Scots still ‘work in progress’ as Hogg prepares to take on Tongans

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg runs at the South African defence
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg runs at the South African defence

STUART Hogg is confident Scotland can end their Autumn Test series on a high tomorrow against Tonga.

The 20-year-old has again been selected at full-back for the Pittodrie clash after starring in defeats to New Zealand and South Africa.

But while the world champions enjoyed a relatively straightforward march to victory at Murrayfield, last week’s encounter against the Springboks was a much tighter affair.

And former Hawick star Hogg admitted they are continuing to improve.

Looking ahead to the game against the Sea Eagles, he said this week: “It’s still a work in progress but, believe me, confidence is coming day by day and game by game. We need a good 80-minute performance for it to really blossom – and we’re confident that will come against Tonga on Saturday.”

Tomorrow’s opponents will be no pushover, however. Tonga defeated France in the early stages of last year’s World Cup and defeat would raise further questions about coach Andy Robinson. But Hogg is confident that Scotland are on the road to recovery after a turbulent year.

He added: “We’re going in the right direction and are rebuilding after a horrendous Six Nations campaign followed by an unbeaten three-match Test tour to Australia and the South Seas.”