Josh Strauss says Scotland should replicate England's tactics against Ireland

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Greig Laidlaw will not be happy if Romain Poite takes charge of the World Cup match against Ireland in Yokohama in September after the Scotland captain said the referee "does not seem to like us" minutes after the defeat by Ireland at Murrayfield. He refereed us against South Africa as well, and we don't seem to see eye to eye, so.

"We're just going to have to forge ahead, but it's an exciting opportunity to give Chris Farrell a run against Scotland".

"It's going to be a huge challenge in Paris, we've not won there in 20 years and France - the way they played in the first half against Wales - showed what a quality team they are", he said.

"Last week doesn't change the mentality too much", Schmidt insisted.

Meanwhile, Scottish hooker Stuart McInally was more gracious in defeat praising the Irish for their resolute defence.

"Ireland will be fully on the front foot come Saturday and Scotland can expect to be up against a very angry, committed Irish team".

We were really good in the first half but in the second did not execute as well.

After being crunched by England on the opening weekend in Dublin, Ireland had to rebound far from home against a Scotland side confident it had the steel and flair to end Ireland's championship reign in the second round.

"We talked about ironing out a few things and we certainly won't be dropping off in the last 15 minutes of this game".

"That was a really tough game, and it was tough mentally in the build-up to it. We can't be chasing things and trying to get instant results". We had a couple of chances and we took them and were quite clinical.

"We've got to back ourselves in what we do - and everybody's got to buy into it".

Scotland's Rhys Finn Russell is challenged by Ireland's Bundee Aki, left, and Cian Healy during the the Six Nations rugby union global match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday Feb. 9, 2019.

The New Zealand-born flyhalf - who moved to Munster past year after being an understudy to Sexton at Leinster - made a nervy start with his pass being intercepted leading to Scotland's try at the end of the first-half.

"Scotland will look to try and replicate how England played against Ireland, the speed of the defence that the English had, and see if they can put Ireland under the same amount of pressure".

Both players were abrasive in the tackle with O'Brien (12 tackles) and Conan (18 tackles) stepping up when they were needed most.

"We could be struck with a similar circumstance to what we had four years ago", Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said of the changes, referencing the 2015 World Cup when his side did not have the depth to cope with a string of frontline absentees.

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