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  1. Six Nations - France stuck with wooden spoon despite Scotland win

    Six Nations - France stuck with wooden spoon despite Scotland win

    France claimed a hard-earned 23-16 victory over Scotland in Paris but still ended up with their first Six Nations wooden spoon on points difference. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • France
    • Scotland
    • - That's all from Eurosport's coverage of the Six Nations Championships, we hope you've enjoyed it. See you next year!
    • - Scotland, on the other hand, finish a solid tournament on four points and in third place. A fantastic effort from Scott Johnson's side, but will he take the job?
    • - It's all over here in Paris, France finally have their win, but they finish with the wooden spoon on points difference. That's the first time in the history of the Six Nations, and questions will be asked.
    • FT FULL TIME: FRANCE 23-16 SCOTLAND
    • 80' Lamont heads off in search of a miracle, but it's a knock-on, the clock goes red....
    • 79' We're heading into the final few seconds here, Scotland have a scrum, and it's a penalty to them...
    • 77' France have a penalty after some threatening Scotland possession, they'll look to keep the ball here and fizzle the game out.
    • 76' FRANCE 23-16 SCOTLAND: Jackson converts within seconds of Visser going over, Scotland want to get on with this...
    • 75' TRY FOR SCOTLAND: FRANCE 23-14 SCOTLAND: Tim Visser breaks free with 30 metres to run. Matt Scott breaks through the line and offloads to Visser, who goes over with ease.
    • 74' France want more points here, they don't want the wooden spoon, that's for sure...
    • 72' The tries had been coming, and it's a sucker-punch for the Scots. But here they come... Jackson's quick hands end up with him having the chance to go over, but it's knocked on by the Scots and the French have a scrum five metres from their own line
    • 71' FRANCE 23-9 SCOTLAND: Machenaud converts, with Michalak injured.
    • 70' TRY FOR FRANCE! 21-9 SCOTLAND: Maxime Medard goes over and it's two quick-fire tries for the hosts. Scotland were weak in defence, and Bastareaud's strong run ended with Medard giving France daylight. Surely that's it for Scotland.
    • 68' FRANCE 16-9 SCOTLAND: Michalak converts. It's been coming for France, and it's hard to argue that it's not been deserved
    • 66' TRY TO FRANCE! FRANCE 14-9 SCOTLAND: Fofana breaks through after France recycle the ball. Replacement Nyanga picks him out and he slips past Stuart Hogg to pop the ball down behind the posts
    • 65' The introduction of Debaty has given France some strength and energy here. Here come France again...
    • 64' Debaty and Clerc exchange words, presumably the latter asking why he wasn't passed the ball. A huge opportunity missed for France.
    • 62' France have the chance to break through, but they are haulted five metres from the line. Vincent Debaty made a huge run through the Scotland ranks and should really have passed the ball inside in a two-on-one situation. Michalak is disgusted, throwing the ball down in anger as Scotland gain the penalty
    • 61' That penalty was given after Michalak ran up a blind channel. He really is hit or miss, the Frenchman.
    • 60' PENALTY: FRANCE 9-9 SCOTLAND: Laidlaw brings Scotland level with 20 minutes remaining, can they build pressure on France from now on?
    • 59' Scotland have the penalty and Laidlaw can level the scores here...
    • 56' France are really dominating now, Yoann Huget has been oustanding throughout the tournament for a dour French side, and again he has looked impressive tonight.
    • 54' PENALTY: FRANCE 9-6 SCOTLAND: Scotland have collapsed here, and more importantly, Michalak has regained some composure. He converts from close-range. Scotland need a foothold here, not much chance of that on this Paris turf...
    • 54' France have the penalty and Michalak steps up...
    • 52' France drive forward to within ten metres of the Scotland line. This is one-way traffic in Paris, a try could come at any time for the hosts. Michalak feigns the drop goal but finds himself surrounded by Scots. France still have it though....
    • 50' PENALTY: FRANCE 6-6 SCOTLAND: Michalak converts with ease and France are level. They've gained the ascendency in the second half.
    • 49' Michalak tries to go on his own for France, and eventually Fofana's kick comes to nothing. But the referee brings play back for an earlier offside penalty. Michalak with the chance to level the score...
    • 48' Maxime Medard is close to going over for France and the Stade de France crowd are roaring here... big chance for the French
    • 46' PENALTY: FRANCE 3-6 SCOTLAND: They're off the mark, as Michalak finally produces something positive for the hosts.
    • 45' Penalty to France 40 metres from goal, here comes the maverick Michalak...
    • 45' Replays show Michalak was trying to give Hogg a bit of a punch there after connecting during play. All comes to nothing though. Nothing to see here....
    • 44' There's a scrap off the ball, Michalak and Hogg are in a headlock with eachother, if that is possible
    • 43' France have come roaring out of the blocks, a nice exchange involving Michalak sees them with some possession but it ultimately ends in another kicking game...
    • 41' We're off for the second half here in Paris, can either side make a significant breakthrough?
    • - It's half-time here in Paris, FRANCE 0-6 SCOTLAND
    • 40+2' The clock has been long dead, but we're still playing. Penalty to Scotland! And they relieve the pressure. Weir goes for touch and it's half time. Boos surround the stadium, unsuprisingly...
    • 40+1' France have the chance to come forward in over time after a wayward Evans kick, which he should have hit into touch. Les Bleus come forward...
    • 39' Replacement Max Evans is perilously close to breaking through, but his chip over Medard, who is the last man for France, runs out of play.
    • 37' Stuart Hogg makes a fantastic break for Scotland, and they have it inside the French half. maybe a chance to go for the line here...
    • 36' France have the ball inside Scotland's half, but Scotland come away with it after a knock-on.
    • 35' Penalty to France after a poor Scotland scrum. It's tiring stuff in Paris, the pitch and rain seems to be causing difficulties, particularly the turf in the scrum.
    • 33' Scotland have the ball on the half-way line, Laidlaw sends it up for Vincent Clerc who spills it. Scotland have the ball on France's 22. Sean Lamont nearly picks up a dink over three French players, but nevertheless the visitors have a scrum 20 metres out.
    • 32' Penalty to Scotland, this should be the end of the pressure, which has come in waves for the past 15 minutes.
    • 31' Scotland have the scrum after a knock on, a chance maybe for some possession, but they're still in their own 22. Familiar territory for them and the French.
    • 30' Remember, the French have some good football players too - fantastic footwork skills from Vincent Clerc keeps the ball in play for France, and it turns out to be fantastic fortune as they now have the ball 15 metres from Scotland's line.
    • 29' Finally Scotland ease the pressure, and have a penalty on their line.
    • 27' Wesley Fofana comes within inches of grounding the ball after powering through. Scotland have made 48 tackles compared to France's 24, with most of them coming in the past five minutes.
    • 27' Great quick passing from France, with Bastareaud using his strength to come to within five metres of the line. So much pressure on Scotland's defence.
    • 26' Michalak tries to find Bastareaud but he fumbles it. It went backwards according to referee Owens, and they regain possesion 22 metres out.
    • 25' The turf looks like a dry plain - it has been completely torn up here and we're only 25 minutes in. Meanwhile, France still have the ball five metres out.
    • 24' France have the scrum five metres out, here comes the raw of the crowd.... but it soon silences as the packs collapse.
    • 24' Close look from referee Nigel Owens as France go over the line, it's not grounded though and Scotland live to fight another day.
    • 23' Fantastic French scrum, and Picamole is so close to offloading the ball for a try. Scotland holding firm but it's not over yet...
    • 22' Penalty straight away to France after a messy scrum. There's some handbags afterwards but it's all died down now. France choose to use the scrum again.
    • 20' Kick after kick, but French winger Maxime Medard looks to break through. He does, to an extent, and France have a penalty. Michalak kicks for touch but fluffs it, but Hogg knocks it on for Scotland and France have a scrum 10 metres from the line. Good chance here.
    • 19' It's a tad untidy here in Paris, with both sides trading possession at every opportunity. There have been seven handling errors already. Scotland will be happy with the start, however.
    • 17' Two messy line-outs later and we're in midfield. Scotland have it and Duncan Weir puts a boot in the air for Thomas Domingo to deal with. They still have the ball, however.
    • 16' France finally get the line-out to work but Kelly Brown intercepts the next pass. France the architects of their own downfall here. Scotland have a line-out deep inside the French half, another good chance, but can they make the most of the throw?
    • 15' PENALTY: FRANCE 0-6 SCOTLAND: Laidlaw's shot just about has enough strength on it to go over. Great kick again.
    • 15' Scotland have a penalty after the jumper in the line-out was tackled before landing. Laidlaw will have another go at the posts here, 40 metres out. A chance for Scotland to extend their lead.
    • 14' Scotland's line-out is seized upon by Picamole and it ends up in Scotland's half. But France give away a penalty 20 metres inside the opposition half, and the Paris crowd don't like it....
    • 13' Instead of taking a breath, Scotland pick up a poor French kick and gain 40 yards. They have a line-out 15 metres from the line. Good chance here.
    • 12' France are on the attack after some sloppy play by Scotland. But similar messiness from France gives the Scots a chance to take a breath.
    • 10' Johnny Beattie can't pick up a high French kick and the hosts have a line-out in a good position... It's loose however. France still have it though, with Michalak looking to cause problems...
    • 9' PENALTY: FRANCE 0-3 SCOTLAND: Laidlaw picks up his first points of the game. Scotland deserve the lead after making the most of possession despite being just inside France's half.
    • 8' Penalty to Scotland after some decent progression through the phases, Greig Laidlaw is going to have a pop at goal 40 metres out.
    • 8' Duncan Weir nearly breaks through, good play by the fly half, and Scotland make decent progress. Still 40 metres to line, mind.
    • 7' France's line out is loose and Scotland have the ball inside the opponents half. They are playing the phases here looking to settle the game down.
    • 6' Penalty to France after a collapses scrum. The pitch is being torn to shreds here. The French kick for the line and have the line-out 10 metres into Scotland's half.
    • 5' Both sides exchange kicks, with Scotland's Johnnie Beattie making 50 yards from a difficult position. Great play by the number eight
    • 4' France come away with the ball and make a break for the line, but Vincent Clerc is man-handled out into touch.
    • 3' Stuart Hogg is tested by Michalak early on, and the greasy conditions take their toll. Hogg fumbles an aerial ball it and it's France's scrum.
    • 2' Jim Hamilton gets taken down by two Frenchman, and France turn it over. The Saint Denis crowd greet it with a huge roar.
    • 1' Here we go, Duncan Weir sends it long for Scotland.
    • 19:59 Tonight’s referee is Welshman Nigel Owens, who took charge of Italy’s infamous 23-18 victory over France on February 3. And we’re off here in Paris for the 2013 Six Nations finale.
    • 19:57 And here is, in my opinion, the best national anthem of the Six Nations. La Marseillaise sung with it's usual vigour. A few tears in there, I think.
    • 19:55 Here are the anthems, Flower of Scotland a little weak but the Scots still look up for this.
    • 19:55 The bookies fancy France here, who are at 1/5, while you can get a Scotland win at 9/2.
    • 19:50 For Scotland, Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist will earn his first Scotland cap in Saturday's final Six Nations match against France. Gilchrist replaces the injured Richie Gray, while Alasdair Strokosch is preferred to Rob Harley at blindside flanker in the only other change.
    • 19:50 France have recalled giant centre Mathieu Bastareaud and handed first starts to forwards Antoine Claassen and Sebastien Vahaamahina, while much-criticised fly half Frederic Michalak retains the 10 shirt for the bottom side.
    • 19:45 Scotland replacements: 16-Dougie Hall, 17-Moray Low, 18-Geoff Cross, 19-Alastair Kellock, 20-Ryan Wilson, 21-Henry Pyrgos, 22-Ruaridh Jackson, 23-Max Evans
    • 19:45 Scotland: 15-Stuart Hogg; 14-Sean Maitland, 13-Sean Lamont, 12-Matt Scott, 11-Tim Visser; 10-Duncan Weir, 9-Greig Laidlaw; 1-Ryan Grant, 2-Ross Ford, 3-Euan Murray, 4-Grant Gilchrist, 5-Jim Hamilton, 6-Alasdair Strokosch, 7-Kelly Brown (captain), 8-Johnnie Beattie
    • 19:40 France replacements: Replacements: 16-Guilhem Guirado, 17-Vincent Debaty, 18-Luc Ducalcon, 19-Christophe Samson, 20-Yannick Nyanga, 21-Maxime Machenaud, 22-Francois Trinh-Duc, 23-Florian Fritz or Gael Fickou
    • 19:40 Here are the teams: France: 15-Yoann Huget; 14-Vincent Clerc, 13-Mathieu Bastareaud, 12-Wesley Fofana, 11-Maxime Medard; 10-Frederic Michalak, 9-Morgan Parra; 1-Thomas Domingo, 2-Benjamin Kayser, 3-Nicolas Mas, 4-Sebastien Vahaamahina, 5-Yoann Maestri, 6-Antonie Claassen, 7-Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 8-Louis Picamoles
    • 19:40 Scotland are sitting in third place with four points, and a win would give them their best points finish since 2006. Certainly better than last year’s total of, well, zilch.
    • 19:35 Scotland, on the other hand, have had a solid campaign, thumping Italy 34-10 in week two, and beating Ireland 12-8 thanks to the boot of Greig Laidlaw in late February.
    • 19:35 France, bottom of the Six Nations table with just one point, need a win to come away from this campaign with any sort of positivity. They were saved last week by Louis Picamoles’ late try against Ireland in the 13-13 draw.
    • 19:30 Welcome to our live coverage of this Six Nations clash in Paris between France and Scotland. Despite being the last game of the 2013 championships, there’s still plenty to play for here.
  • Summary

    France versus Scotland
    Fofana 66’, Médard 71’ Tries Visser 76’
    Michalak 67’, Machenaud 72’ Conversions Jackson 76’
    Michalak 45’, 50’, 54’ Penalties Laidlaw 9’, 15’, 59’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • France

    Manager: Philippe Saint-André

    On the Field

    • Domingo Substitution Out (54′)
    • Kayser Substitution Out (55′)
    • Mas Substitution Out (64′)
    • Vahaamahina Substitution Out (71′)
    • Maestri
    • Claassen Substitution Out (68′)
    • Dusautoir Substitution In (68′) Substitution Out (64′)
    • Picamoles
    • Parra Substitution Out (41′)
    • Michalak Substitution Out (71′)
    • Médard Try
    • Fofana Try
    • Bastareaud Substitution Out (75′)
    • Clerc
    • Huget

    Subs

    • Debaty Substitution In (54′)
    • Nyanga Substitution In (68′) Substitution Out (68′)
    • Guirado Substitution In (55′)
    • Ducalcon Substitution In (64′)
    • Trinh-Duc Substitution In (71′)
    • Samson Substitution In (71′)
    • Machenaud Substitution In (41′)
    • Fickou Substitution In (75′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Scotland

    Manager: Scott Johnson

    On the Field

    • Grant Substitution Out (64′)
    • Ford Substitution Out (75′)
    • Murray Substitution Out (65′)
    • Gilchrist Substitution Out (55′)
    • Hamilton
    • Strokosch
    • Brown
    • Beattie Substitution Out (71′)
    • Laidlaw Substitution Out (75′)
    • Weir Substitution Out (68′)
    • Visser Try
    • Scott
    • Lamont
    • Maitland Substitution Out (31′)
    • Hogg

    Subs

    • Hall Substitution In (75′)
    • Kellock Substitution In (55′)
    • Low Substitution In (64′)
    • Evans Substitution In (31′)
    • Jackson Substitution In (68′)
    • Cross Substitution In (65′)
    • Pyrgos Substitution In (75′)
    • Wilson Substitution In (71′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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