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Robinson rues blunt attack as Scotland lose to France


Scotland didn't make most of chances - Robinson

Scotland coach Andy Robinson was disappointed with his side's defending in the Six Nations defeat by France.

"We were very narrow and allowed them to score two tries," Robinson told BBC Scotland after the 18-9 reverse against the impressive French at Murrayfield.

"They were very physical, they dominated the breakdown and put us under quite a bit of pressure.

"If we had been able to take a chance when we had the line-breaks, we could have asked some questions of them."

Chris Paterson kicked all of Scotland's nine points but two tries from Mathieu Bastareaud and the boot of Morgan Parra saw the French home.

"It's just disappointing that we weren't able to get ourselves away," said Robinson.

"We had two or three chances; they took their chances.

Chris Paterson is tackled in the SIx Nations defeat by France at Murrayfield
Paterson said France took the game away from Scotland in the first half

"I thought we did get our line-breaks and some of our counter-attacking was very good. But we've got to be able to attack off that and we weren't able to get continuity, which is disappointing."

The defeat means the Scots have failed to win their opening Six Nations fixture since beating the French in 2006.

"The second half, the players performed better in defence and we had a number of attacking opportunities," added Robinson.

Paterson expressed disappointment at opening the Six Nations with a loss but was upbeat about the rest of the campaign.

"There were a lot of good points today - the way we finished the game and defended for the last 50 minutes against a quality French side," he said.

"We possibly just fell off the intensity a little bit in the 15 to 30-minute mark in the first half.

"That's all they needed to give them that cushion and it was too much for us to overcome."

Scotland must now look to pick themselves up for Saturday's visit to Cardiff to face Wales.

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