Scotland vs France, Six Nations 2018

12 February, 2018, 01:54 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Laidlaw will be expected to marshal Scotland’s forwards

In that time John Barclay has performed admirably in the captain's role, and Laidlaw is happy to lend his support and experience to the flanker and the rest of the team. Not, at least, of the blind variety.

Gregor Townsend's team looked on top against Wales in the early stages last week. By the same token, when they apply it well, as they did just three months ago against Australia, the results can be spectacular.

Both Scotland and France hope to register their first wins of this year's Six Nations at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon. That much is a matter of record.

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He also said the decision to switch Laidlaw to No10 during the game was pre-planned. "It's expected to get a bit of a backlash after a loss like that", the Edinburgh openside said yesterday. "In principle, we had no reason to change Henry Chavancy, but I want the group to be alive".

France got the first try of the game through Thomas.

"France will be very physical and their defence is very good", he said.

"We must respect the rules otherwise we won't make it", added Guirado.

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Plenty of tries but still plenty to work on for Ireland in the weeks break next week, before welcoming Wales here the week after. The visitors at least had the last laugh in terms of scoring as fullback Matteo Minozzi rounded off a move in the corner.

"We underperformed - it happens every now and again".

"To do that we need to out-work the opposition and be more accurate in a number of aspects of our play". There were far too many errors in that game.

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"We didn't see it coming", admitted the Scarlets flanker.

Russell's errant kicking let the French off the hook as he failed to find touch and that mistake was punished on 27 minutes as Thomas' wizardry once again opened up the Scots. Another indication came when Watson was asked to assess Ireland's last-gasp win in Paris, and to say whether he would settle on Sunday for a victory achieved, like theirs was, without a single try. That can take a lot out of them, if that's the strategy they want to play.

"The effort it takes to win a Test match is huge, and when you have to do it being behind for most of the game, that shows the character of the squad and the togetherness".

"We've got to learn, it's a different competition". But it's a must win for France as well, so it's going to be a tough game. "If they start hitting soft shoulders, then they can get a bit of a rumble on and become unsafe and get into that traditional way that they are very good at, off-loading and getting behind you which can be quite risky", said Barclay, who sounded like a man who was trying to ignore a movie he had seen before. France made it easy for the home team, constantly giving away penalties in the ruck.


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