Cuttita hails Scotland scrum strength

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Massimo Cuttita is pleased with the improvements in Scotland's scrummaging
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Massimo Cuttita is pleased with the improvements in Scotland's scrummaging

Scotland finally have the strength in depth to become match-winners in the scrum - according to the man responsible for their efforts at the set-piece.

Massimo Cuttita was brought in to the Scotland set-up six years ago to mentor the country's forwards at scrum time, addressing a persistent failing. It may have not have been an instant fix to get to a situation where Scotland can feel confident about their resources - especially in the front three - but Cuttita believes that time is now.

Assessing the impressive showing in the 9-6 win over Australia in the first Test of their summer programme, Cuttita said: "It has taken years but what I am satisfied about is the number of guys coming up. It all shows that if you do work hard, then you get the results. Look at Glasgow, who have had a really good scrummaging season."

He went on: "We have got depth now. We have three decent looseheads and the three decent tightheads and more coming up though the system. There are not many countries who can say that. These guys are working hard, they believe in what they are doing.

"And don't forget we are without hardened players in the likes of Allan Jacobsen and Jim Hamilton, who are both good scrummagers."

Australia have had their own scrummaging issues over recent years, leaving Cuttita to call for an improved showing when they line up against a powerful Fiji side on June 16.

"Next week, we have to prove to Fiji that we can be even better than we were against Australia," he said.

"It is not going to be easy, they have got some big units there. We have to be technically a lot better and we don't take that for granted.

"We have to prove ourselves on the day. Now that the boys have set a standard they have to carry it on."

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