After ending a nine-game losing streak in the tournament with a 36-20 win in Rome two weeks ago, Stuart Hogg said the pressure has merely shifted to a desire for victory.
The 23-year-old Scotland full-back was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s penultimate 6 Nations tie against France at Murrayfield which he firmly believes, along with the final tie in Ireland, the team can win.
He told us: “The players are putting in 100 per cent effort and we feel we are going in the right direction.
“We had a good win in Italy but we have to back that up now by winning our last two games. We are better than just one win.”
Hogg’s performance in Rome was at times inspired. A storming display from the Hawick man created two of Scotland’s tries with a pair of stunning offloads.
But for him it’s all about team work and overall improvement.
He added: “We win and lose together. We know we have to tighten up defensively and have been working hard on that. We have all got a job and a role to play within this team and I still strive to work as hard as I can in training to improve my game and take any advice offered.”
Advice is something he’s not short of when he comes home to visit either.
He said:“I absolutely love coming down to Hawick and try to visit as much as I can. You often get the same conversations whether it be with your family or from the ‘auld doods’ in the bar but it’s all good banter. Hopefully we can give them something new to speak about this weekend.”
Hogg’s newest fan Archie, the four month old son of the top Scot and his fiancee Gillian Smith, is also keen to have an input on dad’s career.
“It’s been tremendous,” said Hogg. “He has his own wee Scotland jersey and has already been to several games. Hopefully he will have his own big jersey one day.”