Scotland had been good in the game at 12-10, but two tries either side of half-time put France on course to secure victory; The Blues have won three out of three in this year’s tournament with a first victory at Murrayfield since 2014
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Gregor Townsend lamented losing two tries either side of half-time as Scotland were eventually beaten 36-17 by Grand Slam hopefuls France at Murrayfield.
The Blues got off to a good start and scored two brilliant tries in the opening 13 minutes, but the home side looked to be gaining the upper hand towards the end of the first half as a Rory Darge try just before the half hour, helped cut. the deficit at 12-10.
France advance with a bonus point against Scotland
France came close to the Six Nations title for the first time since 2010 with a 36-17 win over Scotland.
However, France scored a third try against the run of play in the very last action of the half, then scored again two minutes into the second half to take a 26-10 lead and take game controls.
“It was difficult for the players, especially the try after half-time,” Scotland head coach Townsend said, reflecting on those two scores. “We were disappointed that we didn’t take the lead despite having a few scoring chances before half-time.
“We were frustrated to concede a lineout at the halfway line when the momentum was with us (late in the first half). The belief was still there at halftime and we had learned a lot from the first half. time we discussed.
“That French try (at the start of the second half) came from an attack towards the 22nd when we had the ball, so you can classify it as a breakaway try. It must have been a blow for players on the field.”
France gained more moments than us in the game and we didn’t put enough pressure on them in the 80 minutes.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend
The French scored six tries while Scotland mustered just two, and Townsend – although pleased with his team’s mood – admitted they had been beaten by the better team on the day -the.
“France won more moments than us in the game and we didn’t put enough pressure on them in the 80 minutes,” Townsend said.
“We sometimes put ourselves under pressure and France put us under pressure. There were positives. Our scrum was very strong and the effort lasted 80 minutes.”
Scotland entered the match with high hopes but captain Stuart Hogg, who dropped the ball when he had a chance to put his side ahead at 12-10, admitted they weren’t had not done themselves justice.
“It’s a horrible feeling because we wanted to give a true reflection of who we are and sometimes we showed it, but unfortunately not enough,” Hogg said. “If you let a team like France take over, it’s very difficult to stop them.
“The first three tries they scored were very good but they were down to our mistakes which is very frustrating. We also missed two try-scoring chances in the first half.
“We talked a lot about what we needed for the last two games, but it’s a horrible feeling that we have to wait two weeks to play the next game.”
Dupont: “A lot of satisfaction” for France
The result kept the French on course for the Grand Slam, something they completed in their last Six Nations title win 12 years ago.
Paul Willemse, Yoram Moefana, Gael Fickou and Jonathan Danty all crossed to secure the try’s bonus point, with a second-half brace from Damian Penaud adding shine to the final scoreline.
It was France’s first victory at Murrayfield since 2014 and captain Antoine Dupont was delighted with the way they responded to questions put to them by Scotland.
“There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had from this game,” Dupont said. “We got off to a very good start, then we gave them points. They came back but despite that, despite two or three errors in our side, we didn’t panic.
“The spirit has always been good, even if there were difficult moments. We remained united, collectively united throughout the match, which ended up paying off.
“We didn’t necessarily have very good memories here at Murrayfield but we know the importance of all the games in the tournament, the away games too.”