Eddie Jones bemoans breakdown after England lose to France in Six Nations

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Joe Schmidt has handed fit-again Garry Ringrose his first 2018 Six Nations start in one of two changes as Ireland look to keep their Grand Slam hopes alive against Scotland.

With an bad record away from home, the Scots' own championship bid was nearly inevitably squashed by an Irish side which owns the visitors in Dublin, where Scotland has won only once in 20 years.

But at the same time, the scrum-half believes that a big away result is the obvious next phase in the evolution of this group of players.

"I think we kicked 32 times against England which is something you never thought a Scotland team would do".

"We were delighted with the result against England and backing up our win against France with an improved performance", said the former Glasgow Warriors coach.

"We understand the task ahead", Laidlaw said. "But we feel that we are in the hunt and we understand that we need to win here if we want to win the championship".

"We've got to go into the game knowing our roles inside out, getting the physicality right", he told ITV. Early in the game he did really well contesting the high ball, he nearly got away to create that score at one stage.

"But look, we're going to go into this weekend with the same approach that we did against England".

"The record speaks for itself.Ultimately the teams that do well in this competition have to do well away from home".

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"It's great though, building forward into World Cups and before that, the Championship next year, that we've built a bit of depth".

They fell apart against Wales in Cardiff and came undone against England at Twickenham past year.

Rusell, who played a starring role last time out, identified Sexton and Murray as the danger men and said that winning the individual battles would go a long way towards coming out on top.

"It'll be tough but it's not just two guys. They'll be gunning for us".

Scotland showed glimpses of the form that saw them beat England in the previous round of matches but left too many points out on the field through bungled passing.

Kiwi boss Schmidt talks frequently about keeping his players in a "bubble" in a Test match build-up, but Ulster hooker Best admitted that can not extend to players failing to think on their feet.

"Kicking is a big part of Conor's game, his box kicks are more often than not on the money". That led to about eight to 10 minutes of game time being spent on conversions.

"Jonny Sexton, anything front-foot ball he likes to attack; he likes the little wrap round plays and stuff like that".

With forwards like Wenceslas Lauret and Yacouba Camara, who are experts in the back row, Les Bleus will bring a lot of dynamism to open play.

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