‘Win or bust’ – and Scotland won

Scotland centre Rob Dewey admitted it was “win or bust” for Frank Hadden’s men against Wales in their Six Nations clash on Saturday, where Scotland won through 21-9.

Both sides went into the game at Murrayfield on the back of dispiriting defeats on the opening weekend of the championship.

Scotland suffered a heavy defeat against England at Twickenham, showing little of the dogged determination which had served them so well in last year’s campaign, while Wales were defeated by Ireland at the Millennium Stadium.

Despite both sides suggesting in the build-up that they intended to play an open game it turned out – perhaps in part due to the conditions – to be a grim tryless affair, all the points coming from the boots of opposing captains Chris Paterson and Stephen Jones.

Scotland now prepare to face Italy at home a week on Saturday with a boost to their confidence, but Wales face the daunting prospect of travelling to face France in Paris and another promising championship slipping through their fingers.

Dewey admits the pressure had been building up in the Scotland camp in the days before the match against Wales, with the knowledge it was such a pivotal game in their season.

“After losing against England we knew we had to put in a big performance against England. It was win or bust really,” he said.

“I think you could see that right from the start with guys putting in big hits for the team, which was great to see.

“We felt the pressure before the match because we didn’t want to lose three games in a row. It’s been a while since that happened and we didn’t want it to happen on Saturday.

“The guys came out and gave their all after the defeats to Australia and England and now we can look forward to the Italy game.”

Dewey, who had scored a try on both of his previous international appearances, was denied a hat-trick after a mix-up with referee Alan Lewis.

The Edinburgh centre crashed over in the second half but the effort was disallowed because Lewis felt he had obstructed the Wales defence.

It was one of a number of near-misses which Scotland suffered – Paterson and Allan Jacobsen also going close – as the game remained in the balance for longer than the home side’s territorial dominance warranted.

Dewey admits Hadden’s side could have been more clinical but is happy to settle for the important victory.

“We came to get a victory and that’s what we got,” he said.

“We dug in in defence when we had to but we were generally on top during the game.

“They were very rarely in our 22 which was great for us and made it easier to defend and also led to us getting the penalties which Chris kicked.

“We had a lot of the possession and territory but our work at the breakdown let us down a little bit, allowing them to get a hold of Chris (Cusiter) a couple of times, otherwise we could have won by a bigger margin.

“It was frustrating that we couldn’t finish it off with a try. Little things were going against us, like Chris (Paterson) having a little stumble and being caught when he was almost at the line.

“I ran into the referee from another opportunity we could have scored from and I was right there for Allan Jacobsen’s effort and thought he had actually rolled over onto – but the officials obviously disagreed.

“So we could have been a bit more clinical but at least we were getting penalties when we were in their half and Chris dealt with them by kicking them through the posts.”

365 Digital

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