Friday, December 30, 2011

Robinson set for scrum-half headache

Scotland head coach Andy Robinson will be well aware that he will soon have to decide which one of his three world-class scrum-halves will be given the nod when the Six Nations gets underway. In Mike Blair, Chris Cusiter and Rory Lawson, Robinson faces a decision that many in international rugby would love to have to make.

Two of the three, Blair and Cusiter, came up against each other as Edinburgh and Glasgow produced a festive feast in their 23-23 draw at Murrayfield. The match gave Robinson to see how the two experienced number-nines fared against each other. On the evidence of the match and it will have been Cusiter that stood out most – the former Perpignan man producing some eye-catching breaks as he ran the show from behind the scrum.
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Cusiter was the unfortunate one of the trio who took up the role of third-choice scrum-half during Scotland’s World Cup campaign – playing only 30 minutes – something that he has admitted to leaving him feeling pretty deflated and frustrated on his return. Regular game-time with the Warriors has put the spring back in Cusiter’s step and that was evident in his impressive display against Edinburgh. 

It remains to be seen who Robinson will go with for Scotland’s opening game of the Six Nations, but Cusiter’s recent form for the Warriors will certainly do his case no harm.

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