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Last Updated: Friday, 22 February 2008, 11:39 GMT
MacLeod ready for Ireland battle
Scott MacLeod
MacLeod wants to take advantage of his chance
Scotland lock Scott MacLeod says he wants to make the most of being handed a rare start in Saturday's Six Nations clash with Ireland at Croke Park.

MacLeod replaces Jim Hamilton for the trip to Dublin and will make only his fourth international start although he has come off the bench this campaign.

"I'm just relieved to get a chance," he said.

"It's brilliant to be in the 22 and I would never complain about that, but it is tough coming off the bench."

The Scots have made a try-less start to this season's Six Nations campaign having lost to France at home and Wales in Cardiff.

Ireland are a good side but we still fancy our chances

Scotland lock Scott MacLeod

Coach Frank Hadden and his men know they must improve dramatically if they are to see off the Irish challenge.

And MacLeod believes they should start by cutting out the mistakes.

"The most disappointing thing hasn't been the defeats, it has been the performances. We've not really looked like scoring," he said.

"Teams have had it easier against us than they should have because of our unforced errors.

"Hopefully we'll execute our game-plan this week, make our tackles and minimise the number of errors we make.

"Hopefully we'll execute our game-plan this week, make our tackles and minimise the number of errors we make."

Despite the poor start, the Llanelli-based second-row remains confident ahead of Saturday's match with the Irish.

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"I think we're at our best when we're looking to move the ball wide and trying things, so hopefully we can make amends for some of the things that have gone wrong," he added.

"We've got Chris Paterson at stand-off and his first instinct is always to attack, so hopefully he can get things moving.

"Ireland are a good side but we still fancy our chances.

"Despite what has happened in the past two games, we still believe we are not far away from being a good team."


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