Six Nations: Scots resolve to end barren run

Scotland flanker Ross Rennie was man-of-the-match against France

Scotland's players are fed up losing and are determined to end the Six Nations campaign on a high.

Following losses to England and Wales, Scotland were beaten 23-17 by World Cup finalists France on Sunday.

"Everyone's just a bit bored of this feeling," said flanker Ross Rennie. "It's very frustrating.

"We are improving week to week and the games are showing that. We've got two games left and everyone's targeting Dublin to put that record right."

Sunday's result at Murrayfield meant a fifth straight Test defeat for the first time since 2004 and leaves head coach Andy Robinson with a record of just two wins from 13 Six Nations outings.

Defeat to Ireland on 10 March would likely set up a Wooden Spoon decider with Italy on the final day of the tournament.

Edinburgh winger Lee Jones, who scored his first try against Les Bleus on his third Test appearance, added: "We've shown we can compete against the side which contested the World Cup final so we're in a good place going to Dublin.

"If we can score tries against France, Ireland have a similar defensive system. We can take confidence from that and hopefully score tries and make the breaks against Ireland.

"We just need to take what we can and get a win against Ireland."

Ireland lost at home to Wales on the opening weekend but Jones was impressed by their ruthlessness in attack in the 42-10 win over Italy on Saturday.

The 23-year-old said: "They did well when they were in the 22, they managed to score and they managed to pile on the points late on. They're a quality side."

There will be changes for the trip to Dublin after winger Rory Lamont required surgery to stabilise a fractured fibula.

Scotland team doctor James Robson also reported Sean Lamont suffered an abrasion to his right eye, centre Graeme Morrison will undergo further assessment on a knee injury, fly-half Laidlaw suffered suspected concussion, while scrum-half Mike Blair was left nursing a dead leg.

Forwards Richie Gray, John Barclay (both dead leg) and Jim Hamilton (leg bruising) also required treatment, while six other players from the match-day 22 will be treated for "lesser soft tissue injuries".

Scotland are already without back-row duo Kelly Brown (leg) and Alasdair Strokosch (hand), but Max Evans (ankle) and Joe Ansbro (back) could return to contention for the trip to Dublin.

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