Six Nations: Yoann Huget says France 'no better than Scotland'
Last Updated: 07/03/14 3:29pm
Yoann Huget: We're no better than Scotland
Winger Yoann Huget says France are not good enough to take Scotland lightly at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Philippe Saint-Andre's men go into the match in title contention having beaten England and Italy, but the manner of their defeat to Wales caused a stir in France.
Saint-Andre dropped number eight Louis Picamoles for sarcastically applauding referee Alain Rolland after being sin-binned at the Millennium Stadium.
"We can't pretend to ourselves that today, we're better than Scotland. We will start well by taking our kicking game seriously, and then we will see."
The coach has 10 players unavailable because of injury or suspension and Saint-Andre made seven changes to his team from that which was crushed 27-6 in Cardiff, their heaviest defeat to the Welsh since 1950.
But Toulouse flyer Huget - who was denied a second-half score at the Millennium Stadium which may have made a difference - claims his side will suffer yet more pain if they fail to treat the Scots seriously.
Under no illusions
Huget told L'Equipe: "We can't pretend to ourselves that today, we're better than Scotland. We will start well by taking our kicking game seriously, and then we will see.
"But in any case, it's not a good idea to start taking risky shots in the opening minutes at a fiery Murrayfield.
"We are working hard and we have things in place, but we haven't made them work yet. When there is a delay in a ruck, it's better that our full-back Brice Dulin gets the ball back behind an organised line.
"We coped better against England - we were in a rush against Wales - and the centres took part in recovering the ball.
"But it shouldn't be the case that a single grain of sand in the wheels stops us from getting going. We need to get the ball as far forward as quickly as possible with fast accurate passes."