I’m responsible for the defeat – Cotter

Date published: March 1 2015

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter accepted a large portion of the blame for his side's 22-19 defeat to Italy, which has left them bottom of the table.

Italy scored a penalty try in the final minute at Murrayfield as the Scots must now recover before facing England and Ireland next month in the Six Nations.

Cotter was left upset with the result at the press conference and lamented his side's inability to heed his pre-game team-talk in Saturday's home fixture.

"I'm obviously not getting the message across," he said. "That's one of those things that has been spoken about and it needs to be taken on board.

"I still think there is a lot of growth in this side. Things have gone forward. We just need to address a couple of simple things which will help us change and control outcomes better."

He added: "I'm responsible for the defeat so I will be having a good look at myself and how we can move forward.

"The result was disappointing because we led for the whole game. We didn't control it as well as we might have in the last 20 minutes.

"Through that lack of composure and control we got ourselves in difficulty.

"We have two more games against England away and Ireland at home and if we look at this closely there are things we need to do to give us more composure and allow us to close out games like this."