Cotter wants improved first half from Scotland

Date published: October 10 2015

Scotland boss Vern Cotter wants his players to deliver a decent first-half performance when they take on Samoa in Newcastle on Saturday.

Cotter's charges have battled during the opening half in each of their previous matches at the World Cup. 

They held a slender 12-7 lead against Japan, before securing a 45-10 victory in their tournament opener. In their second match against the USA, Scotland trailed 13-6 before coming back to clinch a 39-16 victory. And they were behind 20-3 to South Africa in their third match before eventually suffering a 34-16 defeat.

And Cotter knows they can not afford a similar performance against Samoa, who will be determined to finish their campaign on a high.

When asked how they plan to fix their first half lethargy, Cotter replied: “We’ve looked at getting our hands on the ball early.

“We know that we'll have to improve and we're looking for a much better performance in the contact area. 

"We learned a lot from the South Africa game."