LIVE SCORE – Scotland 32-26 France
So we’re back for another big game in the Six Nations. Scotland came into this competition with a lot of hype but were left humbled by a strong Welsh side last week. Greg Laidlaw is back amongst a raft of changes to try and get it right this week against a French side who are yet to show us really what they are made of. With a new coach the French squad have gone a bit left field this week, recalling Lionel Beauxis to the French squad after blooding two young fly halves last week.
We’ll be following the action live and a bit of build up to the game.
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14:46 – And we are approaching game time. Here’s some updates from the build up to the game.
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2 Minutes – Scotland receive the kick off and after a few phases send it high into French half. Through poor defence and a charging run from the French centre it comes to Teddy Thomas on the wing again who steps past Finn Russell defending on the wing, he then beats Hogg with pace to score his 7th try in 10 games at International level.
Machenaud adds the 2.
TRY! Scotland 0-7 France
9 Minutes – Scotland give away pentalty at the 22 and France take another 3 points for a 10 point lead.
PENALTY! Scotland 0-10 France
Scotand find their game and attack, a kick through from Huw Jones forces Thomas to kick the ball out for a Scottish lineout.
TRY! Scotland 7-10 France
Scotland catch the lineout and drive but it breaks apart, Scotland maintain possession and move across the pitch with Laidlaw feeding the forwards, as the ball makes itself right out to the wing Sean Maitland is able to walk it in.
Laidlaw adds the extra 2 points.
20 Minutes – Another attack from Scotland and they win a penalty, they go for a lineout.
21 Minutes – The move breaks down with Maitland gets pinged for holding on. France lose the lineout from the penalty and Scotland are back with possession and starting to look dangerous.
23 – Russell with a poor kick goes straight out and France have a lineout in the Scottish half.
TRY – Scotland 7-15 France
Attack from France finds it’s way to Teddy Thomas, he chips and it looks like it will go to Laidlaw for a 22 dropout but the ball gets away from Laidlaw and Thomas has strolled in for his 2nd of the game.
Conversion! Scotland 7-17 France
29 Minutes – Scotland earn penalty, but Russell goes for the killer ball but he goes for too much. Wasted oppurtunity.
31 Minutes – From the scrum France go across the pitch but it’s kicked out by Vakatawa.
32 Minutes – Scotland look dangerous from the lineout and nearly break clear. A looping pass goes to Laidlaw and he struggles to try and grab it and knocks on.
TRY! Scotland 12-17 France
Scotland get back possession and continue attacking into the 22. A great line from Huw Jones straight off Laidlaw and he strolls in under the posts.
Conversion – Scotland 14-17 France (Laidlaw)
36 Minutes – France give away a penalty and Russell finds touch this time.
38 Minutes – Scotland attack off the lineout and Maitland finds a dog-leg in the centre of the pitch, but for the second time in the game he gets pulled up for not releasing.
40 Minutes – French player is tacked in the air, Machenaud is going to be given an easy shot at 3 points to give the French a 6 point lead going in at half time.
A game that has gone between each team. Scotland have spent the half chasing but have looked dangerous. The stats show a fairly evenly matched game and that probably sums it up. A few stats below for the game.
PENALTY Scotland 17-20 France
43 Minutes – Scotland start the half in positive fashion and make an opening which ends in France giving away a penalty
Laidlaw takes the easy 3 to pull the gap back to 3.
Penalty! Scotland 17-23 France
Scotland give away a penalty 45m out and newly onto the pitch Baptiste Serin takes it with ease.
Penalty! Scotland 20-23 France
Another penalty for scotland this time with a kicking oppurtunity, another penalty given away at the breakdown.
49 Minutes – Scotland attacking on the halfway line and Hogg is taking on the French defenders out wide. France clear the lines though.
52 Minutes – A driving maul by France puts them in strong position, but Serin puts in a chip that is too long.
56 Minutes – France build the phases with nearly 20 phases before Scotland give away the penalty.
PENALTY! Scotland 20-26 France
Serin has another shot to take the gap back to 6 points.
PENALTY! Scotland 23-26 France
60 Minutes – Laidlaw adds 3 points for Scotland after France pinged for another offence, will penalties conceeded be the decider in this?
PENALTY! Scotland 26-26 France
Scotland back on terms with Scotland going into the last 15.
66 Minutes – Scotland have an oppurtunity as Lionel Beauxis spills the bill in the backfield. Scotland continue to attack with Huw Jones running that al familiar line. Scotland continues to push. France kill it with a maul and then collape it to give them an oppurtunity to clear the lines.
69 Minutes – France are under serious pressure here. Scotland are making them work and moving the ball quick, this set’s the tone for the last 10 minutes. A penalty given away here and Laidlawy has the chance but the home team into the lead.
PENALTY! Scotland 29-26 France
71 Minutes – France attack but a knock on is forced in the tackle.
74 Minutes – Scotland are in possession on halfway and looking to keep the pace up. They win a penalty after 6 phases, Hogg kicks down into the corner for Scotland to try and seal this win.
PENALTY! Scotland 32-26 France
Scotland work again through good work from Denton and get pinged for not rolling away. Hogg has the ball but Laidlaw strolls over and indicates to the posts. He slots another easy 3. France need a converted try to win it.
78 Minutes – France are pushing in the half and have a penalty awarded for not rolling away. They go for the corner.
79 Minutes – Cheers roar as Scotland get the put in as the maul collapses from French lineout.
80 Minutes – The scrum is messy but Scotland gather the ball, France give away the penalty in desperation and that’s it. Scotland kick into the stands to take a big win for them.