Barclay on Scotland: “We were useless”

Date published: March 11 2017

Scotland captain John Barclay was heavily critical of his team’s performance after their heavy 61-12 defeat to England.

All the build-up in the week had centred around Scotland’s bid to clinch a first win at Twickenham since 1983, but those hopes went up in smoke early on as England built an ominous 20-0 lead.

From there Scotland never came close to getting back into the contest, with a frustrated Barclay admitting that his side failed to match the expectations following their wins over Ireland and Wales.

Scotland lost Fraser Brown to an early yellow card and then trailed 30-7 by half-time, on a frustrating day in Vern Cotter’s penultimate match in charge of the side.

“I don’t know what to say to be honest, we just didn’t show up. We got off to a bad start and continued, our dicipline was very poor and we gave away soft tries,” Barclay toldĀ ITV.

“You don’t win however many games in a row without being a good side so good luck to England.

“We will review it, which won’t be easy to watch.

“We are trying to move away from the tag of plucky losers but that wasn’t even that. We were useless.”