Scotland’s dramatic fightback at Twickenham has given coach Gregor Townsend optimism for the upcoming World Cup. He has pointed to Saturday’s 38-38 draw as evidence of the talent in his squad.

It was a mixed Guinness Six Nations tournament for the Scots. They started with a comfortable win over Italy and signed off with a stunning second half effort against England.

In between, there were home defeats against Ireland and Wales and a hefty loss to France in Paris.

Townsend’s task was made more difficult as a result of injuries sustained to key men. Their absence tested Scotland’s strength in depth.

The Scots looked as if they were heading for a crushing loss at Twickenham when they conceded 31 unanswered points.

But Townsend has taken heart from the way his players fought back to take the lead before conceding a late equaliser.

“It showed when we get things right – and that could be system, effort, communication, belief – then we can do special things,” said Townsend.

He also sees the battling qualities as evidence of a side with plenty of character.

“The last two weeks we’ve played better in the second half than the first half. That shows that in the tough environment we play in that the players can dig deep and still take the game to the opposition”, he added.

“It also shows that we have good depth. We obviously have had to play players this year for a number of reasons. They’ve now got experience of the Six Nations.”


Written by Colin Renton