but aiming to play with a structure that we are comfortable in."

He added: "We have got to make it uncomfortable for them and force them to play from deep, make them do all the work.

"We are playing a structured game and have to keep hold of the ball as much as we can.

"That is the best way for us to approach the game, keep the ball and keep the scoreboard ticking over, forcing them to play from deep, backing our defence, just not giving them a chance."

For Ford, his maiden victory as captain brought some relief but he is now concentrating solely on Fiji.

"Conditions in Newcastle [where the Australia game was played] did not lend themselves to a great open game against Australia so I hope they are a lot better against Fiji so that we can get a far better performance and everybody gets to show their wares.

"Beating Australia was really great, and we did have time to enjoy it, but within two days, the focus had turned to the game against Fiji and how dangerous that can be. When you look at some of the clips of the Pacific Cup they have been playing in and some of the tries they have scored, they have been outstanding.

"They have been brilliant and they have some really talented players in the squad, they offload when you wouldn't think it was on, so you have to be very wary of that. They are a very dangerous side if they are given the ball and the space to use it."

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