Hamilton hails huge win for Scotland
Updated: Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 16:04
Jim Hamilton hailed a "massive win" for Scotland after they completed back-to-back RBS Six Nations victories with a 12-8 triumph over Ireland at Murrayfield.
Ireland dominated at first but could only accrue an 8-0 lead, and were subsequently beaten as Greg Laidlaw converted four penalties for the Scots, who defeated Italy in their previous outing.
Lock Hamilton, the man of the match, said: "I think you can see what it means to the boys and the supporters here. That is a massive win for us.
"The support here was absolutely outstanding today and you saw what it meant to the boys hanging on in there at the end.
"We have put a lot of work into our line-out and scrum. I thought our scrum was absolutely immense.
"I think a special mention has to go to Geoff Cross today - he has come in and done a magnificent job. Credit to all the forwards.
"We really dug deep today and I think you can see that means a lot to us.
"We knew Ireland notoriously start well and we hung in there in the first half.
"To go in (at half-time) at 3-0 to Ireland was probably a good outcome for us. We went out in the second half and had to dig deep, and we took our chances."
"We probably should have been well behind at half-time and I think we showed great resolve" - Scott Johnson
Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson was delighted with the result, but stressed that the contest showed there was work for his players to do performance-wise.
The Australian said: "I am happy for the boys because it showed a different side to us.
"We probably should have been well behind at half-time and I think we showed great resolve.
"If we combine the resolve and the skill-set we think we can, we can do some damage.
"I'm happy but we go back to what we originally spoke about before the game - about performance, and there is plenty in that performance that we need to improve on.
"They (Ireland) felt they should have been well in front on the scoreboard and that creates its own pressure.
"You have to ride your luck sometimes in this game and what we can't do is get too carried away with it.
"We are proud of the victory but have to give an honest assessment that we need to improve."
Asked if he fancied the job of head coach full-time, Johnson said: "I keep saying - let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.
"I said I would sit down with the board at this completion of this, and we will do that and decide what is in the best interests of Scotland."