Planet Rugby

Cotter happy with winning start

08th June 2014 11:43

Share:

Vern Cotter Clermont 2012

Satisfied: Vern Cotter

New Scotland boss Vern Cotter was happy with his side's showing in his first match in charge against the USA in Houston on Saturday.

The Scots secured a 24-6 victory in scorching temperatures but Cotter admitted there is room for improvement for their next Test against Canada in Toronto on Saturday.

"The primary satisfaction is that we scored tries and we didn't concede a try," said Cotter.

"That's a good start because the States didn't give up.

"They threw everything at us and made ground. They're good ball carriers, they're a good team.

"Obviously I'm happy because we got the win. I thought the players, despite the difficult conditions, played well.

"With certain things, as all coaches will say, we have to do better next week and we're working on those.

"I'm really pleased with the opportunities created and I'm happy that we managed to get over the line. I thought we could've got over and scored another couple. We're looking at that but the opportunities were created and that means that we had initiative.

"Our intention was to get over the line, score points and that's very good."

Cotter expressed his delight with the performances of debutants Blair Cowan, Gordon Reid and Finn Russell, who started against the USA, and Alex Allan, who came on as a second half replacement.

"The guys that came in, I thought they all played well," said Cotter.

"Gordon Reid at the first ruck took the ball and ran through the middle of it. Obviously he wants to be part of the game and that's really important.

"Blair Cowan had an outstanding game at openside, he kept pressure on the whole time. Their play-makers never really had an easy time.

"Finn Russell, you'd think he's played 20 or 30 games already. He was composed, he kicked well out of his hand. He directed play well and defended."

Cotter expects a sterner test against Canada this weekend.

"They [Canada] have probably got a little bit more variety in their game," he added.

"Canada beat the States a couple of times last year.

"We've got injuries, we need to assess those and then we'll be making decisions on whether those players need to be replaced.

"The basis of today's team will play again next week but we may need players coming out of Scotland to help us."

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw insists his side cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

"I was just pleased with how the team played," he said of the win over the USA.

"We maybe should've scored another try.

"It's only one win against and we want to go to Canada and build the tour from there."

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Preview
Friday , September 26
London Welsh vs Gloucester19:45
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs EdinburghOspreys vs Edinburgh Preview
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh vs Scarlets19:35
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , September 20
Montpellier vs Stade Francais20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 26
Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Sunday , September 21
Otago vs WaikatoOtago vs Waikato Preview
Wellington vs TasmanWellington vs Tasman Preview
Wednesday, September 24
North Harbour vs Canterbury19:35
Thursday , September 25
Bay Of Plenty vs Northland19:35
Friday , September 26
Taranaki vs Auckland19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 20
Sale 46 - 8 London WelshSale vs London Welsh Report
Harlequins 26 - 23 WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Report
London Irish 32 - 36 SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Report
Bath 45 - 0 LeicesterBath vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 GlasgowNewport Gwent D
Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton TrevisoScarlets vs Benetton Treviso Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 ToulouseRacing Metro Paris vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne
Clermont Auvergne 43 - 12 LyonClermont Auvergne vs Lyon Report
La Rochelle 26 - 29 Bordeaux-Begles
Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Western Province 36 - 12 GriquasWestern Province vs Griquas Report
Blue Bulls 15 - 26 SharksBlue Bulls vs Sharks Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 37 CheetahsEastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Hawkes Bay 36 - 17 Bay Of Plenty
Auckland 32 - 7 North HarbourAuckland vs North Harbour Report
Manawatu 36 - 17 Southland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester 22 - 25 ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Munster 31 - 5 ZebreMunster vs Zebre Report
Connacht 10 - 9 LeinsterConnacht vs Leinster Report
Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 UlsterCardiff Blues vs Ulster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Brive 13 - 53 ToulonBrive vs Toulon Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Lions 29 - 15 Pumas
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Counties Manukau 20 - 28 CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Report
Thursday , September 18
Northland 20 - 31 TaranakiNorthland vs Taranaki Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath314
2Saracens313
3Exeter310
4Leicester Tigers39
5Harlequins38