Six Nations preview: Scotland v France


"The responsibility for last week lies with the coaches and myself".

He also suggested ahead of this afternoon's Six Nations encounter at Murrayfield that Scotland, just like his team against Ireland, had a bad open day to the 2018 Champ-ionship.

At least France were spared the injury-time despair they suffered from their last-gasp defeat courtesy of Jonny Sexton's long-range drop goal on the opening weekend.

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Ball-carriers - For all the flair in this Scotland side, they lack big ball-carriers to get over the gain-line. "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.

The tenure of Jacques Brunel is in its infancy and his side must prove to all that they can deliver away from home in this Championship.

France made it easy for the home team, constantly giving away penalties in the ruck.

Serin kicked another penalty as the French went through 20 bruising phases, yet Laidlaw replied again with two penalties to put Scotland level at 26-26 with 16 minutes left.

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Another kick through the sticks from the 32-year-old sealed the win late on.

Sometimes he can force plays and if he can manage the game better, he should be able to find the right time to launch Scotland's unsafe runners.

The introduction of Ryan Wilson will help in this department and Huw Jones may find more space now he has moved out to 13, but can their tight-five forwards also punch holes in this French defence? Thomas beat three defenders easily down the left to score a sensational individual try.

"We were just massively frustrated with the quality of our performance last week so for us it's just about us going out there and showing that doesn't represent what we're about as a team".

BBC One is the place to catch Scotland v France this evening, with coverage set to start at 2.30pm before kick-off at 3pm.

"Those players at the weekend had an opportunity and we played nowhere near as well as we could have", he said.

He is an important player for Scotland given that he was captain for a long time.

France: Geoffrey Palis; Teddy Thomas, Rémi Lamerat, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Virimi Vakatawa; Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Rabah Slimani, Arthur Iturria, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne.