SCOTLAND try-scorer Dougie Fife insists the Dark Blues proved in Paris why they are scared of no one in the RBS 6 Nations.
The Scots opened their campaign with a 15-8 defeat to France, but really it was a gift of a victory for Les Bleus as their guests’ indiscipline handed Camille Lopez five chances to punish them with his boot.
SCOTSMAN TABLET AND MOBILE APPS
Fife crossed over with the only score of the match but the Scots had plenty of stand-out performances from the likes of the Gray brothers, Richie and Jonny, fly-half Finn Russell, centre Mark Bennett and Stuart Hogg at full-back.
The signs of encouragement even extended to the substitute bench where Fife emerged from, after Tommy Seymour limped off with a hip injury, to score just before the half-time break.
Redemption will now be the main aim ahead of Sunday’s Murrayfield clash with Wales and Edinburgh wing Fife insists Scotland can provide the Dragons with another scorching after they lost their first clash with England.
The 24-year-old said: “We watched the Wales-England game on Friday. It looked very physical and the breakdown was more competitive than it has been in the last few Six Nations, so that will be a big part of the match next week when we play Wales.
“They will be disappointed and will be looking for a backlash - but so will we.
“We respect every side in this tournament but we don’t fear any team. We have the ability to beat anyone in this competition.
“It was very disappointing the way we didn’t get a result on Saturday. We felt we could have won it and it could have gone either way in the end.
“We definitely had the belief that we could come to Paris and win. We had a great autumn and thought rolling into this Six Nations we would be starting this campaign off in a good place.
“And we still feel like we have. We played well over there and it was close. It will be a big game next week at Murrayfield and we just have to make sure we get back on track.”
Seymour lasted just 18 minutes before succumbing to injury and Scotland doctors say he will require “further assessment” before they will be able to pass him fit for the meeting with Warren Gatland’s side.
But regardless of his fitness levels, Fife believes he has done enough to claim a starting role.
“We’ve got a talented squad with a lot of good wingers,” he said. “But hopefully I have done enough to keep hold of the jersey. Fingers crossed anyway.
“That try has got to be up there with the most important I’ve ever scored. Scoring at the Stade de France is the type of thing you dream about.”