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- RBS Six Nations
- 8th Mar 2014
- KO 17:00
- Ground: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
- Att: 67,800
Scotland v France - Live
80 Full-time: Scotland 17-19 France
79 PENALTY, FRANCE, DOUSSAIN. 17-19. The lead is with the French once again. It came after replacement Tim Swinson was penalised for not releasing the tackled player. Just over a minute now remains.
78 Now, is this France's moment? They have territory and decent line-out ball on a rare occasion today. Medard takes them into the 22 on the left wing as Scotland look to avoid offending at the breakdown.
75 The sound of Pollock's whistle and arm going up on the Scottish side is followed by shouts of approval from the Murrayfield faithful as Weir calls for the tee once again. 44 metres out...this one is wide.
72 Cheers from Brown and the Scotland pack as Ford and others hold up Machenaud close to halfway, earning the scrum put-in. It's now clock-watching time...
70 Scotland weather the storm though and bounce back off the ropes, moving up to halfway with a scrum put-in. Gael Fickou and Vincent Debaty are on for France as they replace Bastareaud and Vahaamahina.
68 Well, Scotland have the scrum reversed in their favour. The dark arts as France wonder how that happened. Fortunately for them they soon get hold of possession again with Bastareaud running hard.
65 France could have easily been handed a penalty as they made a right mess of Scotland's scrum 40 out there. Instead Pollock wants a reset. Big moment.
62 PENALTY, SCOTLAND, WEIR. 17-16. Vahaamahina now fails to release the tackled player so up steps Weir - taking over from Laidlaw - with a fine kick.
60 Now it is the scrum-half for France as he clearly feeds a scrum. A smile from Machenaud acknowledges his blunder and at the resulting set-piece France offend. Laidlaw points to the points...just short.
57 Unlucky from a rampaging Grant down the wing as he is brought to ground and ultimately has a hand in touch 30 from the French line. But with France's line-out as it is, Scotland may get the ball back soon enough. This time it functions though, just.
54 Scotland put boot to ball on back-to-back phases and come out on top as they are now in possession on halfway. Still plenty of time left in this one.
51 Hooker Mach is off for Guirado while Remi Tales is on for Plisson at fly-half. Back to the action and Scotland are countering right now from their own 22 and it's Evans leading the break-out with Hamilton involved. No reward comes. Scrum on their own 22.
48 CONVERSION, FRANCE, MACHENAUD. 14-16. Key points.
46 TRY, FRANCE, HUGET. 14-14. Oh dear oh dear. France pounce in their own 22 and it's Huget as he races up to intercept a pass. No one was catching him, with the Toulouse man going 85 metres to score.
45 Scotland are eating up the metres now too before Weir puts boot to ball, looking for Gray to get there five metres out. He was never going to make that though so it's a defensive throw for France.
43 Mach's woes continue at the line-out as he goes long and wide with his opening throw of the half. Net result, it's a Scotland scrum 40 metres out.
41 Welcome back to Murrayfield where France walked out and Scotland jogged, summing up the mood in both camps. The hosts kick off before Plisson replies.
40 Half-time: Scotland 14-9 France
39 The half ends with a missed penalty attempt from Machenaud wide on the right touchline to him. It remains at 14-9 then with Scotland surely happy.
37 Suddenly the game sparks into life after Hogg's long-range drop-goal attempt. Dulin returned it with interest before Mermoz and Lapandry added their power. However, a knock-on ends that one.
34 France's line-out is in pieces right now as another throw goes astray. Scotland gleefully clear their lines and have ball on halfway. A few carries come before they win a scrum for holding up Machenaud.
31 Max Evans is on for an injured Lamont as Laidlaw's box kick is taken well by Huget. France are edging their way up to their ten-metre slowly but surely.
30 That's a decent gain for Scotland as Medard returns Hogg's kick poorly, slicing his effort into touch. Net result, Scotland line-out about 35 metres out.
28 Mach goes short this time at the line-out but it's not straight. Philippe Saint-Andre won't be pleased with this as Guilhem Guirado looks on from France's bench. Scotland scrum, close to their ten-metre.
23 CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 14-9. Superb kick.
22 TRY, SCOTLAND, SEYMOUR. 12-9. Now the French have their line-out pinched, with Hamilton going up at the tail to allow Scotland decent field position. They're into the 22 now and over on the left wing!
20 Fortunately good work from Denton sees Scotland now earn a penalty which they kick into France's half. Lawson to throw but it is stolen on the ten-metre.
18 A change for Scotland as Beattie is off injured for Ryan Wilson. Hopefully it is nothing too serious as Scotland restart but are soon caught offside. Poor.
17 PENALTY, FRANCE, MACHENAUD. 7-9. A great response from Les Bleus as they set up camp in the home 22 which leads to an offence. A simple three points.
14 CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, WEIR. 7-6. The hosts lead.
9 TRY, SCOTLAND, HOGG. 5-6. Murrayfield roars as from a penalty advantage, Hogg kicked high into the in-goal area and grounded the ball in the end. Superb.
11 PENALTY, FRANCE, MACHENAUD. 0-6. The lead is six.
10 Wow, this is wonderful rugby from France down the right wing as Huget's fend almost leads to centre Mermoz going over. In the end it's going to be a French penalty just five metres from the try-line.
7 Beattie is penalised by Pollock for not rolling away after making the tackle on Vahaamahina. So, France are in possession on Scotland's ten-metre with Mach taking it up before Mermoz has a run.
5 It gets worse for Scotland as Duncan Weir kicks out on the full when looking for territory. Luckily for him the French line-out doesn't function so it is back with the home side in possession on halfway.
2 PENALTY, FRANCE, MACHENAUD. 0-3. Not the best start for Scotland as a knock-on is followed up by Geoff Cross being penalised at scrum-time. France lead.
1 Here we go then on this infamous pitch. Let's hope it doesn't hurt the game too much as a spectacle. Chris Pollock is our referee in the middle today.
France have made seven changes to their starting XV as Maxime Mermoz, Sebastian Vahaamahina and Brice Mach all start. Damien Chouly, Alexandre Lapandry, Maxime Machenaud and Maxime Medard also come in, replacing Wesley Fofana, Yannick Nyanga, Dimitri Szarzewski, Louis Picamoles, Wenceslas Lauret, Jean-Marc Doussain and Hugo Bonneval respectively.
Scotland recall captain Kelly Brown in a back-row line-up alongside Johnnie Beattie and David Denton. Geoff Cross and Moray Low start as prop forwards.
The second and final Six Nations game of the day comes from Murrayfield where Scotland take on the French in what is set to be an arm-wrestle. The Scots will fancy their chances against France as Les Bleus come into this game short on confidence.
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