So Scotland are having to go to Rome?
Yeah, it’s always, always a difficult trip going to Rome. Obviously Italy v Scotland
has not always been the most high profile of games down the years. I do think this year
though Scotland will take that in their stride, the way Vern Cotter’s got them playing,
the way he’s got them believing in themselves a bit more. There’s just generally more
about the team, especially when you compare it to the state that Italy are in and I know
they lost to them at Murrayfield last year, but I
do think that should be an eminently winnable game for the Scotland team.
And do you think if Scotland can go out there and put a decent amount of points on Italy,
given where Italy are at the moment, it might sort of almost get that Wooden Spoon monkey
off the back, at this sort of middle stage of the tournament to go, right, you’re capable
of beating this side, there’s no problem, and give them the momentum to rock on for
the end of it. Absolutely, absolutely. That’s… it’s
not an easy game by any stretch of the imagination, so to win and win well in Rome, that should
give… that would give any side confidence going into the last couple of rounds, definitely.
I do remember very vividly Duncan Weir dropping goal in 2014, it was kind of a lovely moment
right at the end, you know jumping around and as you mentioned Alex Dunbar scored a
couple of nice tries. It was a really enthralling game and last year, they just threw it away.
It just, it seems to have turned and it’s not something the Irish, sorry Scotland fans
will like but has seemed to have turned into a Wooden Spoon kind of decider, and the sooner
that can be forgotten for Scotland fans, the better, but I think Scotland will have enough.
They’ve just got too much talent and I love the
way Finn Russell plays his heads at rugby and I think they’ve got some good kind of
runners, Tommy Seymour is really exciting, Stuart Hogg is a lovely world-class potential
kind of player, so I think they’ll just run them round and win convincingly.