Scotland left frustrated by narrow Six Nations defeats

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FILE PHOTO: Six Nations Championship - Scotland v Italy

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Two narrow defeats in the Six Nations have left Scotland frustrated but they are determined to show their win over England at the start of this year’s tournament was no fluke, flanker Jamie Ritchie said on Wednesday.

Scotland have followed their unexpected victory at Twickenham with narrow home defeats by Wales and Ireland and want to rectify those results when they meet Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday and then France in their final game.

"It was frustrating," Ritchie said of the one-point loss to Wales on Feb. 13 and the three point defeat by Ireland last weekend.

"A lot of the stuff we speak about as a group didn't really go to plan. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a bit. It was a bit of a tough one but we will move on.

"You are always going to have a bad day every so often and it's just about how you react. For us it's about learning to react better and quicker in games,” he told a news conference.

"There are always going to be periods in matches when you are under the pump or under pressure. It's how you bounce back and how you regain control and that's something for us to work on.

"It's not the first time it has happened and I'm sure it won't be the last but it's a work in progress.”

Scotland looked set for a tilt at the title, which they last won in 1999, after beating England 11-6 at Twickenham on Feb. 6 but are now out of the reckoning after successive defeats.

"In the past we have had games where we have put ourselves under pressure and let opponents get away from us, but we’ve showed we can fight back and be in a position to win the game come 80 minutes.

Their match against France in Paris on Feb. 28 was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the French ranks. A new date for the clash is still to be set.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)