Hamish Watson wants Scotland to handle 'expectations' in Six Nations better
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 12, 2018,
Feb 12, 2018, 0:35
After all the analysis and "where did we go wrong" navel-gazing about the Cardiff debacle, Gregor Townsend offered a conclusive answer in selecting 160 caps worth of extra experience for Scotland's second NatWest 6 Nations game against France on Sunday.
Games between these two teams in the competition have seen an average of 37 aggregate points scored per game, the lowest scoring fixture in the competition's history.
Simon Mail previews the second weekend of the Six Nations with Scotland hosting France and Ireland taking on Italy. The ball emerged, and they were still trying to run their way out of their 22 when France again offended, allowing Scotland to send the ball out to end the game and claim a morale-boosting win.
"The responsibility for last week lies with the coaches and myself", said Townsend after unveiling a XV showing six changes on Thursday.
Scotland's tackle success of 87% against Wales was actually better than the home side (86%), but that shows a flaw in statistics!
"But this is an excellent group of players that have shown that over the a year ago". When it comes to playing England, however, Scotland know they are unlikely to be offered a second chance to get back into the match.
Bouncebackability - Both these teams had disappointing starts to this year's Six Nations, but France will be the team feeling slightly better about things.
Tim Swinson's try edged the visitors in front before Lopez struck off the tee in the 47th-minute and twice in the final 10 minutes to secure the win. But the veteran scrum-half also brings knowledge of the French - four of his Clermont-Auvergne team mates are in their side - and authority.
Lionel Beauxis' inclusion surprised many.
Another kick through the sticks from the 32-year-old sealed the win late on.
The Dark Blues suffered an opening-day disappointment against Wales as the wheels came off early in Cardiff. They also compete for ball post-tackle more than other teams, so we'll need to watch out for that.
"To do that we need to out-work the opposition and be more accurate in a number of aspects of our play".
"I don't have much to reproach the players who started last week", Brunel said.
"I am so, so proud of this team. In principle, we had no reason to change Henry Chavancy, but I want the group to be alive". Les Bleus closed out the first half with another penalty to Machenaud, making it 20-14. The 32-year-old will be making his first global appearance for six years at Murrayfield. Laidlaw converted, and we had a match on our hands again.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Pete Horne, Sean Maitland; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Gordon Reid, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, John Barclay (captain), Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.
Byron McGuigan misses out through injury while Chris Harris, Ali Price, Jon Welsh and Ben Toolis drop to the bench.