By Stewart Primrose
Scotland coach Frank Hadden feels his side should have won their latest 6 nations encounter, this time going down 22-15 against Ireland.
Scotland took a half time lead and were the better of the two sides but Ireland stepped up their game, only needing the 1 try to maintain their grand slam hopes.
“We had the game by the scruff of the neck. said Hadden
“The gap between the sides should have been greater in the first half.
“In the second half, Ireland did what they do very well, which is squeeze the life out of teams.”
The pressure has been mounting on the Scottish coach who yet again only has 1 win to his name in another championship. This came over the perennial wooden spooners Italy. Many pundits believed Hadden had to at least secure 2 victories to save his job. Scotland’s last match comes at Twickenham against England.
I’ve never, ever felt that kind of pressure because it’s all about focusing on the performance and the training,” said Hadden about speculation over his post.
“But I accept the discussion is inevitably going to be there because that’s not enough matches won.”
Scotland started the brighter of the teams and took a 12-9 lead at half time thanks to 4 penalties by Chris Paterson. After the break though, Ireland rallied and Jamie Heaslip touched down with the only try of the game to give Ireland the lead, which they never surrendered. This was aided by an O’Gara conversion, drop goal and penalty.
Ireland now only need to beat reigning champions Wales in Cardiff to give them their first Grand Slam for 61 years.