Kenny Logan insists Scotland have to find a try-scoring edge in order to enter the Six Nations Championship with any confidence.
“In international rugby you need to score three tries to be in the game. If you want to win a Test have to score three tries,” says the former winger.
Worryingly, Scotland failed to cross the whitewash in either of their last two Autumn Tests but Logan feels that will improve with the return of Stuart Hogg.
Highlighting a key incident in Saturday’s 21-15 defeat by Australia, when Sean Lamont was tackled inches short of glory he said: “If Hogg had gone through and Maitland had been out (on the wing) then he would have scored. He is an out and out finisher. Again we lacked cutting edge.
“Once Scotland get into the 22 and into position where other teams are scoring we panic. We haven’t got that cool head.
“Sean Maitland played for the Lions at full back but I don’t think he has Stuart Hogg’s flair. They’ll probably look to put him back on the wing or might try and move Hogg to centre.
“If I was coach I wouldn’t want to move him (Hogg) around too much as he is a world-class player and full back is where he is most potent,” added Logan on Talksport radio.
At the same time Logan insisted that once Scotland found their way through tries would start to flow. “Once you start scoring we will have that confidence.”