Six Nations: Stuart Hogg says Duncan Weir's drop-goal can be turning point

Last Updated: 07/03/14 2:36pm

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Duncan Weir and Stuart Hogg in celebratory mood

Duncan Weir and Stuart Hogg in celebratory mood

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Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg believes Duncan Weir's match-winning drop-goal against Italy has set the Scots up for a strong finish to the Six Nations.

Scott Johnson's team lost their opening two games of the tournament to Ireland and England before getting off the mark with a last-gasp 21-20 victory over the Italians thanks to Weir's three-pointer 10 seconds from time in Rome.

Scotland now go in search of back-to-back wins when they take on France at Murrayfield on Saturday.

"I think Duncan's drop-goal could be a turning point for us," said Weir. "We went out there to Rome with the full intention of getting a win and we played well in some aspects of our game, although we were disappointed with others.

"We went out there to Rome with the full intention of getting a win and we played well in some aspects of our game, although we were disappointed with others."
Duncan Weir

"It was a cracking drop-goal that won us the game ultimately and there is a good bit of confidence going around the team right now. That is exactly what we are after."

France kicked off their own campaign with impressive wins over England and Italy but slumped to a 27-6 defeat to Wales a fortnight ago, and Hogg admits Les Bleus are difficult to predict.

Fantastic team

"France are a fantastic team, full of fantastic individuals but you have got to expect the unexpected when you face them," he said.

"We only have a rough idea of what will be coming our way because they can be erratic.

"But they are quality on the counter-attack so our kicking game needs to be spot-on. That comes from Greig at nine, Dunccy at 10 and myself at 15. We can't give them cheap field position and good ball to counter-attack off.

"On the flipside to that, they can isolate themselves at times and if we get a good kick chase then we can get points off that."

Meanwhile, Johnson has been forced to change his 23-man squad for Saturday after Alasdair Dickinson was ruled out through injury.

The Edinburgh prop has not recovered in time from the calf injury he sustained against Italy last month and his place among the replacements will be taken by Glasgow's 26-times-capped Moray Low.

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