Cotter laments slow start

Scotland coach Vern Cotter was unable to explain why Scotland have made slow starts to all three of their Rugby World Cup games following Saturday's loss to South Africa.

The Springboks led 20-3 at the interval St James' Park, and although Scotland had a better second half, they were never able to recover. 

"We don't seem to have the confidence to start games well. It will be something that will definitely be talked about," said Cotter.

Cotter said his team had already turned their focus on next weekend's clash with Samoa.

"Well, that’s now a crunch game. we've got seven days to iron out some of the things we didn't control as well as we would have liked," he said.

Cotter insisted though that the absence of fly-half Finn Russell was insignificant considering that Scotland could not get much quality possession from their pack. 

"Finn Russell is a different type of player. Duncan Weir gave 100 per cent but we need to press better," explained Cotter.

"We couldn’t get fast ball, we couldn’t play off the front foot."

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw echoed his coach's thoughts.

"We're playing good teams. It takes time to break good teams down. We're starting slow; we need to fix this for Samoa," he said.

"Too many errors crept into our game in the second half.

"It was difficult for me and Duncs (Weir) to get something running due to their physicality."

"We need to win the battles, that’ll be an important area for us (next week)."