Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Lamont would settle for 'ugly' win

Sean Lamont
Sean Lamont

Scotland winger Sean Lamont would take an ugly win against Ireland on Saturday after feeling they have tried to play too much "pretty" rugby in the RBS 6 Nations so far.

Scotland have suffered narrow defeats against France and England, and lost to Wales after having two men yellow-carded. They travel to Dublin looking to end a run of five successive defeats and Lamont is looking only for points and not plaudits.

Lamont said: "There is a lot of frustration. That's because we have been playing good rugby, we have just not been getting the right side of the result. I think sometimes we play a bit too much rugby in the wrong areas."

He added: "I think we took the lead three times in the France game and didn't do enough to win the game.

"It might be nice to watch but I'd still take an ugly game with a win than a pretty game with a loss. Winning makes it a damn sight easier.

"It's just about the balance and decisions on the pitch at the right time. Sometimes we just need to put pressure back on the team when we have the lead.

"Hopefully we will get the balance right this weekend and it would be ideal to get a win."

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has devised a plan to deal with Ireland's "choke" tackle but Lamont knows they have to focus on their own game too - and finish the chances that have often gone begging in recent games.

"Ireland are quite unique in their defence," the Scarlets winger said. "They try to get that hold-up tackle, get the maul formed and get the turnover that way.

"We have been working on trying to combat that. You do change things for every opposition but if we can enforce our game plan and play the way we want to play, with a bit more positional awareness and be a bit more clinical, then I'm sure we will get there."

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