ALASTAIR Kellock is looking forward to combining with Richie Gray in Scotland’s second row against Tonga tomorrow, providing the latter proves his fitness after being concussed in the first half at Murrayfield last weekend.
Glasgow captain Kellock impressed as a replacement against the Springboks and was an ever-present on the summer tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa, when Jim Hamilton was banned.
Kellock, the World Cup captain for Scotland, is looking forward to again teaming up with Gray, who moved to Sale Sharks in the summer.
The 31-year-old said: “I love playing with Richie. We have good fun, both on and off the park. He’s an incredibly talented second row. From a line-out point of view, when I’m calling it, it’s great having him there. You can win good ball on him. We’ve played together a lot over the past few years, so I’m looking forward to doing it again. I think we complement each other pretty well.”
Kellock was impressed by South Africa’s control of the match last weekend and hopes Scotland can be similarly dominant at Pittodrie: “We’ve got to do that to Tonga. You look at the strengths they have and it’s unstructured, counter-attacking rugby. We need to try to take that away from them by being very good in defence and, in attack, playing in the right areas.”