Friday 15 December 2017

Simon Easterby: We must lift the line-out for Scots

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby
Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby

Forwards Simon Easterby is out to lift Ireland's lineout .

There was an unacceptable won eight, lost four return for a 67% success rate from the Ireland lineout to turn a recognised strength into a weakness in Wales.

"We're really disappointed that the high standards that have been set over the last couple of years by the players in particular.

"We didn't quite get right at the weekend. Sometimes that happens.

"There is sometimes human error in what happens at the lineout. There are so many moving parts but they are easily fixable.

"That is my job. My responsibility to make sure that doesn't happen again."

Scotland are not the chopped liver their place at the tail of the Six Nations would have you believe.

They have developed a more direct style under new coach Vern Cotter.

"They've gotten better and better over the last couple of years," he said.

The Scots have always had belligerent forwards with which to trade in the trenches.

They now have a back division that has given problems to all-comers in the Six Nations, most notably England last week.

"They have Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw at half-back who run the ship. They're real quality generals and Laidlaw in particular," said Easterby.

"They have some outside backs now who can finish things. They're comfortable with Hogg stepping up to first receiver.

"So, in years gone by, they've had the perception that they weren't quite the finished article without the backs, but they've got that now."


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