Six Nations: Blair Kinghorn confident Scotland have weapons to hurt France

Blair Kinghorn believes Scotland do have the weapons to hurt Grand Slam-chasing France but acknowledges that Les Bleus are a transformed outfit this year.

Scotland's Blair Kinghorn takes part in a training session ahead of the clash with France. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS
Scotland's Blair Kinghorn takes part in a training session ahead of the clash with France. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

The 23-year-old Edinburgh full-back, who is deployed as a wing for the national team, is set to win his 21st cap against the French on Sunday.

“They’re a bit of a changed team, they’ve kicked the ball a lot and their defence is solid but we’ve looked at them and we’re confident in our gameplan and that we can do a job,” said Kinghorn.

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“Potentially. Counter-attack is one of our strongest points, Hoggy’s try last weekend [skipper and full-back Stuart Hogg’s beauty against Italy in Rome] came from counter-attack.”

Cross-kicks have been a tactic in Scotland’s attacking armoury and Kinghorn said it could well be deployed again against France on Sunday. “It’s something that teams are looking at more and more, the high cross-kicks and they’ve taken their opportunities pretty well. but it’s definitely a space we can look to.

“It’s something that we’ve always got in the back of our mind. [Stand-off] Adam [Hastings] kicks the ball really well there and the whole back three [Kinghorn, Hogg and Sean Maitland] are good in the air so we have the opportunity to get up there and win it.”