Com­po­sure key in end­ing tour­na­ment hoodoo - Sey­mour

The Herald - Herald Sport - - SIX NATIONS - STU­ART BATH­GATE

COM­PO­SURE and des­per­a­tion rarely go to­gether, but those were the twin char­ac­ter­is­tics that saw Scot­land through to vic­tory against Italy, ac­cord­ing to Tommy Sey­mour.

The com­po­sure was in ev­i­dence above all in de­fence, as Vern Cot­ter’s team with­stood a late Ital­ian fight­back to win 36-20 in Rome. And the des­per­a­tion – for a win at last, af­ter nine suc­ces­sive losses in the Six Na­tions Cham­pi­onship – was high­lighted by Stu­art Hogg’s break in the clos­ing min­utes which pro­duced the clinch­ing score for Sey­mour him­self.

“This team has been des­per­ate for a win in this com­pe­ti­tion for a while,”

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