Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Townsend: We're not far away

Gregor Townsend

Gregor Townsend is determined to ensure Scotland realise their attacking potential in the RBS 6 Nations following a disappointing showing at the Rugby World Cup.

Townsend's position as attack coach came under heightened scrutiny after Scotland's pool-stage exit in New Zealand featured four tries in the opening win over Romania and none in the matches against Georgia, Argentina or England.

Speaking at the launch of the Auld Enemy Dinner, to celebrate Calcutta Cup clashes between Scotland and England, Townsend said: "We've met up as a coaching group a few times and got feedback from the players. You can pick over lots of details about what went on - what we're looking for is how to improve things, how to make sure we turn those winning positions into victories."

He added: "We've got a few ideas that have come out of that. We know we're not far away.

"I'm very optimistic. We believe the fundamentals are there, the players are really coming through and standing up at Test level. That was proved at the World Cup.

"The rugby we have been playing and want to play is attacking rugby.

"It's about the decision-making when we get into the opposition 22 and the execution.

"I believe we can go into the Six Nations looking forward to scoring tries, and it's certainly our goal to get tries on the board as well as other points."

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