Seymour lauds French resurgence

Date published: February 10 2017

Scotland wing Tommy Seymour explained that although France’s new found form is intimidating it also makes them vulnerable.

France have been looking to play a lot more expansively since the November series and although they haven’t had the best results they are starting to look dangerous. Especially last weekend, when they pushed England close, losing by a mere three points (19-16).

Seymour saluted France’s resurgence and said that it will be a challenge to contain them.

“It is a different French team and they’ve obviously been given real license to play from anywhere and to try things,” said Seymour.

“That’s why everyone is talking about the resurgence in French rugby and I think they are getting back that flair that everyone likes to see from them.

“We’re trying to focus on what we got right in previous meetings, because we don’t want to go completely away from what we’ve been able to do in previous occasions; we didn’t concede a try against them in the last Six Nations game in Paris, and no tries would be ideal this time.”

However Seymour believes that France’s quick, expansive play leaves them vulnerable if Scotland keep their defensive structures.

“They do like to go with an offloading game and break up the game and make it unstructured.

“We’ll hope to exploit that by being structured and biding our time so we can put those offloads under pressure and create havoc.”

“But we’ve also got to be careful when doing it, because if you get it wrong or they sniff an opportunity where you’re a little disconnected, they’re one of the best at taking advantage.”