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Pressure mounting for Scots

Scotland will find themselves facing a depressingly-familiar RBS 6 Nations salvage job when they tackle tournament favourites France at Murrayfield later this month.

Scotland held Wales to a 3-3 half-time scoreline, which should have been a lead for the visitors after they went through 21 phases of play and then saw prop Allan Jacobsen knock on. But a hopelessly one-sided third quarter saw the Scots concede three converted tries in 13 minutes and have two players - centre Nick De Luca and full-back Rory Lamont - sin-binned

"We did a good first-half shift," said Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter, whose place against France looks to be under serious threat from Mike Blair. "But they scored a try straight after half-time and got some momentum. We are really disappointed."

He added: "All the games we've been in recently have been fairly even contests, but we have got to start winning. The boys are all gutted - we should have done better.

"We know we can beat any team we play against, and we were looking really good for a while, but a lapse in concentration and a couple of mistakes off the back of it and all of a sudden the game is almost out of sight.

"It's a harsh lesson to learn, but we have got to put together an 80-minute performance."

France are now next up for Cusiter and company on Sunday week, with Les Bleus followed by testing trips to Ireland and Italy.

"We've got France next up, and we will look forward to that and try to cut out these errors," Cusiter added.

"We will look forward to France. It's a huge game for us. After losing two games it becomes absolutely paramount that we win.

"We believe we can do it if we put together an 80-minute performance, but if we switch off for a bit then unfortunately in international rugby you are punished."


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