Alasdair Dickinson predicts a tough Test for Scotland against Japan
By Charlotte Bates
Last Updated: 14/06/16 1:18pm
Scotland's Alasdair Dickinson warns of a tough Test in Saturday opening game against a Japanese side hungry for revenge following their World Cup thrashing.
Scotland played Japan most recently at last year's World Cup when they overcame a slow start to comfortably win 45-10, and Dickinson is expecting two difficult games in Toyota City and Tokyo this month.
"We know they are coming after revenge from the World Cup, so it will be a tough one," the international veteran said. "We need to start well, which we did not do particularly well in that game. We need to tidy up a few of our fundamentals and need to come out of the box firing.
"Japan take their chances. They are very skillful players and we have seen what happens when they capitalise on errors with a lot of broken field play. Minimise errors and start better."
The Brave Blossoms will be missing crucial players for June's two-test series with both their World Cup captain Michael Leitch and fullback Ayumu Goromaru ruled out due to injury.
However, Dickinson, who has made 57 appearances for his country, refuses to underestimate the Japanese squad and has advised Scotland not to become complacent.
"All the games I have watched Japan play over many years, their set piece has been excellent," the 33-year-old added.
"The Japanese scrum probably the lowest in the world, they are a tough scrummaging team who will be coming for us. It will be a good challenge."