Emotional Vern Cotter hails '˜fantastic' Scotland as he steps down with a win

An emotional Vern Cotter fought back tears as his final match in charge of Scotland ended in a 29-0 win over Italy at Murrayfield.

Saturday, 18th March 2017, 3:13 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:42 am
Vern Cotter was emotional after the game. Picture: SNS

The hosts finished an impressive RBS 6 Nations campaign with a bonus-point victory to give Cotter the perfect send-off in the last match of his three-year reign.

Finn Russell, Matt Scott, Tim Visser and Tommy Seymour ensured Scotland bounced back from their thrashing by England last time out.

MATCH REPORT: Scotland 29-0 ItalyNew Zealander Cotter received a huge ovation from the Murrayfield crowd as he took to the pitch after the game.

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“I’d like to thank the players and everybody for the last three years, it’s been fantastic,” the head coach said in a quivering voice before embracing his players and staff.

Scotland captain John Barclay paid tribute to Cotter, saying on BBC One: “He’s had a fantastic contribution to Scottish rugby, he’s built a fantastic culture in the team, he’s a great man.”

On the Dark Blues’ display against Italy, Barclay added: “We wanted to finish on a high, especially after last week. We really wanted to give the coaching team a good send-off.

“You have a quick turnaround, you’ve got to dust yourself off. Last week wasn’t really what we represent, we’re happy with today. It’s been a reasonable Six Nations.”

Departing coach, Scotland's New Zealand head coach Vern Cotter and his daughter Arabella carry a Saltire onto the field after the matrch. Picture: Getty
Departing coach, Scotland's New Zealand head coach Vern Cotter and his daughter Arabella carry a Saltire onto the field after the matrch. Picture: Getty