Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

6N: Laidlaw back as chastened Scots ring changes for France

6N: Laidlaw back as chastened Scots ring changes for France

Townsend was shocked by their performance and it is no surprise the team to face France features plenty of changes. Not, at least, of the blind variety.

"Obviously expectations have risen over the past year because we're doing well", Watson said.

"That was a real learning curve from last week to this week so we are delighted to get that shift".

Scotland's head coach Gregor Townsend. By the same token, when they apply it well, as they did just three months ago against Australia, the results can be spectacular. There were signs of potential from the French, particularly defensively, but the team are very much in transition under new management.

"But I really believe in the group of players".

France got the first try of the game through Thomas. Our preparation was good, and after one game you don't chuck your game plan out the window.

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"The harsh words were said after the game and on the Monday, and we've moved on from that now so that we're exclusively focusing on France". Wales were able to live off our mistakes because we were trying to play fast all the time when maybe we were not set.

"We must respect the rules otherwise we won't make it", added Guirado. "We just lack a little something but I think we're close", he said.

Italy coach Conor O'Shea will be relieved to see CJ Stander drop to the bench - the Ireland number eight made the most carries of any player on the opening weekend (24). There were far too many errors in that game. It's a slightly different kind of rugby when you get into Six Nations.

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"England are playing really well again at the minute".

"As a collective we let each other down last weekend", he says, "but we have a Plan B".

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Scotland, though, were proving harder to shake off than last week and hit back again on 31 minutes.

"While they have some unsafe runners, they are under new guidance so you're not too sure how much to take from the first game".

"We've got to adapt to that".

"We need to go out and be positive and obviously it's a must-win game for us if we want to have anything to do with this championship, but it's must win for France as well, so it's going to be a tough game".

Joe Schmidt will expect his team to develop as the competition progresses and they have a good opportunity to do so with three successive home matches before a potential decider at England in the final game.

France names its team on Friday.

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