The result against Italy was a huge let down and Scotland should not have been dominated in the manner they were. It was one of the most experienced packs Scotland have ever put out, with around 300 caps between them, but they were still outplayed by the Italians.
Tom Smith was missing but I don't think he would have made any difference. One player is not going to affect an overall performance lacking in dynamism or direction.
Scotland made the mistake of trying to run through the Italians. I don't know if this was a tactical decision by Matt Williams or just the decision of individual players but it didn't work and they paid the penalty. They never got through the gain line and the Italian defence swamped them.
I can understand why Williams feels aggrieved at Fabio Ongaro's try. It reminded me of Brian O'Driscoll's try against France back in 2001 when nine out of 10 people watching would have disallowed it. But the referee looked to the touch judge who said it was good and officials have to be be encouraged to make a firm decision.
It came at an important time in the match but Scotland have to look at themselves rather than one incident. The fundamental issue to be addressed is that Scotland were outplayed by the Italians.
Looking ahead to France, Scotland will go into the match knowing the French are not unbeatable - but it will be very tough.
The French scrum is one of the best in the world and Scotland's scrum just isn't. If the French are allowed to dominate in this area Scotland will be in trouble as they will find themselves always going backwards.
It will put more pressure on their back row who won't be able to get their tackles in, it will give the half-backs less time with the ball and have a knock on effect through the team.
France have a very robust set of forwards and although Imanol Harinordoquy is out, Olivier Magne's return will give Scotland plenty to think about. Magne is a genuine openside and that is an area where Scotland have struggled.
But hopefully playing at Murrayfield will go in Scotland's favour. Historically we have a very good record against France at home, although that has changed in recent years. But Scotland will definitely want to put on a good performance in front of their home fans.