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Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw says there is still plenty more to come from his side after they comprehensively beat Georgia 43-16 at Rugby Park. Luc Robitaille Kings Jersey .The hosts were dominant for large parts in Kilmarnock and led 31-11 at half-time thanks to tries from Tommy Seymour, Sean Maitland, Stuart Hogg and a penalty try.Laidlaw kicked 11 first-half points and added a further two in the second period, while Hamish Watson and Hogg also crossed after the break.Vasil Lobzhanidze managed to touch down twice for Georgia, with Merab Kvirikashvili adding a further two penalties, but it was little consolation for Milton Haigs troops.It was a nice win, said Laidlaw, who was speaking on BBC 1. We scored 43 points and a lot of good tries against a tough Georgia side.I am pleased with our attack and the way we are scoring points and causing teams problems.It has been a strong end to 2016 for Scotland, who will finish a calendar year with more wins than losses for the first time since 2010.Vern Cotters side also secured successive home victories for the first time since February 2013 after beating Argentina 19-16 last weekend.Having run Australia close two weeks ago as well in a narrow 23-22 defeat, Laidlaw believes Scotland are making progress, but is refusing to rest on his laurels.The scrum-half added: In the Australia and Argentina games we did a lot of great things.Our defence has taken a step forward as well, we havent conceded too many points, but theres always things to work on.Ryan Wilson, who was voted man of the match, echoed his captains views and is already looking forward to the 2017 RBS 6 Nations campaign. Wilson said: It was good fun, but it was hard work. We knew how tough they would be, they came out and put some big shots in and they have some big boys out there, but it was a great win in front of a great crowd.The first two games against Australia and Argentina have been so tight, things started to come together today and it is a tribute to the hard work the boys have put in.There is plenty more to work on, but there is some brilliant stuff there and we want to take it into the Six Nations next year. Robyn Regehr Jersey . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Dustin Brown Kings Jersey . Siddikur, whose previous win on the circuit came in Brunei three years ago, finished his bogey-free round with a birdie on the 18th for a total of 17-under 199. Indias Shiv Chowrasia, who has finished runner-up in this tournament twice, was in second place after a 66. . Robinson finished with 17 points, all but two in the second half, and Lawson had 14 after halftime and finished with a game-high 11 assists as the Nuggets handed Dallas its first home loss in eight games this season. J.J. Hickson led Denver with 22, and Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 10 rebounds. BARCELONA, Spain -- Chris Froome has some unfinished business when the Spanish Vuelta starts on Saturday.The Kenyan-born British rider enters the grand tour as the undisputed favorite after winning his third Tour de France title, followed by a bronze medal in the individual time trial at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The Vuelta is a race I really enjoy and where I guess you could say I have unfinished business, Froome said. Its already been a great summer for both myself and the team, but the Vuelta is another big challenge for us.While Froome has put his stamp on the Tour, the one title that has consistently eluded him is the three-week Vuelta.Not that he hasnt come close. In four appearances, Froome has twice finished runner-up.The now 31-year-old Froome made a name for himself as an up-and-coming talent when he came second to Juanjo Cobo in 2011. In 2014, he was edged out by Alberto Contador.Froome gave it another shot last year in search of a rare Tour-Vuelta double, but was forced to withdraw after breaking a bone in his right foot after crashing during the 11th stage.Froomes Sky team, which helped him dominate the Tour in June, will be without both Mikel Landa (hip injury) and Nicholas Roche (illness).Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978) are the only riders to win both the Tour and the Vuelta in the same season, and they did so when the Vuelta was still held in the spring.Here is a look at the course and Froomes toughest competition:---THE ROUTEBesides again offering a route fashioned for climbers, the 71st edition of the Spanish Vuelta will avoid the hot southern sun with action taking place in the greener north before the last week in the Mediterranean region of Valencia.TThe race begins on Saturday with a 27. Drew Doughty Kings Jersey. 8-kilometer (17.2-mile) team time trial in Ourense and concludes 3,315 kilometers (2,059 miles) later with the traditional arrival in Madrid on Sept. 11.In between, riders face 12 hill and mountain stages.The race will feature a trip into France on the 14th stage for a climb to the lAubisque peak used in the Tour.The tough course and stiff competition is bound to make for some aggressive racing, Froome said.---CONTADORIf Froome has a rival at the Vuelta, it is three-time winner Alberto Contador.But the Spaniard has had a disappointing summer after crashes and a fever forced him out of the Tour and sidelined him from the Olympics.I will fight for the victory, Contador said. We will go day by day and I hope to have more good luck than I have had recently. I just hope for a better start than the one I had in the Tour.This will be the seven-time grand tour winners last race with his Tinkoff team.---QUINTANAThe biggest threat to Sky as a team should come from a Movistar squad led by Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, although the Spanish outfit was unable to muster much of a challenge during this summers Tour.Quintana has twice finished second to Froome at the Tour, and the Colombian climber won the 2014 Giro dItalia. He arrives at the Vuelta after wins this year at the Tour of Catalonia and the Tour of Romandie.The 36-year-old Valverde, who won the 2009 Vuelta, will be completing a demanding season after having finished third at the Giro, sixth at the Tour de France, and competing for Spain in the Olympic road race. ' ' ' 

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