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Inconsistency to blame - Telfer

Jim Telfer
Telfer reckons Frank Hadden was under too much pressure

Former Scotland coach Jim Telfer believes inconsistency from the country's club sides has been replicated in the national team.

Scotland won only one Six Nations match this year with Frank Hadden's future as the current head coach coming under close scrutiny.

"Glasgow's and Edinburgh's form is fluctuating just now, just like Scotland," Telfer told BBC Scotland.

"They can be brilliant one week and hopeless the next."

The Scots' sole victory came at home to Italy who finished bottom of the table and the Edinburgh and former England coach Andy Robinson has been linked with the Scots job should it become vacant.

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And although he was left frustrated by the campaign as a whole, Telfer - who guided the Scots to success in the last ever Five Nations - reckons it is easy to point the finger at the man in charge.

"The coach will be blamed but I think we still have the same problem in Scotland that we can produce ball but we cannot produce tries and until we do we won't win games," Telfer added.

"The supporters will always call for the coach but it's how the players are coached at the lower level as well at Glasgow and Edinburgh.

"We have to get consistency at the professional level and both our club sides have to be pushing for first and second in the Magners League not fifth or sixth as they are at the moment.

"And when Frank Hadden gets the players he's having to do so much coaching to make them better that the old failings come out."

Frank Hadden
Hadden's long-term future as Scotland coach is not known

Saturday's fourth Six Nations defeat means Hadden falls short of the 40% success rate demanded by the Scottish Rugby Union.

And when asked if the SRU should end Hadden's tenure, Telfer - who was also British & Irish Lions coach - would not be drawn.

He also questioned whether Robinson would be able to improve upon Hadden's record.

"I'm not in charge of the SRU and I'm not prepared to say if I would fire him or not," he said.

"The SRU put a great burden on Frank when they said he had to have 40% success in the Six Nations.

"Now, I don't know of any other coach who has that stipulation in their contract so they made their own rules there. Frank was in a very difficult position.

"The fact that Andy Robinson is being pushed as the future coach doesn't mean to say he'll be successful either - he was very unsuccessful as the England coach and they've got far more resources than Scotland will ever have."

The Scotland rugby coaches will sit down on Wednesday to review the performances of the side throughout this year's Six Nations.

And the SRU board will also hold their own review over the next few weeks.



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