SCOTLAND winger Sean Maitland has admitted Sunday's NatWest 6 Nations clash with France is a "must win" for both sides.

The Dark Blues' hopes of a first championship title since 1999 suffered a blow in a humiliating 34-7 defeat to Wales, while France lost out to a last-minute Jonny Sexton drop-goal in their opener against Ireland.

Maitland, who is expected to replace the injured Byron McGuigan at BT Murrayfield on Sunday, said: "They're in a similar situation to us, both picked up losses first up and we can't afford to lose a second game.

"We know this is a really important game. The good thing for us is we're playing at home. Our form over the last two years has been really good playing at home.

"It's a must-win game."