Robertson Praises Team'S Character

Scotland U20 head coach Colin Robertson praised the character shown by his players in the second half of the team’s 2008 6 Nations 12-6 defeat by France on Friday 1 February 2007 at the Falkirk Stadium.Scotland U20 head coach Colin Robertson praised the character shown by his players in the second half of the team’s 2008 6 Nations 12-6 defeat by France.
In front of a crowd of 953 at The Falkirk Stadium, Scotland’s youngsters suffered a nightmare start when France centre Mathieu Bastareaud powered through to score the opening try after only five minutes.
But the players, led by captain Lewis Calder, staged a brave comeback in the second half and were unfortunate not to win the game.
As a result, coach Robertson admits he was disappointed not to emerge victorious, but noted some encouraging signs shown by the team in the second half.
Robertson said: “I’m really disappointed because I thought the guys could have won the game. I thought we played much better in the second half and in a 20-minute period after half-time I thought we played a higher tempo game.
“We also had regular field position as well and we really worried France. You could say that if we had kicked our penalties then we would have won the game; we were pretty close to achieving it.
“It was much more encouraging in the second half. But for the team to concede a try within the first five minutes of the game and still go on and make a game of it shows a lot of character. For me, that is very important.
“I thought we upped our physicality in the second half, but this team has got to do it for 80 minutes; they can’t take 20 minutes to get into it."