Seymour seeking Scottish resurrection across final Six Nations games

Tommy Seymour in training before Scotland v Italy match in 2019 Six Nations

Tommy Seymour insists there is still life in Scotland yet as they look to resurrect their flailing fortunes ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup.

Back-to-back defeats by Ireland and France have killed off Scottish hopes of snatching the Six Nations crown.

But while Gregor Townsend's team can still play the part of kingmaker over the final two weeks of the competition as they take on title contenders Wales and England, Glasgow winger Seymour insists he is more interested in giving Scotland's build-up to Japan 2019 the kiss of life.

Warren Gatland's Wales can take a step closer to Grand Slam glory with victory over the Scots at Murrayfield on Saturday but a Dark Blue reawakening is the target for Seymour as he looks ahead to the autumn.

He said: "It's about where we see ourselves and what we've done ourselves in this tournament come the end of it.

"There's been disappointment and we can certainly resurrect a lot of stuff in the next two games.

"In terms of what we want to get out of it, it's mainly about where we see ourselves and what we've done.

"It's a big year for every international side going into a World Cup and we've got a lot of things we want to just put right for ourselves, get across on the park for the fans, for us.

"If we can get two wins it puts us in a better light and does wonders for Scotland. That's our main concern."

Townsend has not had his injury troubles to seek this year - with news that Sean Maitland and Chris Harris will sit out this weekend's clash the latest in a string of fitness blows to hit Scottish preparations.

But Seymour confessed the players who were able to pull on a dark blue jersey for last month's clash with Les Bleus in Paris did not do enough to put a French side, themselves short on confidence, under strain.

But Scotland have not shied away from telling the home truths that needed to be told and Seymour hopes his team-mates will now do more than just talk a good game against the Welsh.

He said: "For us taking two losses in a row in any shape or form is disappointing, especially considering where we felt we were. We know how tough a tournament it is but we felt we were in a good place so it's hugely disappointing to have lost those two fixtures.

"We've had some choice words with ourselves and refocused the minds going into this week which will be massive for us. It's been a bitter pill to swallow but one we've had to swallow nonetheless.

"I'd like to think we won't be as flat as we were in Paris again. We're excited to get back to Murrayfield. We know we've got a lot of things to put right. We're really excited about the challenge of Wales.

"They've got the better of us in the last few meetings so it's going to be a huge test. They're unbeaten in 12 games, so that's a massive challenge for us and one we're really excited about facing.

"They are going to be one of the toughest challenges we've faced. Their physicality, their kick-chase, they've got great playmakers, incredible attacking threats out wide, so we know they have got a range of skills in their armoury. They'll obviously have a record they're now protecting and their sights on bigger things in this tournament.

"We need to focus on us, the goals that we've set. Hopefully coming back to Murrayfield, we can use that as a catalyst for putting us back on the right track."

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