Rugby - Laidlaw - Focus on the task at hand

Stand-in skipper Greig Laidlaw does not believe the fact Scotland will face South Africa at the 2015 World Cup will give the Dark Blues any extra motivation when they host the Springboks on Sunday.

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Greig Laidlaw is not thinking about Scotland's World Cup meeting with South Africa ahead of schedule.

The two sides have been paired together in Pool B and will face off in a little under two years' time when the tournament is staged in England.

But while some of Laidlaw's team-mates have spoken about using the Autumn Test at Murrayfield to put down a marker for the match which is due to be staged at St James' Park in Newcastle, the Edinburgh scrum-half believes the prize of claiming the Springboks scalp alone should be enough to have them fired up.

He told Press Association Sport: "There are always little subplots in the background to these matches.

"But this game is this game and we want to win it. The World Cup is coming in a couple of years and it is always going to be there.

"But for us, we are just focusing on this match for the here and now."

Laidlaw - who takes over the captaincy after regular skipper Kelly Brown was rested by head coach Scott Johnson - recorded just his third try for his country in last weekend's 42-17 win over Japan.

The 28-year-old's touchdown was one of six ran in by the Scots but he does not feel under pressure to cross the whitewash more often himself.

"We are starting to score tries on a more regular basis," said Laidlaw. "If I score them all good and well.

"But if I don't, as long as someone else is, then I'm not bothered.

"It was great from a personal point to score my third try against Japan. We are definitely a much better attacking team now.

"But it's also important that we defend well. If we do that, then scoring tries becomes an easier task."

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