6N: Laidlaw sends Scotland soaring to victory after faltering start

6N: Laidlaw sends Scotland soaring to victory after faltering start

Greig Laidlaw booted 22 points in his first test start in almost a year to guide Scotland to a 32-26 win over France on Sunday, kickstarting the team's Six Nations campaign after last week's mauling in Wales.

He said: "We hope it will be a really important factor".

"The responsibility for last week lies with the coaches and myself", said Townsend on Thursdsy.

Laidlaw's touchline conversion reduced the deficit to 10-7 but, having worked so hard to get themselves back into the contest, Scotland found themselves undone by a piece of opportunism by Thomas.

"Greig has got a lot of experience".

"I am so proud of the whole team, we really dug in deep and the pack were excellent".

Raising morale after Cardiff has been a challenge, but even greater is trying to figure out what the French might do with just one game to go on since they changed their coaching team wholesale. "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. But, the stinging criticism directed at the Scots over the last week, according to Barclay, has made his men all the more determined to record a win today.

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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. Within two minutes, Serin replied with another three-pointer, this time given for crossing after Ryan Wilson got in the way of the defence as Hogg embarked on a wide run. We needed to keep going at the French but wanted to keep Greig on the field, keep leading and kicking well.

"Of course the players are angry when they see that game, why didn't we do that properly, why didn't we communicate better".

For Scotland, the overriding emotion is putting Cardiff behind them as quickly as possible. We were much better this week.

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"We are determined to recapture how we played in 2017 - and not what we've shown so far in 2018".

Edinburgh's front-row pair of Stuart McInally and Simon Berghan both start - as do lock Grant Gilchrist and No.8 Ryan Wilson - while the replacements include Ben Toolis and Blair Kinghorn, who will make his Test debut if he comes on.

"I don't think many people were expecting it and the fans are probably quite right to be a bit hacked off after a game like that, but no-one's hurting more than the players, so we need to put it right as well".