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Johnson praises Scotland's resolve

24th February 2013 18:15


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Progress: Scott Johnson

Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson was please with his side's attitude to come back against Ireland at Murrayfield.

The hosts trailed 8-0 at one stage before coming back through four penalties from scrum-half Greig Laidlaw.

"I am happy for the boys because it showed a different side to us. We probably should have been well behind at half-time and I think we showed great resolve," said Johnson.

"If we combine the resolve and the skill-set we think we can, we can do some damage.

"I'm happy but we go back to what we originally spoke about before the game - about performance, and there is plenty in that performance that we need to improve on.

"Ireland felt they should have been well in front on the scoreboard and that creates its own pressure.

"You have to ride your luck sometimes in this game and what we can't do is get too carried away with it.

"We are proud of the victory but have to give an honest assessment that we need to improve."

Johnson refused to discuss potentially taking on the head coaching role on a permanent basis, stating he will meet with the SRU at the end of the Six Nations.

"I keep saying - let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.

"I said I would sit down with the board at this completion of this, and we will do that and decide what is in the best interests of Scotland."

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