Finn Russell insists that Scotland are improving despite an RBS 6 Nations campaign that finished using a whitewash that is woeful as they lost 40-10 defeat to champions Ireland in Edinburgh.
Scotland isn’t an all too distant memory. It was just three years back eight months afterwards, when it occurred with former head coach Andy Robinson leaving his job the day after a shock defeat to Tonga.
After a far from productive transition interval with Scott Johnson Robinson’s ultimate replacement, as interim head coach Vern Cotter started the brand new age using a trio of triumphs in impressive style over the united states, Canada and Argentina.
That was backed up by tryscoring fests against Tonga and Argentina in November, and an unlikely performance that found the Dark Blues shove against the All Blacks all the way before losing.
Scotland’s losing record in the Six Nations now stretches to seven straight matches and there is going to be lots of head scratching in Scotland’s rugby heartlands and questions over whether Cotter is cut out for international rugby, despite his record at Bay of Plenty and Top 14 team Clermont Auvergne.
But Glasgow Warriors exterior-half Russell maintains that there are positives to take from the effort.
“For us as a team right now, it is about building on the bright minutes we’ve revealed over these last five matches,” Russell said.
“Losing five matches is not the greatest Six Nations but, on the other side for us, there have been lots of positives, and lots of great rugby we can look back at.