Scotland's Greig Laidlaw targets autumn Tests as he leaves tour

By Alasdair LamontBBC Sport on tour with Scotland
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw in action against Canada
Laidlaw captained Scotland to a second straight win under new head coach Vern Cotter

Greig Laidlaw is eager to be back in the international reckoning for the autumn Tests after captaining Scotland to two victories in North America.

"There's not a whole amount of international rugby to be played before the World Cup," said Laidlaw.

"Looking to the Novembers Tests, they'll be very important games."

Interview - Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw

Saturday's 19-17 win over Canada followed a 24-6 victory against USA and scrum-half Laidlaw's accurate kicking proved crucial in both Tests.

The skipper admits Scotland "played poorly" in the "very scrappy" win over Canada but emphasised the importance of having won two out of two on the tour so far.

The visitors struggled to impose themselves and were guilty of some poor handling after lock Grant Gilchrist's first international try early in the match.

"It wasn't how we planned to win it but we got there in the end," Laidlaw told BBC Scotland.

"We just put a lot of balls down. We gave away a lot of silly penalties. We let them get out of their half pretty easily at times and that just put needless pressure on us. We lacked a bit of concentration.

"They were the annoying things but we were just pleased to have won the game."

Interview - Scotland hooker Scott Lawson

Looking ahead to the autumn series against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga, Laidlaw hopes he can "hit the ground running" with Gloucester to ensure his inclusion in Vern Cotter's Scotland line-up.

"It's the end of my season," he explained.

"I've got enough going on with moving down south, that's my next challenge.

"I'll go home, get a little bit of a rest. Next time I come together with Scotland, I'll make sure my form's good and I'm in that starting 15."

Meanwhile, hooker Scott Lawson believes "there's a lot to work on" in Scotland's remaining summer Tests with Argentina and South Africa.

Like Laidlaw, Lawson, 32, will leave the tour after the North American leg and said: "To play a Test match and win, you've got to be delighted.

"We are a new group coming together. Somebody else will take up the opportunity.

"In this Test series, we're working our way up the rankings. It's on to Argentina then South Africa."