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Just worried about the Ireland back row/forwards in general. I think we might see another case of a team being bullied if we don't front up. I do feel we lack a little grunt in the forwards but if we can keep the ball alive it wont matter too much (I hope!)
it will a close game could go either way ,Scotland will play better rather than there poor performance against Italy
Defence is a worry. We haven't got a tackling outside centre other than Grigg who's not really proven at this level. With Gray and Watson out, that's ~20% of our tackles and 50% of our turnovers missing. I say again quick ball out wide is our best option of beating the Irish, in order to outscore them.
Gaz, we may, but points difference is less important than getting the bonus point.
The Scots may rue the points difference if the six nations comes down to points difference. They simply thought the game was won, got the yellow card and almost went to sleep. Italy were particularly poor for most of the game, and should have been a 40/50 point difference.
Look we won’t play like the last 10 mins in any of the other games. We all know what happened - lesson learnt & luckily we were far enough ahead that the result didn’t change. That issue is easily fixed. I’m more concerned about our forwards getting over the gain line against the bigger boys...& us having a plan B if they don’t/can’t.
I might add to my comment below that if we play like we did in last 10 mins v Italy against Ireland , we will get thumped. This was a poor Italian side and we need to raise our game significantly to have any chance on Saturday.
@123 Everybody knows this 6N could come down to points difference. No disrespect intended to Italy but any team competing to win 6N should be going for a bonus point against them. conceding three tries the way they did is a wasted opportunity to build points difference. So switching off is not acceptable and definitely not smart. When your opponent's down, keep on him till the final whistle.
I would suggest it is , Mike, were you watching the Italian game?
Things seemed to happen at the same time, yellow card, untried replacements and no real leader. no-on was in charge of Scotland on the park. If you take Laidlaw off, have someone else in command.
Could be close, Ireland have most to prove, their pack may have the better of teh Scots. Let's hope for a great game.
There's a nonsense to some of the comments about Scotland 'turning off' after 66 minutes or so. 1st of all, the win was secured: 2nd..the bonus point was secured..and 3rd.International Rugby is a very hard 'game'..injuries are perhaps too common.as witness Ireland's casualty list after Sat..Taking players off to guard against injury..giving some new caps a bit of experience was SMART..GT..gd JOB!
@119Couldn't help yourself could you?A HYS about Ire/Sco and you have a sneaky dig at England. Pathetic.
116. We could play both Wilson and Strauss, with Strauss playing 6
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