Hogg sets sights on victory over Wales

Scotland's Stuart Hogg is stopped in his tracks against France
Scotland's Stuart Hogg is stopped in his tracks against France

Stuart Hogg insists Scotland are confident they can bounce back against Wales following Saturday’s defeat to France in their 6 Nations opener.

It is not often a losing team can extract more from a game than the winners but Scotland took huge pluses from the loss in Paris. They will never frighten teams with their scrummaging, and have to work on their driving mauls, but their defence was excellent and they were adventurous in attack.

Scotland are once more displaying the attacking confidence which has been lacking in recent years and Hogg has welcomed the high praise the squad have received. But the Glasgow Warriors star admitted he would rather it came by way of victory against Wales on Sunday.

“The result comes first and it’s not the one we wanted. There were a few mistakes, myself included, but it’s little things we can change and hopefully come Sunday we’re ready to go.

“Our mistakes let France in the game, our discipline wasn’t great and we gave France cheap field position. We also allowed their driving mauls to get going and that was effective for them.”

Hogg added: “The pleasing thing is we know where we went wrong, and the boys are really confident we can get a result on Sunday. We’re really disappointed with the outcome in France but we’re all massively excited about the Wales match.”

Redemption will now be the main objective at Murrayfield for the 22-year-old British and Irish Lion who was sent off 23 minutes into Scotland’s match with Wales at the Millennium Stadium last year after driving his shoulder into the jaw of the home side’s fly-half Dan Biggar.

Hogg paid for his error with a suspension that ruled him out of rugby for three weeks, but he insists he’s moved on from the episode and is itching to make amends. “Mistakes happen, it’s about how you move on and I’m hoping to make amends this time,” he said.

“I’ll take each game as it comes and hopefully I can continue turning in some good performances.”