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Sunday 11 February 2018, 10:00am EST

Scotland v France

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  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • Penalty GoalBaptiste Serin
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • Penalty GoalBaptiste Serin
  • Penalty GoalGreig Laidlaw
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalMaxime Machenaud
  • ConversionGreig Laidlaw
  • TRY!Huw Jones
  • ConversionMaxime Machenaud
  • TRY!Teddy Thomas
  • ConversionGreig Laidlaw
  • TRY!Sean Maitland
  • Penalty GoalMaxime Machenaud
  • ConversionMaxime Machenaud
  • TRY!Teddy Thomas
  • KO


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Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
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Scotland T C P
15 Stuart Hogg 0 0 0
14 Tommy Seymour 0 0 0
13 Huw Jones 1 0 0
12 Peter Horne 0 0 0
11 Sean Maitland 1 0 0
10 Finn Russell 0 0 0
9 Greig Laidlaw 0 2 6
1 Gordon Reid 0 0 0
2 Stuart McInally 0 0 0
3 Simon Berghan 0 0 0
4 Grant Gilchrist 0 0 0
5 Jonny Gray 0 0 0
6 John Barclay 0 0 0
7 Hamish Watson 0 0 0
8 Ryan Wilson 0 0 0
16 Scott Lawson 0 0 0
17 Jamie Bhatti 0 0 0
18 Jon Welsh 0 0 0
19 Ben Toolis 0 0 0
20 David Denton 0 0 0
21 Ali Price 0 0 0
22 Chris Harris 0 0 0
23 Blair Kinghorn 0 0 0
France T C P
15 Geoffrey Palis 0 0 0
14 Teddy Thomas 2 0 0
13 Rémi Lamerat 0 0 0
12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 0 0 0
11 Virimi Vakatawa 0 0 0
10 Lionel Beauxis 0 0 0
9 Maxime Machenaud 0 2 2
1 Jefferson Poirot 0 0 0
2 Guilhem Guirado 0 0 0
3 Rabah Slimani 0 0 0
4 Arthur Iturria 0 0 0
5 Sebastien Vahaamahina 0 0 0
6 Wenceslas Lauret 0 0 0
7 Yacouba Camara 0 0 0
8 Marco Tauleigne 0 0 0
16 Adrien Pelissie 0 0 0
17 Eddy Ben Arous 0 0 0
18 Cedate Gomes Sa 0 0 0
19 Paul Gabrillagues 0 0 0
20 Louis Picamoles 0 0 0
21 Baptiste Serin 0 0 2
22 Anthony Belleau 0 0 0
23 Benjamin Fall 0 0 0


Six Nations

3 Scotland 74 13
4 France 69 11
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  • Four tries in the first half seemed to be hinting at a points bonanza after the break in Edinburgh - but instead, it was a battle of wills between the boots of Greig Laidlaw and Baptiste Serin for the win, with both men exchanging penalties before the former edged his side ahead in the final 10 minutes. Scotland run out winners against France thanks to their former captain's sterling work on his return to the starting line-up - and with it, they get their NatWest 6 Nations account up and running for 2018. Gregor Townsend's men face England in two weeks - until then however, thank you for joining and have a good week!
  • The scrum collapses - and Wilson comes up with the ball! France desperately try to get a turnover in the tackle - and concede the penalty. As the clock ticks over, Laidlaw taps and punts it into the stands; Scotland get their first win of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, as they defeat France 32-26 in a toe-to-toe thriller at Murrayfield.
  • Scotland have the scrum! The hosts collapse the maul from the line-out, holding Picamoles away from any attack on the try-line.
  • Penalty to France with just over two minutes remaining as now Denton fails to roll away in the tackle, and Serin drills it into the left corner. Going for goal won't win the game now; only a converted try will do for the visitors.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 32-26 France. Laidlaw adds another three points to his hail and now gives his side the half-dozen advantage.
  • Another Scotland penalty, this one 22m out, as Gabrillagues fails to roll away in the tackle and Laidlaw will take another shot at goal.
  • A penalty now for Scotland, which Laidlaw puts out just shy of the French try-line on the right, to pile on the pressure.
  • Benjamin Fall also replaces Vakatawa for France as, from the restart, Scotland get a scrum following French errors around the ruck.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 29-26 France. The hosts hit the front for the first time with nine minutes remaining, as Laidlaw makes it seven from seven for the game.
  • Paul Gabrillagues and Anthony Belleau are on for France now, replacing Vahaamahina and Beauxis.
  • It's a great clearing kick from Serin, getting to halfway, but Scotland are knocking on the French door only seconds later as Bhatti and Denton batter their way downfield. Scotland get the penalty advantage too - and Watson eventually sacrifices the ball in a play to allow Laidlaw to point to the posts again.
  • France manage to get the scrum seven metres away from their own half as they turn the tackle into a maul, managing to take the pressure off them for a moment.
  • Scrum to Scotland as Beauxis, quiet on his return today, knocks on from a grubber kick. The hosts go wide and left, with a chip-and-chase from Peter Horne which doesn't quite come off - but Beauxis knocks on again to gift Hogg the ball 10 metres out.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 26-26 France. We're all level at Murrayfield as Laidlaw slots it over with a superb effort, to tee up a nail-biting final 15 minutes. David Denton and Ali Price are on for the hosts too, replacing Russell and Barclay.
  • A knock-on from Picamoles now gives Scotland a scrum 40m out - and they get a penalty too as France collapse under pressure. The hosts will once more go for goal...
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 23-26 France. Laidlaw slots over the kick again from 20m out in front and the hosts are back within three points of drawing level.
  • Scotland get penalty advantage now from a Picamoles hit on Bhatti and after 11 phases of trying to go wide, play breaks up and Laidlaw points to the posts.
  • A multitude of changes for both sides now, with Reid and Gilchrist replaced by Jamie Bhatti and Ben Toolis, and Poirot, Slimani and Marco Tauleigne replaced by Eddy Ben Arous, Cedate Gomes Sa and Louis Picamoles.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 20-26 France. Serin slots over from 20m out and the gap opens up to six points again.
  • Doumayrou breaks on the right to put France within 10 metres of the Scottish line and they get a penalty advantage too from Slimani. Laidlaw manages to rip the ball from Vakatawa and the visitors will go for goal once more.
  • Thomas wheels in from the wing and Gilchrist manages to trap the winger on the ground before he can exploit the gap after a well-contested scrum by France sees them advance on the Scottish line.
  • Scotland return Serin's kick from the scrum with interest and Hogg again slips in between the cracks to make good distance - but then John Barclay fails to release in the tackle and France get a penalty.
  • Scotland have a chance of a breakaway now, Hogg pushing himself wide on the left after Palis fails to collect a high kick from Laidlaw. The full-back flicks it inside to Jones - and the centre knocks on under pressure, to give France the scrum just inside their own half.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 20-23 France. Laidlaw pushes it between the posts once more and we're back to a three-point game at Murrayfield.
  • Now Scotland get a penalty, from the restart, as France come in from the side on Russell. Laidlaw again points to the sticks...
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 17-23 France. Serin slots it wonderfully over, with the aid of a strong wind, from 44m out. France back to a six-point lead.
  • Scotland get a penalty in their own half, which Russell fails to find touch with as he goes for distance again - and then the hosts are penalised themselves for crossing, with Serin looking to go for goal himself to open up France's lead again.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 17-20 France. Laidlaw doesn't miss those kind of kicks - and Scotland slash the deficit back to three again.
  • It's Serin who now concedes a penalty directly in front of his own sticks as the Frenchman goes in at the side on Gilchrist. Laidlaw will go for goal, 27m out in front...
  • Maxime Machenaud has not returned to the pitch after that late knock in the first half for France; Baptiste Serin takes his place on the field.
  • Scotland get us back underway at Murrayfield with Ryan Wilson winning a line-out after Rabah Slimani fluffs his collection and laying a platform for Gordon Reid to help grind metres downfield as the hosts look to close the gap.
  • Two tries apiece for both sides, including a brace for Teddy Thomas for the visitors, yet Scotland trail at the interval thanks to the boot of Maxime Machenaud, whose pair of penalties currently prove the difference between the two. It's all shaping up to be a cracker of a game after a slow start from the hosts; at half-time, it's Scotland 14-20 France.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 14-20 France. Machenaud adds three more points with the last kick of the half to give his side a lead of half-a-dozen heading into the break.
  • Penalty to France as the visitors get advantage from the line-out, before the referee hauls Jones back after he picks up a loose pass.
  • Penalty to France now as Scotland fail to release in the tackle, though play is paused whilst Machenaud gets some treatment for a knock.
  • Hamish Watson goes up for the line-out - and has it stolen from under his nose by Arthur Iturria, who gets the space for Machenaud to put the ball away downfield to relieve the pressure.
  • Another penalty to Scotland now, which Russell puts just inside 10 metres away from the French line, despite the efforts of Thomas to keep the ball in.
  • France earn a line-out from the restart as they force Hogg into an error, but Scotland pick up the penalty as they manage to hold off the French maul and drag it close to touch.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Scotland 14-17 France. It's a three-point game again as Laidlaw adds the extras again.
  • Try
    TRY: Scotland 12-17 France. Jones is through the gap! Laidlaw redeems his prior error as, on the back of Hogg's return to the left, the half-back puts a lovely delayed pass to the centre who cuts through the French defence and gets in under the sticks from 10 metres out.
  • Sebastien Vahaamahina tries a chip-and-chase of his own down the left from the scrum and puts it out, allowing Scotland to return with a Huw Jones break down the right. He passes inside for Laidlaw - who knocks on - and Machenaud punts it downfield towards Hogg in panic.
  • Scotland get a penalty now on halfway as France fail to release in the tackle - but Russell's ambitious kick is too long and goes dead in goal to give the visitors a scrum instead.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Scotland 7-17 France. Machenaud adds the extras from a similar position once more and France restore a 10-point lead.
  • Try
    TRY: Scotland 7-15 France. What an awful bounce for Laidlaw! France move it wide and outside to Thomas again who chips and chases his own ball from 30m out on the right - and the Scottish half-back is undone by a wicked bobble that puts possession back to the winger who touches down next to the posts.
  • Consecutive knock-ons from both sides sees the referee award Scotland the scrum just inside their own half, which the pack holds firm. Russell puts a great kick crossfield that Thomas tries to return before Gilchrist attempts to haul him into touch.
  • Berghan steals the line-out for Scotland just inside their own half - only for Russell's subsequent kick downfield to go out on the full and gift France the ball again closer to the home try-line.
  • France get a penalty of their own now as Maitland fails to release in the tackle, Doumayrou placing himself in between the ball and the man.
  • Scotland get a penalty to finally break up a continuous six-minute passage now as French defenders come over the top in the tackle. Gilchrist collects at the line-out, some 30m out from the French line and almost releases Hogg who is ankle-tapped in midfield.
  • It's a messy passage of play from both sides as end-to-end kicks tire out their packs - and France eventually come up with the ball just inside their own half through Yacouba Camara.
  • It's a great collection by Maitland on the wing and Finn Russell is able to punt downfield with great field advantage thanks to a blockbusting run from Stuart McInally.
  • Hogg's kick from the restart is charged down by Geoffrey Doumayrou and Scotland drop out on their 22m mark after a worrying moment where the ball skittered unmarked around the in-goal area.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Scotland 7-10 France. It's a tricky attempt for Greig Laidlaw - and the former captain's kick just slips in by the close post from the touchline, almost skimming the crossbar too.
  • TRY: Scotland 5-10 France. Maitland pulls one back for Scotland! The hosts don't score off the line-out drive but Grant Gilchrist and Jonny Gray combine to force the defence short out wide on the left and the winger touches down with a late offload.
  • Scotland earn a scrum just inside the French half for a handling error from the restart and successfully pull it off this time, spreading the ball wide to Hogg who grubbers through to the right corner. Thomas sweeps in to tap it out before the full-back can get there; line-out to the hosts on the opposition try-line.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Scotland 0-10 France. Machenaud makes no mistakes from bang in front of the posts and adds three more points to make Scotland pay for their errors.
  • Scotland force a turnover on France's sixth phase, but then concede a penalty for failing to release as Jefferson Poirot and Guilhem Guirado manage to seal off the release of the ball.
  • France earn the penalty as they force a scrum collapse from the Scottish front-row twice. Machenaud pumps the ball long and the visitors get the ball inside the opposition half now.
  • France earn a scrum just inside their own half out on the left wing now as Scotland slip up in defence. A test for Simon Berghan in the pack now; the Scotland man has not played for six weeks, returning today from suspension.
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION: Scotland 0-7 France. Maxime Machenaud has the kicking duties today and adds the extras from a little to the right to increase the French lead. There must be a sense of deja-vu for Scotland as they concede early again.
  • Try
    TRY: Scotland 0-5 France. Back-to-back turnovers from the ruck on the floor as both teams spill possession. France fling it wide after a loss by Huw Jones and Teddy Thomas gets it on the right wing - and dances inside two defenders, wrongfoots Hogg and goes 40m to open the scoring! A great try for the Racing 92 man.
  • We're underway at Murrayfield as France kick-off. Scotland play to midfield along the left through Sean Maitland, before a crossfield kick allows Geoffery Palis to return down his own left wing.
  • The teams are out for the national anthems on a brisk, cold Scottish day at Murrayfield, with the crowd in fine voice.
  • The visitors made a staggering 253 tackles against Ireland in Paris, more than any other team across the weekend – with Guilhem Guirado managing 31 of those alone, more than any other player in a Championship match since Welshman Luke Charteris made the same number against Ireland again in 2015.
  • France are looking to avoid a repeat of the 2013 campaign, where they lost both of their opening fixtures; they went on to finish bottom of the Championship and claim the wooden spoon, the only time they have done so since Italy joined at the turn of the millennium. Scotland have only won their second fixture once in the last ten years though; in the same year, against Italy.
  • Form between these two sides points to a low scoring affair in Edinburgh today; in Championship history, encounters between Scotland and France have typically yielded an average of just 37 aggregate points per game, the lowest of any potential match-up.
  • Replacements: Adrien Pelissie, Eddy Ben Arous, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Louis Picamoles, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Belleau, Benjamin Fall
  • France XV: Geoffrey Palis, Teddy Thomas, Remi Lamerat, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Virimi Vakatawa, Lionel Beauxis, Maxime Machenaud; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (c), Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Arthur Iturria, Wenceslas Lauret, Yacouba Camara, Marco Tauleigne
  • Replacements: Scott Lawson, Jamie Bhatti, Jon Welsh, Ben Toolis, David Denton, Ali Price, Chris Harris, Blair Kinghorn
  • Scotland XV: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Pete Horne, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Gordon Reid, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, John Barclay (c), Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson
  • France will have to play without teenage fly-half Matthieu Jalibert though; the much-rated youngster sustained knee ligament damage last week at the Stade de France, and along with the injured Kevin Gourdon, are notable absentees. In the former’s place, 32-year-old Lionel Beauxis earns a recall to the national side after six years in the wilderness, having last played for his country against Wales in 2012. As for Scotland, former captain Greig Laidlaw is one of six starting changes for the hosts; Sean Maitland, Pete Horne, Grant Gilchrist, Ryan Wilson and Simon Berghan also come into the line-up.
  • Jacques Brunel knows how to get the better of Scotland; he oversaw two victories when in charge of Italy against his opposition, including a famous 22-19 win at Murrayfield in 2015. He will hope to overturn a dire run of form on the road in the Championship though; France’s only two away wins in their last eight have been against Italy, and they have only mustered 20 points in one of the remaining six games.
  • Gregor Townsend’s side had been considered dark horse favourites ahead of their trip to the Principality Stadium, a notion that was put to bed after they failed to score a point in the first half of a game for the first time since a 20-0 loss to England in 2014. They have only won twice against France at home in the Championship in the last fifteen years too, in 2006 and 2016; the latter a 29-18 win inspired by a Man of the Match performance from Stuart Hogg.
  • Hello and welcome, from around the world, to the final game of the second weekend of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, as Scotland and France face off looking for their first win of the Championship at Murrayfield. The hosts have won seven of their last eight home games in all competitions, with only world champions New Zealand getting the best of them; can they kickstart their campaign after a humiliating loss to Wales over a week ago or will their opponents bounce back from their drop-goal defeat to Ireland?

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