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Better times ahead, says Hadden


We deserved better - Hadden

Scotland coach Frank Hadden says his team will make a "big impact" in the rest of the Six Nations despite a second defeat against France.

The Scots produced an encouraging display, but indiscipline and handling errors cost them as they lost 22-13.

"It's frustrating. The attitude and the intensity was spot on and we were good in the contact," Hadden told BBC Sport.

"I feel we're ahead of where we were last season and I expect us to make a big impact in the next few games."

Scotland's performance was a marked improvement on their dismal defeat against Wales last week.

But the Scots were guilty of a number of unnecessary errors, which proved costly as it was ultimately Lionel Beauxis' boot which was the difference between the two teams.

The France fly-half ended the match with 17 points, all but two of them coming from penalty kicks, and Hadden admitted his side would need to work on their discipline and their handling.

"We made six line-breaks to their three and we should have made more of the two big line-breaks we made. Again, that's something we're working on," he said.


"Ultimately, one or two handling errors aside, it was the penalty count that did it for us.

"There are two types of errors. One was a penalty count, which is disappointing, but the handling errors are something we need to work on.

"We made some progress because we didn't turn up last week. We turned up this week and we deserved better from the game.

"Last year it took us three games to get going in the championship. If you don't get the proper preparation time with the players it's always going to take you a bit longer to get going.

"We were brave everywhere around the field and we deserved better."

Hadden was critical of Irish referee George Clancy's failure to spot what looked like a forward pass for Fulgence Ouedraogo's try early in the second half.

But Scottish captain Mike Blair was more diplomatic.

"Referees and linesmen have to take split second decisions and yes while I believe the try was created by a forward pass it is down to them in the end," said the scrum-half.

"However, I saw a lot that was a big improvement on last weekend's defeat by Wales.

"We feel that we played a lot of positive rugby against France. We have a lot to be proud of."

France were far from convincing as they recovered from a positive opening from the visitors for Beauxis to break the century mark in test points.

"There is satisfaction that we won, and France never gave up and continued to fight," said home coach Marc Lievremont.

"But there were a lot of mistakes. I wanted a good victory and to spend a nice Valentine's Day night with my wife but it looks like I will have to spend tonight looking at the video instead.

"It was the Scotland we were expecting.

"They were looking for revenge, were extremely aggressive and they started the match well, unlike us.

"We had a few turnovers we couldn't take advantage of. But I am disappointed with our precision and there was a multitude of handling, kicking and positional faults."

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