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Parra wary of Scotland threat

France scrum-half Morgan Parra believes accuracy at the breakdown area will be key in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.

The Edinburgh contest sees Les Bleus look to get their title tilt back on track after the farcical postponement of their home fixture with Ireland two weeks' ago.

Parra, who will win his 38th cap, told L'Equipe: "I saw how they managed to disrupt the number nine against Wales and I expect a difficult match. We all know that this will not be an easy game."

He added: "We have to make the effort to ensure that we get quick ball to give the three-quarters the best conditions to work in.

"We will be better than we were against Italy in our clearances at rucks.

"We have many quality backs, and it will make it a good game for us if we are able to use them properly."

While France can boast an exciting backline containing the likes of Vincent Clerc, Aurelien Rougerie and Julien Malzieu, Scotland have been criticised for their perceived lack of attacking talent.

Greig Laidlaw's try in the 27-13 defeat in Cardiff was Scotland's first in five matches, but Parra says there is no way France will underestimate the Scots threat with ball in hand.

"We saw against England what they can do and it was a game they could have won," he said.

"They also posed many problems to the Welsh. Scotland play well when holding on to the ball and they have impressed when keeping the ball through phases without making mistakes, and they force mistakes from you. We must get hold of the ball and not give them ammunition."


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