Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg happy with form ahead of Italy clash

Stuart Hogg has no concerns over his own form ahead of Scotland's trip to Italy

Stuart Hogg has no concerns over his own form ahead of Scotland’s trip to Italy

Stuart Hogg has dismissed suggestions he is struggling for form and is determined to end the Six Nations on a high against Italy on Saturday.

Hogg won the Player of the Tournament award in both the 2016 and 2017 Championship but has had limited impact this year, as Scotland have won twice at home, including the Calcutta Cup, but lost in Wales and Ireland.

“I’ve maybe not made the breaks that everyone’s used to, so people say I’m having a stinker, but I’m fairly happy with the way I’m playing. I’ve done what I have to do in the games,” said Hogg.

The Glasgow Warriors full-back insists Scotland are improving despite their poor form away from Murrayfield and are capable of challenging for the Six Nations crown under new head coach Gregor Townsend.

“I’m loving it. The boys are playing incredibly well and Gregor is very much attack focused,” said Hogg, ahead of Scotland’s trip to Rome on Saturday.

“You have your short-term goals week-on-week but longer term, the goal is to win the Six Nations and we have come up short there.

Scotland have enjoyed mixed success in this year's Six Nations
Scotland have enjoyed mixed success in this year’s Six Nations

“We’re just concentrating on getting the victory (in Italy) and if we do that, then we are three (wins) from five and we give ourselves an opportunity to finish as high up as we possibly can.

“We want to win titles and this time last week we were very much in the situation where we could do that, so we viewed the Ireland game as a semi-final and, unfortunately, we came up just short.

“I think we’re going in the right direction. The way we try to play – quick tempo, keep the ball in play for long periods of time, back our fitness – we’re going to win games.

“We’re on the right track but it is all about learning and improving and looking to get better and better and, ultimately, picking up titles.”

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