Blair Kinghorn has insisted there may be nothing fortunate about Scotland’s successful streak as they head into this weekend’s Autumn Nations Cup conflict with France.
Gregor Townsend’s males will kick off at Murrayfield on Sunday on a run of 5 successive victories — over Italy, France, Georgia, Wales and Italy once more — in what’s their joint-best sequence since rugby union grew to become knowledgeable sport.
A victory over Les Bleus would imply the Scots had gained six in a row for the primary time since 1990.
Italy, nonetheless, are perennial Six Nations strugglers, France had prop Mohamed Haouas despatched off for punching Jamie Ritchie, Georgia are a second-tier nation and a primary win on Welsh soil was achieved in opposition to a aspect on a run of six defeats following final week’s 32-9 loss to Eire.
Scotland wing Kinghorn stated, nonetheless, the Darkish Blues’ current report was worthy of respect.
“Profitable 5 worldwide video games in a row is just not a fluke,” Kinghorn stated Wednesday.
“We’ve got been enjoying good rugby, no matter what individuals consider the opposite groups. We play model of rugby.
“We managed to maintain our momentum going from the Six Nations, which was nice to see. I believe a number of that comes from our defence as nicely. We conceded the fewest factors within the Six Nations, which is a good begin, and we have managed to maintain backing that up.”
However whereas a resurgent France at the moment are certainly one of Europe’s kind groups, Kinghorn added: “We all know the problem that France can deliver, however we’re up for it.
“Yeah, France solely had 14 males final time we performed however very often you see groups with 14 males come out on the successful aspect of the outcome as a result of a crew with 15 assume they have the sport gained and chill out.
“That wasn’t the case with us, so hopefully we are able to again that efficiency up and get one other victory.”
That defeat was France’s lone reverse this 12 months and Fabien Galthie’s aspect needs to be raring to go on Sunday after being awarded a 28-0 walkover when final weekend’s match in opposition to Fiji was cancelled due to a Covid-19 outbreak among the many Pacific islanders’ squad.
Nonetheless, Kinghorn believes Scotland’s improved defence can face up to a France aspect filled with attacking threats.
“I believe the primary feeling I had within the first sport in opposition to France was that within the second half I felt actually comfy,” stated Kinghorn.
“I felt we may include their threats are very nicely,” the 23-year-old added. “They’ve some harmful people, however we defended rather well that day and it was good to get the outcome.
“I believe we’re all shopping for into the identical purpose. Line breaks and missed tackles will all the time occur in video games, that is the character of the sport, however you see our work price and our relentless effort to work arduous for one another. That is the primary level — everyone seems to be working arduous collectively for one purpose.”