Scotland want Tonga payback at Rugby Park, says Sean Lamont

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland
Sean Lamont played in two summer Tests under head coach Vern Cotter
Sean Lamont played in two summer Tests under head coach Vern Cotter

Sean Lamont is out for revenge when Scotland end the autumn series against Tonga at Rugby Park.

Tonga inflicted a 21-15 defeat on the Scots at Pittodrie in November 2012, which resulted in head coach Andy Robinson leaving his post.

"It was more than just losing," said experienced centre Lamont. "It cost a man his job, so that was tough.

"It wasn't nice being on the pitch for a team's first win over Scotland, so hopefully we can get that righted."

Scotland host Argentina and New Zealand at Murrayfield next month before the series culminates in Ayrshire, on Kilmarnock FC's artificial surface.

"Again, we're playing an Islanders team on a narrow pitch," added Lamont, capped 88 times.

"The lesser teams can give you a good challenge if you are not on form and that day we weren't."

Fetu'u Vainikolo celebrates on his way through to scoring for Tonga at Pittodrie
Fetu'u Vainikolo was a try-scorer for Tonga at Pittodrie in 2012

Lamont is one of 17 Glasgow Warriors players included in the Scotland squad, with head coach Vern Cotter overlooking other experienced players such as Kelly Brown and Jim Hamilton.

"We take a lot of confidence from the Glasgow side of things," he told BBC Scotland. "The team is playing well, the guys that are in the Scotland squad are playing well.

"Mark Bennett is on fire, the same with Tommy Seymour and if the guys keep that form up it will be a good autumn series."

Lamont played under Cotter in the June victories over USA and Canada but expects the New Zealander to introduce more of his own strategies this time.

"He didn't put too much of his own stamp down over the summer," explained the 33-year-old. "He just let the boys continue doing what they had been doing.

"I presume he'll want to put more of a mark down on the way he wants to do things as we get towards the Six Nations and the World Cup.

"He's said that we're not ready, so he'll want to sort that out."

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