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Six Nations | BT Murrayfield
15:00 (GMT) | 11-02-2018
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Scotland taps and bangs it into touch bringing the game to an end. What a come back by the Scottish
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Powerful scrum by the French but Scotland manages to hold onto the ball and they win a penalty
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Line-out 20m out for France as they look to maul but the Scottish defence forces a turnover. Scrum awarded to the home team inside their own half
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After the restart the away team manages to win back the ball as they look to build an attack but a penalty is awarded to them close to the home team's 10
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Laidlaw extends the lead to 6 points
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Penalty won by the home team right in front of goal and Laidlaw lines it up
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A massive kick from Hogg as touch is found inside the French 22 and they look to get the rolling maul going
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Scrum reset. Price feeds the scrum and Scotland looks to bash it up in the midfield, the French defence holds strong but the home team wins a penalty at the breakdown
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Scotland clears from the restart and they apply pressure to win a scrum on the halfway line
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Laidlaw makes no error
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Penalty awarded to Scotland right in front of goal. and they opt for the 3-points to move ahead on the scoreboard
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France clears from the scrum and the home team runs it back making a couple of yards. The home team playing advantage right in front of goal
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The French making a comedy of errors as they fail to clear. Scotland attacking 6m out but the French defence manages to win a scrum and the pressure is relieved
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After the restart the home team clears and France makes an error that sees Scotland get a scrum deep inside their own half
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Laidlaw brings the game level 26-26
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Scrum penalty won by the home team and they opt for goal 40m out
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After the restart, France manages to get their hands on the ball and they look to build an attack but the ball is knocked-on and Scotland gets a penalty on the away team 10
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Penalty for the home team right in tyhe midlle of the park and Laidlaw kicks it over
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Serin clears from the kick-off and Hogg takes it beautifully out of the air as his team looks to build a few phases. Advantage played by the home team who is still edging closer
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A very easy kick for Serin who slots it
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The away team wins a penalty right in front of goal and they opt for goal
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The French building a couple of phases before Doumayrou finds space in the middle and breaks through but he is brought down inside the Scottish 22
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line-out inside the home teams 22. Serin kicks into space but the ball goes dead and it's a 22 drop-out for Scotland
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The French clears into the hands of Hogg and he looks to run it back, creating some space wide before bringing it back but the French defence holds up and wins a penalty at the breakdown. France opts for touch
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After the restart the Scottish looks dangerous on the attack playing the ball across the park but their momentum is stopped when Jones loses the ball forward
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After the restart the home team wins a penalty in front of goal and Laidlaw lines it up for goal and makes no error
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France opts for goal and replacement Serin kicks it over
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After the restart the Scottish wins a penalty and opts for touch but Russel again fails to find touch and France clears. Hogg looks to run it back but is penalized for obstruction
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Laidlaw makes no error and ticks over the scoreboard
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Scotland with ball in hand attacking inside the French half. The home team wins a penalty in front of goal and opts for 3-points
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Russel gets the 2nd half on the way Les Blues secures the ball and clears into touch

Half Time

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Machenaud stretches their league with a perfect kick and that brings the half to an end
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France wins another penalty and they opt for touch again. Penalty won at the line-out and the away team opts for goal 30m out
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The Scottish edging forward with their attack but France wins a penalty at the break down and opts for touch
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Penalty for the home team and they opt for touch but the French turnover the line out ball and clears
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Russel adds the extras
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Scotland wins the ball back and they spread the ball across the park with the French defending in 1's and 2's the Scottish centre Jones finds space through the middle and scores
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After the restart the Scottish wins a penalty but Russel's kick for touch is pushed over the dead ball line and France gets a scrum inside their own half
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Machenaud adds the extras
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The French back on the attack and they go wide to Thomas who chip and chases. The ball bounces perfect for the winger who goes over for his 2nd try
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The ball is knocked forward by France and Scotland wins a scrum inside their own half. Russel clears from the scrum as the home team applies pressure
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The line-out ball is stolen by the Scottish and they look to counter before Russel kicks it out on the full and France gets a line-out in good attacking position
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The French wins a penalty at the breakdown as the pressure is relieved and they opt for touch
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Penalty on the ground for Scotland and they opt for touch. Touch found outside the 22 of the away team
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Scotland with ball in hand and Laidlaw clears. The French returns the kick
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Possession changes hands a couple of times as both teams attack and look to make use of the boot
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Russel adds the extras
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The Scottish applies pressure at the restart and they win the ball back. They play wide and Maitland finds space and goes over in the left corner.Try!
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After the restart the French continues to apply pressure and wins a penalty in front of goal and Machenaud makes sure it goes over
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Machenaud adds the extras
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France attacking inside the home teams half and they find space wide for Teddy Thomas who steps inside and runs through the tackle of Hogg to score the 1st try
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The French gets the game on the way and the Scottish clears the ball
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The players are doing their final preparations, the national anthems are sung before the players take the field.
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Players to look out for in the Scottish line-up will have to be Tommy Seymour, Greig Laidlaw and Jonny Gray while the French will look for strong performances by Virimi Vakatawa, Lionel Beauxis and Yacouba Camara
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Games between these two teams in the competition have seen an average of 37 aggregate points scored per game, the lowest scoring fixture in the competition's history. France have won four of the last five Six Nations meetings between the two, however, Scotland will be looking to make home advantage count. After such an impressive autumn campaign including a record victory over Australia and coming so close to beating New Zealand, the expectation on the shoulders of Scotland last weekend was high. It did not go to plan in Cardiff and back on home turf, in front of a sell-out crowd, something altogether different must be delivered. Scotland have won seven of their last eight home games in all competitions and must throw themselves unequivocally into this encounter. Accuracy, confidence and precision must be present in spades. With wins at a premium, France's form book doesn't make for happy reading right now. That said, last weekend's encounter against Ireland was decided in rather exceptional circumstances. The tenure of Jacques Brunel is in its infancy and his side must prove to all that they can deliver away from home in this Championship. Les Bleus have only won twice in their last eight away games in the competition and both of those encounters were against Italy
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Welcome to Murrayfield, where Scotland will face off against France in this Six Nations Championship match.
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  • 15 Stuart Hogg
  • 14 Blair Kinghorn
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 12 Peter Horne
  • 11 Sean Maitland
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 9 Greig Laidlaw
  • 8 Ryan Wilson
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 6 John Barclay
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 4 Grant Gilchrist
  • 3 Simon Berghan
  • 2 Stuart McInally
  • 1 Gordon Reid
  • 23 Lee Jones
  • 22 Nick Grigg
  • 21 Ali Price
  • 20 David Denton
  • 19 Tim Swinson
  • 18 Willem Nel
  • 17 Jamie Bhatti
  • 16 Fraser Brown
  • 15 Benjamin Fall
  • 14 Gael Fickou
  • 13 Mathieu Bastareaud
  • 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
  • 11 Remy Grosso
  • 10 Francois Trinh-Duc
  • 9 Maxime Machenaud
  • 8 Marco Tauleigne
  • 7 Yacouba Camara
  • 6 Wenceslas Lauret
  • 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • 4 Paul Gabrillagues
  • 3 Cedate Gomes Sa
  • 2 Adrien Pelissie
  • 1 Jefferson Poirot
  • 23 Geoffrey Palis
  • 22 Lionel Beauxis
  • 21 Baptiste Couilloud
  • 20 Matyhieu Babillot
  • 19 Bernard le Roux
  • 18 Rabah Slimani
  • 17 Dany Priso
  • 16 Camille Chat
Mc article gregor townsend and john barclay six nations 800

Preview: Scotland v France

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:36

SIX NATIONS ROUND TWO: Scotland coach Gregor Townsend will use all of the experience he gained during his five years as a player in France to get inside the heads of 'Les Bleus' this weekend.

The former Brive, Castres and Montpellier fly-half is faced, however, with a near blank playbook ahead of Scotland's Six Nations clash with France in Edinburgh on Sunday.

France are undergoing something of a reformation under recently appointed coach Jacques Brunel, meaning Townsend has little to learn from watching their defeats by Japan, South Africa and New Zealand in November when the since sacked Guy Noves was in charge.

"We've asked ourselves, 'how much do we watch from November', with a different coaching group," said Townsend.

"Obviously there is a certain expectation of the French national team to play a certain way - 'combat' as they call it.

"The set piece, the forward exchanges, the big hits around the tackle area are very important to French rugby players, their supporters and their club coaches."

The Scotland coach said his time in France was "pivotal" in his development as a player and a manager, and he is now up against Brunel who already has international experience from taking charge of Italy between 2011-2016.

"Jacques Brunel is a very experienced coach and you could tell throughout the game last week that France got better the more they were playing together," said Townsend.

"It must be a tough job bringing the French team together from more clubs, different ways of playing, but they look to have improved throughout that 80 minutes which is a good sign for them.

"There are two different psychologies in the French team, from the clubs and from the national team. There is a 'win at all costs' mentality at some clubs."

Townsend will have little more than his knowledge of the French game and a recording of France's last-gasp 13-15 loss to Ireland to help him overcome Scotland's own psychological barrier of a heavy 34-7 loss to Wales in Cardiff during last weekend's opening round of fixtures.

"There were a couple of things from Saturday's game against Ireland which had similar themes that we saw in November," said Townsend.

"One is around competing for the ball post-tackle and that is something that they [France] do more than other teams, so we have got to be very wary of that.

"We are certainly aware that if France get any momentum and confidence they are very, very dangerous. That is when they execute their backline plays, their three-on-twos, better than anyone else in the world.

"If they get an early score their chests go out, their shoulders go back and they can play outstanding rugby."

Townsend added: "If we can make sure that that confidence doesn't come early in the game and we can keep making that work through defending very well, and knocking their big men down - because they have got very big men - they will have to get up off the floor while we've got the ball.

"We will be stressing them with whatever rugby we play, and we'll make sure that they are working harder than they have ever worked before, and that is where we can have the advantage."

Players to watch:

For Scotland: You always look to Stuart Hogg for some magic, Huw Jones as the playmaker and Greig Laidlaw to provide the direction in the backline. John Barclay and Jonny Gray are the key forwards and will need to stay the distance this week.

For France: The decision to move Remi Lamerat to outside centre and bring in Geoffrey Doumayrou on his outside is clearly an attempt to spark a backline that misfired badly last week. However, the most significant move was to bring back Lionel Beauxis at flyhalf. When on song he is a magician.

Head to head: In the midfield there will be an intriguing battle between Huw Jones (Scotland) and Remi Lamerat (France) - two talented players that had a bad day at the office last week. At scrumhalf there is Greig Laidlaw (Scotland) against Maxime Machenaud (France) - two players who mean so much to their respective teams.

Recent results:
 2017: France won 22-16, Paris
2016: Scotland won 29-18, Edinburgh
2015: France won 19-16, Paris
2015: France won 15-8, Paris
2014: France won 19-17, Edinburgh
2013: France won 23-16, Paris
2012: France won 23-17, Edinburgh
2011: France won 34-21, Paris
2010: France won 18-9, Edinburgh
2009: France won 22-13, Paris

Prediction: Both teams will be desperate to bounce back after opening round defeats. Scotland have the home ground advantage and we back them to win by six points.


Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Chris Harris, 23 Blair Kinghorn.

France: 15 Geoffrey Palis, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Arthur Iturria, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Adrien Pelissie, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Benjamin Fall.

Date: Sunday, February 11
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT; 16.00 France Time)
Expected weather: Mostly cloudy with a touch of rain. High of 9°C and a low of 0°C
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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Sean Maitland (12min) and Huw Jones (31min)
Greig Laidlaw (14min) and Greig Laidlaw (33min)
Maxime Machenaud (4min) and Maxime Machenaud (27min)
Greig Laidlaw (43min), Greig Laidlaw (48min), Greig Laidlaw (60min), Greig Laidlaw (63min), Greig Laidlaw (70min), and Greig Laidlaw (76min)
Maxime Machenaud (8min) and Maxime Machenaud (40min)
VENUE BT Murrayfield
REFEREE John Lacey (Ireland)