'Class act' Finn Russell backed to lift Scots
France 15 Scotland 8
Stuart Hogg has backed Finn Russell to be the maverick playmaker Scotland need to cut through their Six Nations rivals.
The Glasgow stand-off made his championship debut in front of 80,000 fans at the Stade de France as the Scots lost to Philippe Saint-Andre's men.
It was a brave, but frustrating, display from the visitors in Paris against a French side clad in unfamiliar red.
While they scored the only try of the match after substitute wing Dougie Fife found space to dive over just before the interval, Vern Cotter's team let their hosts off the hook with a string of penalties.
Their misdemeanours were punished by fly-half Camille Lopez as he knocked over five penalties to ensure Scotland's 16-year wait for a win on French soil continues.
But there were many positives for Cotter to mull over, none more so than the display of his six-cap No 10 Russell.
He kicked with authority, but also took responsibility whenever he got the ball.
Now team-mate Hogg - once tipped to move from full-back to fly-half as Scotland struggled to find a domineering 10 - claims the side have now got the right man for the job.
He said: "Finn is different class - a class act. He's got that little bit of invention you need to unpick the top teams."