Scotland must show fans they ‚care‘ against Samoa – Grant Gilchrist

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From Tom English
BBC Scotland in Japan
In the event the Scotland management are unsure, or are reluctant to explain, the reasons why their team begins poorly in Evaluation games, there was some clarity about several issues from Grant Gilchrist from Kobe on Wednesday.
A combination of conclusion and dejection following Sunday’s pummelling by Ireland, gilchrist, has been asked when each one of their Scotland players should now be in fear of losing their position at the Misaki Stadium from Samoa at Monday’s must-win competition. The second-row nodded and said,“Definitely.“ And he said much more besides.
„There’s no doubt that when you perform as badly as that then everybody’s head is on the block – and so it should be,“ Gilchrist moved on.
„I’m not going to sit here and state anybody deserves their place at the team when they’re involved in something like that. It’ll be around Gregor [Townsend, the head coach] who selects and the boys who played are under no illusions – we’re not in a fantastic position.“
It is tough to understand just yet what Townsend is thinking before Samoa (he’s not due to talk until later in the week) however, the nuclear alternative – some would call it the sensible alternative – is to dynamite the line-up that failed so dismally against Ireland from Yokohama.
The changes are evident enough. Jamie Ritchie and George Horne can come in the squad to Ali Price along with the Hamish Watson, however the rest? Tommy Seymour will be feeling the warmth. Ryan Wilson and john Barclay will be challenged by Magnus Bradbury along with Blade Thomson.
Will other adjustments and these ring or contribute the bulk of his starters a shot at redemption against Samoa? There’s no doubt that following the opening into the World Cup, he is now under more stress than at any time in his life.
The squad had what sounds like a brutal guilt session on Tuesday. Gilchrist called it“embarrassing“ but necessary.
„Let’s get it all on the table,“ he explained. „Let’s fire the bullets and take the bullets like men. We’re professional players. We’ve got the odd bad match, although we try not to. It is a fact of life. It’s about carrying it on the chin and working out the way to be better collectively and individually.
„The past couple of days were really hard. You are playing with the game over distressed to have played with better and done things differently. You’re in a dark location, however realise that this World Cup is alive for us and you need to get your head up. There is a huge opportunity on Monday for us to correct our wrongs.
„We all took a beating on Sunday. We’d place a lot of work in behind the scenes for the previous four or five weeks and there’s no surprise that at the 48 hours later you will be at a dark place because everybody is annoyed and a little pissed off with how we perform, but nobody is annoyed and pissed off than the men who have been grafting to the last four months.
„What we set out to achieve, we did not do – that is the worst thing. We made a commitment to each other to perform x, y and z. To me, that’s the largest thing – what you commit to your team-mates. The situation is equally clear as day. We have to win three Test games [contrary to Samoa, Russia and Japan].“
Since Sunday, Townsend along with two of his assistants, Danny Wilson and Matt Taylor, happen to be quizzed about Scotland’s propensity to leak points early in large matches, a characteristic that reoccurred with a vengeance against Ireland with one try being surrendered within half an hour and a second one being sent after 14 seconds.
During Townsend’s reign, in the 11 championship matches he has been involved in (two Six Nations campaigns and Sunday night in Yokohama), Scotland have surrendered attempts in the next minute (England 2019), the third minute (France 2018), the sixth moment (Wales 2018, Ireland 2019), the ninth minute (England 2019), the 10th second (Ireland 2019), the 12th minute (Wales 2018), the 13th (France 2019, England 2019, Wales 2019) and the 14th moment (Italy 2018, Ireland 2019).
The coaches had it or had no answer to the question and were not prepared to divulge it. They perform Samoa next, a side which took them trie off the time they met – a victory for Scotland at Murrayfield at the fourth match in control of Townsend, only a week prior to his team came close to beating the All Blacks.
The meeting before that was at the 2015 World Cup, when they were just about seen by Scotland off 36-33. The one before that was at the summer of 2013, when Samoa won 27-17 at a quadrangular tournament in Durban. Albeit this present Samoan side doesn’t look anything the cumulative try count in those matches is 12-10 in the favour of Samoa.
The reduction in Durban has been Gilchrist’s second cap. „They will want to have a visit us physically and they’ll want to have a go at some pick-and-goes,“ the lock stated. „We all know where we have to function better. We had a review that is clear so it is all about putting it. It is not likely to miraculously occur on Monday, if we don’t do it.
„We have to put in the hard yards and once we get on the market, particularly this first 10 minutes, it has to be on the roof. We’re not going to be kidding ourselves this will be simple. These are going to be of the hardest matches we can confront.“
Gilchrist is obvious on what needs to happen in those minutes in Kobe an introduction of a few grunt restore confidence and to set up control.
„There will be certain ways we can get ourselves into the game pretty soon, and now I think across the board we’ll be seeking to do that,“ he said. „From a front-five perspective, there is constantly a ruck to hit, there is always a maul to hit. We will need to be certain that our very first actions across the XV are much more energetic and far more competitive than we have shown.
„People are questioning whether we care and whether we are competitive enough, and that is hurtful therefore we must go outside and actually demonstrate that. It is not nearly getting angry and going out and hitting on things. Quite often you miss tackles when men attempt to be [too] competitive as they aren’t technically great “
It’s about getting a border, he states. This was, and will continue to be, a week for the Scots. Monday can not come fast enough to all of them.
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