Prev Game: International Match Sat 28th Jun

prev game - Scotland
team 1 score team 2
South Africa 55 - 6 Scotland

Next Game: International Match Sat 8th Nov

next game - Scotland
team 1 score team 2
Scotland 00:00 Argentina

Scott Johnson: Win over Italy won't solve Scotland problems

Last Updated: 21/02/14 4:22pm

  • Share:
Scott Johnson: His side have lost both Six Nations games so far

Scott Johnson: His side have lost both Six Nations games so far

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Scott Johnson has admitted that not even a victory over Italy in the Six Nations on Saturday will solve his side's problems.

The Scots have suffered two heavy defeats at the start of their campaign, with Ireland beating them 28-6 in their opening game before England put notched up 20 points without reply at Murrayfield two weeks ago.

The game with Italy at the Stadio Olimpico could well decide who finishes the tournament with the wooden spoon, but Johnson says that a victory would not disguise the wide issues with the side.

"There is no doubt, we would take a win," said Johnson. "It would be good for the guys but it won't be the end of all our ills either.

"I keep talking about it, we want consistency in this team.

"We could win ugly tomorrow and everyone would feel good about themselves. But that is only a temporary measure.

"That's one of my issues with Scottish rugby. We seem to settle for these little peaks and then the troughs.

"Yes, a win would be great for morale, but let's not delude ourselves, we have to do it more often."

Johnson and his side have come in for heavy criticism of late, particularly following the defeat to England with World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward branding them the worst ever Scotland XV.

Professional

However, Australian Johnson insists his players are big enough to shrug off the criticism.

"These guys are professional people," he said. They take the plaudits when they come so they can take the flak now.

"At the end of the day, they just need to get on with it. That's what we put ourselves out there to do.

"There are not too many monuments built for critics - but there are plenty built for people who have done something. This is our chance to do something."

  • Share:

Related

Six Nations 2014: Italy v Scotland

Alasdair Dickinson: Came on as a second-half substitute

Scots await Dickinson verdict

Scotland will monitor the fitness of Alasdair Dickinson after he suffered a calf injury in Saturday's win over Italy.

Duncan Weir: Scotland stand-off celebrates his late intervention

Scotland enjoy fine drop

Scotland's match-winner Duncan Weir was never worried about missing his last-gasp drop goal that beat Italy.

Duncan Weir: Scotland fly-half sends over the match-winning drop goal

Weir leaves it late

Duncan Weir kicked a last-minute drop goal to give Scotland a 21-20 win over Italy in a Six Nations thriller in Rome.

Most Popular

Features

Hard Yarde

Hard Yarde

Marland Yarde gives Sky Sports the inside track on England's second Test defeat to the All Blacks.

High Stakes

High Stakes

Ahead of England's tour to New Zealand, Joe Launchbury speaks to Sky Sports.

Wondrous Wilkinson

Wondrous Wilkinson

From Newcastle to Toulon, via Australia; Sky Sports looks back at the remarkable career of Jonny Wilkinson.