Planet Rugby

Scots pack blasted by forwards coach

05th February 2014 10:34

Share:

scotland ireland lineout ryan wilson devin toner

Misfiring: Scotland lineout

Scotland forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys has laid blame for Sunday's 28-6 trouncing in Ireland at the door of his misfiring pack.

The set-piece proved a constant source of frustration rather than quick ball for the visitor; Scotland lost one third of their own lineouts and scrummages, and former Wales hooker Humphreys was especially irked that the pain was largely self-inflicted.

"The forwards, generally across the board, were pretty average," said Humphreys.

"We're not going to hide away from that - there needs to be a significant improvement over these next eight weeks if we hope to be competitive in this tournament.

"Our inability to put points on the board comes around from us losing three out of our first five lineouts.

"It is very difficult to create any pressure when you release the valve like we did.

"The most disappointing thing is it came from nothing else but our own errors. If you want to tick over the scoreboard then you have to spend some time in the opposition half."

  • International Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia vs New Zealand10:00
Saturday , November 8
Ireland vs South AfricaTBC
Scotland vs ArgentinaTBC
More International Match fixtures
  • International Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
New Zealand 36 - 13 EnglandNew Zealand vs England Report
South Africa 31 - 30 WalesSouth Africa vs Wales Report
USA 38 - 35 Canada
Japan 26 - 23 ItalyJapan vs Italy Report
Fiji 13 - 18 SamoaFiji vs Samoa Report
Friday , June 20
Argentina 19 - 21 ScotlandArgentina vs Scotland Report
Tuesday , June 17
Crusaders 7 - 38 EnglandCrusaders vs England Report
Saturday , June 14
USA 29 - 37 JapanUSA vs Japan Report
More International Match results