Scotland bounce back to beat France in Six Nations

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Scott Williams scores the winning try for Wales against Engand at Twickenham in 2012

It took a while, but in the 71st minute Scotland established a lead for the first time in the clash, and they displayed the necessary composure to close out a deserved victory from there. It's a slightly different kind of rugby when you get into Six Nations. We are fortunate in a lot of ways that we have a lot of cohesion in our group, whether it's the Glasgow guys playing together or Finn and Greig having played a number of times (in tandem) for Scotland.

But Townsend wasn't getting away from the fact that some players had dropped to the bench or out of the 23 altogether for blunter reasons.

"I think in this competition you would, yeah", he said. Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons) 19.

He said: "We have the experience, although we had it on the pitch last week".

"There's a certain expectation for the French national team to play a certain way and there's certain fundamentals in the their game", said Townsend, who spent five years as a player in the Top 14.

"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".

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This allows users to catch up on highlights whenever they want - as well as being available as a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. "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.

"We've got to adapt to that". When we start doing that, we start coughing up balls. We've definitely got the right sort of game plan to take on the best teams in the world, but it was just executed poorly by the players.

Scotland too hope a change in the half-backs will get them back on the victory trail. Whether it is selection or how we prepared, the first thing we look at is how we could have done it better. "If we can build the phases, we've seen how teams struggle when we go to multi-phase". We pride ourselves on defence, and that was the most disappointing aspect for me, that we certainly made it such easier than we've shown before.

"We, as a coaching group, and especially the players, believe that what we showed at the weekend wasn't a true reflection of what we are capable of and what we have done throughout 2017".

Scotland - S Hogg; T Seymour, H Jones, P Horne, S Maitland; F Russell, G Laidlaw; G Reid, S McInally, S Berghan, G Gilchrist, J Gray, J Barclay, H Watson, R Wilson.

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