Scotland wing Sean Lamont is desperate to end eight years of hurt against France by claiming victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Scotland wing Sean Lamont is eager to end eight years of Six Nations hurt against France by claiming victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Lamont, who scored twice when the Scots last beat les Bleus back in 2006, is determined to back up their Round Three win over Italy, thus ending a horror run against the French.
“Yes it's been too long since we beat France,” said Lamont speaking ahead of the game.
“There have been times when we've pushed them close but inevitably we've let them off the hook.
“They're a great team whether or not they are on form at the time. They still have great individual players and when they gel together they are one of the better teams in Europe.
“They've got certainly a large squad to pick from and when they are on form. they really are dangerous.
“Obviously there's a big gulf, they have got seven wins out of the last eight years but I think at times we have pushed them closer than maybe that would suggest, but a lot of it's down to us.
“We've had times where we've been brilliant where we do all our jobs right and everything is correct. We get these victories, the big ones over Australia and South Africa so we know we can beat France, we've done it before.
“But we need to be super accurate, we need to be clean – that means no penalties and number one, we need to make our tackles in defence.”
One area Scotland need to be cautious of on Saturday is the breakdown and their high penalty count, which is up at 38 offences in this year's Six Nations Championship. That number is, of course, far too high to be winning consistently against rival nations.
“Our penalty count has been a little poor,” added Lamont.
“But it's not always our fault. Sometimes it's down to the referee but you've got to learn to deal with these things. You've got to be super clean and not to give any back-chat.
“If you do everything right and don't give the refs any reason to penalise you, it definitely makes it harder for the opposition. Unfortunately we've piled pressure on ourselves by not making our hits as dominant as they should be.
“We have given the opposition too many yards which puts us on the back foot in defence and, when that happens, you are more likely to dive over tackles.
“If you're over-eager it's an easy excuse to give penalties away. If the penalty is within kicking range, which is anything up to half way, then it's an easy three points.”