Stuart Hogg wants Scotland to show the sacrifices have been worthwhile by beating Ireland in the Autumn Nations Cup third-placed play-off on Saturday.

Andy Farrell's Ireland finished second in a pool including England, Wales and Georgia. Likewise, Scotland finished second in their group which featured France, Italy and Fiji, putting them through to a final game of the year at the Aviva Stadium. 

"Some of the boys haven't seen their families for over five weeks, (scrum coach) Pieter De Villiers hasn't been home for over two months, so we've made a lot of sacrifices to be in this position," said Hogg.

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"We want to finish on a high, we want to finish in the best place possible. I feel this group has bonded well off the field. We've talked a lot about being a family within our own little bubble over the past couple of months.

"We want to go out there, express ourselves, play the brand of rugby that we know we can play and hopefully make memories on and off the field this weekend."

Ireland have not been beaten at home by Scotland for a decade, and also have captain Johnny Sexton available again after injury.

"We want to take on the best Ireland team possible, we believe we can beat the best Ireland team," said Hogg, who will win his 80th cap.

"It's a challenge for the boys up front to deliver a solid set-piece ball and it's an opportunity for our backs to express ourselves. It's going to be a huge test but one the boys are prepped well for and we feel in a good place. Bring on tomorrow."

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