Scotland should put more emphasis on winning and less on performance when they go into the latest Six Nations Championship, starting against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, it was claimed today.
The Scots haven’t won away on the opening day since squeezing past Ireland 17-16 in 1998 and there hasn’t been any winning springboard since France were seen off in 2006.
Throughout the build-up to Sunday’s game there have been continual hints in the Scottish camp that next year’s World Cup is the absolute priority but ex-Scotland three-quarter Graham Hogg feels there is no preparation quite like winning.
Hogg, who assists with coaching Currie said: “Talking too much about performance being the priority sometimes sounds like an excuse. You need to pick your strongest team all the time – the way Wales seem to do.
“It’s okay building up a larger squad of players but you need a tighter bunch at some stage.”
Scotland name their team tomorrow and interim coach Scott Johnson will have to decide whether to risk centre Matt Scott, sidelined since November with a hand injury, in the face of form shown by Duncan Taylor at Saracens.
Another problem positions exist at stand-off where neither Duncan Weir or Ruairidh Jackson has staked a strong claim.