Friday 23 February 2018

Robinson rues finale 'madness'

Mark Garrod

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson blamed "10 minutes of sheer madness" for their second defeat in the Six Nations.

But Robinson was also full of praise for the way his side had played in building a 24-14 lead entering the final four minutes.

"I don't think I have ever felt like this in any game I've ever been involved in," commented Robinson. "It's mixed emotions. I think the Scottish players did their country proud and I thought tactically we were very smart in the way we took the game to Wales for 70 minutes.

"It was pretty frantic -- very frantic -- and we lost our shape a little bit. Apart from 10 minutes of sheer madness I think we would have gone on to win the game. In the dressing room there are some distraught and hurting players, but they can take great heart from this. International rugby is a ruthless business and allowing Wales to play cost us."

However, Robinson did not think Phil Godman should have been sin-binned late on for tripping Lee Byrne. "I've seen the tape and I'm bitterly disappointed that the penalty was given. He jumped up to go for the ball and I'm very confident in saying I didn't think it was a penalty."

Robinson had even more reason to feel gutted by the result because he tried to get the message to his team to kick the ball directly out from the restart in added-time when the scores were level.

"The message didn't get through, but I thought the guys were looking at the clock," he stated. "It would have been the end of the game."

Scotland winger Thom Evans, meanwhile, was brought to hospital last night after suffering a serious injury in the match. Evans was stretchered off with an apparent back injury just before half-time and the game was held up for several minutes while he was being attended to.

"His parents are with him," said Robinson. "I can't say any more and we've just got to wait and see. Part of it is that it takes time to settle, but our thoughts are with him."

Sunday Independent

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