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Huget taking Scotland seriously

France wing Yoann Huget insists Les Bleus cannot afford to take risks against Scotland.

Phillipe Saint-Andre's side started the RBS 6 Nations off in spectacular style, claiming a last-gasp win over England before swiping aside Italy.

But their long-held propensity for following decent results up with a shocker reared itself once again as they then slumped to a dismal 27-6 defeat against Wales a fortnight ago.

Despite that Cardiff calamity, their heaviest defeat against Wales since 1950, France are still in the Six Nations title mix along with Warren Gatland's men, England and Ireland.

But Huget - who was denied a second-half score at the Millennium Stadium which may have made a difference against the Welsh - claims his side will suffer yet more pain if they fail to treat the Scots seriously.

Huget told L'Equipe: " We can't pretend to ourselves that today, we're better than Scotland. We will start well by taking our kicking game seriously, and then we will see.

"But in any case, it's not a good idea to start taking risky shots in the opening minutes at a fiery Murrayfield."

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has responded to their Welsh hammering by making seven changes to his team for the Dark Blues meeting.

But Huget admits the back division will have to perform better than they did last time out.

"We are working hard and we have things in place, but we haven't made them work yet," he said. " When there is a delay in a ruck, it's better that our full-back Brice Dulin gets the ball back behind an organised line.

"We coped better against England - we were in a rush against Wales - and the centres took part in recovering the ball.

"But it shouldn't be the case that a single grain of sand in the wheels stops us from getting going. We need to get the ball as far forward as quickly as possible with fast accurate passes."


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