Finn Russell ‘We will certainly be trying to smash him’ – Scotland’s assistant coach issues warning to Johnny Sexton

Finn Russell ‘We will certainly be trying to smash him’ – Scotland’s assistant coach issues warning to Johnny Sexton

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Finn Russell 20 September 2019; Jonathan Sexton during the Ireland captain's run ahead of their opening Pool A game against Scotland at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
20 September 2019; Jonathan Sexton during the Ireland captain’s run ahead of their opening Pool A game against Scotland at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Scotland assistant coach Matt Taylor has warned Johnny Sexton that his players intend to “smash” him in tomorrow’s World Cup opener.

Sexton came in for some rough treatment at Murrayfield when the two sides met during the Six Nations earlier this year.

The Ireland out-half was forced off after just 23 minutes and Scotland have made it clear that they will target him again if he takes the ball flat to the line.

“We did a good a job on him and I think a lot of teams took a leaf out of our book in terms of getting up and trying to smash him,” Taylor said.

“He’s a brave player, he plays it right to the line. But if he plays right to the line you tend to smash people and that is what we intend to do.

“They’ve kept him a bit wrapped in cotton wool over the last period because he has taken a lot of hits and kno

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