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- RBS Six Nations
- 16th Mar 2013
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Stade de France, Paris
- Att: 81,158
France v Scotland - Live
Full time That is that in Paris and the end of Six Nations 2013. France win 23-16 but cannot avoid picking up the Wooden Spoon. Scotland finish in third spot in the standings. Thanks for joining us. Take care.
79 The official man of the match is Fofana by the way as Scotland prepare to put in in their own 22.
77 JACKSON CONVERSION! 23-16! The replacement fly-half adds the simple two points.
VISSER TRY! 23-14! What a break-out try from the Scots. They race from their own 22 before the final pass on the opposition 22 finds the lethal wing, who takes his championship tally up to two scores.
74 Christophe Samson is on for Vahaamahina while Ryan Wilson on the field for Scotland, who can score their first try of the night here if they make the most of this break. But unfortunately for them, Scott knocks-on five metres out just when it looked like the visitors were about to cross the line.
Conversion MACHENAUD CONVERSION! 23-9! Michalak is off with a shoulder injury so the scrum-half kicks the two.
Try MEDARD TRY! 21-9! France put this game to bed as Bastareaud breaks the line before Medard does the rest. Scotland are now well down and with the conversion set to be added, France are steaming ahead.
MICHALAK CONVERSION! 16-9! Simple enough.
FOFANA TRY! 14-9! They have their try. Some offloading down the right wing leads to Fofana finding room in front of him. He took his chance and slipped Hogg en route to going under the uprights.
66 Here come France again, this time from halfway with Huget. Scotland are giving everything in defence.
64 France have just butchered a few opportunities here and Debaty is the main culprit. After bumping off three tacklers he then failed to make the most of a two on one ten metres out and ultimately Scotland pounced on him whilst on the ground to win a penalty. How have France not scored a try in this half?
61 Scotland clear their lines through Weir and it's a very good touch from him that takes his side over halfway. His forwards will be loving that one as they can jog into opposition territory with ease.
LAIDLAW PENALTY! 9-9! We are level again then as France are caught offside. Laidlaw makes no mistake.
57 We have a French scrum about 30 metres from their own line so some respite for Scotland in terms of territory. Despite this game only churning out fifteen points thus far, it's improving by the minute.
55 Vincent Debaty and Guilhem Guirado are on for France while Alastair Kellock replaces Gilchrist
MICHALAK PENALTY! 9-6! This is relentless from Les Bleus. They are all over the Scots right now.
52 Michalak is enjoying these little chips over the top and they are causing Scotland problems on their 22. This time Hogg is forced to hack the ball into the stands so it's a home line-out. More pressure.
MICHALAK PENALTY! 6-6! We are all square in Paris.
49 France are looking ominous here as Weir is isolated and turned over. Michalak looks to the corner and Medard on the left side, with Scotland having to back-track here in defence. They do enough though in the end to stop the five-pointer but have gone offside so Michalak will have the chance to level here.
MICHALAK PENALTY! 3-6! France are on the board after a scrum penalty allows Michalak to send one over.
44 Can Machenaud spark something in this backline. Well, he grubbers down to Hogg in the Scottish 22 and the full-back responds downfield. Machenaud now tries putting one up to the skies, which works out a little better as France have it in a good spot. Hang on, Michalak and Hogg are scuffling off the ball.
41 Welcome back to the action which is restarted by Michalak. One change for France as Maxime Machenaud is on for Parra at scrum-half. Les Bleus have the ball back just outside the Scottish ten-metre line.
Half-time in Paris and we are try-less, with Laidlaw's two penalties the difference at the break
39 What about this from Scottish replacement Max Evans as he slips a tackle and then chips over the top, chasing his own kick into the French in-goal. However, Medard gets there first so it's a 22 drop-out.
38 Scotland harass Parra at the base though and force the French scrum-half to fumble, allowing the away side to move to France's ten-metre in quick time. Step up Laidlaw with another good kick into touch.
36 Nothing comes of that possession and territory however as France are the ones awarded a relieving penalty this time after Euan Murray is pinged for his binding. France subsequently get up to halfway.
34 More good news for the visitors, who remember are 0-6 to the good here, is that a Frenchman has just knocked-on on the home 22. This should eat up the clock as half-time approaches at Stade de France.
33 From that scrum, Scotland win a penalty so that allows Weir to boot them close up to the halfway line.
32 It is short-lived though as a nice cross-field from Michalak finds the boot of Clerc, who volleys the ball inside before Fofana knocks-on in the aftermath ten out. Beautiful rugby from Les Bleus there.
29 Outstanding defence from Scotland as they force France to seal the ball off. Massive relief for them.
28 Fofana is adjudged to have been held up over the line so more pressure is to be heaped on Scotland.
27 France are racking up the phases in the Scottish 22 via repeated drives from their pack. Nothing too flash here until Clerc comes off his wing before Bastareaud adds his considerable weight to the move.
23 Picamoles goes close on the blindside before the pack drives on soon after. "Held up" says Owens.
21 Big mistake from Scotland as Hogg throws a forward pass behind his in-goal area which leads to a French put-in. This is a big moment in the game as the likes of Picamoles and Bastareaud look on.
20 France have hardly threatened thus far then in Paris as the two sets of forwards pack down once more in the rain. Now comes the kick-tennis before Medard runs well over the halfway line. The crowd rises.
17 Laidlaw is playing superbly so far as he capitalises on a French error in back-play and grubbers into the corner. It gets better, the Scots pinch the resulting French line-out. How long until the boos?
LAIDLAW PENALTY! 0-6! Scotland double their lead after France offend again. Promising start from them.
13 Nothing comes of that passage though as the pitch continues to cut up at the Stade de France. Scotland have a relieving penalty here just outside their 22, which Duncan Weir kicks up to the halfway line.
11 Scotland are lucky not to give away a penalty there as Sean Maitland seemed to deliberately slap down the ball mid-flight. Luckily for Scotland it is subsequently only a scrum for France ten metres out.
LAIDLAW PENALTY! 0-3! Scotland strike first after France slow it down at the breakdown.
7 The pitch is cutting up in Paris at scrum time, a set-piece that is dominated by France. Scotland manage to recover the ball soon after though and hit it up to the French ten-metre with tight rugby.
4 Johnnie Beattie shows Hogg how it is done now with a good take from Yoann Huget's kick. Scotland weather that early storm then and are up to halfway with their own scrum put-in coming right up.
2 An early mistake from Stuart Hogg here as he fumbles a poor kick from Michalak in his own 22. Solid scrum platform for France now then as referee Nigel Owens guides the two packs in for the first hit.
Kick-Off Here we go then with the rain falling Paris. France are wearing white here with Scotland in their traditional dark blue.
Team News France have stuck with Frederic Michalak at fly-half while Mathieu Bastareaud, Antonie Claassen and Sebastien Vahaamahina all start. Scotland meanwhile make two changes as Grant Gilchrist and Alasdair Strokosch come in for Richie Gray and Rob Harley. Not long now until kick-off so stay right there.
Welcome Six Nations 2013 ends in Paris tonight as France look to avoid claiming their Wooden Spoon since 1999. They face Scotland in this one after a week of snow that seems to have abated in favour of the rain. Hopefully the adverse weather doesn't affect the game as a spectacle too much. Team news on its way.
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