Wednesday 29 March 2017

Laidlaw unsure he'll shake Joubert's hand

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Scotland's Greig Laidlaw
Scotland's Greig Laidlaw

Bernard O'Neill

If Scotland were sick of the sight of Craig Joubert after the referee's last-minute error helped Australia to victory in last October's World Cup quarter-final, by Saturday they will be even more fed up of talking about the South African.

Yesterday, in the first chance skipper Greig Laidlaw(right) had to look forward to the final Six Nations match against Ireland, the talk was less about the chances of Scotland claiming their third consecutive victory for the first time in Six Nations history, more about how they will react to the sight of the South African running the line in Dublin.

"When he comes into the dressing room it will probably be a bit awkward, I'm not going to lie," the Scotland captain said of Joubert. "Will we get that handshake? You know, I think I'll get asked this for the rest of my career.

"The answer is I don't know. If we get a handshake it's not going to change the result and it won't change what happened, unfortunately.

"We'll never get it back. But we can't worry about that. If we worry about that, if we think back to that, we'll take our eye off the ball for this game and clearly we don't want to do that."

Asked if, on a personal level, he had been able to consign that tumultuous day at Twickenham to the past, Laidlaw let out a snort and paused for an extended period before answering.

"To be honest, I don't know. That's the only answer I have. It's always going to be there, isn't it? But what I want to do is win another game in the Six Nations. I can only come back to that." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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