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Six Nations: Sean Lamont chasing first win over France for eight years

Last Updated: 06/03/14 4:03pm

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Sean Lamont: Scored twice in Scotland's last win over France

Sean Lamont: Scored twice in Scotland's last win over France

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Sean Lamont is determined to help Scotland end their eight-year wait for a win over France.

The veteran wing scored two tries when Scotland last tasted victory over Les Bleus, claiming a 20-16 success at Murrayfield in 2006.

The Glasgow stalwart has now urged his team-mates to build on their dramatic late win over Italy last time out when their Six Nations campaign resumes on Saturday.

"Yes it's been too long since we beat France," said Lamont. "There have been times when we've pushed them close but inevitably we've let them off the hook.

"They're a great team whether or not they are on form at the time. They still have great individual players and when they gel together they are one of the better teams in Europe."
Lamont on France

"They're a great team whether or not they are on form at the time. They still have great individual players and when they gel together they are one of the better teams in Europe.

"They've got certainly a large squad to pick from and when they are on form. they really are dangerous.

"Obviously there's a big gulf, they have got seven wins out of the last eight years but I think at times we have pushed them closer than maybe that would suggest, but a lot of it's down to us.

"We've had times where we've been brilliant where we do all our jobs right and everything is correct. We get these victories, the big ones over Australia and South Africa so we know we can beat France, we've done it before.

"But we need to be super accurate, we need to be clean - that means no penalties and number one, we need to make our tackles in defence."

Lamont insisted maintaining discipline at the breakdown will be crucial to the outcome at Murrayfield, with Scotland having conceded 38 penalties in their three Six Nations matches this season.

Discipline

"Our penalty count has been a little poor," he said. "But it's not always our fault. Sometimes it's down to the referee but you've got to learn to deal with these things. You've got to be super clean and not to give any back-chat.

"If you do everything right and don't give the refs any reason to penalise you, it definitely makes it harder for the opposition. Unfortunately we've piled pressure on ourselves by not making our hits as dominant as they should be.

"We have given the opposition too many yards which puts us on the back foot in defence and, when that happens, you are more likely to dive over tackles.

"If you're over-eager it's an easy excuse to give penalties away. If the penalty is within kicking range, which is anything up to half way, then it's an easy three points."

Duncan Weir's drop-goal with 10 seconds remaining snatched Scotland's first victory of the year at the Stadio Olimpico two weeks ago.

But Lamont admitted the Dark Blues have more work to do yet before they can say they have recovered fully from the previous maulings by Ireland and England.

"I wouldn't say it was the turning point," he said. "It was blooming good skill and Duncan absolutely nailed it. But it's one drop goal and one drop goal does not make us into a Six Nations-winning side. We need to back it up.

"We stole the win from Italy but it's done now so the new task is beating France and that's all we're focusing on this week.

"We are full of passion, full of pride and full of desire to win these games. When we're super clinical and do our job perfectly, that's when we can pull out some great performances. If we don't do that, then that's when the losses come."

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