Coach Scott Johnson tells Scotland to raise game
Sunday 23 June 2013
Scotland's interim head coach Scott Johnson was pleased to see his team end their tour of South Africa on a high, but acknowledged big strides still need to be made.
Alasdair Strokosch's converted try at the death saw the Scots snatch an unlikely 30-29 win over Italy in the quadrangular series third-place play-off match in Pretoria on Saturday, but the performance was not a patch on the one produced in last weekend's 30-17 defeat by South Africa.
"I'm not walking away from the fact that we have to improve areas of our game, and we can't accept that as a standard," Johnson said after the Italy match – and by all accounts the message was just as terse and even more blunt in the changing room.
"It has been a tough old tour with injuries and our depth has been tested," he added.
"That is what we needed to do –test our depth – and this reign is going to continue a little longer because we want to make sure we have a competitive squad.
"It is a hard year, a long year, and you can take pride in the resolve of the boys to finish it off."
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