Scotland wings set to miss Fiji clash

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Sean Lamont (pictured) and Joe Ansbro will play no part against Fiji
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Sean Lamont (pictured) and Joe Ansbro will play no part against Fiji

Scotland are set to be without both wings who started the victory over Australia when they name their side to face Fiji on Saturday.

Sean Lamont is still suffering from the rib injury that forced him out of that match just before half-time while Joe Ansbro has been ruled out by the badly cut eye he got in a clash of heads celebrating the win.

Fortunately for Andy Robinson, the head coach, who will name his team on Monday evening (6.30pm BST), there are two immediate and obvious replacements in Tim Visser, who completes his residency qualification period on Tuesday and will be available immediately, and Max Evans, who was not released by his French club in time for the first Test.

A strong indication of Robinson's thinking was shown in the game against Australia where he made only one unforced change to the starting XV.

While that switch - Chris Cusiter for Mike Blair at scrum half - may become fixed in the starting team, the coach is not going to make more changes than he has to to the side that are so far the only northern hemisphere unit to have won in the south this summer.

He knows that the challenge facing the team this week in the humidity and heat of Fiji could not be more different from that which they overcame in Australia where the cold, wet and windy conditions were undoubtedly a factor in Scotland's favour.

Yet, there is a confidence about the side this week that was missing a few months ago and even the radical change in playing conditions has not fazed them.

"It rained at the first training in Fiji, which was a shock to the system," said Alastair Kellock. "You get used to these conditions though, you always do.

"I played over in Romania in the Nations cup and that was the hottest I have played in, but it was a different type of heat, a dry heat.

"Give it a couple of days and we will be fine. It will be different but it will be alright."

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