Scotland captain warns teammates not to be starstruck by All Blacks

Toolis has fast become one of the key players in the Scotland ranks

Toolis has fast become one of the key players in the Scotland ranks

Scotland's winless Test history against New Zealand comes under the microscope again ahead of Saturday's match at Murrayfield but Barclay won't spend time dwelling on it.

Barclay believes Scotland can take heart from their gritty 24-19 win over Australia in Sydney in June, feeling that result had since been put into perspective. We played with good intent that day, with a lot of accuracy.

"For us, we have to play well, we can't just sit back and watch them, we have to go and play with an intent, be aggressive and try to impose ourselves on them". "That was the main thing and those will be the key things this weekend".

Barclay says the squad have examined elements of those recent All Blacks defeats as well as games they have won, but within which the opposition have caused problems, like the weekend win over France.

"I think if we sit back and are in awe or are inspired by a team then something's probably quite drastically wrong with our mindset". They face Australia on November 25.

Scotland are yet to beat the All Blacks, an achievement Ireland finally pulled off in Chicago previous year.

And last year's defeat by Ireland in Chicago - their first to the Irish - also offers encouragement, according to winger Lee Jones.

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

New Zealand have dominated rugby for the last decade and Saturday's Test will be a daunting one for Gregor Townsend's side, who conceded five tries in a thrilling 44-38 win over Samoa on Saturday.

"When the score was 32-10 at the 55/60 minute mark, we could have maybe subconsciously just relaxed just slightly and you can't switch off in test rugby". New Zealand would definitely do the same.

"We need to focus on ourselves and try to impose ourselves".

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