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Scotland v France Six Nations as it happened


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By Tom Fordyce

1659: If you're by your television and in the UK, hit the red button now for more chat from the Beeb team or keep watching via this website. Otherwise, rest up ahead of next weekend's fun and games.

This from Andy Robinson: "We conceded two soft scores, and we let them in. If we concede two tries against France, we're not going to beat anyone. The French were very canny in what they did. There are a number of positives we can take from it - we're finding our way, and I was pleased with Sean Lamont and Johnnie Beattie. We had a number of chances and didn't take them. We got behind them, but it's what happened after the second and third phase. They really scrambled well and cut us off, and we have them too many opportunities in our own half."

This from Imanol Hari: "We're very happy to win today. The Scotland team has a big heart, and it's always a tough match to come here. We knew we had to have a big performance from the forwards, and we won the match in the scrum and the fight."

FULL-TIME: Scotland 9-18 France More comprehensive than the scoreline suggests, that win - France hugely impressive, and as many through, next weekend's clash in Paris against Ireland is looking like the decisive match in the championship. Scotland very disappointing - too many errors, inability to capitalise on the few breaks they had.

79 mins: Glimpse there of Andy Robinson in the stands. Looks like he's chewing a mouldy lemon.

77 mins: Time ticking away for Scotland - can they at least cross the try line? Lawson bashed backwards from Bonnaire.

74 mins: Another great piece of work from Sean Lamont, who with Beattie has been Scotland's stand-out man, but Scotland can make nothing of it - another turnover.

From Bill Johnstone, BBC Radio Scotland commentator: "I think the French have squeezed the life out of Scotland, there's just not been any room to work in."

71 mins: Desperate defence from Scotland - hats off for the effort, but the game has surely gone. Parra off for Michalak; Marty on for Big-Man Basta.

68 mins: Parra and T-D having fine, fine games here. The former fakes the pass and box kicks - Benjamin Fall competes for the high ball, Parra kicks with joyous subtlety again and Scotland are defending on their doormat once again.

66 mins: Kelly Brown will have a smash - Jacobsen takes it on, but he's wrapped up and fails to release - pen. Dusa off for France, Bonnaire, on; the giant Richie Gray on for Hines.

65 mins: Scotland finally have some territory after the impressive Beattie smashes through. 13 phases but no further damage. Hmmm.

62 mins: Super interchange between Hari and Clerc on the left wing, 15m out, but Basta spills in contact and Scotland will clear.

60 mins: Scottish scrum ripped into pieces again. France push push push, and Owens whistles for the inevitable pen. Parra has the chance from 42m out, just to the right - oof, just past the left upright.

58 mins: The singing inside Murrayfield is all France too. Not a pipe to be heard.

From Ann in Edinburgh by text on 80295: "It's like Scotland have forgot to turn up. Can't see us beating Italy at this rate. Just give us the wooden spoon now!"

55 mins: France deep in Scotland territory, and with no specialist tight-head in the Scottish front row, the home scrum are getting mashed. No Euan Murray, let's remember.

52 mins: PEN Paterson Scotland 9-18 France Poor old Benjamin Fall - he thinks he's away for an interception try, but Owens will call him all the way back. Easy peas for Paterson. Godman off for Southwell, Jacobsen on for Low, Paterson in to fly-half.

50 mins: Replacements - Servat off, Szar on. Beattie picks up an inside pass and Scotland pressurise at last.

48 mins: Scotland in desperate need of some possession. All France, and where are the home points going to come from if they can't get out of their own half?

46 mins: Super handling and off-loads from the French, the forwards carrying well and the backs popping up with quick hands. The visitors camped 25 metres out - T-D back in the pocket, lined up for the dropper - ooh, he's sent it right. France have 90% of the territory in this half. Ouch.

44 mins: PEN Parra Scotland 6-18 France Barclay is pinged at the ruck, and Parra dinks over the three points with the casual ease of Seve chipping onto the green.

41 mins: Godman sends the re-start straight into touch. Sloppy, and France almost capitalise - Ouedra bursts through, and only good work from Nathan Hines prevents further instant woe.

HALF-TIME: Scotland 6-15 France Scotland survive that latest scare, and that could be crucial - had they gone in under the posts there, the deficit would have been 16 and almost out of sight.

39 mins: France all over the Scottish line again. They're two yards out, camped and waiting for the try - oh, big steal in there, and Scotland will clear. Looked like Scottish hands all over that in the ruck, but Nigel Owens lets it go.

36 mins: Scotland shell-shocked out there - they've given up too many turnovers, they're wobbling at the set-piece and France are slicing through with ease. Over to you, Mr Robinson.

33 mins: TRY Bastareaud Scotland 6-15 France Lovely hands from the French through the line. The ball goes out to the left after a fine pass from T-D, Hari draws the man and feeds Basta and Kelly Brown is never going to stop this dumper-truck. Parra slides over the extras from the touchline.

30 mins: PEN Paterson Scotland 6-8 France Fine smashing break from Lamont, carried on by Cusiter, and despite Godman taking the wrong option out wide, France are offside. Paterson strokes over his 33rd consecutive successful Six Nations kick. Remarkable.

28 mins: PEN Parra Scotland 3-8 France More problems at the scrum for Scotland, and the little scrum-half strokes the three points from 35m.

26 mins: Max Evans snipes and sprints but loses the ball in the tackle from Dusautoir, and France will go again. They threaten through the middle until Ouedraogo knocks on and then makes a cartoon 'dash it' hand gesture.

24 mins: Shocking kick from Godman - charged down, Trinh-Duc chases it on... if the ball pops up for him, he'll score, but it bobbles and dies and Sean Lamont makes a fine last-ditch tackle.

23 mins: This blitz defence from France is causing Scotland all sorts of problems - they're going sideways.

21 mins: Godman kicks ahead, but that's a waste - Parra will clear from the subsequent line-out.

19 mins: Decent match, this one - lots of attacking intent, plenty of vim and vigour. The first quarter has rattled past.

16 mins: Fantastic burst from Beattie - he crashes through from the cheeky off-load, and Cusiter is nearly onto the pass - the ball is just knocked away, and France will have the scrum five metres from their own line.

14 mins: TRY Bastareaud, Scotland 3-5 France Hari goes again, sucks in the defence and then lays it back for Trinh-Duc - super pass out to the left, and the big unit dives over in acres of space in the corner. Extras missed left.

13 mins: The French pack massacres the Scottish unit once again, and Nigel Owens will surely think about the penalty try if this carries on. Five metres from the home try line.

11 mins: Oh, instant response from France - Clerc dashes down the left to gather, and he looks odds-on to touch down - but somehow Thom Evans turns the winger and then gets his hands under the ball. Sensational defence.

9 mins: PEN Paterson Scotland 3-0 France Cusiter darts - and now Morrison, rumbling closer - Harinordoquy is pinged for hands in the ruck, and Chris Paterson doesn't miss those.

7 mins: Laboured from France - the passes are slow and loopy, and Max Evans intercepts - he scampers through, but he'll be snagged - great field position though...

5 mins: Scotland try to spread it, but the ball goes loose in the tackle and France have turnover ball.

4 mins: Rougerie's going off here - Vincert Clerc to replace him. Not a bad option to have.

3 mins: Rougerie's come off the worse, to be fair. Trouble for Scotland at the first two scrums - they've been butchered there...

1 min: And we're off - or rather, we're ooof - massive hit on Kelly Brown from Aurelien Rougerie. You could hear that one in Marseille.

1456: Beautifully observed. And now for the anthems. Stirring.

1455: Minute's silence coming up for the great Bill McLaren. Let's cease all typing and refreshing as an online tribute.

1450: Here come the players, sprinting out of the tunnel at a speed that would dismay David Sole. And, at the rear, the Princess Royal. Not sprinting.

1445: Decent atmos up at Murrayfield - wailing pipes, saltires a'fluttering, hip-flasks to the fore.

From 'Arry's White and Blue Army on 606 : "Scotland to win. I think Robinson has made a difference and has picked a big pack that is capable of standing up to France's. Scotland's backs also look very threatening and if they can turn those half chances that they fumbled last year into points, then who knows..."

1435: Let's lob a few stereotypes out of the window. We might all associate France with daring dash and footloose flair, but their backs are mighty lumps these days - average height 6' 1", weight 14st 12lb. And Scotland, reliant on passion and power? Coached by an Englishman, pace in the back line.

1430: Right then. Who's up for an old-fashioned Murrayfield ding-dong?

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