Six Nations: Scots 'embarrassed' by Wales defeat, says Peter Horne

By David CurrieBBC Scotland
Scotland centre Peter Horne against Wales
Scotland centre Peter Horne says the players "can't be that bad again" in the Six Nations

Scotland centre Peter Horne says the players are "embarrassed" by their display in the 34-7 defeat by Wales.

Horne, Scotland's only try scorer in the opening Six Nations game, says the squad had an "honesty" session in the aftermath of the game in Cardiff.

"We got beat up. We're desperate to put things right," Horne, 28, said, as Scotland prepare for their next game against France on Sunday.

"I can't see us being that bad again in the tournament."

The Scots had travelled to Cardiff believing they could begin a title challenge with a rare away victory in the Six Nations.

Gregor Townsend's side suffered a chastening afternoon, though, and following a team debrief the players are eager to regroup and bounce back against France at Murrayfield.

"It's not easy, you never want to sit in a meeting like that when you've just been hosed," Horne said.

Scotland centre Peter Horne scores against Wales in Cardiff
Horne crossed to ensure Scotland at least registered in Cardiff

"You've just got to be honest with yourself and everyone around you, that's the only way you solve anything. You can't run away from your problems, you've got to stand up and face them and we have an honest group who do that.

"We'll get a pretty good reaction from the boys. We were all pretty devastated after the game. Ideally you'd play France on the Monday after it, you're that desperate to get another opportunity. The 23 who are selected this week will be chomping at the bit."

Horne still believes that Scotland have the attributes to trouble any of their Six Nations opponents, but says the players cannot think of the tournament as a whole, just the game directly in front of them.

Scotland's Stuart Hogg, left, and Greig Laidlaw after defeating France at Murrayfield
Stuart Hogg (left) and Greig Laidlaw both scored points as Scotland beat France at home in 2016

"We can beat anyone in the competition," Horne said.

"We'll be looking to beat France this weekend, regroup, try to beat England, try to beat Ireland, try to beat Italy. We went into the game in Cardiff with a lot of belief, we thought we had enough to get a result and now we need a big reaction.

"After the game we were all pretty stung by how poor we were. There will be a real determination to make sure we pick ourselves up. You can't feel sorry for yourself, that's not going to solve anything.

"It's not all doom and gloom. We can cause teams a lot of bother. There's no point in focusing on stopping this being a spiral, that just makes you freeze up then you get worried about not losing instead of winning.

"We should be able to play our game against anyone. If we can get quick ball and look after it, we're pretty devastating and we've got some of the best open field runners in the world, so we've got a good chance."

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