Johnnie Beattie urges Scotland team-mates to produce a big Six Nations display against Ireland
Last Updated: February 11, 2013 8:38pm
Johnnie Beattie: Bullish over Scottish chances
Scotland forward Johnnie Beattie has urged his team-mates to produce another eye-catching performance when Ireland visit Murrayfield on February 24.
Despite lacking possession for long spells, the Scots ran out convincing 34-10 victory over visitors Italy at the weekend.
Victory sent Scotland into second place in the Six Nations table behind unbeaten England and interim head coach Scott Johnson declared the Scots were in the mix for the title following the game.
"Everyone is in it, it's a very open championship," concurred Montpellier No 8 Beattie. "So there is absolutely no reason why not.
"The next challenge is very different with Ireland around the corner, but we are looking forward to taking it on and seeing how far we can go.
"The Irish team's attack is very different, there is maybe a bit more subtlety.
"There will be different types of test but if we can get our line speed, get off the line and chop people the way we did against Italy, there is absolutely no reason why we can't replicate what we did on Saturday.
"The Italian forward pack is an absolute juggernaut so to defend in the manner we did and to hold them out was fantastic."
Scotland have been guilty of passing up try-scoring chances in recent years but they were clinical on Saturday with Tim Visser, Matt Scott, Stuart Hogg and Sean Lamont all crossing.
Beattie said: "A lot of things came from scraps and it was great to see Sean Lamont and Hogg run the length with the pace we now have in our back field. Any scraps seem to be getting finished off."
Beattie came back into the Scotland fold at Twickenham after an 18-month absence but to return to winning ways at Murrayfield was a huge lift for the former Glasgow player.
"There's no real replacement and when you get a reaction like that from supporters after a win like that, it's the best feeling in the world," he said.
"That's what you want to replicate every week. There is nothing more difficult than losing so the reaction we had was absolutely fantastic and we are looking forward to more."