|Six Nations Championship|
|France (10) 27|
|Tries: Ntamack, Huget, Alldritt 2 Cons: Ramos, Belleau Pen: Ramos|
|Scotland (3) 10|
|Attempt: Mark Con: Hastings Pen: Laidlaw|
Scotland’s 20-year live up for a victory in Paris goes on after France showed glimpses of their stale flair to yarn a main make a choice of this year’s Six Nations.
Damian Penaud and Gael Fickou had first-half of tries ruled out nonetheless Romain Ntamack performed an fine counter-assault to put the hosts forward.
Greig Laidlaw’s penalty used to be the Scots’ easiest response and Yoann Huget crossed barely a minute into the 2d half of.
Gregory Alldritt plunged over twice late on either aspect of Ali Mark’s strive.
But the artificial scrum-half of’s rating used to be the smallest of consolations for Gregor Townsend’s group, who were overpowered at instances and hampered by poor decision-making at severe moments.
Now out of title opponents, the Scots will lick their wounds sooner than records superhighway net hosting Wales at Murrayfield in a fortnight, whereas France head to Dublin to face Ireland on 10 March.
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Error-strewn Scots lucky to save in it
This used to be a meeting of the afraid French, a group with a downhearted three wins from their closing 19 Assessments coming into this, and a depleted Scotland, shorn of so many sport-breakers and with out a make a choice in Paris in twenty years.
That speed stretches on – and it used to be dazzling obvious from the early minutes that there used to be going to be no uncommon away make a choice right here for the Scots and no additional misery for Jacques Brunel’s group.
France had Scotland under the cosh from the hole minutes. It took them a whereas to put them away, nonetheless put them away they did. France are alive again, correct.
For Scotland there used to be a repeat of the error-strewn 2d half of against Ireland; the botched line-outs, the spillages, the potentialities handed up. They were lucky to save in it for thus prolonged as they did.
France had two tries ruled out in the hole half of, the first after Thomas Ramos exploded out of defence and Huget’s chip forward used to be coughed up by Blair Kinghorn. Penaud went over nonetheless it absolutely used to be called wait on for a knock-on.
A leap forward came France’s intention quickly after. Pete Horne banged a kick downfield nonetheless the chasing Scottish military never bought out of the blocks. Ramos, at instances an exhilarating presence at 15, ran it wait on, stepped and then linked with Penaud who chanced on Antoine Dupont.
Dupont used to be hauled down in the Scotland 22 by Cleave Grigg, nonetheless the respite used to be transient. A transient recycle and Ntamack used to be over. Ramos transformed and the Stade had the nerve-settling birth they were dreaming about.
Scotland were pinned wait on always and fell 10-0 in the wait on of when Ramos rifled over a penalty that used to be the manufactured from extra harassment of the Scots. Once they in the raze lifted the siege, Laidlaw missed a sitter of a kick, then made amends to carry it to 10-3.
The scoreboard used to be a nonsense. It bore no resemblance to the balance of play, nonetheless it absolutely equipped Scotland encouragement. And there used to be extra of it when Huget used to be sin-binned midway thru the half of. One penalty too many for the French – nonetheless it absolutely used to be a window of opportunity the guests would possibly perhaps well not fracture thru. They smashed away at the French line for an age nonetheless it absolutely used to be all too unhurried and all too ponderous and the 2d handed.
They’d to dwell on one more disallowed strive – Ntamack chipping sumptuously for Fickou correct for an earlier knock-on to rule it out – nonetheless came again whereas Huget used to be silent in the bin. They’d a line-out in the French 22, a glorious platform, nonetheless had it stolen. Huget trotted wait on on, his 10 minutes costing his group exactly zero facets.
Thrilling French turn it on again
For all that they were outplayed, and all their errors, a seven-level deficit at the fracture would grasp cheered Scotland. France were desperately poor in the 2d half of of Test matches, so hope remained. Scotland wished a blistering birth to the original half of, nonetheless as an substitute it used to be the French who became it on again.
Barely a minute in and the dwelling aspect made it 15-3 with an fine rating that used to be by turns thrilling from a French level of view and nightmarish for Scotland. Penaud went roaring up the supreme and when it came wait on within the mighty Mathieu Bastareaud chipped over the high and then ran on to derive.
Scotland were unfold-eagled. Louis Picamoles carried France ever additional and Fickou put Huget over in the corner for France’s 2d strive. Ramos missed his conversion.
The guests had ball after that. Quite loads of it. They’d possession and territory. What they did not grasp used to be composure or accuracy to carry abet of their line breaks and their overlaps. It used to be maddening – and familiar.
A third rating arrived from France when their forward pack muscled Scotland over the road from a scrum. Exchange Alldritt used to be on the discontinuance of it. One other kick used to be missed – correct as effectively France weren’t counting on the boot – nonetheless Scotland lastly chanced on their vary when Mark darted over for a strive that used to be transformed by Adam Hastings.
The goal now for Scotland, with the clock in the red, used to be a losing bonus level. That used to be beyond them, too – undone by their grasp errors again. France drove on for a four-strive bonus level. Within the eighth minute of added time they’d a five-metre scrum and Alldritt barged his intention all over again.
For France, this used to be a ticket of enjoyment and a competitive pulse in the raze. For Scotland, one more loss on the road for a group sadly lacking a battalion of fellows who would possibly perhaps well additionally want made a incompatibility.
France: 15-Ramos, 14-Penaud, 13-Bastareaud, 12-Fickou, 11-Huget, 10-Ntamack, 9-Dupont; 1-Poirot, 2-Guirado (captain), 3-Bamba, 4-Vahaamahina, 5-Lambey, 6-Lauret, 7-Iturria, 8-Picamoles.
Replacements: 16-Chat (for Guirado, 70), 17-Falgoux (for Poirot, 70), 18-Aldegheri (for Bamba, 69), 19-Willemse (for Lambey, 65), 20-Alldritt (for Picamoles, 69), 21-Serin (for Dupont, 69), 22-Belleau (for Ntamack, 76), 23-Medard (for Ramos, 69)
Yellow card: Huget (27-37)
Scotland: 15-Kinghorn, 14-Seymour, 13-Grigg, 12-Johnson, 11-Maitland, 10-Horne, 9-Laidlaw (captain); 1-Dell, 2-McInally, 3-Berghan, 4-Gilchrist, 5-Gray, 6-Bradbury, 7-Ritchie 8-Strauss.
Replacements: 16-Brown (for McInally, 64), 17-Allan (for Dell, 64), 18-Fagerson (for Berghan, 64, 19-Toolis (for Gray, 55), 20-Graham (for Strauss, 64), 21-Mark (for Laidlaw, 64), 22-Hastings (for Horne, 44, for Johnson Fifty three), 23-Graham (for Maitland, 64).
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