Six Nations

Scotland 'need to snuff out errors' that have holed Six Nations bid

2019-03-06 15:53
Six Nations trophy (AFP)

Glasgow - Fraser Brown says Scotland need to eliminate the momentary lapses that have derailed their Six Nations bid as they prepare to host championship leaders Wales at Murrayfield.

Back-to-back losses to Ireland and France have ruled Gregor Townsend's men out of the championship chase but hooker Brown says there are no major problems with the way  team have approached this year's competition.

Instead, he believes a few minor tweaks could put Scotland back on the path to victory when Warren Gatland's Grand Slam hopefuls visit Edinburgh on Saturday.

"If you lose two games in a row, it's very easy to paint the picture in the media that there is something wrong and that you've lost that winning habit," said the Glasgow forward.

"It's not as complicated as that. It's tiny little things in each game. We went in against France at half-time 10-3 down and had had opportunities to score there.

"These are the tiny little moments that can sway a game. The tiny percentages, not being 20 percent off the mark, but three or four moments is where a game is won or lost."

Scotland have welcomed Finn Russell, Hamish Watson, WP Nel and Sam Skinner back from injury this week, although there was fresh frustration for Townsend, with Sean Maitland and Chris Harris the latest additions to his lengthy casualty list.

Brown knows his side are in for another tough afternoon against a Wales team looking to take another step towards their first clean sweep since 2012.

"They've not lost in 12 games," he said. "We've beaten them once in 10 years so they're a difficult side and we've struggled against them.

"Wales are on a high, they're on a great run and will be full of confidence. They'll have extra confidence because they don't often lose to Scotland, so they'll be coming here thinking if they can control the tempo and then the field position they'll have a good shot of winning again.

"On the flip side, we know if we can match them physically, win the battle around the breakdown, if we can manage the game better than we did in the last couple of matches then we're good enough to win any match."

Read more on:    scotland  |  six nations  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will win the 2018 Six Nations title?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.