08 Feb Humphreys and Ford | All eyes on France
Scotland forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys and cap centurion Ross Ford insist the team haven’t dwelled on last Saturday’s victory over Ireland and that the focus has long since been on getting a result against France this Sunday (KO 3pm, live on BBC).
The Scots recorded their first opening day victory in a RBS 6 Nations campaign since 2006 with a 27-22 victory at a sold out BT Murrayfield Stadium. But there is little time to celebrate with preparations are already in full swing for Sunday’s match in Paris.
Humphrey’s said: “The boys are all in good spirits. We’ve stopped talking about the last game as it’s ‘on to the next one’.
“We are expecting them [France] to be pretty powerful. They will come at us with all that. But our prep is good, we already started prepping for it last week so we feel we understand the threats they pose.”
“It’s about going out there and making sure they don’t get what they want”, he added.
Ford, who is no stranger to playing the French, believes they can build on last weekend’s performance.
He said: “You can only be positive when coming off the back of a good win.
“It (Saturday) wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but before the Ireland game nobody gave us much of a look in.
“As a group we have confidence and ability, we trained fairly well that week so it’s about repeating that this week.
“We have a little bit of momentum going forward but it’s a new team and a new challenge so we have to raise to that, make sure we do our homework and prepare well.
“If you look at the past two times we’ve been across there we have been in the game.
“We’ve developed as a squad over the past 18 months in the time Vern’s been in charge and if we find ourselves in that situation again hopefully we can learn our lessons and close the game out.”
Humphreys insisted the team are under no illusions about the task at hand.
“We all know it’s a huge challenge to go over there,” he added.
“They played well in the autumn and could’ve won the game against a very good England team. So we know it’s going to be a really tough game for us but we are confident and we are going there feeling that we are in good form ourselves.”
The Scot’s scored three tries in an explosive opening half hour on Saturday and Ford, who threw the imaginative lineout to set up Alex Dunbar’s try believes another positive start is vital.
“In every sport the opening 5/10 minutes is crucial,” said Ford.
You need to get in there and stamp your authority on the game and conduct a way of playing that you want to continue.
“To start well will be another big focus for us in France. It gives you the momentum to keep going throughout the game.”