Don't be in awe of All Blacks, Barclay warns Scots

Don't be in awe of All Blacks, Barclay warns Scots

The All Blacks travel to Edinburgh to face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, three years since the two sides last met.

Scotland secured a surprise 24-19 victory over Australia in Sydney in June and Barclay hopes for a similar upset this weekend.

"We still have 80 minutes of rugby to play".

"It's amusing, everyone was saying while we were over there, "oh, Australia aren't very good anymore", and they beat the All Blacks a few months later so they're obviously not that bad".

"We have to go and play with intent, be aggressive and try to impose ourselves on them as well". "That was the main thing and those will be the key things this weekend".

The Dark Blues are yet to register a win against the All Blacks in over 100 years of fixtures, drawing just twice and losing the other 28.

"If we sit back and are in awe and are inspired, then there's something quite drastically wrong with our mindset", Barclay said.

"They don't lose many games but they have lost a few in the past 12 months". It's amusing, everyone was saying while we were over there, "oh, Australia aren't very good anymore", and they beat the All Blacks a few months later so they're obviously not that bad.

The All Blacks arrived in Scotland on Wednesday after narrowly beating a France XV in Lyon on Tuesday.

Scottish wing Lee Jones felt there was inspiration to be taken from that Irish performance.

"There are themes they have pulled out and presented to us that they feel will mean opportunities".

Steve Hansen's two-time reigning World Cup winners will be a daunting test for Gregor Townsend's side after conceding five tries in a thrilling 44-38 win over Samoa on Saturday.

"It will be very tough but if we can look at those opportunities and make the a lot of them then that is where we will be successful".

"We were all pretty disappointed with how we defended. To to let ourselves down at home was really disappointing", Taylor said.

"If you switch off, a team will take the opportunities and that's what Samoa did. We need to focus on ourselves as much as we can and try to impose ourselves".