Hogg pins his hopes on Scots pulling off surprise victory at Millennium Stadium

Stuart Hogg attempts a drop goal against France, but the ball drifted wide of the posts
Stuart Hogg attempts a drop goal against France, but the ball drifted wide of the posts

SCOTLAND full-back Stuart Hogg was left “devastated” after the Dark Blues came agonisingly close to recording a memorable victory over France at Murrayfield on Saturday, writes Alexander McLeman.

However, the Teri starlet believes the Scots can finish their 6 Nations campaign on a high with victory in Wales this afternoon.

Hogg is all too familiar with this weekend’s opponents and hopes his time spent with their head coach Warren Gatland and the British and Irish Lions in the summer tour of Australia has given him the inside track on how Wales will line-up.

“I have a good idea of how they [Wales] are going to be playing. I have spent a fair bit of time with them and know how they play as individuals but collectively as well. It will be pretty much how we played in the summer [with the Lions] so I will be having a little input in training this week.

“We have to concentrate on our game as individuals and as a collective and hopefully go down there and shock them.

“We can’t win anything anymore but we can certainly build for the future and this game can send us on our way to where we want to be.”

Hogg, who scored one of Scotland’s two tries on Sunday and was involved in much of their best periods of the game, insists their performance against France was a reminder that the team deserve their place in the 6 Nations, and he wants a repeat performance against Wales this weekend, but this time with a win under their belts at full-time.

“They [France] weren’t in the game in the first half really,” he added. “We gave them some penalties and in terms of the way we were playing it was just gutting to come away with a defeat.

“We controlled the game for the majority of it and that’s why it is was devastating.

“But now we have nothing to lose and have to go down there [to Wales] and show them what we’re about.”