Scotland 'in the mood for France'

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"We back ourselves because we also like to play an unstructured game and have a back line that thrives on broken field play".

"If the gap was only two points in the game you might be asking a bit more, but it wasn't".

"Ali came on and did a great job, quickened the game up". "Credit to the French, they came at us and created pressure".

"But, we didn't look after the ball, we didn't respect it enough and ultimately that has cost us".

"We want to be in control of our own destiny, we want to win or lose the game by the quality of our own performance, not turning up and relying on the opposition playing poorly to sneak a few penalties or maybe some sort of intercept try or turnover with our defence", said the former All Black global.

A succession of injuries proved more costly, including an ankle problem which forced skipper Greig Laidlaw off after 25 minutes. So we know it's going to be a tough test for us.

Townsend will take over from Vern Cotter in June when the New Zealander's contract expires
Townsend will take over from Vern Cotter in June when the New Zealander's contract expires

Centre Gael Fickou finished off a good French move in the first half and his converted try opened up a 13-5 lead.

Scotland has made one change to its starting team with ball-winning flanker John Barclay replacing Ryan Wilson, who misses out with an elbow infection.

"The Scots made us suffer in the rucks", he said. Not to take any try in the last 10 minutes when they were on our line, I thought we defended well and showed some real character.

Despite not crossing for another try, Lopez knocked over three penalties, two of which came in the last eight minutes as French kept alive their hopes of claiming the Six Nations title.

"I think it's synonymous of the modern game that a guy of just 23 or 24 years of age can trot up 50 caps", said Scotland's assistant coach Jason O'Halloran.

"We're trying to focus on what we got right in previous meetings, because we don't want to go completely away from what we've been able to do in previous occasions; we didn't concede a try against them in the last Six Nations game in Paris, and no tries would be ideal this time. We lost players but we regrouped pretty well". We seemed to lose shape. It's a hard place to win for any side, but the team that won in 1999 inspire us, for sure, so that rather than seeing our record there as a burden, we will go out there determined to win. "We're [France's] next opportunity to get their campaign up and running and they'll be intent on throwing every part of their considerable firepower at us this Sunday", BBC quoted the Scotland coach as saying.

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