Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Scott's scrum promise

Stevie Scott says Scotland 'have got a very good scrum'

Scotland forwards coach Stevie Scott has promised there will be no repeat of the scrummaging debacle that cost them dear against Wales when the Dark Blues travel to France this weekend.

The Scots slipped to a 28-18 defeat at home to the Welsh as a series of penalty concessions handed the visitors victory. A vast number of the Scottish infringements came as hooker Ross Ford was penalised for engaging early at the scrum, but Scott insists those problems have already been ironed out.

Asked if the Welsh defeat had raised worrying questions about Scotland's scrummaging performance, he said: "Not at all. Scotland have got a good scrum, a very good scrum. You will see that if you look back at the games leading up to the Wales game. The problems we had against Wales are gone. They are out of our system."

He added: "We have reviewed the game. We had a forwards meeting this morning. We know we don't have to change anything major. We just need to adapt little things to make sure that doesn't happen again.

"Our scrum is built around speed and the height of the scrum. But we will not change that. The referees are aware that we are not going early, but if you are not getting the engaging part right, it becomes pretty messy.

"The pleasing thing is that we go to France to face a side who want to scrum. Nothing changes for us at all.

"The front five and the whole pack are really looking forward to playing a game that will see us tested in that area."