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Mixed news ahead of Scotland’s crunch wooden spoon duel against Italy this weekend.

The Good: Tighthead prop Euan Murray played the full 80 minutes for Northampton in their narrow defeat against Wasps yesterday with no news of any adverse affects. In case we need backup, Moray Low had a pretty decent game for Glasgow against Cardiff on Friday too. Simon Taylor is reported to have played well in his preferred position of Number 8 for Stade at the weekend. Simon Danielli, meanwhile, was in try-scoring form for Ulster.

The Bad: Chris Cusiter seems to have been mauled by some South-Sea Island type playing for Perpignan. We await updates on the status of his knee – he did play on afterwards so hopefully he was taken off at half-time only as a precaution. Kelly Brown suffered a head knock in the Cardiff game while failing to make a tackle on Martyn Williams. In fact, most of Glasgow’s tackling in the first half of that game was bad.

The Ugly: The following all seem to have had pretty mediocre games at the weekend based on the mainstream press reports and the couple of games I saw; Ally Kellock, Ally Hogg, Ben Cairns, Chris Paterson (although these last pair did score a try each) Rory Lawson.

Buried in a rough wooden casket in the desert: To continue the cowboy theme, the following were MIA this weekend having been (presumably) released to their clubs or not in full use by the main squad: Al Strokosch, Scott Gray, Sean Lamont, Al Dickinson (left on the bench for Gloucester), Rob Dewey.

UPDATE: It turns out Rob Dewey has been drafted into the Scotland Sevens squad for Dubai.

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  1. No bad thing with Stroker not playing. Need him against the Italians. Lamont not even in Northants team suggests he is on borrowed time. Cant believe there is talk of him signing for Edinburgh. He has regressed so much in last two years to be a worthy signing. Pray to God Haddock sees sense and picks Dicko, Ford and Murray as the front row next week with White/Kellock locking the scrum. Its not a boast to say that our backs are head and shoulders above the Italians, all we need is parity up front and a reduction in errors/penalties. Everything crossed from now till KO. A win would do a huge amount for confidence. I honestly believe that what is holding our boys back is a lack of self belief. The coaches have to take some of the responsibility for instilling this but success breeds confidence breeds more success. If Wales lost two or three games on the bounce and didnt have Gatland/Edwards/Howley, they would be back in the 2006 doldrums, FACT!

  2. Scotland just needs to keep calm, as the Azzurri can’t reallign, the backs don’t know where to stand and just wander randomly on the pitch (I saw the game against England on the telly and the one against Ireland at Stadio Flaminio, thinking they couldn’t do worse against the Irish than what they’d done against the English, but they proved me oh so wrong.), they can be dangerous because they play out of panic (see Andrea Masi’s high tackle 47 seconds from kick off in the game against Ireland — that was absolutely random, on top of being completely wrong.), IMHO, that’s why I’m saying Scotland should just keep calm, otherwise they won’t realise where the Italians are coming from.
    Oh, and they also leave gaps so huge even my 2 year old nephew could break through.

  3. Rory — he might as well grow up to become one (last summer he looked like a prop, but he’s growing so fast!), surely he would do better than how Sideburns or Mauro (LOL) Bergamasco (ROTFL) have done in the previous two 6N games anyway… :D

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