Johnson doubted match-winner Weir

Date published: February 23 2014

Scotland boss Scott Johnson admitted he had “plenty of doubts” over whether Duncan Weir would land his late drop-goal against Italy.

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson admitted he had “plenty of doubts” over whether Duncan Weir would land his match-winning drop against Italy.

Johnson, who had come under criticism following their 20-0 loss to England at Murrayfield, saw his side respond with a 21-20 win over the Azzurri.

But he revealed that with the scores at 18-20 he wasn't sure if Weir would win the Rome clash.

“I had plenty of doubts he would do it,” he said.

“I've watched him for the last three weeks and he never looked like kicking one. But I was delighted for him, delighted. It's a position that carries a lot of responsibility.”

He added: “The criticism last week was deserved, we didn't play well.”

“We showed character though. We said that if we got set piece and get a bit of the ball, we could play a bit of rugby. In the first half we had a lot of penalties against us but this team's got great character.

“We just need to execute a bit better a little more often.”

Scotland will host France in Round Four being ending their campaign at the Millennium Stadium with a game against Wales, with Johnson keeping his players' feet on the ground.

“It's certainly better than a loss, for a boost,” he added.

“But just as we can't get carried away with a win that could easily have gone the other way, we're going to work on the things we need to improve on.

“We have to learn to play and compete consistently. We got one (win) today. I thought we were the better team, but that won't mean a lot if we don't show a lot at home against the French.”