Scotland centre Lisa Thomson is relishing the prospect of facing Italy this weekend as the squad look to put right their poor performance against England last weekend. 

Thomson was introduced from the bench at half-time as Scotland attempted to find a route into the game against the Red Roses.  

 It was ultimately a fruitless task as the world number one side ran in eight tries to extend their winning run over Scotland to 25 matches and leave the Scots second bottom in the table.  

But centre Thomson, from Hawick, is looking forward to matches against Italy and Ireland as Bryan Easson’s side look to bounce back.  

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She said: “Those first two blocks of Wales into France, we were just focusing on ourselves, so we want to get back to that, keep looking at our performances and how we can get better for these next two games.” 

While her team-mates spent the fallow weekend recovering from two physical encounters to kick off the championship, Thomson flew to Hong Kong to be part of the GB 7s squad as she looks to book a place at the summer’s Paris Olympics.  

The 26-year-old said switching between the two forms of the game was not easy, but it's something she's become accustomed to.  

Thomson said: "It’s been a bit of a different Six Nations for me. But I’ve been loving it being between the two. 

“It would have been hard having that big block away from sevens then go back in, so having a wee bit in between was good. We got what we needed out of Hong Kong in terms of placings.  

“Then coming back in to Scotland camp, the girls had a good down week before England.  

Scotland Rugby News: Lisa Thomson in action for ScotlandLisa Thomson in action for Scotland (Image: SNS)

“We were disappointed with the performance against England, but we’re excited for this week against Italy.” 

Thomson, a former Scotland captain, knows previous meetings between the sides have been tight, and expects another close encounter at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi this weekend.  

“We’ve had close encounters with Italy for years,” she added.  

“They like to play a lot. They’ve got [Beatrice] Rigoni moving out into that 13 channel - and she’s a good attacker [and] a good rugby player, so we know that we’ll just need to be strong across the park and not give her space to play, which is what they want.” 

Vice-captain Helen Nelson, meanwhile, believes Scotland can take learn from their round three clash with France, who play a similar style to the Italians.  

Scotland Rugby News: Helen Nelson says Scotland must go 'back to basics' this weekendHelen Nelson says Scotland must go 'back to basics' this weekend (Image: SNS)

Scotland led the French at half-time, but fell away in the second half, losing 15-5 to the world number three side. 

“We can take a lot from the France game,” Nelson said.  

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“We managed to shut down that offloading game. They got a bit of rumble on at times, but our scramble defence was outstanding.  

“France haven’t scored that few points in a long time so we can take massive confidence from that, and that’s been the main message that defensively we want to get back to that and shut them down."  

The Loughborough Lightning fly-half added: “If we get the performance right, the result will take care of itself. That has been the message.”