Jacobsen reaches half-century
Scotland's Allan Jacobsen will win his 50th cap against Samoa but the prop says he will not be celebrating unless they win.
Last Updated: 25/11/10 4:16pm
Scotland's Allan Jacobsen will win his 50th cap against Samoa on Saturday but the prop says he will not be celebrating unless they win.
Jacobsen reaches the milestone having been named by coach Andy Robinson for their third autumn Test - the Scots playing in Aberdeen having beaten South Africa at Murrayfield last weekend.
The 32-year-old Edinburgh loosehead said: "It obviously means a lot to me. I've played for a long time and it's eight years since I got my first cap.
"A lot of people say it's just a number, but it's been a big target for me in the last couple of years. I feel happy that I've done it, but it won't really mean anything unless we go out there and beat Samoa on Saturday - that's the main focus this week."
Scotland are, of course, riding high at the moment having beaten the world champions as part of a run that has brought four wins out of five and taken them to sixth in the IRB rankings.
However, Jacobsen's debut was rather less auspicious, with Scotland losing to Canada in Vancouver in June 2002.
Jacobsen said his debut "wasn't a great day for Scottish rugby" but their fortunes have certainly improved of late.
His scrummaging troubled the Springboks in the 21-17 win, while he has also performed with distinction in wins over Australia, Ireland and Argentina (twice) in little more than a year.
"The last year we've got some good results and we have improved," added Jacobsen.
"Maybe in the last Six Nations we could have got a couple of results we didn't get - we've got to take the wins when they're there in front of us."
Samoa will be looking to end their tour on a high after narrow defeats to Ireland and England and Jacobsen knows Scotland must be at their best to make it five wins from six - the only blemish being a 49-3 loss to New Zealand.
"They have proved in the last couple of weeks in their matches that they're a very good side," he added.
"Everyone knows they love to tackle, they're big, strong, but I think their whole game has improved.
"They've got a lot of guys playing in Europe now and I think that has got a lot to do with it.
"If we don't turn up to Pittodrie with our A game we'll be in trouble."