Six Nations

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 08 March 2014 - 17h00
Kick-off : Sat, 08 March 2014 - 19h00
Venue : Edinburgh
Referee : Chris Pollock (NZ)
Match status : Result
  Scotland France
Tries Stuart Hogg (13min) and Tommy Seymour (22min) Yoann Huget (46min)
Penalties Duncan Weir (63min)
Conversions Greig Laidlaw (14min) and Greig Laidlaw (23min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


France gather from the restart and don't want to let go of it now with timing running out. They keep it for multiple phases before Doussain gleefully boots it out into touch and that it FULL TIME! The French celebrate, they weren't at their best today but they have ground out a vital victory. Meanwhile, Scotland will wonder how they lost the game. They lead 14-9 at one stage and held onto a one-point lead with a minute to go but they couldn't hold on. They will look to a few missed penalties attempts and the Huget intercept try with regret, but it was not to be their day. As for France, they did just enough to gain the win and it is a win that sees their hopes for the Six Nations Championship stay alive, albeit slim, as they go into the match against Ireland in Paris next week. Join us tomorrow for more LIVE COMMENTARY when England host Wales.


Scotland regain possession but lose it soon afterwards as Pape forces the Ryan Wilson tol hold on. They find touch just outside the Scottish 22, and win the line-out. Medard runs it up strongly and gets over the advantage line. They edge ever closer, just 10m out now as they pick and go. Alexandre Flanquart carries well and Scotland think they've turned it over but they are penalised! Tim Swinson stole the ball but didn't release the ball carrier first. Jean-Marc Doussain knocks over the PENALTY from in front


Another reset scrum now and the clock ticks down. Scotland won't mind. The scrum collapses and referee Pollock gives the penalty to Scotland for their efforts. Weir lines up the penalty, from 44m out, and he misses to the right. It was a bit short too


Gray takes the throw from Ford and Laidlaw puts up a box kick. Huget runs it back but is tackled by Max Evans. Machenaud runs striaght into Ford and the scrumhalf is out-muscled and held up. Scrum to Scotland


Scottish feed to the scrum, they use it and Alex Dunbar carries it up. They build the phases until Weir kicks it away and Huget calls a mark in his 22m area, he finds a good touch on the Scottish 10m line


We have the ball out from the Scottish scrum and France pounce on it to secure possession. Bastareaud break very strongly down the left hand side and gets close to the Scottish line, they send it back to the right hand side and Mermoz drops the ball. Scotland can clear and Dulan knocks on just inside his own half


France look to bounce back and they win a scrum inside the Scottish half. The visitors wheeled the scrum in a dominant fashion but don't get a penalty for their efforts, rather a scrum reset. Both sets of props lose their binds and we reset once more. 35m from the Scotland line. The scrum is reset yet again as referee Chris Pollock tries to find a better spot to scrum. He moves the pack across a few metres. After all that, Scotland wheel on the French feed and they win the put it. More scrumming coming up


The game is restarted by France from a 22 and Scotland run it back at them and win a penalty when Sébastian Vahaamahina flops off his feet at the breakdown. This time Weir lines up the kick, from 42m on the left hand side and he lands the PENALTY


France win their line-out ball this time and Tálès can clear. Scotland have the line-out and Ross Ford's throw is skew... Scrum to France, and now Machenaud's feed to the scrum is skew. The game has stalled in recent minutes. Scrum to Scotland, and they win a penalty for Thomas Domingo walking around at scrum time. Laidlaw lines up the kick at goal from 45m and it's just short


The hosts win their own line-out and build phases with multiple "picks and goes". When they do spread it wide but Max Evans knocks on. France try to run it out of their own half but lose 20m before losing the ball - disorganised looking stuff. Ryand Grant grabs the ball and bursts down the left hand touchline until he is put into touch just outside the French 22


Scotland win a free-kick at the scrum for an early shove from France. Weir launches an up-and-under, which Brice Dulan fumbles forward. Weir kicks it away once more and Huget tries to run it out his own 22. Eventually they find touch


France set-up a line-out just outside the Scotland 22, but replacement hooker Guilhem Guirado can't find his jumper for France. Skew throw once more. The visitors have lost 7 line-outs on their own throw now


The Scots look to bite back and enjoy a long period of possession, but it ends when Cross enters the ruck from the side. France can clear from their own half.


Machenaud adds the simple CONVERSION


Scotland win the ball at the scrum and start stringing together the phases just outside the 22m area of France. Hogg is featuring prominently, he sends the pass to Weir who chips to the corner where Gray will chase... But eh ball beat his into touch. France line-out 5m out and Mach finds his jumper and they maul it up, but it's stolen and Weir sends a long skip pass but it finds Huget who races all the way, 90m, to slide in under the poles for a TRY! The wing read that long pass very well to race up and steal it


A bit of aerial tennis starts the half, with Plisson and Hogg exchanging punts. Eventually Hogg finds a good touch on halfway. Mach's struggles continue at the line-out and his throw is skew.


Duncan Weir gets the second half underway!


Geoff Cross pops up at scrumtime and France win the penalty - they kick for touch and set-up a line-out on the Scottish 22. France maul it up and win a penalty as Jim Hamilton infringes. Pascal Papé decides that Machenaud will kick at goal. It's a difficult kick on the angle from the touchline and the attempts drifts to the right. That is HALF-TIME! France looked somewhat directionless in that half as their flyhalf Jules Plisson struggled to impose himself on the gap. Meanwhile, the hosts go into the interval full of confidence after scoring two good tries, and they enjoy a deserved five point lead. Join us in 10 minutes for the second half!


Machenaud is caught by Denton and Scotland swamp the breakdown and win the turnover. The ball become unplayable and it's a scrum to Scotland inside the France 22. Scotland pick and go through Denton, and Grant before they get turned over brilliantly by Bastareaud just two metres from the line and Machenaud hacks it clear


Les Bleus build the phases and eventually win a penalty for Ryan Grant not releasing. Machenaud kicks to the corner but Mach cannot find his jumper. Hogg clears his lines


Scotland send the ball wide but Hogg is forced to hold on as the support is too late to arrive. Mathieu Bastareaud wins the penalty for France


We're having a bit of a problem with the field, as it cuts up while the players are trying to scrum. Another re-set. And another one. Referee Chris Pollock chats to the two front rows about their binding. Scotland eventually get the ball away and Laidlaw kicks for Seymour to chase. Plisson return, before Hogg boots a huge kick down into the French 22. Maxime Médard's kick skews off the side of his boot. Scotland line-out just outside the French 22


Laidlaw adds the tricky sideline CONVERSION


Scotland lose their line-out however, and they give it back to France once more. Alexandre Lapandry gives away a penalty now as the infringements start to increase. Scotland line-out on the French 22. Denton carries strongly before they spread it wide and Hogg plays a good pass to Matt Scott who pops in the inside ball to Tommy Seymour who breaks the tackle and barges over to score a TRY


Brown gives away a penalty for being offside and Scotland let France get back into their half easily. They set up a line-out just outside the Scotland 22, but the throw from Brice Mach is not straight. David Denton picks up from the base of the scrum and Scotland win a penalty for no clear release of the tackler by Machenaud


France look to strike back straightaway and win a penalty after sustained pressure in the Scottish 22. Maxime Machenaud knocks over the simple PENALTY and the French retake the lead


Greig Laidlaw lands the simple CONVERSION


Machenaud is charged down from the kick-off and Scotland get a chance to attack. Stuart Hogg puts an up-and-under into the in-goal area and there's a scramble for the ball over the tryline. Hogg thinks he's scored a try and Huget thinks he's dotted it down. The TMO will reveal the verdict. The TRY is awarded as Huget got fingertips to the ball but not enough of a touch according to the TMO!


The hosts don't keep it fro long though. France win the turnover and Brice Dulin runs strongly before feeding the ball to Yoann Huget who gets pulled down just before the line. Brown cynically kills the ball and is lucky to get away without being carded. Machenaud adds the PENALTY


France win their scrum but Plisson is charged down. They can relieve the pressure though as the hosts are penalised at the breakdown. The visitors set up the lineout and looks to string together the phases inside Scotland's half, but it spills out Gray secures it


It's very blustery at Murrayfield today, as Duncan Weir finds out to his detriment and his kick goes straight into touch on the full. Sctoland steal the French line-out though and look to attack. Sean Lamont runs it up strongly, and then Matt Scott but his offload to Kelly Brown is knocked forward


Richie Gray and Jim Hamilton get into a muddle from the kick-off but a France hand get in the way and it's a scrum to the visitors. The Scottish front row goes straight down - amid poor pitch conditions, and Maxime Machenaud lines up the kick and scores the PENALTY


We are ready for the action and Jules Plisson gets the first half underway!


Now it's time for the National Anthems!


It's not raining at the moment but conditions look tricky underfoot


The players have made their way onto the field and it's time to meet and greet the dignataries


These two nations have had some close encounters in recent times. Last year France won 23-16 at home, while the last time they played at Murrayfield was in 2012 and France were victorious 23-17


Scotland have not beaten France since their 20-16 triumph at this venue in 2006


France come into the match with wins over England (26-24) and Italy (30-10) but suffered a 6-27 thrashing at the hands of Wales last time out


Scotland have won one match in this year's tournament, pipping Italy 21-20 in their last game thanks to a last-minute Duncan Weir drop goal


France have won two out of their three games so far in the Six Nations this season, and sit 4th in the standings and will still have hopes of winning the championship


Welcome to Murrayfield, in Edinburgh, for this fourth round Six Nations match!
15 Stuart Hogg
14 Sean Maitland
13 Mark Bennett
12 Alex Dunbar
11 Tommy Seymour
10 Finn Russell
9 Greig Laidlaw
8 Adam Ashe
7 Blair Cowan
6 Robert Harley
5 Jonny Gray
4 Richie Gray
3 Euan Murray
2 Ross Ford
1 Alasdair Dickinson

24 Sean Lamont
23 Duncan Weir
22 Chris Cusiter
21 David Denton
20 Johnnie Beattie
18 Geoff Cross
17 Gordon Reid
16 Fraser Brown
15 Scott Spedding
14 Yoann Huget
13 Maxime Mermoz
12 Wesley Fofana
11 Maxime Medard
10 Camille Lopez
9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde
8 Damien Chouly
7 Bernard le Roux
6 Thierry Dusautoir
5 Sebastien Vahaamahina
4 Pascal Pape
3 Nicolas Mas
2 Benjamin Kayser
1 Xavier Chiocci

26 Benjamin Fall
25 Mathieu Bastareaud
24 Remi Tales
23 Rory Kockott
22 Charles Ollivon
21 Yannick Nyanga
20 Yoann Maestri
19 Alexandre Flanquart
18 Uini Atonio
17 Alexandre Menini
16 Guilhem Guirado