Scotland v France: Chris Harris calls for better discipline

Centre urges team-mates to have more faith in their ability to defend as a unit

Scotland have conceded 26 penalties in twi games played so far during this Six Nations. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scotland have conceded 26 penalties in twi games played so far during this Six Nations. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

CHRIS HARRIS says he and his Scotland team-mates have to show more trust in their defence and stop giving away so many penalties if they are to derail France’s Grand Slam dream at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Scotland have given away 26 penalties in their first two games so far in this Six Nations campaign, which is the most of any team, with England, Italy and Wales the nest worst sinners with 22 penalties each conceded.

Furthermore, 24 of the 37 points they have conceded have come directly from penalties conceded within kicking distance, while both the tries they have conceded came from line-outs after their opponents had the opportunity to kick penalties into Scotland’s 22.


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The only other three points Scotland have conceded so far in this campaign was Dan Biggar‘s match-winning drop goal for Wales two weekends ago, which came after George Turner was penalised for playing the ball on the deck near halfway, allowing Biggar a long-distance shot at goal which didn’t quite have the legs but created the pressure leading to Finn Russell being yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on just a few yards from his own line. Wales then kicked to the corner twice, before their stand-off slotted his no-pressure drop-goal whilst playing another penalty advantage.

“It’s something we focus on and we speak about it most weeks, about trust and discipline,” said Harris. “It’s frustrating, to be honest. We are a good defensive unit and hard to break down and we probably need to reward ourselves by being disciplined and then we’ll be even harder to break down.

“We can’t just gift easy points like we have done. There’s no shying away from it and we’ve been really honest with each other. It’s definitely something we’ll be speaking about throughout the week just to make sure we stay disciplined.”


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5 Comments

  1. OK, a bit off piste, but today’s Italy v Ireland game shows that either the management team chose to ignore the guidance re 3 front row players with hooking experience or were not even aware of the potential consequences.
    So, how many 6N coaches are fully aware of the front row guidance?

  2. He’s not the only one…its is one THE biggest reasons we have faired so badly in the past few years. Giving away penalties in the volume we have has coughed up countless points to oppositions in a rather cavalier fashion.

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