'Chunk' feeling optimistic

Big prop hoping Scotland can keep improving against Italy

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 16/02/09 4:30pm

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Jacobsen: Feeling optimistic

Jacobsen: Feeling optimistic

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Scotland prop Allan Jacobsen is optimistic for the rest of the RBS Six Nations after seeing some positive signs in Saturday's defeat to France.

Frank Hadden's men scored as many tries as their opponents in Paris, but a penalty count weighted 13-7 against the visitors cost them a chance of springing an upset.

The 22-13 defeat was still a highly improved display from their capitulation against Wales at Murrayfield on the opening weekend of the tournament.

With Hadden hoping to have Northampton prop Euan Murray back from a rib injury to take on Italy on February 28, Jacobsen insists there are grounds for optimism.

Collisions

"We spoke a lot last week about the fight at the breakdown and up front," the 30-year-old, nicknamed 'Chunk', said.

"It wasn't there last week and from the forwards' point of view, that was our main focus, to front up and win the collisions.

"Obviously we'll have to analyse the game but I felt that definitely improved. It was very difficult, France away from home is always a hard game.

"As I said, we spoke a lot about the fight and that's what kept us in the game. We were there or thereabouts for the whole match.

"It looked like it was maybe slipping away from us at one point but we came back. We just didn't lie down, we kept fighting."

Scotland's scrum was again under pressure against the French, with the early loss of Jim Hamilton, the only lock in the 22, not helping their cause.

"It obviously had an effect but these things happen," Jacobsen said. Guys shuffled around and had a go, and that's what it's all about.

"Obviously we've got a bit of work to do in the scrum but we've got a bit of time to do it. We just need to work hard and listen to the coaches and take it up another level."

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