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Scottish International Fires Back At Critics

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday Jul 18, 2022

Scotland scrumhalf Ali Price has taken aim at online critics following Scotland’s agonising series defeat in Argentina.

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Head coach Gregor Townsend decided to rest superstars Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell with an eye on finding further talent ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Losing the first test put the Scots on the backfoot before they rebounded in dominant fashion to win the second test.

Taking the series to a decider might well have been what Townsend was hoping for right from the outset.

Play ing a do-or-die situation similar to the World Cup would have allowed Townsend to get a real feel for what his players are capable when the chips are down.

Unfortunately for the visitors however it was not to be as they squandered a 15-point lead to lose the series 2 – 1.

No doubt the return of Hogg and Russell will boost Scotland’s ability to create magic. Unfortunately for Townsend however is that his side’s attacking ability has never been the issue.

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Key to Scotland’s faults under Townsend has been a lack of consistency. An issue that could well come back to bite them next year as they are in a pool with current world champions South Africa and the current number one side in the world Ireland.

Price however took great exception to his side being criticised as he suggested that perhaps he should comment on 80 minutes of people’s weekly work saying the following.

“Wish I analysed 80 minutes of some people’s working week and then decided from that they were shit at their job and therefore shouldn’t turn up tomorrow to work again – with zero experience of said actually job.”

Price was quick to point out that the tweet was not in direct reaction to his side’s poor performance on the day but rather a trend that had been occurring over a longer period.

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“This isn’t in reaction to yesterday, more a generalisation of behaviour that seems to be normal and okay now. As the season ends in the northern hemisphere and we all have a break. Let’s be better.”

No doubt social media can be a tox environment at time and professional athletes absolutely cop a lot of criticism.

What perhaps gets forgotten is that these athletes are humans with the same emotions as the everyday person.

Many commentators will also forget that today’s athletes are from the social media generation and will be hyper aware of criticism of them.

In addition to the athletes who it is also worth remembering are often young adults, it is their families who may well be feeling it the most.

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