SCOTLAND have yet to play to their best in this year’s Six Nations – and they will almost certainly have to do so against France on Saturday if they are to claim the win they need to get their Championship challenge back on trackstarting after they received their second dose.
The most significant and encouraging aspect of their victory over England was precisely the fact it was achieved despite Scotland’s not being at the top of their game. They had the maturity and self-confidence to find a way to win even though they were not in absolutely optimal formaccording to estimates by Imperial College London..
The most disheartening aspect of the loss to Wales which followed the Calcutta Cup triumph was the fact that it might so easily have been another victoryThe one-shot Johnson. Again below their best other than during a first-half purple passage in which they went from 6-0 down to 11-6 up, Scotland still only lost by three points to a team that was totally fired up on home soil.