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Last Updated: Friday, 31 October, 2003, 22:07 GMT
Redpath cheered by spirit
Bryan Redpath knows his side have to improve
Bryan Redpath knows his side have to improve
Sat 1 Nov | 0500 GMT | Sydney | Pool B

Scotland captain Bryan Redpath insists a punch-up in training shows how intensely the Scots have prepared for the crucial match against Fiji on Saturday.

Redpath and his team-mates have been stung by the criticism levelled at them during an unimpressive World Cup campaign, but the skipper believes that far from being split, the squad has been galvanised as a result.

He chose to put a positive spin on the training ground spat that could have been construed as a sign of disharmony in the Scottish ranks.

"There were a few little battles but as long as people are sensible and there are no injuries, I don't think it is a bad thing," said Redpath.

"It shows the players care, which is what you want.

"The session as a whole was very intense and Jim (Telfer) had got the forwards wound up too. We want to prove we are not as bad as some people are making out and what happened on Wednesday was a good sign."

With Redpath retiring from international rugby after the World Cup, he is determined not to bow out on a sour note.

"You can't afford to dwell on negatives, otherwise you will not perform. I am confident if we can play to our capabilities, we will win the game," he added.

Redpath also insisted he had no fears about Chris Paterson being moved to an unfamiliar role at stand-off, while Paterson himself is looking forward to the challenge.

"Everyone knows I'll play anywhere for my country, but I'm delighted to get the opportunity to play stand-off," he said.

"It's a position that allows you to bring other people into the game, so if I can do that well, then hopefully we'll be successful."

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