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Scotland's Lamont excited about facing Caucaunibuca

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Scotland wing Sean Lamont, right, is tackled by South Africa wing Breyton Paulse at ABSA Stadium in Durban, South Africa, on June 10.

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Sean Lamont is relishing the challenge of going up against Rupeni Caucaunibuca when Scotland play the Pacific Islanders at Murrayfield in Edinburgh today.

Giant wing Caucau, known to Fijian fans as "Freak," got the go ahead to play at Murrayfield after sorting out passport problems which prevented him appearing in last weekend's 38-20 defeat by Wales.

"I have never seen him in the flesh, but I have seen him on video and heard about his talents from the Edinburgh guys who were up against him when they went to Agen in the Heineken [European] Cup a few weeks ago," Northampton wing Lamont said.

"I am regarding it as just the latest in a long line of challenges for me -- and one I am really looking forward to. Caucau will obviously be a threat, however our aim will be to keep hold of the ball and do the bulk of the attacking ourselves," he said.

Meanwhile, Lamont warned his Scotland teammates to be wary of the "Argentina factor" as they attempt to build on last weekend's home win over Romania.

"It is hard to know exactly what questions the Pacific Islanders will ask of us because they have been thrown together as a squad," he said.

"The worrying fact, however, is that Argentina were also a makeshift team when they played against England at Twickenham -- and look what happened there," he added as he recalled the Pumas' dramatic 25-18 win.

"What we do know is that they are a bunch of supremely talented individuals, who will be very strong when it comes to offloading in the tackle," he said.

Lamont is hoping to get more opportunities to run with the ball than during the Romania match last Saturday.

"The bottom line is that we are winning, so I have to be happy. Since the Italy game at the end of last season, I have not been so anxious about getting the ball," he said.

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