Saturday 3 December 2016

Scots could be good outside bet for glory

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw (p) could well lead his nation to glory Photo: Sportsfile
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw (p) could well lead his nation to glory Photo: Sportsfile

Scotland could potentially be the dark horses in this Six Nations championship, after a World Cup where they came within one bad refereeing decision of making the semi-final, writes Johnny O'Connor.

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They got closer than any other northern hemisphere side, and although they really didn't put up much of a fight last time around, they seem to have knitted together nicely in the World Cup and will be dangerous.

They are another one of these up-and-coming teams that we hear so much about. But they do have that bit of quality that will bring them further this year and closer to the likes of Wales and Ireland at the top.

Of course, Ireland play Scotland on the final day at the Aviva, and hopefully Scotland won't be still in the reckoning but who knows it could be the other way around. They might be looking to beat Ireland, and win the Championship.

Vern Cotter is a great coach too, and it's only a matter of time until he gets this team to do it in the Six Nations. They have been away from the top table for so long but when Glasgow won the Pro12 last term it was a sign of things to come.

Irish Independent

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