Matt Taylor has told Scotland to draw a line under their Ireland debacle or risk letting it affect their chances of getting their Rugby World Cup back on track against Samoa.
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“If we dwell on that, it seeps into Samoa. We’re going to do a good job on Samoa. I’m sitting here saying that we will – I’ll be disappointed if I’m sitting here in a week’s time and we don’t.
“But I’m sure the boys are pretty focused on doing just that.”
Finn Russell has echoed those sentiments and urged his team-mates not to let anger at how they played against Ireland impact negatively on their approach to the Samoa game.
“The frustration a couple of days after the game was definitely there, but I think we now have to put that behind us and move on to the Samoa game,” he said.
“If we try and play and win on frustration and anger it’s not going to happen. We need to stick to our structure, stick to what we do and not think we’re going to beat them on frustration and anger. That’s not how you win international Test matches.
“We had a training session today [Wednesday] and we’re going to have to put Ireland behind us now and get on to Samoa.”
There were plenty of bold predictions coming from the Scotland camp in the lead up to their meeting with Joe Schmidt’s side but they were made to look foolish as Gregor Townsend’s team contributed to their own downfall.
The criticism that has followed since has not been sparing but Taylor believes his side can win over their doubters with an improved display at the Misaki Stadium.
“The criticism was tough to hear,” admitted the former Scotland A forward. “After losing to France in Nice during the warm-up games we had a good conversation and seemed to be able to turn it around.
“But we came up against the number one side in the world and if you’re not up to your best as a team you will come second and that’s unfortunately the way it went.
“We’ve got Samoa this week and we’ll be looking to put those things right. We’ve got to be more full-on than we were at the weekend and be more aggressive. We’ve spoken about that and we’ll see the response at the weekend.”
However, Taylor was still at a loss for the reasons behind the abject start on Sunday that allowed Ireland to score three tries inside 26 minutes.
“Yeah it’s disappointing,” he said. “We can’t put our finger on it. We’ve spoken about it. All we can do is move on and make sure the next game is right.