Scotland’s Six Nations win over France reminds Scott Hastings of ‘glory days’

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BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport

Scott Hastings insists Sunday’s long-awaited victory over France reminded him of the ‘great, glory days’ of Scottish rugby.

Hasting was thrilled with the way Vern Cotter’s men played to register back-to-back wins in the Six Nations for the first time in three years.

(Pic: Twitter @ScottHastings13)
(Pic: Twitter @ScottHastings13)

The 29-18 triumph over France was the nation’s first against Les Bleus in a decade and built on the success against Italy a fortnight previously.

And Hastings, a 1990 Grand Slam winner, has showered praise on Greig Laidlaw and his team-mates for their performance.

He said: “Sunday was a performance that harked back to the great, glory days of Scottish rugby.

“There was a belief, an accuracy within their game-plan and a real relish to take the French on at their own game.

“I was very, very impressed with the pack of forwards that laid a foundation and this sort of multi-phase game that Vern Cotter and the players have bought into brought three tries.

“It was a super performance and a super occasion, and suddenly the Murrayfield crowd had something to get behind their team for.”

Hastings, a veteran of three World Cups and two British and Irish Lions tours, hailed the team effort to defeat France at the weekend but could not help but single out the display of Stuart Hogg.

The full-back scored one try and brilliantly set up another for Tim Visser with a cheeky overhead pass that effectively sealed the win for Scotland ahead of Saturday’s final Six Nations outing against Ireland.

Hastings added to BBC Scotland: “Stuart Hogg is great, because he has that sizzle factor. People react off him and he scored a great try in the first-half.

“And his acrobatic volleyball-type tip-pass on to Tim Visser was brilliant.”

@IainCollin

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