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Rugby World Cup 2003: MY SCOTS WON'T BE WALLYBIES; Redpath plea for Celtic passion.


CAPTAIN Bryan Redpath yesterday called on Scotland to join the Celtic Uprising at the Rugby World Cup.

But he admitted his troubled team wouldneedtoraisetheirgamemassively to compete with hosts and defending champions Australia in Saturday's quarter-final in Brisbane.

Scotland are reckoned to be facing ``mission impossible'' by bookmakers, former players and the local media.

Butveteranscrum-half Redpath, who wins his 60th and possible last cap, said last week's performances byfellow Six-Nationssides Ireland and Wales had given the Scots welcome inspiration.

Ireland lost bya point to the Wallabies in a game they should have won, while the Welsh looked set to create a huge upset when leading the All Blacks into the second half before succumbing to a flurry of late tries.

Our Celtic cousins have put in games to remember in this campaign.

Now, after a record defeat from France and managing only to scrape into the knockout stages withthe last-gasp winover Fiji, Redpath reckons it is Scotland's turn to show some style.

The 33-year-old said: ``The Irish and Welsh performances were of a very high quality and gave us a lift.

``They had a go, especially Wales. They had nothing to lose, we have nothing to lose andwehave to take the game to them in the right areas of the pitch. Ireland and Wales showed that.

``I don't think we can sit back and hope we can live off errors or mistakes. We have to get our game going, more so than we have in the past four games.

``After the French game we were very disappointed. And before we leave this tournament we want to havea big performance against a top side. We haveno better opportunity than Saturday.''

Redpath is under no illusions about the size of the task they face in trying to stop a host nation under huge pressure here to retain the Webb Ellis Trophy.

When asked why Scotland had played so poorly since the summer tourto South Africa, he had no answer. He said: ``If I knew that, we wouldn't be playing the way we were.''

All Redpath knows is that Scotland aregoingtohavetoplay better. He said: ``We are going to have to perform at a higher level better than we have done for the past few months.

``We performed a little better in South Africain Juneandwearegoingto have to get back to that level and more to compete against Australia.

``The players have to be believe they can raise their performance by two notches to be worthy of a game which is going to be competitive. Scotlandaren't the kind of teamwho can have 13 playing well and two playing badly.''

Australia have a back division to rival thepaceandpower of Fiji withtwo flying open-side flankers the dreadlocked George Smith and Phil Waugh on their shoulders.

Without the injured Andrew Mower, Scotland are likely to use Jason White and Cammie Mather two usual blindsides.

Just like in the second half against the Fijians in Sydney, the Scotland pack is goingtohavetotakecontroland dominate possession. And just as against the French, Redpath suggested Scotland would kick from their own territory to set up a platform.

He said: ``I still think we have to keep our half clean.''

The man to do this will be Chris Paterson, who impressed in his first international start at fly-half at the weekend.

Funny Redpath reckons he's up to the task now and in the future. He said: `` Chris will be at the top in about two or three years' time, once he really gets used to that position.''

The heat was on against Fiji and Scotland came through. This week there is no huge expectationof Scottishvictory and the mood in the camp has changed.

Relaxed Redpath could even see the funny side of former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer claiming Australia could beat the Scots blindfolded.

He laughed: ``I hope they turn up blindfolded it would be quite good fun.''

Simon Taylor is undergoing icy sessions in the hotel pool in Brisbane to get his injuredkneeready for Saturday.

The Lions No.8 damaged the joint during the win over Fiji but the 24 year-old returned to gentle training yesterday and should be fit for the quarter-final after undergoing his treatment.2, Open range. 3, Twenty-six letters of the alphabet. 4, Two storeys.

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Date:Nov 6, 2003
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