Dangerman ... Greig Laidlaw will be a key for Scotland this weekend.
Dangerman ... Greig Laidlaw will be a key for Scotland this weekend. Pete Norton

Scots will put Wallabies defence to the test, says Larkham

RUGBY UNION: Wallabies assistant coach Stephen Larkham has warned the Australian backline would need to keep an eye on their defensive duties in their Spring Tour Test against Scotland on Sunday morning (AEST).

Larkham witnessed the best attacking game of 2016 in the 32-8 win over Wales in Cardiff but said the Scots have players who could cause some problems at Murrayfield.

"Scotland have a good nine-10 combination with Greg Laidlaw and Finn Russell and when you add Stuart Hogg into the mix - who is someone who can finish well - then they have a really attack-minded team with very good players in key positions,” the former Wallabies fly-half said.

"I expect them to adopt a running game against us because Laidlaw, having previously been a stand-off, likes to run the ball a lot more than other scrum-halves.

"Finn Russell is very agile and skilful, while Hogg is elusive at the back there and for me those are the three that are key to how Scotland attack.

"It will depend on conditions whether both teams will go at it fully but if the weather is good then you should see some real attacking rugby and a lot of tries could be scored.”

Larkham said despite the improved performance against the Welsh, there was was still plenty of things to work on.

"I thought we created quite a lot of opportunities against Wales and things we did were pleasing,” he said.

"But there were other ones that we missed and we will be working hard on some of those in training this week so we do things better against Scotland.

"The beauty of this Australian squad at the moment is that we have real depth in all positions and in the first half in particular in Cardiff we were very pleased with some of the passages of play.

"Bernard Foley has looked back to his best over the last couple of games at stand-off. He played well against New Zealand and he continued that against Wales.

"He certainly feels comfortable there and he understands the role and that he has to get around the paddock.

"His stint at 12 recently may have been good for him because it helped him see a game from a different perspective and he will be a key player for us.”

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