Six Nations 2013: Scotland team to play Ireland

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Scott Johnson has announced his team to play Ireland this weekend. The game is at Murrayfield and kicks off at 14.00 GMT on Sunday.

15. Stuart Hogg
14. Sean Maitland
13. Sean Lamont
12. Matt Scott
11. Tim Visser
10. Ruaridh Jackson
9. Greig Laidlaw

1. Ryan Grant
2. Ross Ford
3. Geoff Cross
4. Richie Gray
5. Jim Hamilton
6. Rob Harley
7. Kelly Brown (C)
8. Johnnie Beattie

Replacements: Doug Hall, Jon Welsh, Moray Low, Al Kellock, David Denton, Henry Pyrgos, Duncan Weir & Max Evans

Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson said: “We have to improve on our last game and that’s been our theme at training all week.

“I make no apology for saying again that we have to step up our work in the contact area. Yes, we’ve some talented athletes in the squad, but we have to give them the opportunities.

“It’s good to see players challenging for selection – and there are a number consistently putting their hands up, which is exactly what we want to see.

“But we’ve kept changes to a minimum and are saying to the players: ‘You’ve won one game. Now go out show us you can win another’.”

What do you make of the team? Will they beat Ireland?

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7 comments on “Six Nations 2013: Scotland team to play Ireland

  1. Scotland have flattered to decive repeatedly over the last few years and I fear that this team is 5 or 6 players short of being a really good outfit.

    I believe they have a chance, Ireland are a little beat up, they have some injuries in key positions, O’Connel, Sexton, Zebo, Darcy, Ferries, and Heally is prohibited. This is not Ireland’s best team, but they still have a team that is better than scotland.

    Scotland are at home and if they can’t Ireland this time then they won’t for a long time. The positives for scotland are that their defensive line speed was good against the Italains, and, and this is a big and they can score tries. Their back three are deadly, working with little go forward ball they have shown they can score from anywhere. If Ireland kick loose at the start and give scotland a couple of chances, they could find themselves down by some serious points and scotland defending a lead at home will not be a good prospect.

    This is a big game for both teams, if Ireland win, then the champoinship is still a possibility and they show mental strength, if thye lose their champoinship will be deamed a disaster after a good start.

    If Scotland win then they are on a role with Wales at home next a 3 win 6N for them is a success and something to build on, Johnson will be given the job. A loss and we are back to one game up 4 games down.

    Key player
    Jackson – Scotlands lack of forward domination has ment low quality ball, he knows he has men outside him that can hurt the other team, he must kick well for position, stand falt and move the ball around at every possible oppurtunity.

    O’Gara – poor last week against England, difficult time to come on, but he has had a weak seasan and has lost his calm. If he kicks badly to scotlands back three, Ireland could have problems.

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