‘Chokers' tag hurts because it's justified says Kinghorn
The Rugby Paper|September 13, 2020
‘Chokers' tag hurts because it's justified says Kinghorn
EDINBURGH full-back Blair Kinghorn believes a team psychologist could help exorcise their knockout demons and shed a growing reputation for ‘choking’ on the big stage.

The Scotland international admits their last-minute PRO14 semifinal loss to Ulster last Saturday – a fourth knockout defeat in four matches under Richard Cockerill – is “still raw”.

A painful two-and-a-half hour review session this week brought some “very honest” conversations, but Kinghorn believes some outside help would also be beneficial.

“In terms of the psychological side, after a big loss there’s not really that much in place in terms of help around Scottish rugby in general,” he said.

“A lot of teams have got psychologists but the way we deal with it is with a tight-knit player group so you can bounce off the other players.


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September 13, 2020