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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 February 2008, 16:46 GMT
Scotland v France as it happened
Result: Scotland 6-27 France


By Tom Fordyce

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1646: The French team are doing a lap of honour out there. What a start from new coach Marc Lievremont - that was a very different performance to the last months of the Laporte era.

"Basic mistakes the problem again! The question is, who do we bring in?" shaunsjfc on 606

1642: From man-of-the-match Vincent Clerc: "It's a great beginning for us. With the new plaers and coach it was hard to begin in Scotland, so we're very happy. We tried a lot of things - we weren't afraid of the occasion."

"Very poor Scotland. Far too many mistakes and France deserve it!" Anon on text

80 mins: FINAL SCORE Scotland 6-27 France
That's your lot - France have been excellent and will now march on with fresh hope in their hearts. Scotland didn't give themselves a chance, error after error derailing their hopes.

77 mins: Obstruction from Jason White and France clear. The shouts of "Alllez Les Bleus!" echo round the stands.

74 mins: Scotland blow another line-out five metres from the French line, to groans from the Murrayfield massive. Too many basic errors this afternoon. Frank Hadden looks sick.

72 mins: Nightmare for Simon Webster, knocking on in acres of space from Traille's clearing kick.

69 mins: Paterson breaks, kicks ahead and is held up inches out, Cusiter goes again from the resulting ruck, a metre out, only for Nallet's knee to dislodge the ball from his grasp with the line beckoning.

66 mins: Morgan Parra comes on at scrum-half for France and knocks on after France steal a Scottish line-out five metres out.

64 mins: TRY Scotland 6-27 France
Wonderful from Vincent Clerc again, gathering his own chip ahead after zipping through a tackle out on the right. He's been outstanding all afternoon, and it's goodnight Scotland. Easy conversion for Skrela.

62 mins: Super stuff again from France, easing upfield with a dreamy move.

60 mins: Chris Paterson on for Dan Parks to a huge cheer from the stilled Murrayfield crowd. Rory Lamont is being helped off too, with Hugo Southwell bouncing on.

57 mins: Wonderful scissoring break from Elissalde sets up a lovely French move deep into Scotland territory. The ball slows up until MacLeod pinches it and Parks clears. Skrela on for the impressive debutant Trinh-Duc.

53 mins: PEN Scotland 6-20 France
Now it's the turn of the French scrum to rumble back the Scottish pack, and Euan Murray gives away the pen. Traille punts it through in idiosyncratic fashion and Scotland are in trouble. Scott MacLeod on for Jim Hamilton.

51 mins: Heymans breaks through on the right but can't get a clean pass away. Scotland struggling to get any sort of dangerous possession here.

49 mins: Time for a Scotland sub - Kelly Brown on for Dave Callam.

46 mins: Dear oh dear - De Luca drops a Parks pass for his third knock-on of the game. Chaos out there - neither team can hang on to the ball for more than two phases. Zero composure.

44 mins: Sloppy out there, with France spilling the ball into touch and then Scotland being penalised for a shonky line-out.

42 mins: Lovely work from Elissalde off the base of the scrum, but there's a knock-on and Scotland have the scrum mid-way inside their own half.

"Shadows of yesterday in the scoreline? Comeback possible anyone?" diehard_EFC on 606

40 mins: HALF-TIME Scotland 6-17 France
Good old half, that one - Scotland could have been both a lot more behind and a lot less. Some super expansive rugby from both sides. Bodes well for a useful second 40.

37 mins: John Barclay is penalised for refusing to roll away, only for Elissalde to miss another easy pen the other way. Big let-offs for the hosts.

35 mins: Elissalde slices an easy pen from right of the uprights to let Scotland off the hook after further sloppiness from Scotland in their own 22.

32 mins: Good work from Scotland, driving on deep inside the French 22 - only for Lamont to fling a risky blind pass and lose possession.

28 mins: PEN Scotland 6-17 France
Big scrum from Scotland, driving France off the ball. From the follow-up Parks has a chance at three points from 35 metres, and with Scotland in desperate need he lands it.

27 mins: Scotland are still undoing all their good work by making daft errors around the fringes. France's young blades, by contrast, are growing in confidence with every minute that passes.

23 mins: TRY Scotland 3-17 France
Parks is having a stinker - Julien Malzieu takes a quick tap-pen, kicks ahead and gathers as Lamont is beaten by the bounce and Parks completely misses his attempted swipe clear. Calamitous defence but wonderful devil-may-care flair from Les Bleus. Over goes the easy conversion.

22 mins: Shocking miss from Parks, dragging a straightforward penalty attempt across the face of the posts.

17 mins: PEN Scotland 3-10 France
He lands it too, with a flat scudder of a long-ranger which creeps over the bar.

15 mins: Both teams are attacking like it's the last 20 minutes out there. Scotland ship a pen and Traille lines up a pop from halfway.

12 mins: Naughty from Andrew Henderson, nobbling Traillie with a head-butt in a bout of fisticuffs after the try. The video ref spots it and awards a penalty on halfway, which France waste.

11 mins: TRY Scotland 3-7 France
Super score from Vincent Clerc, breaking clear on the right after quick hands and cutting inside to take the return from Heymans to force his way over. Jean-Baptiste Elissalde pops over the conversion.

8 mins: Nikki Walker snags the clearing kick and charges at the French line. Scotland spin it wide but De Luca knocks on under severe presssure.

7 mins: Nice break from deep from Scotland before Parks punts an inch-perfect kick into the right-hand French corner.

4 mins: PEN Scotland 3-0 France
Line-out to Scotland 10 metres out, which leads to a series of drives. From the eighth or ninth phase Parks gets the ball in the slot and pops over a useful drop-goal to get his side on the board.

1 min: Not a great start from Parks - he punts the kick-off straight into touch. Nervy.

1456: It's anthem o'clock, and I'll briefly fall silent out of respect.

"Yesterday was vintage Six Nations, lack of quality but relentless excitement, especially at Twickenham, and let's hope for more of the same today." hawick on 606

1451: Here comes the French team, with Scotland a moment or two behind them. Lot of expectation at Murrayfield as the teams line up for the anthems, the watching Princess Anne decked out in a chocolate-brown knee-length coat.

1445: And now David Ellis, France's defence coach: "We trained very well this week and the weather is holding up, so we should have some free-flowing rugby today."

1438: And this from Dan Parks, on getting the kicking duties ahead of Chris Paterson: "It's nice to be given that responsibility - I just hope I can repay Frank's faith in me."

1430: Chat from Frank Hadden: "You need to get a fast start in the Six Nations, and being at home helps you do that."

1408: Interesting to see what happens after Scotland justice secretary Kenny MacAskill lifted his Murrayfield booze-ban for this season.

"When I took the decision last year to allow alcohol, I made it clear that this wasn't about granting rugby fans a licence to get drunk," he says, with the insight of a particularly gauche nun.

1402: Lovely match-up at Murrayfield today. Can Scotland build on their World Cup quarter-final showing? Will the new-look France be wonderful or woeful? Will we see anything like the topsy-turvy madness at Twickers yesterday? So many questions.

1400: Afternoon all, and welcome to the third chapter of this Six Nations opening weekend. Or the first chapter of the third Six Nations opener. Or the sixth chapter of the Third Natio.... hold on....

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