Concentration key for Taylor

Scotland Assistant Coach Matt Taylor believes that absolute concentration wlll be key as Scotland aim to pick Ireland's defensive locks in tomorrow's second round Guinness Six Nations Test.

The hosts - and in particular the defence coach - endured a somewhat disconcerting finale to last weekend's bonus-point win over Italy, with Taylor explaining that a great deal of work has gone in to addressing the late lapse that saw the Azzurri run in three scores.

“We’re pretty disappointed with how we finished that game," said Taylor

"I was sitting in the coaching box feeling quite happy with myself at sixty-five minutes and really despondent at eighty.

"We talked about it since and ironed out a few things.

"We’ve done a lot of work on getting up and taking the ball and, while you’d probably do that most weeks, we are aware that Ireland are very good at that part of the game and that we need to be just as good if we want to be successful.”

After a disappointing 32-20 loss in Dublin, the one thing that’s certain is that the world's number-two ranked side will be looking to get their campaign, and title defence, back on track.

Taylor added that it would not just tomorrow's weather that could prove unpredictable.

He said: “What I’ve found over the years, with trying to prepare for Irealnd, is they’ll always have something up their sleeve and they’ve always got these signature type plays that they’re very good at pulling out.

“Our defensive systems have got to be really good. We don’t know exactly what’s coming, so we have to be really strong within our systems.

“We’ve certainly got a couple moves which we feel will hopefully pull them apart in certain areas.”