The Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has claimed he is fed up listening to team-mate Duncan Weir brag about his match-winning drop-goal against Italy.
Hogg was first to seize his Glasgow Warriors team-mate amid the wild celebrations that followed the dramatic kick 10 seconds from time in Rome. The 22-year-old wrote his name into the Six Nations history books as he kept his composure to send his successful effort through the posts and seal a 21-20 win for the Scots. But Hogg said he is already tired of 11-cap Weir’s never-ending stories about his magic moment.
“He must have talked about his drop-goal at least six or seven times now,” said Hogg with a grin. “He has done umpteen interviews about it too. We trained up at Buckhaven High School last week and I asked one of the kids to ask him about his drop-goal. Dunccy, with both hands, started talking about it. You just can’t shut him up about it. He’s shameless.”
All jokes aside, though, Hogg believes Weir’s heroic act could be the spark he needs to become a star performer for Scott Johnson’s team.
He said: “The drop-goal could be the making of him as a top-class international fly-half. For us to be a good team we need talented players at eight, nine and 10.
“I think we have got that already and now it is all about gelling that into place. We will always make mistakes but it is about how we react and against the Italians the reactions were all positive, which is what we were after.
“Dunccy is a cracking player. If he has got a good platform to play off, that is when he shines. The Italian game is probably the best he has played in a while.
“That was because we were going forward. Hopefully if we can get good set-piece ball, then he will be doing the exact same against the French.”
The France wing Yoann Huget insisted Les Bleus cannot afford to take risks against Scotland. Philippe Saint-André’s side started the Six Nations off in spectacular style, claiming a last-gasp win over England before swiping aside Italy. But their long-held propensity for following decent results up with a shocker reared itself once again as they then slumped to a dismal 27-6 defeat against Wales a fortnight ago.
Despite that Cardiff calamity, their heaviest defeat against Wales since 1950, France are still in the title mix along with Warren Gatland’s men, England and Ireland.
But Huget – who was denied a second-half score at the Millennium Stadium which may have made a difference against the Welsh – claims his side will suffer yet more pain if they fail to treat the Scots seriously.
Huget said: “We can’t pretend to ourselves that today, we’re better than Scotland. We will start well by taking our kicking game seriously, and then we will see. But in any case, it’s not a good idea to start taking risky shots in the opening minutes at a fiery Murrayfield.”