Cusiter backs honest Scotland
February 23, 2010
Chris Cusiter has backed Scotland to bounce back from their disappointment against Wales © Getty Images
Scotland skipper Chris Cusiter insists that his side are ready to move on from their Cardiff nightmare.
They face a Six Nations trip to face Italy in Rome this weekend with their capitulation against Wales still fresh in the memory. Scotland shipped 17 points in the final 10 minutes at the Millennium Stadium, with replacements Scott Lawson and Phil Godman both sin-binned. Lawson has since phoned the management and his team-mates to apologise.
"I don't think anyone shirks that responsibility," Cusiter said. "The guys who made mistakes know who they are. A lot of us made mistakes - I'll hold my hand up as well. We've got to learn from it and not make those mistakes again. To be in that situation - 10 points up with five minutes to go - and then to lose like we did was heartbreaking."
Scotland picked up their first win over Italy in three attempts last season and lost on their last visit to the Stadio Flaminio in 2008. The Azzurri ran England close on their last outing and Cusiter is predicting a battle.
"It's just a huge game in terms of the championship and the Scotland-Italy history," he said. "They're a tough team to break down, no doubt about that.
"Particularly playing at home, they're a very, very proud team. It's a huge challenge for us to go over there, as big as any we'll face in the Six Nations."
Following the passing of Jack Kyle, Huw Richards pays tribute to arguably the finest player Ireland has produced
"When Mike Burton was sent off I thought the world had gone crazy - just Pommy bashing, hitting anyone." Behind the Rose heads back to 1975
The time for tinkering is over - England must nail their colours to the mast in key positions, writes Phil Vickery
"New Zealand-born Joe Schmidt has forged the Irish into a street-smart, well- prepared side," John Mitchell on the Irish renaissance