Evans rues lack of composure
February 6, 2012
Scotland's Max Evans attempts to work an opening in the England defence during their clash at Murrayfield on Saturday © Getty Images
The Scots have failed to score a try in their last four outings and their mis-firing attack were made to pay with a new-look England side claiming a narrow 13-6 victory and with it the Calcutta Cup. The hosts were dominant, but the perennial problem of failing to cross the try-line left them with the familiar feeling of defeat when victory was clearly possible against an England side featuring three new caps.
Head coach Andy Robinson has introduced a free-flowing style which has seen Scotland run at defences and create opportunities yet repeatedly fall short. Evans suggests Scotland need to recognise when to vary the tempo of their play in order to cut open the opposition.
"The fact that we're trying to play this game, which is a great way of playing when we get it right, is credit to how confident we are to do that, to play at that speed," he said. "It's about doing it in the right way and at the right time.
"What we're trying to do is play this quick game where we get quick ball, put pressure on and run other teams off their feet. There are times when we're doing that and we just run out of numbers - we can't play at that speed all the time.
"It's about doing that for periods, noticing that we're low on numbers, slowing it down and doing a few phases to build it back up and going again. For me, that's what's going to make the difference."
Evans is set to make a return to the Millennium Stadium for the first time since the day his brother Thom's rugby career was ended there by a neck injury. Asked how he expects to feel entering the arena two years on, Evans said: "My focus will be on my performance and the game itself and something like that won't really bother me, I hope."
Scotland led 24-14 at one stage of the match in February 2010, but confounded by injuries to Thom Evans and Chris Paterson, who suffered a lacerated kidney, lost to a late Shane Williams try.
Evans added: "We were on the verge of beating them [Wales] and beating them fairly comfortably last time. I've got no doubt we can beat Wales at all. It's just about getting it right on the day."
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