Greig Laidlaw excited for USA clash

Greig Laidlaw Scotland captain

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Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is looking forward to the clash against the USA early on Sunday morning as they prepare for their first game under new coach Vern Cotter.

The Scots have endured a tough time in the past year having only managed to record three victories, one against Japan and the other two over Italy.

Eight defeats were suffered in that time, with the most notable losses coming against Samoa where they were defeated 27-17 back in June, and a 51-3 hammering by Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Cotter has since come in as the new head coach for the Scots and Laidlaw has said that the impact that the New Zealander has had on the team has been massive.

“The boys are looking forward to the game and looking forward to trying to impress him. We have struggled with the heat. It was a bit of a shock, but we’ve adapted,” he said ahead of the clash in Houston, Texas.

“Vern is his own man but won’t come in and make wholesale changes at the start. It will take time to put his stamp on the team.

“The players have taken a liking to him. He is quiet but when he talks rugby everyone listens. You don’t want to muck about when he is here and rightly so.”

Cotter’s first Scotland starting line-up includes three new starters for the game – Finn Russell, Gordon Reid and Blair Cowan have all been provided with a chance to shine, and with the good mix of experience alongside the trio the Scots’ price of 1.91 with a handicap of -16.5 to take the match looks like a good shout.

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