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Ireland players look on in despair as Ben Youngs scores a try for England

Josh Strauss says a sold-out crowd should give Scotland a boost when they take on Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Strauss was impressed by the tactics used by the English at the Aviva Stadium as it sparked memories of Ireland's last Edinburgh visit.

The Sale number eight was in the Scotland XV for that 2017 clash, a match that saw the Dark Blues lure the visitors into a series of early traps set inside their own 22 before applying the squeeze. Nonetheless, the Scotland squad have a route map to victory now, one that will at least provide a useful starting point as they set off in search of a second home win to follow the 33-20 defeat of Italy.

And it is those two performances which have convinced Strauss that the Scots must take the fight to the Irish again. "They started well and played very well, but that doesn't make Ireland a bad team", said the 29-year-old.

'We've had the highlights up around the team room just to have a look at how England beat them, but we've got some stuff up our sleeves as well, ' said the Glasgow Warriors star.

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The scrum-half told BBC Sport: "Against a quality opposition like Ireland, you can't release a Test match like that".

And Strauss hopes to exploit that make-or-break situation to his team's benefit.

'I think a lot of teams are now trying to get away from the whole fact of focusing too much if we're home or away.

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Ireland's next two games after suffering facial fractures in the champions' chastening Guinness Six Nations opener to England in Dublin.

"But if we can put a lot of pressure on them in the first 20, that changes their mindset. That game's in the history books now and we can't change any of that, so we're looking forward to this week, a massive step up, especially with the way they'll be coming over to Murrayfield".

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