Six Nations 2015: Chris Paterson pleased with Scots progress

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland
Chris Paterson
Chris Paterson played 109 times for Scotland in a career that spanned more then a decade
RBS Six Nations: Scotland v Wales
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh Date: Sunday, 15 February Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC TV, HD, Red Button, Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer, S4C online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV; text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Scotland's most-capped player, Chris Paterson, believes there is a rising positivity around the national team despite their 15-8 defeat by France.

And he is backing the Scots to see off Wales in Edinburgh this weekend - if they iron out the mistakes made in their Six Nations opener in Paris.

"They will want to reverse the scoreline obviously and get on the winning side of that margin," he said.

"But there's a lot to be positive on looking ahead to the Wales game."

Reviewing the game against France, the 109-times capped former full-back suggested: "I think the performance was good.

"Disappointing result obviously, but don't underestimate how hard it is to play in Paris against a team like the French had on Saturday night - full of stars, full of power.

"With expectation comes pressure, but I thought the boys delivered despite the defeat. Stuart Hogg and Mark Bennett and Finn Russell carrying the ball in the midfield and Alex Dunbar, there was a lot of good, attacking rugby from Scotland."

Wales will travel to Murrayfield on Sunday smarting from their own defeat at home to England.

Stuart Hogg in action against France
Chris Paterson singled out Stuart Hogg for praise in the wake of the game against France in Paris

"The task is quite similar to the French - the way they play, their physicality, their rivalry, but we have that too," said Paterson.

"Scotland have to concentrate on themselves and if they right the wrongs then hopefully we'll get a great victory."

Paterson, 36, knows the full-back position inside out and he was particularly impressed with the display of Stuart Hogg against the French.

"Stuart's been injured for the last two or three weeks, so credit to him for playing like that," Paterson added.

"His decision-making was good, he was comfortable under the high ball, he looked sharp in attack.

"I thought him and Finn Russell worked well together either side of the breakdown, so there was a lot of good points across the board on Saturday.

"In one of Stuart's first Six Nations starts, he cut the French open at Murrayfield on the counter attack and they will still remember that.

"That's what I mean about his decision-making being good. He didn't try to force it.

"He ran when it was on, he passed when it was on to pass and it's a sign of his growing maturity."

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