Hardie: ‘Onwards and upwards for Scots’

Date published: February 29 2016

New Zealand forward John Hardie admits a weight has been lifted from Scotland's shoulders after claiming their first Six Nations victory in two years.

And now the Edinburgh flanker is targeting two more wins to ensure Vern Cotter's men finish this year's Championship on a high.

Former Southland and Highlanders number seven Hardie scored the Scots' second try in their 36-20 victory over Italy in Rome on Saturday.

That result halted a nine-game run of defeats in the tournament and Hardie admits his team breathed a huge sigh of relief as the final whistle blew.

"We were never too far away. We were just one or two performances away from opening this Six Nations up," he said.

"Hopefully now that the pressure is off a bit, we can really express ourselves in our last two games against France and Ireland."