Scotland on the right track – Russell

Date published: September 9 2015

Fly-half Finn Russell is upbeat about Scotland's chances at the Rugby World Cup after they showed signs of improvement in their warm-up matches.

After finishing at the bottom of the table in this year's Six Nations, they kicked off their preparations for the World Cup with a narrow loss to Ireland, before claiming back-to-back wins over Italy and then losing 19-16 to France in their final World Cup warm-up match last weekend.

Despite that defeat to France, Russell is happy with the side's progression since the Six Nations.

"Where we've come from the Six Nations – if you saw the display we put in against France, it was brilliant," he said.

"We could have got a draw there if we'd wanted but decided to go for the win.

"It was one pass from a win. You could say that was similar to the Six Nations, a bounce-of-the-ball sort of thing, but we had so many chances and so many clean line breaks we've come on so much since then.

"We're getting into the right structure and creating these chances which is brilliant.

"We can take a lot of positives out of the France game. Look at the last ten minutes and the amount of pressure we put France under, as well as our defence for the whole game, that was a big thing. 

"We'd worked on our defence and our kick chase. It was just one missed tackle, they took their chance and that's what won them the game.

"We could have went for the draw but no, you've got to go for the win, haven't you?"