Lapses proved costly, concedes Cusiter
Chris Cusiter insists Scotland have not gone backwards since the autumn internationals despite suffering a dispiriting defeat to France in their RBS 6 Nations opener.
Mathieu Bastareaud stole the headlines with his first two Test tries to complete a fairytale comeback following his high-profile fall from grace. The monster centre helped pre-tournament favourites France wrap up an 18-9 win at Murrayfield which was far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.
But Scotland captain Cusiter is adamant his side's defeat came as the result of poor defending for both Bastareaud's scores, and said: "It's not a step back. Ultimately, the game hinged on those two tries. We never made two defensive errors in one game which were as serious as that in the autumn."
He added: "If you take away those two lapses, we were in the game, we were playing some good rugby, we were getting some good width on the ball and making a couple of line breaks.
"There's obviously a bit of work to do on our finishing; we didn't react well to a couple of situations when we got deep into their 22.
"We've got a lot to work on but we've certainly got a lot to build on.
"It's the first game - of course things weren't going to go absolutely smoothly.
"But we'll look at the video and work out how we can improve for next week."