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Maitland Warns Fiji

Maitland Warns Fiji
08/11/16 BT MURRAYFIELD - EDINBURGH Scotland's Sean Maitland
November 09
11:42 2018

Star winger says, playing in Murrayfield is going to fire-up Scotland.  They’ve won 8 of their past 9 games at home

 

Returning to Murrayfield’s home comforts will help Scotland get their autumn campaign up and running against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians, warns Sean Maitland.

The Gregor Townsend coached side lost 21-10 to Wales in Cardiff in their opener, their sixth straight Test on the road since beating England in February.

But they have won eight of their past nine matches at Murrayfield, their only defeat a close shave with New Zealand.

“Our track record has been pretty good,” the Saracens wing told BBC Sports.

“It’s sold out as well so that will add to the energy the crowd gives us at Murrayfield.

“There’ll be no complacency at all. We know how difficult the game will be and it’s going to be a great battle. But it’s exciting to be back- the last time I was at Murrayfield, we played England, so I have a lot of good memories.”

Maitland, 30, finished off a scintillating move to score Scotland’s second try in the 25-13 Six Nations win over England, one of four nominations for World Rugby’s try of the year award.

The New Zealand-born back was, like Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw and other ‘exiles’ playing outside of Scotland, unavailable for the Wales game, but is feeling fresh on his return to the Test arena, having been rested by head coach Townsend.

“It wasn’t my decision,” Maitland recalled.

“I really wanted to play. When I got the phone call from Gregor, he said: ‘Look, we’re going to blood some new boys in.’ I was like:

‘Come on, I want to get as many caps as I can.’ I’m 30 now, so you never know with the sport we’re in.

“But I had a proper summer off, five weeks… I ate what I wanted, put on a bit of weight. Obviously on the flip side I had a full pre-season, which I hadn’t had in a while, so there were a lot of positives.” The match kicks-off at 3.30am.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

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