Lamont entering the 'unknown'

Scotland back wary of new-look England

Last Updated: 02/02/12 5:02pm

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Sean Lamont: Looking for winning start to Six Nations

Sean Lamont: Looking for winning start to Six Nations

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Scotland utility back Sean Lamont has warned his team-mates against complacency ahead of Saturday's RBS Six Nations opener with a new-look England.

Scotland welcome their bitter rivals to Murrayfield with interim head coach Stuart Lancaster in charge of an inexperience England team, led by one-cap skipper Chris Robshaw.

But, despite the lack of Test pedigree in the visitors' dressing room, Scarlets back Lamont still expects a fierce battle against the old enemy.

He said: "We've got to be extra careful, because they are the unknown at this stage. We cannot be complacent, we've got to be on our guard, we've got to be aware of what they bring.

"We've just got to enforce our game - out physical them, out work them, low errors, low penalties and that's how we've got to do it."
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Dangerous

"They've got a very dangerous back three, a new midfield - but those guys play together week in, week out for Sarries.

"We've got a good set of boys here, with some good experience and young guys coming through, but we're not a team who can just rock up on the day.

"We've just got to enforce our game - out physical them, out work them, low errors, low penalties and that's how we've got to do it."

Scotland are seeking just a second opening day win in 13 attempts in the tournament and to improve head coach Andy Robinson's record of two wins and a draw in 10 Six Nations games.

Robinson will be hoping Scotland can rediscover a killer touch in front of the try-line after scoring just four tries in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Lamont attributes at least some of the try shyness to the presence in the team of metronomic kicker Chris Paterson, who retired from internationals in December.

Lamont said: "Because we've had such good kickers over the years, when teams give away penalties we nudge over the points.

Fingers crossed

"Tries make it easier, but whenever we get into the 22 we've been coming away with the points, which in tight games can make a big difference.

"Yes, it would be nice to be scoring pretty tries. But I'd still take an ugly win with a 3-0 victory without any pretty rugby against a loss.

"I'd rather go for the functional, the one that works and the simple stuff that will get us a win."

If Scotland prevail, they would extend England's wait for a first win in Edinburgh since 2004.

Lamont added: "Fingers crossed it keeps going. I'd love to put them to the sword.

"That would be the ideal start for us."

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