George Hook on Ireland's Scotland defeat: 'If Schmidt was the greatest ever coach for winning two championships, what would he be losing two?'

Every Monday, George will be giving his unique view on previous weekend's Six Nations rugby action

'It was the opening weekend of the Six Nations, and not a good one.'

George gets straight to the point, as he analyses why Ireland lost to Scotland, and he believes it's no surprise if you consider where the team has been heading over the last while.

'If we look at the last 12 months we have seen, in fact, that all is not well if you look at what the development of this team has been. Why didn't we ask why we didn't win the series against what was subsequently proven to be the worst South African side in history?  Why wasn't Garry Ringrose brought on that tour?'

George maintained that this loss was against one of the 'weakest' sides in the 6 Nations in Scotland, who beat the Irish 27-22 in Murrayfield on Saturday.

There were also wins for England over France and Wales over Italy on the opening weekend.

But George wanted to focus on Ireland, and where the team is at.

'The selection policies by Schmidt have consistently required close examination.  Clearly, his love affair with Rob Kearney hasn't work out.  One great tackle doesn't explain the awfulness of the second Hogg try when he bought an outrageous dummy.'

'Zebo didn't look fit.  Earls showed, as he has his entire career, that he is a poor defender.'

'What was really worrying about this weekend? Well firstly, we bring in the failed defensive coach from England, and immediately say he's the best thing we've ever seen.  Murrayfield would raise questions about that.'

'But secondly, it's Johnny Sexton.  A human body that has been pushed beyond what a body can stand.  Heaven knows when he's last finished a rugby match.  He's perhaps in a position where he may never play a full game again, and this is the check that should be put against Schmidt, because under Schmidt, I believe Johnny Sexton has been pushed beyond reason.'

George also believes that Schmidt's excuse, which he doesn't believe was tongue-in-cheek, of the time the bus arrived, was 'crass to say the least'.

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