Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist ready for Wallabies Test

By Andrew Scott

GRANT Gilchrist insists that Scotland know the task at hand against Australia but insists they are more than ready for the challenge.

The 27 year olds rugby career has been plagued with injuries but the second row forward is looking to cement his position in the starting team with a win against the Aussies.

Gilchrist anticipates a tough encounter at Saturday. He said: “We have spoken all week about it being just as big a challenge as last week.

“They’re a much-improved side from the team we beat and played really well against in the summer.

“The task is pretty much what it was last week: we’re playing one of the best sides in the world at home, which is something we’re relishing but we know where the challenge lies.”

Gilchrist found himself on the bench last weekend against the All Blacks but has been given the nod ahead of Jonny Gray and the Scot intends on grabbing it with both hands and insists that he is back to his best.

“Over the last two season I’ve probably been gradually getting back to my best,” he said. “I think I’m playing as good

“I take the confidence from that and go out and play. I don’t think about the past, there’s enough going on right now.”

The Scots fell agonisingly short in a close encounter against the All Blacks last week with Stuart Hogg yards away from potentially sealing a famous win against New Zealand, but Scotland insist that they face a tougher test on Saturday.

Scotland last faced Australia in June with a famous 19-24 win in Sydney, the first Scotland side to do so in four years. But Gilchrist and co. insist that it will be a different game this time round.

Wallabies legend Stephen Moore will start in his last ever game of rugby, in the place where he gained his first international cap, a game that he would very much like to hang up his boots with a win.

With both Scotland and Australia coming into the game fresh off defeats against New Zealand and England respectively, both will be desperate for a win to end their Autumn Tours on a high. A sold out BT Murrayfield will provide the perfect stage for this highly anticipated encounter.

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