Slippery Scots box above their weight
19 Mar 2006
Scotland, winners against England and France at home in 2006, believe they have a team capable of beating the best in the business.
They’ll get a chance to test the theory in a couple of months when Frank Hadden’s squad plays South Africa in a two-test series.
Hadden, whose side sneaked a 13-10 win against Italy in Rome, was delighted at the win against the Italians. He felt it was one of the most important from his team.
“We’ve laid a few foundation stones to build on. We’ve done enough this year to make people believe that we’re a good side and I would imagine there will be a lot of people not relishing playing Scotland now. I’m quite comfortable with where we are in terms of the progress we wanted to make. There’s a launch pad for the future there now,” said Hadden.
“At the start of this championship I didn’t think we could win it – what we wanted to do was win games and make progress.”
Scotland beat France 20-16 and England 18-12, but lost away from home to Wales and Ireland before finishing with a 13-10 win against the improving Italians. The victory boosted them to third place on the Six Nations table.
To beat the second placed Springboks in South Africa, though, will take a mighty effort and the Scots will have to be more impressive than they were in Rome.