Six Nations 2013: Scotland must work hard to compete – Johnson

Six Nations 2013: Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson says his side must work hard ahead of next month's tournament

Sportsbeat
By Sportsbeat

Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson insists a lot of hard work lies ahead between now and the Six Nations if his are to challenge for honours.

Johnson, who took over on a temporary basis in December following Andy Robinson’s resignation, will be looking to improve on last year’s championship where Scotland failed to win any of their five matches.

In order to do so Australian Johnson admits they need to sharpen up defensively, especially in their first clash against England on 2 February at Twickenham – where they have not beaten the hosts since 1983.

“We’ve got to work hard on the things we need to improve before we start chasing rainbows,” said Johnson.

“There’s a lot of contact, a lot of defence in this game, and, if we don’t get that right, the scoreboard will be rattling against us.

“As long as we get a side that gets out there and competes. If we do that, and we prepare right, Scotland can be proud of the effort and the scoreboard will look after itself.

“I took the job because I thought it was the right thing to do for the squad in a time that wasn’t pleasant for us. I’m not auditioning for anything here

“How long will I be here? I will make my decision in the best interests of what Scotland needs. If the board decide I’m the person they want and if that suits me, I will review it then.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

MORE:

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Marcus Rashford

The Sport Review
Frank Lampard sends message to Chelsea FC fans about Eden Hazard
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Ian Wright ‘disgusted’ with Man United’s performance at Sevilla
The Sport Review
Dubai 2018: Konta falls in Round 2, but top seeds Svitolina, Muguruza and Pliskova reach QFs
The Sport Review
Rio Ferdinand raves about Man United star’s ‘unreal’ display at Sevilla