With Finn Russell being exiled from the Scotland camp and Darcy Graham being wounded, the team looks dull. But where hope remains the prospect of a possible victory for Scotland in Dublin.
The team of Gregor Townsend needs five things to do if they are to achieve the seemingly impossible by coming in on top against Ireland on Saturday: 1 Fills the Finn Russell-sized hole at the heart of the Adam Hastings team, which is the obvious heir to the 10th jersey, the closest to a similar replacement for the missing talisman in the Townsend team.
Scotland is in a crisis mode and has to punch cleverly, so while Duncan Weir could be a plaster remedy for a cracking wound, his game can be invaluable. If after 60 minutes Scotland is still at war, it will have done brilliantly–and they’ll have a chance to cause disruption. Weir might be the way to get them there.
2 begin well
Everyone who has seen this has scarred in his autobiography for life the horrific beginning of Scotland’s World Cup opener.
Unfortunately, this was not an incident in isolation. Over and over, Scotland’s team came out to pop the traps at the beginning of big games like demented rabbits, but a few minutes later they wondered what went wrong.
It’s because they’ve changed their arm – because their speed and energy are too strong for the opposition – and were captured.
Earlier in the game, save the miracle passes. Have patience, have some courage. Play the percentages, play the percentages. Make the simple stuff fine. Build a strain. Build a strain.
3 Get the set-piece right
Scrum and line-outs are perfect openings for assaults but mostly maintain their control.
Protection is tiring, and whether you overturn or lose the nudge at a scout, you have every chance of making giant, gold-green monsters, who hold dominance until the competition is exhausted until they take brutal advantage, for the next 10 minutes.
4 Emphasis on defense
Even if Scotland has the right set, a long time without the ball is certain. During the World Cup, Townsend staff consulted on Ireland four trials and on Japan four more.
We also awarded 3.5 tries per game in the last Six Nations on average, which means we will make four tries if they want to win a median match if repeated in this tournament;
5 Like it
It doesn’t seem to be a good Scotland player at present, but the Russell affair won’t help you – so you won’t be able to play close to the top if you don’t feel right.