Brothers grab limelight for historic quarter-final clash

AFP , PARIS

Sun, Oct 07, 2007 - Page 22

Scotland fullback Rory Lamont will be part of a very special club today when he lines-up for the World Cup quarter-final with Argentina -- he will be part of history as the first time an international Test match has three pairs of brothers in the contest.

The 24-year-old will play alongside brother Sean, while on the Pumas side there will be the Contepomi twins and the Fernandez Lobbe brothers.

Rory, who is two years younger than Sean, said he wasn't slighted by the fact that Scotland were the underdogs, indeed it was to his mind probably a benefit.

"Scotland as underdogs is nothing new to us," said Lamont, who has joined Scotland captain Jason White at English Premiership side Sale Sharks for next season.

"We're quite comfortable with that. The pressure is off. It's a different pressure to the Italy game. The external pressure before that game was huge," he said.

However, Lamont admits that Scotland will have to be up to scratch at the breakdown.

"We are definitely going to raise our game," said Lamont, who says he tries to present the best possible image on the pitch so as to set an example to children.

"I have noticed at the start of this championship the best teams have really been competing at the breakdown. The southern hemisphere teams have hammered it at the breakdown, putting in three or four guys," he said.

"The northern hemisphere teams have had two or three guys and if they don't get it straight away they line up at defense and it's something we've been looking at," Lamont said.

Lamont said he was hoping to get more of the ball than he did in the nervewracking 18-16 win over Italy last Saturday which saw the Scots make the last eight at the expense of their rivals.

"In this tournament, we haven't shown what we are fully capable of," he said. "There have been glimpses. Against Italy it was difficult because it was just kicking. Dan Parks is an exceptional kicker and on points, Chris Paterson takes it every time."