Finn Russell Argument With Gregor Townsend Sparked Scotland’s Comeback Against England
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Scotland’s incredible comeback against England last week was sparked by an argument between outhalf Finn Russell and head coach Gregor Townsend.
The incredible Six Nations curtain closer between the two sides finished 38-38, with the Scots going 31-0 down at one stage, before coming out an entirely different team in the second-half to take a 38-31 lead.
And it turns out that was down to Russell having a go at his head coach during the break, complaining about his tactics. Russell wanted to stop kicking the ball at England and instead show off their running game. And it worked.
“I think I actually had an argument with Gregor.” Russell told ITV
“I said ‘you’re telling us to kick and when we kick it they’re just running it back and cut us open and when we run it they’re just hitting us behind the gain line and winning the ball back’.”
“In the first half we got caught off-guard with England – similar to two years ago – and then in the second half we just came out and had nothing to lose.”
“We just played our rugby, we played well, kicked out of our half and scored some great tries.
“I think we just played good, Scottish rugby in the second half.”
Fair play to Townsend for taking the feedback on board. Russell’s approach certainly worked in the second-half, with the Racing 92 man running absolute riot alongside his teammates in a stunning comeback.