“We will come back fighting in Paris,” says Russell after Irish frustrations

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Scotland star Finn Russell believes the team can bounce back from the loss against Ireland when the Guinness Six Nations resumes later this month.

The 26-year-old stand-off brilliantly set-up Sam Johnson’s try in the first half at BT Murrayfield against the Irish on Saturday, but the visitors turned the screw in the second half and won 22-13.

Next up for Scotland – who now have one win and one loss under their belts – is a trip to France on February 23.

“We’re going to have to bounce back against France. These are the situations you love to be in when you’re on the back foot a little bit and have to come out fighting.

“When you come up just short against one of the best teams in the world, it’s tough. If we’re going to progress as a country we are going to have to start winning these games.

“Whenever we got into their half we struggled to keep hold of the ball. There was always a knock-on or a penalty. I threw a forward pass. Once you make one mistake you make another and it’s a snowball effect.

“Physically we matched them in defence and attack, but our errors allowed them into the game. We should be able to fix those in France. We’ll need to be at our best if we are to win over there.”

Russell’s team mate Stuart McInally added after the Ireland game:  “They defend so well. We were too inaccurate in our attack and Ireland defended really well. That period before half-time was quite key, we didn’t get anything so I felt if we could’ve gone into half-time with the lead, we’d have been in a better position.

“We were still confident that we could winb, ut unfortunately we made too many errors which was disappointing. We never really got firing.

“Ahead of the trip to France there won’t be any fear in going there and doing it and we know that to keep our championship hopes alive, we’ve got to go there, play well and win.”

Thanks to David Gibson/FOTOSPORT for the image

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