Tuesday 19 March 2019

Scots pile misery on hapless France

HUGE WIN: Scotland players celebrate the win at the end Photo: Reuters
HUGE WIN: Scotland players celebrate the win at the end Photo: Reuters

France's dismal run continued when they failed to win for the eighth consecutive time in a 32-26 defeat against Scotland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield yesterday.

Scotland prevailed thanks to tries by Sean Maitland and Huw Jones with man of the match Greig Laidlaw adding two conversions and six penalties in a perfect kicking performance.

Les Bleus, who have not won an international test in 329 days, scored two tries through the impressive Teddy Thomas, Maxime Machenaud adding two conversions and two penalties with replacement scrumhalf Baptiste Serin also scoring a couple of penalties.

France, who lost influential flyhalf Matthieu Jalibert in last weekend's 15-13 defeat to Ireland, were again hit by injuries as Machenaud had to make way for Serin at halftime.

Scotland, who were humbled 34-7 by Wales last weekend, trailed for 70 minutes but the visitors lacked discipline under high pressure and Laidlaw slotted two penalties with ten minutes remaining to put Scotland ahead for the first time.

He added his sixth penalty with three minutes left, forcing France to go for a converted try in order to avoid a seventh defeat in eight games.

That try never came as Scotland had the upper hand in a ruck in their 22 metres.


France will take on Italy in two weeks in a game that may give the losers the dreaded wooden spoon.

France captain Guilhem Guirado said that Les Bleus will not win a game in the Six Nations if they don't show more discipline.

"It was worse this time," said Guirado. "As long as we don't show more discipline, we won't win a match. But to be disciplined you have to be confident.

"We must respect the rules otherwise we won't make it," added Guirado.

"We're always under tremendous pressure and after two defeats in a row the game against Italy will be more than welcome to bounce back."

France are fifth in the table with two points with their next opponents Italy on zero after they also lost their first two games.

"The championship is not over yet but we must stop losing games like this," said Guirado.

"We gave away too many points," added flyhalf Lionel Beauxis.

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