We take a look at the six reasons why Vern Cotter’s Scotland side could be about to claim a famous Six Nations title in 2016…
1.Tries are no longer a problem
For years Scotland scraped by relying primarily on their doggedness in defence compensating for a dire lack of tries. This is clearly no longer a problem as the tries have begun flowing under Vern Cotter and look set to continue with their more expansive style of play.
2.The scrum more than holds its own
Another area of major improvement has been in the scrum where Scotland have not only held their own, but dominated a number of top sides. By having a set piece they can rely on, the talented backline can set up to attack rather than worry about potentially defending their own ball.
3.The team has solid combinations throughout
Throughout the side you can see the emergence of key combinations, whether it’s the Gray brothers in the second row, the half back combo, or the various options in midfield, throughout the team there are groupings that seem to balance well for once.
4.The defence still remains fairly solid
Although maybe not quite as tight as in previous years due to their more expansive play, Scotland’s defence still remains resolute, especially in last ditch try saving efforts ensuring they shouldn’t suffer a total meltdown like they did to Ireland last year.
5.Young talent coming through
The likes of Rory Sutherland look set to star during the 2016 Six Nations for Scotland, and will nicely compliment the already established young talents like Stuart Hogg, Jonny Gray and John Hardie who all have another years experience under their belts.
There is no underestimating the huge impact Cotter has already had on the Scotland squad since arriving from Clermont. You only have to look at his sides recent troubles in the Champions Cup to see just how important he was to their success.