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Frank Hadden must go now !!!!!!!!the man has NO idea how to coach our team , Parks Di Rollo , Hines can all go with him !!!!!!
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posted Feb 25, 2008
I think what is most frustrating is that for the small player base that Scotland has, these players are pretty good.I agree with a couple of comments that have been made about the mentality of the players. They started the Ireland game pretty well and as soon as things started to go badly, the heads dropped. Nobody on the Scotland team is showing any sort of leadership qualities to pull the team up when they are going through a bad patch in the game. Personally I am not convinced by Hadden. People say that he has done so well after the Williams era but I think this gives an illusion of what he has actually done - achieved mediocrity. Mediocrity in the wake of a dismal run of something like 3 wins in 17 (I think this was Williams' record) is going to look pretty special. But seriously, I think he has only won one away game (against Italy) if you don't include the WC. This isn't good enough. I, like somebody above, got really sick of the attitude in the WC of "Well we got to the quarters so that'll do." We should be going tot he WC to make an impact and aim to win it even if that ambition means crashing and burning in the group stages. Having said all this there it is only worth talking above sacking Hadden if you have somebody else lined up. Who would this be? Personally, I would love Robinson to be involved but I would not want him as head coach. Apart from that I am out of ideas, I don't suppose Jake White would be interested?Ultimately everyone in Scotland knows that we do not have a world beating side, but we do have enough quality to avoid 2 wooden spoons in a row (which I feel is what we are heading for)and enough quality to score more than one try every six games so it is up to the SRU to get somebody at the helm who can guide a Scotland team to show this to us and everyone else.
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“Scotland have low standards which they consistently fail to achieve” reads the report card. It’s not a question of skill but a question of attitude. Who else is tiring at same lame old epithets coming from the coach and squad after every game: “we can take some positives from this", "signs of progress" etc. Time for some brutal honesty guys - it was bloody awful and has been since before the World Cup. Why exactly are we looking at the positives? Doing the right thing is the least that’s expected from professional sportsmen at the highest level. Doing the wrong thing is frankly unacceptable. Defeat is unacceptable. The nation, the players and coaches shouldn't satisfy themselves with "decent performances". We've got to hate losing. Losing should make you feel like your wife just cheated on you. If the players and coaches don’t hate it, then frankly they shouldn’t be involved. Only when you detest losing can you fully appreciate the thrill of winning. Both emotions are the most powerful motivators for performance enhancement a sportsman can have. I don’t see that with this squad. We’re not less skilful, we just have lower standards. I hear words like “disappointed to lose” without a shred of intentional understatement. Disappointed? Not gutted, bitter, angry, embarrassed? I don’t see any single-minded desire to win at all costs. No Jeffrey, Calder or Telfer steel, anger and bloody mindedness. In their pre-match interview on Saturday, Gatland and Edwards talked menacingly of their hatred of losing, the unacceptability of poor performances, and you can now see that through the Welsh team. Until we develop similar mental attitude, then we’re going to get brushed aside every game.
david nucifora would be a good replacement- plenty of good up and coming coaches in the super 14. or maybe andy robinson (don't laugh) he got the england job at a difficult time and i don't think it would have been possible for an englishman to do a better job with what he had. plentyof better coaches than hadden out there!
I think many would agree that Scotland had a much improved performance on Saturday but it still wasn't good enough in some aspects. It's certainly a platform for them to build on. The team selection was certainly a step in the right direction as well.Personally I would bring in Robinson and Lineen in place of Graham and Tait on a trial period, for example: the tests in November. If that doesn't work then I'd go for a whole new coaching setup. I don't think it's entirely Hadden's fault as the players have to stand up and take some of the flak.What are peoples thoughts on the team selection for the Calcutta Cup match?This is who I'd pick:15. Lamont14. Walker13. de Luca12. Henderson11. Webster10. Paterson9. Blair1. Jacobsen2. Ford3. Murray4. Hines5. MacLeod6. Strokosch7. Brown8. Hogg(c)Subs16. Hall17. Kerr18. White19. Barclay20. Cusiter21. Godman22. Danielli
posted Feb 26, 2008
I would go15. Paterson (c)14. Danielli13. Webster12. Henderson11. Rory Lamont10. Godman9. Blair8. Hogg7. Barclay6. Strokosch5. MacLeod4. Hines3. Murray2. Ford1. KerrI think we have to change things up.
15. RORY LAMONT. He does his most effective running from FB so play to the boy's strengths.14. WALKER. Only until Sean Lamont is fit again. Get well soon Sean. We need you.13. MORRISON. Everyone else has been tried, so why not? De Luca has failed. DiRollo isn't good enough. AND DON'T EVEN MENTION A WINGER IN A SCRUM CAP!!!!!12. HENDERSON. Probably prefer Dewey for directness if he was fit, but Henderson will do for now.11. PATERSON. Hasn't got the vision to play 10, but has to be in there for his kicking10. PARKS. OK, he's crap. But who else? Paterson doesn't have the vision and don't give me this Godman nonsense. He's been tried before and done a DeLuca. We're stuck with this numptie until another Rutherford/Chalmers/Townsend turns up.theresgonnabeashowARE YOU MENTAL? MORRISON AND HENDERSON. Jesus man, do you have any idea how many times the ball would get to the wings? None, that's the answer. And Paterson on the wing? That's got to be the worst backline I've ever seen.I'd have:9. Blair10. Paterson11. Danielli12. De Luca13. Cairns/Morrison14. Webster/Evans (thom when fit)15. LamontSooooo much better.
posted Feb 27, 2008
It is so frustrating watching Scotland start well only to then waste effort after effort with handling errors and the odd silly slap in front of the ref. The lack of discipline is creeping into the side again. The reign of McGeechan, where any pressure from the opposition would result in a penalty, wasted possesion and the giving away of cheap points kept Scotland in the wilderness for years. We nearly cracked the problem. In fairness to Hadden, he is pretty honest, though I fear slightly inept. Even he is at a loss as to why the Scots at times play so poorly which is worrying and it does not fill me with confidence. So, what is the answer? Three things spring to mind. Stop tinkering with the Pack, they are strong enough and do not replace a man unless it’s a medical emergency - especially during the match! (eg. Scotland v France). Make up your mind! eg. Hadden is obsessed with CP playing as stand off not full back. Leave him as FB, you have a handful of others and he can control the game there too! And lastly, improve the discipline – we all want to see a good game of Rugby not a scrap.Come on Scotland!
posted Feb 28, 2008
we have good players and should be competing with teams if we are not winning. We are not even competing so sorry Hadden look for another job. For years we have turned the ball over and no one has fixed it. For years we have been horrible at holding the ball in dangerous areas and in in our opponents 22. Enough is enough it has to stop.Will someone please come and help Scotland catch at least a flippin' cold!
posted Mar 1, 2008
Stopped watching Scotland play - it's just too embarrassing starting with that nightmare against the Italians last year at Murrayfield. Essentially we are crap and have to overcome some basic key elements in our game - like catching the ball when it's passed to you. This year's 6 nations as been one calamitous error strewn game after another. Once again we see the Scots having their fair share of ball but failing to convert into tries - the discipline also has been lamentable ( Hinds should be shot). I'm really sick and tired of punters offering the small nation excuse blah blah blah - New Zealand has approximately a million souls less than us. We need a coach who wil instill good practice, work ethic and kick ass tactics. Sorry not Lineen a southern hemisphere coach is required - I know it seems to be trendy at the moment but they are the most successful.
posted Feb 8, 2009
today's was another 'thrashing'what on earyh has happened to our game??????I was talking on the phone to an 'old' borderer, and hecommented on the lack of Borders players in our team.c'mon guys letsget going once more.
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