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  1. Six Nations - France overcome spirited Scotland

    Six Nations - France overcome spirited Scotland

    France beat Scotland in their Six Nations clash in Murrayfield with a last minute penalty from Jean-Marc Doussain nudging them to a 19-17 win. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Scotland
    • France
    • 80' And there it is, the final whistle. Scotland's penalty count sank them against a truly execrable French side. The better side lost, no doubt.
    • 79' Scotland look like they've given up. The restart is desultory and the tackles are falling away as France advance.
    • 79' Doussain puts France ahead with a simple penalty. A minute to go.
    • 77' The French win a penalty for a ruck infringement by the Scottish - thousands of hearts around the ground sink.
    • 77' France are battering the Scottish 22.
    • 75' A slip by Fickou is pounced open and Scotland win the ball but hand it back. It's been that kind of game -- but enthralling nonetheless.
    • 74' It's 44 metres out and Weir drops it short. It's still a one-point game. It's still wide open. But can the French rouse themselves?
    • 74' Another scrum collapses with a Scottish penalty ensuing. Weir to kick ...
    • 73' For a game with just one point in it, it's curiously muted. A lot of that must go down to the French, who are being very, very French today. But not in the good way.
    • 71' That pressure pays off as they win a penalty by turning a choke tackle into a maul. France look a sorry, beaten side, but that's when they're at their most dangerous.
    • 71' Scotland secure their lineout through Grey and pump it long to keep the pressure on France's backs.
    • 70' France look exhausted. Is that disinterest or genuine unfitness?
    • 69' Substitutions: For Scotland Swinson is on for Hamilton, while the French bring Debaty on for Domingo and Bastauread off for Fickou.
    • 67' Unforced error - knockon by Mermoz - when France were solidly in control cedes possession to the French. The ball swings up the field where the French again infringe, giving a penalty to Scotland just on the half way line.
    • 66' After a fascinating scrum battle Scotland do really well to disrupt the French and win the ball back. They're winning the little battles lately, but fifteen minutes remain - an eternity.
    • 64' A mighty scrum from France comes out of the restart, just when the men in blue needed it.
    • 61' Weir nails it and Scotland return to the lead by the smallest possible margin. The game still hangs firmly in the balance.
    • 61' Scotland are retaining most of the possession and asking all the questions of France, and win another penalty. From teh same position, this time Weir will take it.
    • 59' Laidlaw sizes up a penalty from just inside half way, but drops it just a bit short. Perhaps a kick to touch would've been wiser. Or could Hogg, who clearly wanted the kick, have slotted it?
    • 58' Scotland opt for another scrum. Another penalty ensues.
    • 58' A fine scrum from Scotland leads to a penalty.
    • 57' The game has lost some focus, capped with yet more untidiness from the French lineout. Momentum appears to be lost to both sides, despite only two points dividing them. A single moment of genius could decide this ...
    • 54' Some overly intricate play results in Dunbar dropping it forward. Not his fault, but a shame as Scotland were making yards through efficient rucking. It's been the best facet of their game today.
    • 53' Scotland continue to batter the French line, forcing Machenaud to kick for touch. Scotland are not giving up.
    • 52' Ford on for Lawson as Scotland make another substitution.
    • 51' But, to balance, France's Mas has thrown 8 crooked balls into the lineout. He adds the latest on the 51st minute to give Scotland a scrum inside their own half.
    • 50' Stat attack: 11 penalties against Scotland; 2 against France.
    • 50' Scotland aren't dead yet. Evans leads a great break out of defence, getting them inside the French 10 metre line, but yet again infringe. If they can cut out these mistakes ...
    • 46' Machenaud adds the extras and France are in front. Where is this game going now?
    • 46' Huget undoes five minutes of really solid work from Scotland with a fantastic interception of a lazy, floating pass inside his own 22. The French wing hared down the field to dot down under the posts.
    • 42' Guirado is being readied to replace Mas at hooker.
    • 41' Another shaky lineout from France. What must Mas be thinking now?
    • 41' A HUUUUUGE kick from Hogg after he collected inside his own 22, lined it up, and banged it into the French 22.
    • 40' Murrayfield is buzzing as they wait for Hogg to restart for Scotland.
    • 40' Machenaud, with Scottish whistles ringing in his ears, pushes his penalty wide. And the next whistle he hears is the referee's for half time. An enthralling next 40 minutes await.
    • 39' It's 14-9 to Scotland, a real swing moment before half time. The next few scores will be critical .... as France win a kickable penalty.
    • 38' Terrible from Scotland to give away a penalty and all the pressure after Domingo burrows in from the side and Ross's head pops up. French lineout outside the Scottish 22 results.
    • 37' The end result is a scrum on the half way line with the put in to Scotland.
    • 36' Hogg tries a massively ambitious drop at goal after some great, direct Scottish play through the phases ends with a French steal on the ground from Bastareaud - perhaps the only Frenchman trying as hard as the Scots.
    • 34' The Scots are fighting like hungry dogs and win a penalty inside the French 22 after they force an infringement and win the put in to the scrum.
    • 33' French hooker Mas botches a sixth and sets the Scots off on a bit of phaseplay again, just inside the French half.
    • 32' Unlucky for the Scots as they are pinged at the breakdown again, but it looked fine on the replay. Some measure of justice is done as the French botch their FIFTH lineout.
    • 30' It's the last thing Lamont does, though, as Evans replaces him and Scotland now have two substitutions.
    • 29' Another Scotland penalty conceded as Bastareaud forced Lamont to hold on. Good work from the Frenchman.
    • 28' Medard does well to keep Hogg's long touchfinder in play and boots it out for a Scottish lineout at half way.
    • 27' A long, long spell of set and reset in this scrum, but finally completed and Scotland clear through Hogg.
    • 26' Somehow France's Mas puts another crooked throw into the lineout for a Scottish scrum. After 25 minutes, the French look disinterested.
    • 24' Seymour looks confident after his try. Perhaps a bit too confident as he plugs a long kick straight into touch for a lineout to France in his side's half.
    • 23' Laidlaw converts. Murrayfield is full of noise and energy. But can it continue?
    • 22' Tommy Seymour dots down after some fine interplay from the Scots after the lineout. An excellent piece of work and Scotland are back in front!
    • 21' Another penalty for Scotland from the breakdown. Another lineout within a few feet of the French 22.
    • 18' A solid scrum from the French but Scotland do well and force an infringement. Hogg's ensuing penalty gets to the French 10 metre line.
    • 18' For the record, because this will unquestionably become important by the end: Scotland have given away their sixth penalty of the day, which France turn into a lineout just out the Scottish 22. The French botch it, but they won't always.
    • 16' More bad news for Scotland as Wilson replaces an injured Beattie.
    • 16' Machenaud slots it. France retake the lead.
    • 15' Scotland infringe at the breakdown, surrendering a penalty and more than likely the lead.
    • 14' The French batter the Scottish try line looking for their response. Solid Scottish defending though.
    • 13' And the conversion, too. Maybe we have a game here.
    • 12' And it's a try! The first one for Scotland in four home games, and what a try it is! From absolutely nothing!
    • 12' Camera angles are inconclusive - if the hand that touches it down is Stuart Hogg's then it qualifies as a fantastic try.
    • 12' Some lovely straightforward rugby from Scotland just inside the French 22, moving through the phases with purpose and simplicity ends, with a Hogg kick into the French ingoal area. But was there a touchdown when Hogg collected at the other end?
    • 10' Machenaud slots the easy penalty.
    • 10' Although Scotland deserve praise for averting what for a second looked like a fine French try. It did require surrendering a penalty, but they'll be happier with that.
    • 9' Which France will turn up? The one that can take advantage of a small mistake from Scotland, sweep the entire length of the field with a few swift passes, and win a scrum under the Scottish posts. Yeah, that one.
    • 8' Great work from the Scots at the ruck as they winkle the ball away from France. A fine kick from Laidlow is collected inside the French 22 and delivered back. Good spell from Scotland.
    • 6' France secure their own lineout, just about, and start moving through the phases inside the Scottish half.
    • 6' Scotland do well to disrupt the French scrum, forcing them backwards. From the chaos on the deck, the Scots infringe, relieving France.
    • 4' All the action around the half way line with both sides making ground only to cede it straight back to the opposition.
    • 3' Weir's kick was an inch or two too long and it goes all the way back to half way for a France put in to the lineout, but Scotland win it back.
    • 2' Machenaud slots it with ease. First blood France.
    • 2' The Scottish front row goes to ground immediately and it's a penalty for France. Here's hoping that notorious Murrayfield pitch doesn't influence things too greatly.
    • 1 Chris Pollock the referee blows the game into life and France kick off an immediately lose the ball in the ensuing ruck. Scrum Scotland.
    • 17:00 More emotive version of Flower of Scotland ... and here we go ...
    • 17:00 A tepid version of La Marseillaise. Will that spur the French into action?
    • 16:52 Surely only a thumping France win will be enough for Philippe Saint-André? Or for his (many) critics, more pertinently.
    • 16:50 After an emotional day in Dublin for Brian O'Driscoll's last ever game on Irish soil in the green jersey, Scotland would certainly be doing Ireland a favour. But the odds are on a comfortable French victory.
    • 16:46 France: B Dulin; Y Huget, M Bastareaud, M Mermoz, M Medard; J Plisson, M Machenaud; T Domingo, B Mach, N Mas; P Pape (Captain), Y Maestri; S Vahaamahina, A Lapandry, D Chouly.
    • 16:45 Scotland: S Hogg; T Seymour, A Dunbar, M Scott, S Lamont; D Weir, G Laidlaw; R Grant, S Lawson, G Cross, R Gray, J Hamilton, J Beattie, K Brown (capt), D Denton.
    • 16:45 Here are the teams:
    • 16:44 Can Scotland take advantage of a changeable France? Which France will turn up? All to be answered in the coming two hours in this evening's second Six Nations game at Murrayfield.
  • Summary

    Scotland versus France
    Hogg 13’, Seymour 22’ Tries Huget 46’
    Laidlaw 14’, 27’ Conversions Machenaud 47’
    Weir 62’ Penalties Machenaud 2’, 11’, 17’, Doussain 80’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Scotland

    Manager: Scott Johnson

    On the Field

    • Grant
    • Lawson Substitution Out (52′)
    • Cross
    • Gray
    • Hamilton Substitution Out (68′)
    • Beattie Substitution Out (17′)
    • Brown
    • Denton
    • Laidlaw
    • Weir
    • Lamont Substitution Out (30′)
    • Scott
    • Dunbar
    • Seymour Try
    • Hogg Try

    Subs

    • Cusiter
    • Ford Substitution In (52′)
    • Murray
    • Low
    • Swinson Substitution In (68′)
    • Evans Substitution In (30′)
    • Wilson Substitution In (17′)
    • Taylor

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • France

    Manager: Philippe Saint-André

    On the Field

    • Domingo Substitution Out (69′)
    • Mach Substitution Out (48′)
    • Mas Substitution Out (60′)
    • Papé
    • Maestri Substitution Out (60′)
    • Vahaamahina Substitution Out (66′)
    • Lapandry
    • Chouly
    • Machenaud Substitution Out (75′)
    • Plisson Substitution Out (48′)
    • Médard
    • Mermoz
    • Bastareaud Substitution Out (69′)
    • Huget Try
    • Dulin

    Subs

    • Debaty Substitution In (69′)
    • Guirado Substitution In (48′)
    • Tales Substitution In (48′)
    • Claassen Substitution In (66′)
    • Slimani Substitution In (60′)
    • Doussain Substitution In (75′)
    • Flanquart Substitution In (60′)
    • Fickou Substitution In (69′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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  1. Can we just once see a rugby match involving France­ where the referee is not their best player ? Yes,­ Scotland threw away 7 points, yes Scotland needs a­ kicker with a range of more than 20 metres, but did you­ see the final penalty total ? It was so lopsided it­ defies description. GUARANTEE France now wins the 6­ nations next week , and regardless of how good or bad­ Ireland plays, the ref will be France's best player­ again. Same stuff, different game.

    From Michael, on Sat 8 Mar 19:00
  2. Hard luck on the Scots who deserved to win the game.­ But can someone tell the Murrayfield crowd that this­ wasn't Celtic v Rangers. The whistling/booing when­ France took their final penalty was disgraceful.­ Rubbish behaviour from the Scots

    From Mark, on Sat 8 Mar 18:58
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