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Vern Cotter wants Scots to make history


Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

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Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

There is something different about Scotland as they prepare to pursue what has become their Holy Grail. For 110 years they have been striving to get the better of New Zealand. They have yet to succeed.

This time, there will be a New Zealander in charge of the underdogs. Vern Cotter never donned the national jersey but he has brought the All Black mentality to bear in his coaching.

His influence was clear to see on Saturday as Scotland ran in five tries in his first home game, beating Argentina 41-31. The Scots leaked three tries in a messy final 10 minutes but for the most part they played with poise, precision and penetration.

The Gray brothers, Richie and Jonny, playing alongside each other for the first time, plundered the first two tries and the other three came courtesy of the fleet-footed back three, Sean Maitland, Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour.

Asked whether it might be an advantage to his side to have a New Zealander in charge, the taciturn Cotter replied: "No, not really. We're looking at just another opposition, and a very, very good one. We've got to embrace the opportunity to play against the best team in the world and really see where we sit."

New Zealand have averaged 50 points on their last two visits to Murrayfield. (© Independent News Service)

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