Six Nations 2019: Scotland 'must start winning' big games to progress - Russell

  • Six Nations 2019: Scotland 'must start winning' big games to progress - Russell

Six Nations 2019: Scotland 'must start winning' big games to progress - Russell

He said: "We have not used it before, we felt that they would, if we got it into Pete's hands they would just think we were going to carry round the corner into contact".

Gregor Townsend's team had high hopes of making a push for the title this year but Saturday's Murrayfield defeat to Ireland has put them on the back foot. "Because he is who he is that's going to happen and Johnny probably knew he was only going to play 20 minutes so he jammed it all into that time", Schmidt said. Speaking after an error-strewn second half performance derailed the team's quest to defeat Ireland at Murrayfield, the stand-off - who was once again one of the team stand-out performers - was in no mood to embrace the gallant losers tag.

They could also be without their talismanic fullback Stuart Hogg, who had to be replaced in the 16th minute after suffering a shoulder injury in the lead up to the second Irish try.

"Some of the things that you see him doing.when that ball was scrappy, he went down and picked it up and made something out of nothing and that's what Joey can do and I thought he bossed the forwards well in a game that was very hard".

"We'll have to rely on other people which isn't where you want to be but if we hadn't won this game, we were definitely out of it". It's not anger, it's 'Why did we have such a good first half and then we didn't play the same way in the second?

"But it was just that final piece, the execution off set-piece which has been really good, that fell off the jigsaw today, and that's my fault".

"I'm so proud of the players with the way they played and the effort they put in", he said. "I'm the attack coach and we weren't able to get those two or three phases, either to get in behind the defence or set up our attack shape, which was working well in the first half". 'We got a lot of our attacking game into play, really good decisions and really good work rate off the ball meant that we were finding space in that first half. Poite did seem rather reluctant to punish Ireland at times, with Schmidt's men using all their experience to close the game out. We launched off a line-out in the second half and Sean O'Brien reached the ball, ' explained Laidlaw.

"The way he reacted, and the way we all did, that can give us confidence as a team too. If we're going to progress we need to start winning these games".

"We should be able to fix those mistakes in France". "He chipped ahead and he was sandwiched between two players and there was a collision which caused him to land on his shoulder". 'It was a big moment in the game. "We conceded the try a minute after that and lost one of our best players".