‘Scotland not going backwards’ – Hogg

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Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has dismissed criticism that they have gone backwards since last year's Rugby World Cup.

After a memorable run to the World Cup quarter-finals, Scotland were tipped to regain the Calcutta Cup in their Six Nations opener against England at the weekend but instead suffered a 15-9 defeat at Murrayfield.

Hogg conceded that they have to improve ahead of their next match, against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, but when asked if all momentum was lost he replied: “No, definitely not. 

“The high of the World Cup we had is in the past now.

“We will continue to learn and work hard on the training pitch.

“Getting a win first up would have done wonders for everybody but unfortunately that’s not the case. 

"Again, though, we will knuckle down, work hard and see what happens next week.”

Despite their defeat to England and even though they could count on the support on a full-house at Murrayfield, the Scots didn't look overawed by the occasion of a big game to start the Six Nations. 

“We have had a few people in to talk about this," added Hogg.

"We leave all emotions after the anthems and then we just look to play rugby. 

“I thought we did that fairly well.

“I obviously got a wee bit excited at times when we got a penalty but that’s just me wanting to win.

“Obviously the boys are really disappointed but you can’t dwell on it too much. We have got to keep our heads up.”