Scotland U20 head coach Colin Robertson praised the character shown by his players in the second half of the teamâ€™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 teamâ€™s 2008 6 Nations 12-6 defeat by France.
In front of a crowd of 953 at The Falkirk Stadium, Scotlandâ€™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: â€œIâ€™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.
â€œWe 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.
â€œIt 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.
â€œI thought we upped our physicality in the second half, but this team has got to do it for 80 minutes; they canâ€™t take 20 minutes to get into it."