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We won't wind up Dylan - Laidlaw.

GREIG Laidlaw has insisted Scotland "can't go looking" to wind up Dylan Hartley - but refused to rule out benefiting from the new England captain's clouded disciplinary history.

Scotland skipper Laidlaw vowed Vern Cotter's side will not target Hartley for special treatment in the Six Nations opener at Murrayfield on Saturday, February 6. The Gloucester scrum-half however hinted that Scotland still believe Hartley's career suspensions tally of 54 weeks could come back to haunt him in his new leadership role.

Head coach Vern Cotter admitted Scotland "will do our damnedest" to spoil Eddie Jones' debut as England boss in Edinburgh next weekend.

"We can't go looking for that," said Laidlaw when asked if Scotland would seek to antagonise Hartley.

"But time will tell. No one knows what will happen in the game. We've got to look inside ourselves, concentrate on ourselves and not worry about anyone else ultimately.

"It's going to be an incredible atmosphere, I think the stadium sold out in record time and it's great as Scottish players for us to see that, to feel the support of the nation getting behind us - but that only goes so far.

"In terms of England coming up here, Dylan's an experienced guy, he's been around a while and he'll deal with that.

"But it will be a tough environment - we want to make Murray-field a place where teams don't like coming.

"A lot of it will be down to our performance."

Scotland boss Cotter branded England favourites for the Murray-field showdown but vowed his side will produce an uncompromising showing. He insisted England boasting five sides in the European Champions Cup quarter-final hints at a resurgence in form after their abysmal World Cup.

"As much as they clearly go into this fixture as the preferred team we just want to make Murrayfield not a particularly nice place for them," said Cotter.

"We'll do our damnedest to make sure he has no comfortable day, we'll be rolling our sleeves up and giving it our best shot.

"Eddie Jones' record speaks for itself, he's a good coach. He prepared his Japanese team very well for the World Cup."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jan 28, 2016
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