Greig Laidlaw says he is “highly motivated” to make his mark and ensure Scotland make a success of the World Cup – his last on the sport’s biggest stage.
“These tournaments only roll around every four years so it’s a big opportunity and I’ll be highly motivated come Monday night so we can get a foothold in this group and this World Cup.”
Samoa are set to be without centre Rey Lee-Lo and hooker Motu Matu’u at the Misaki Stadium after both were cited for dangerous tackles in their bonus-point win against Russia on Tuesday,
Laidlaw, who is the oldest member of Gregor Townsend’s squad at 33, insists he is not concerned by the potential for a repeat of those tackles by the Pacific Islanders.
“I think the tackles are being looked at. They were two clear head shots, and pretty brutal ones at that,” he said. “Ultimately you are looking for the ref to look after players.
“I think they were (red cards). Wayne Barnes did a pretty good job in our first game. We have not got any grumbles. Hopefully that continues going forward.