Ryan Grant hails selection of Scotland hero Grieg Laidlaw at scrum-half

Last Updated: 25/02/13 4:14pm

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Greig Laidlaw: 'The perfect nine' says Ryan Grant

Greig Laidlaw: 'The perfect nine' says Ryan Grant

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Scotland prop Ryan Grant says the selection of Greig Laidlaw at scrum-half by coach Scott Johnson has been proved to be masterstroke.

Laidlaw plays his club rugby with Edinburgh at fly-half but Johnson has moved him to nine, forming a half-back partnership with Ruaridh Jackson of Glasgow.

He kicked all of Scotland's points in the 12-8 victory over Ireland at Murrayfield on Sunday where the hosts had to defend for the vast majority of the match.

Glasgow loosehead Grant said: "Greig is a class, class player. He is great with the boot and a great marshal of the pack.

"That's why he's perfect for the nine role. He speaks to the forwards and lets us know where we need to be. He does the same with the backs and has got a great understanding with them."

"Greig is a class, class player. He is great with the boot and a great marshal of the pack."
Ryan Grant

It was the first time they have beaten Ireland and the first time they have posted back-to-back victories in the Six Nations since 2001.

And Grant feels the team's rivals will now have to change the way they think about Scotland.

Perception

He said: "We did acknowledge that there was a perception of 'Same Old Scotland' who will, you know, win one, lose one. That kind of thing.

"So we wanted to stamp that out and show we are not a one-trick pony. We wanted to put consecutive results together."

Asked if Scotland can win the title, Grant added: "Yeah, sure. Anything is possible now. It's an open tournament now.

"But by no means was that our best game. It was a game of two halves really. In the first half we were under a lot of pressure and defended for a lot of it.

"That shows a lot of character from the boys that we were able to withstand that for the first 40 minutes.

"We didn't get any possession at all and we needed to get out on the front foot and keep hold of the ball at set-pieces, so Scott put an emphasis on that.

"He wanted much of the same in defence - just to keep them out - and the rewards would come.

"Ireland had a lot of possession but I can't comment on their game plan or what they were trying to achieve."

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