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

John Barclay

John Barclay captained Scotland to victory over Samoa in their opening autumn international

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.

In fact the back-to-back world champions lost only last month to Australia, in addition to a defeat and a draw against the British and Irish Lions this summer.

"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", Barclay said.

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

Scotland secured a surprise 24-19 victory over Australia in Sydney in June and Barclay hopes for a similar upset this weekend. We had a pretty good tour and that game sticks out. We played with good intent that day, with a lot of accuracy. "That was the main thing and those will be the key things this weekend".

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.

"They don't lose many games but they have lost a few in the past 12 months". They face Australia on November 25.

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

"It will be very tough but if we can look at those opportunities and make the majority then that is where we will be successful". Particularly where, over the last six months, there's been games where we've defended really well like the Australia one and the Ireland game.

"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. We need to focus on ourselves as much as we can and try to impose ourselves".

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