It has been a frustrating few weeks for Scotland, and we’re obviously disappointed with the results this Autumn. The All Blacks up first was always going to be difficult, but scoring three tries against them was encouraging.
Then the score in the South Africa game wasn’t really reflective of how the match went. We knew how they were going to play, and knew what we wanted to do against them, but we didn’t execute well enough. They took their chances and we didn’t.
Then finally, not getting the result against Tonga just wasn’t good enough. If we had won that game, it would have changed people’s perceptions of our Autumn series, so it was a really frustrating way to finish.
The Southern Hemisphere teams are so physical, and they bring a clinical edge to the game. They know what they are good at and that’s what they concentrate on. You know what to expect from South Africa for example, but they just execute their plan so well – they win the game by winning the collisions and that’s exactly what they did against us.
It is a real shame to see Andy Robinson step down. He’s a great coach and a good person as well, and I’m sad to see him go. He gave me the opportunities that have got me to where I am, bringing me to Edinburgh and obviously giving me my first cap. I wish him all the best for the future in whatever he does next.
We’ve got some hugely talented players around in Scotland, but we haven’t quite gelled together in terms of performances and have come up short a few times. A new coach is likely to bring a fresh outlook and there is lots to be positive about.
The Six Nations can’t come quickly enough for us, and hopefully we can get the frustration out of our system, starting against England in the first match.
Our season at Edinburgh is getting back on track. Watching the guys beat the Ospreys the night before we played Tonga was brilliant, and then going to Connacht and winning over there is not easy. I’d never won there before, so it was great to get that result going into the Heineken Cup double-header with Racing Metro.
We’ve also got a double-header with Glasgow Warriors coming up, which is a huge rivalry – a real local derby. The support is great, particularly at this time of year, and every match with Glasgow is a great occasion. I’ve never won the 1872 Cup, so that’s a real focus for us, and it’s important to get the points in the Rabo as well.
We lost quite a few games early in the season, but only by narrow margins and we’ve picked up losing Bonus Points, which could be important at the end of the year. Now with the two recent wins we’ve moved up the league a little bit, and hopefully we can push on in the games against Glasgow.