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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 September 2007, 20:49 GMT 21:49 UK
Scots gunning for World Cup glory
Chris Paterson (left) and Scott Murray
Chris Paterson (left) and Scott Murray say the Scots are confident
Scotland's Chris Paterson says the side must take advantage of their favourable draw in the Rugby World Cup.

Paterson said the Scots were expected to beat Portugal and Romania before facing tougher games against the All Blacks and Italy.

The stand-off said he enjoyed playing number 10 for Frank Hadden's side and was looking forward to the first game.

"It does feel quite natural and I've been happy there. I'm happy to play anywhere," said Paterson.

Paterson, who played number 10 for the Scots in the World Cup in Australia four years ago, said the game had changed since England's last-gasp victory.

"Rugby has moved on so much in the last four years," he told BBC Sport.

I'm happy to play anywhere and there will probably be a time during the World Cup when I will play somewhere else

Chris Paterson

"It will probably be unrecognisable to the standard of the last World Cup.

"But that's what we have to match. I think we're quite lucky with the way the draw has landed. Portugal and Romania first - we must beat them and no doubt we will."

Paterson said the Scots would then have to be at their best for their games against New Zealand at Murrayfield and Italy in Saint Etienne.

"I think there's a combined confidence (in the squad)," he added.

"If you look back to 2003 there were a lot of really good, experienced players like Gregor Townsend and Brian Redpath.

"Now everyone is really as good or as bad as each other - and we're looking forward to getting started."

With the size of the pack we have, we can do some damage to any team in the world

Scott Murray

Paterson said he was enjoying playing number 10 for Scotland, adding: "We had a great forwards' performance against Ireland that helped me tremendously.

"I'm happy to play anywhere and there will probably be a time during the World Cup when I will play somewhere else."

Scotland lock Scott Murray, who played in the last World Cup, warned the opposition the Scots would not be intimidated.

"It's been a long 15 weeks of training and I just want to get a game under my belt now," he said.

"We've got a pack now that can front-up against anyone in the world.

"Against South Africa, for maybe 70 minutes, we were in the game up front.

"What we have to do now is tinkle with the little bits. Our lineout didn't really function that well, especially defensively."

Murray added: "So that's something we will have to look at. With the size of the pack we have, we can do some damage to any team in the world."



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