Scotland have been tipped to get the RBS Six Nations Championship off to flying start in France on Saturday by an ex-player who knows how to score tries against the Tricolours.
Winger Lee Jones, capped four times by Scotland out of Edinburgh in 2012 when he scored against the French at Murrayfield, but now a Glasgow Warrior, says: “I back Scotland to beat France in Paris. That can get the Championship off to a really good start. I (also) back Scotland to beat Italy at home (but) the other three games will be tough to call.”
Speaking on last night’s BBC Scotland preview programme, Jones said key to a first win in Paris since 1999 lay in maintaining the finishing power shown in the Autumn Tests.
“That was a fantastic result against Argentina when Scotland created a lot of chances and took every one of them. They were a team coming out of playing southern hemisphere nations and Scotland put 40 points on them.
“The opportunities are there and the big difference is we are finishing them.”
Jones hailed new Scots stand-off Finn Russell, a Glasgow colleague, saying: “One of Finn’s biggest strengths is his demeanour. He is very confident. He’ll make mistakes but it doesn’t affect him. Basic skills are very good – he takes the ball to the line to challenges defences which is what you want from your No 10.”