|Scotland regressing under Robinson|
Unfortunately for him, it rather evoked memories of Ron Burgundy in the film Anchorman who famously shrieked 'i'm in a glass cage of emotion!'. That character was meant to be a buffoon though.
No matter how passionately Robinson claims that he's the man for the job or 'kind of a big deal', the results at least seem to suggest otherwise. He seems to be able to make them into a competitive side, but like his time in the English hot seat, turning them into a winning side seems like a step too far.
Is criticism warranted?
|Denton impressive in backrow|
Is Scott Johnson's Appointment a Masterstroke?
Scottish fans shouldn't be down in the dumps though. As mentioned earlier, there are a group of talented players coming through and Edinburgh's performance in the Heineken Cup showed what can be achieved with a bit of confidence. They need someone to help harness their talent. Step up to the plate Scotland's new attack coach Scott Johnson to help them out of their current malaise.
|Will Johnson keep it simple?|
He's had top level international experience with Wales, first under Graham Henry, then Steve Hansen and latterly Mike Ruddock. He's also helped out the Wallabies in 2007 and was Head Coach of the USA Eagles in 2008/09. The last job mentioned is what interests me the most.
Experience with the Eagles may prove beneficial
Forgive me for sounding patronising, but since Scotland are now ranked 12th in the world according to the latest IRB Rankings, perhaps Johnson's experience of working with slightly less talented players may help him in developing a gameplan which suits the Scots. They have had trouble getting over the whitewash for the last few years and perhaps a more simple plan may reap dividends. After all, I wouldn't say that South Africa are all that progressive in International rugby, nor the Bulls/ Highlanders in Super Rugby. They are however imposing and threatening.
If a simple plan was successful, a more attacking plan could then be developed to harness the strikepower of young Stuart Hogg, Tim Visser and any other talented back that breaks through. I'm sure not all Scots will be convinced by the appointment of Johnson or my arguments for him, but let's be honest....Robinson can't do it by himself.