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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....
Posted by: Andrew Cumming
Date/Time: 23/03/15 20:16:00

Italy were very, very poor in the second half. It's not just fitness with them but confidence too. They finished very strongly against Scotland, but then Scotland have been poor in the second half all tournament. Italy still should have not lost to Wales by that amount in Rome any more than Scotland should have lost to Ireland by that amount in Edinburgh.

Scotland don't have too many excuses for how they played against Ireland, but there are some. Scotland have some strength but very little depth. We started the tournament without Maitland and then lost Richie Gray and Dunbar as the tournament went on. There are some positions where we could lose players and have replacements of a similar quality but those players were too important to Scotland to be replaced.

Scotland have some extremely talented players but very little leadership and experience. That was brutally exposed by an Ireland team that boasted 275 (!!!) more caps than their Scottish counterparts. Ireland were utterly dominant in that game and the amount of leaders that they had on the pitch and their experience as a team was simply not something that the young Scotland team could handle. Unfortunately, the "experienced" old heads that we do have, such as Laidlaw, Ford, Hamilton, are actually some of our worst players and biggest liabilities.

I'd argue that despite the dreadful look of the table Scotland have played some fantastic rugby and actually have a wonderful highlights reel. Unfortunately the blooper reel is twice as long and that did for us. We also have hope for the next few years with our U20s doing well in beating Wales, Ireland, Italy and putting in a decent showing against England. The Under 18s also beat Ireland last week. Hopefully by the time they come through the old guard will have been put out to pasture and the young crowd such as Johnny Gray, Hogg, Bennett, Ashe, F. Brown, Fagerson, Hidalgo-Clyne (Who will all be about 25-26 at world cup 2019) can give them a better mentoring than they got from the generation of losers before them. This world cup will come too early though and beating USA, Samoa and Japan to qualify from the group (none of which are guarantees for me) will be seen as a result.

For anybody interested, below is a fantastic summary of Scotland's current woes.

For any

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6 Nations begins....06/02/15 08:08:00 R Rees Williams
   Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 08:14:00 Loraine Pemberton
      Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 08:50:00 Gerry Tan
      Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 08:54:00 Michael Moran
   Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 09:33:00 bobby osborne
      Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 09:47:00 Nigel Brooks
         Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 10:09:00 Michael Moran
            Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 10:30:00 Andrew Cumming
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 12:46:00 R Rees Williams
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 13:05:00 Andrew Cumming
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 13:19:00 Richard Greenhough
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 14:20:00 Andrew Cumming
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 15:26:00 R Rees Williams
      Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 12:51:00 Richard Greenhough
         Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 15:14:00 Nigel Brooks
            Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 15:32:00 Andrew Cumming
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 16:29:00 Nigel Brooks
               the weekend....08/02/15 11:12:00 R Rees Williams
                  Re:the weekend....08/02/15 13:29:00 Keith Iddon
                  Re:the weekend....08/02/15 13:45:00 Michael Robinson
            Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 15:34:00 Julian Pavey
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 15:44:00 Pete Mayes
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 16:22:00 Nigel Brooks
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....06/02/15 16:58:00 Michael Robinson
                     16-2106/02/15 22:07:00 Keith Iddon
                        Re:16-2106/02/15 22:10:00 bobby osborne
                           Re:Re:16-2106/02/15 22:19:00 Julian Pavey
                              Re:Re:Re:16-2107/02/15 07:06:00 Michael Moran
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:16-2107/02/15 09:27:00 Andrew Cumming
   Re:6 Nations begins....07/02/15 09:54:00 R Rees Williams
      Re:Re:6 Nations begins....07/02/15 10:26:00 Richard Greenhough
         Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....07/02/15 10:29:00 Ken Munn
            Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....07/02/15 11:09:00 Nigel Brooks
         Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....07/02/15 11:05:00 Keith Iddon
            An old fart speaks07/02/15 12:47:00 Ken Munn
               Re:An old fart speaks11/02/15 00:38:00 David Giles
                  Re:Re:An old fart speaks26/02/15 13:57:00 Nick Mason
                     Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks26/02/15 14:52:00 Michael Moran
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks26/02/15 15:07:00 Nick Mason
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks26/02/15 15:59:00 R Rees Williams
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks26/02/15 16:08:00 Huw Burford-Taylor
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks26/02/15 16:07:00 Denis Fox
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks27/02/15 08:53:00 Andrew Cumming
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks01/03/15 16:45:00 R Rees Williams
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks01/03/15 17:20:00 Michael Moran
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks01/03/15 17:36:00 Paul Corcoran
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks01/03/15 21:00:00 R Rees Williams
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks01/03/15 21:09:00 Richard Greenhough
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks01/03/15 18:11:00 Loraine Pemberton
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks02/03/15 12:28:00 Andrew Cumming
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks02/03/15 14:21:00 R Rees Williams
                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks02/03/15 15:31:00 Andrew Cumming
                                                   Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks10/03/15 15:22:00 Steve Osborne
                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks10/03/15 15:47:00 R Rees Williams
                                                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:An old fart speaks11/03/15 09:33:00 Andrew Cumming
      Re:Re:6 Nations begins....20/03/15 07:33:00 R Rees Williams
         Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins.... Eng to beat France! 20/03/15 09:13:00 Loraine Pemberton
            Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins.... Eng to beat France! 20/03/15 09:52:00 Andrew Cumming
   Re:6 Nations begins....20/03/15 16:14:00 Denis Fox
      Re:Re:6 Nations begins....20/03/15 16:19:00 Huw Burford-Taylor
      Re:Re:6 Nations begins....20/03/15 16:24:00 David Roberts
         Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....21/03/15 16:31:00 R Rees Williams
            Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations ends....21/03/15 19:03:00 Richard Greenhough
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations ends....21/03/15 19:11:00 Julian Pavey
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations ends....21/03/15 20:22:00 Denis Fox
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations ends....21/03/15 22:44:00 Nigel Brooks
            Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....23/03/15 17:00:00 Ken Munn
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....23/03/15 17:24:00 Nigel Brooks
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....23/03/15 17:57:00 Andrew Cumming
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....23/03/15 18:06:00 Nigel Brooks
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....23/03/15 20:16:00 Andrew Cumming
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....23/03/15 21:35:00 Nigel Brooks
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....23/03/15 22:59:00 Andrew Cumming
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....23/03/15 23:32:00 Michael Robinson
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....24/03/15 00:19:00 Chris Calvi-Freeman
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:6 Nations begins....24/03/15 01:06:00 Julian Pavey
                                       Re:Cricket24/03/15 09:59:00 Richard Greenhough
                                    Re Ireland24/03/15 09:33:00 Ken Munn
                                       Re:Re Ireland24/03/15 09:59:00 Nigel Brooks
                                          Re:Re:Re Ireland24/03/15 10:46:00 Michael Robinson

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