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Ross Ford says Scotland are frustrated following their defeat to Wales

Last Updated: 10/03/13 1:25pm

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Ross Ford: Thinks the loss to Wales was a step back.

Ross Ford: Thinks the loss to Wales was a step back.

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Scotland hooker Ross Ford says they are disappointed with their performance against Wales on Saturday.

Scotland hooker Ross Ford says they are disappointed with their performance against Wales on Saturday.

Having secured back-to-back Six Nations wins for the first time since 2001, the Scots were looking for a third success on the bounce, but produced an undisciplined display and suffered a 28-18 loss.

"It's never good to lose, but we didn't give ourselves much of a chance," said Ford. "We allowed Wales to control the game quite well.

"Now we just need to look at the video and work out where we can improve. It's always the basics that are most important and, against the Welsh, it was a lot of basics that let us down.

"We need to keep working hard and try and rectify that before France next week, but we are very frustrated.

"On reflection, we didn't control the game well enough. We made it hard for ourselves to get control and momentum. It's a loss and that's a step back for the team, given how things have been going.

"We would have liked to have built on the previous two wins. We can't continue that sequence now but we can go to France, get a good performance in, and put ourselves in a good position."

Referee Craig Joubert gave several decisions against the Scots at the scrum but Ford said he and his front row team mates should have adjusted better.

"I spoke to the referee a few times," he said "You need to agree with him and get him on your side, show him that you are trying to work with him, but it didn't work that way.

"We gave him the wrong impression from the first couple of scrums and it just continued from there.

"There were a few when it was our fault and we need to deal with that better.

"We didn't deal with what Wales were doing well and the referee seemed to agree with them. We have got to sort that out quickly."

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