SCOTLAND rugby union captain Chris Paterson has thrown his support behind head coach Frank Hadden after the Murrayfield mauling by Italy.
Three breakaway tries by the Italians before Scotland barely broke sweat took the game away from the home side, whose plan to play expansive rugby was undone by careless execution.
Scotland were looking to make positive moves on each occasion that Italy tore through their defences on their way to a 37-17 victory, the Azzurri's first away win since their promotion turned a five-team tournament into the RBS 6 Nations.
"I totally support the tactic," said Paterson. "I think because it was such a unique example in the first five minutes it could have been 21-0 to Scotland.
"It was the right move; it just wasn't executed properly."
The most positive aspect, according to the wry Hadden, was "probably the fact that nobody's dead."
Scotland have at least one eye on the World Cup, and are duly experimenting.
By lining up against Italy with the motivation to play positive running rugby, Scotland made a positive decision, however the fact it backfired could prompt them to regress to a more rigid gameplan.
"What is absolutely vital is we don't lose the certain belief that has been created over a period of time," said Hadden.
Scotland's players are expected to be on club duty this weekend, when they have the opportunity to banish the nightmare of the Italy clash. Their next Six Nations game is another home match, their third of this campaign, against Ireland on March 10.