Scotland: Darcy Graham believes Finn Russell brings the best out of their attack

Finn Russell for Scotland Credit: Alamy
Finn Russell for Scotland Credit: Alamy

Scotland wing Darcy Graham believes that mercurial fly-half Finn Russell is key to his side’s attacking output.

The playmaker was initially left out of the Scotland squad despite showing good form for his club side in France, but was recalled to the national set-up after several injuries at fly-half.

Russell showed his worth in his side’s strong 55-29 victory over Argentina last weekend, having a hand in a number of Scottish tries on the day.

Makes attacking easier

Graham admits it is easier to attack when Russell is on the pitch as his hat-trick against Los Pumas suggests.

“It’s easy to attack when you’ve got Finn there,” said the wing. “He controls the game very well, he’s a magician. It’s nice to see him back and on top form. He played amazing on Saturday.

“You just have to look at that performance to see how he brings out the best in everybody else round about him. When he’s on his game, we’re a very good team.

“I noticed a huge difference when Finn came into camp. Just the calmness he has, he’s so chilled.

“He directs a lot in training and gets our attack going really well, and then he pulled that performance out the bag against Argentina. He was phenomenal.”

“Decent campaign”

Graham was pleased that his team could sign off their Autumn Nations Series with a positive victory but admits going so close against the All Blacks still hurts.

“It was nice to end the campaign on a high,” said Graham. “The New Zealand game was frustrating – it still hurts – but I thought the boys went out and put on an 80-minute performance against Argentina.

“It was a decent campaign so we just need to take the confidence from that into the Six Nations.

“We’ve still got a wee bit to go but I think we’ve produced some very positive stuff over this campaign. When we’re on our game, we can beat any team in the world so we’ve just got to make sure we’re on our game.”

Next in focus for the Scotland side is next year’s Six Nations, with the World Cup in France on the horizon.

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