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Scotland

Six Nations | Stade France, France
15:00 (GMT) | 12-02-2017
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Lopez gets the pass from the base and France get their first win of the season!!
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France play it tight to grind out the final minute!!
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Jones spills it and the ball is hacked back into Scottish territory and Hogg makes a great break, but the ball is lost and so might be Scotland's last chance!
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Scotland look desperate to hit back and they are giving it their all now by playing it tight with the forwards!!
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Lopez lines up for the kick to extend the lead to 6 point lead and does the job!!
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Ball is taken by Gourdon and they set the maul. It is collapsed and referee blows for the penalty!!!
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Another scrum penalty to France!! Lopez finds touch inside the Scotland 22!!
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Double knock on just inside France territory and France will have the scrum put in!!
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Lopez to kick and get his side back into the lead and it is good!!
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Penalty to France as Jones got himself isolated and held on!!
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Penalty to Scotland as France wheeled the scrum and they will be kicking themselves fo not going for goal!!
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Scrum reset is called by the referee
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NO TRY!! 5m defensive scrum to Scotland and a wasted opportunity for France!!
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Fickou runs a good inside line and dots over!! Referee checks with TMO!!
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France opts for the Scrum under the posts. Another brave call!!
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Referee blows for the penalty as well as for time off as a Scottish player is down with injury!
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Brave call from France to go for the corner!!hey set the maul and goes forward. They go down and try to play it with the forwards as referee plays advantage!!
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France maul making great meters as referee plays advantage and they are in the Scotland 22, but referee blows for the penalty as the ball got turned over!
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Penalty to France!! Spedding kicks for touch and finds it just outside the Scotland 22!!
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Accidental obstruction by Scotland and France will get a scrum in their own half.
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Scotland scrum to restart as Strauss picks it up and France is penalised fo offside and this will give Russel a chance to gain some ground and he does find touch inside the France half!!
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Scrum to Scotland and they take it quick through Strauss, but referee stops the game for an injury!
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Ball is stolen and France is on the counter but a forward pass cause it all to be in vain!
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Scotland just playing it tight with their forwards and make some meters, but the French defence holds up for now!!
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Penalty to Scotland for holding on in their half and they can kick for some relief as the penalty is close to touch in their 22 and Russell did well to get the ball to halfway and set the lineout!!
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Hogg with the long range penalty and he misses as well!!
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Good scrum from France once gain as Serin, but Scotland win the penalty as France went off their feet!
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Mistake from Jones as he looked to kick into space and find touch, but the ball went into touch in-goal and France will have a scrum back just inside the Scotland half!!
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France makes good ground by playing with ball in hand and then they lose it forward and Scotland can look to counter from deep, but kicks it back into the hands of Spedding who counters back at Scotland!!
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Spedding lines up from 50m's out and misses horribly as the ball fell over and gave him limited time to kick!
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Another power scrum by France earns them a penalty!!
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Mistake at the restart from Russell as he kicks it out on the full and France will have a scrum on halfway!!
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Referee played advantage and goes back for the penalty as Lopez look to level matters and does so!!
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France back on the attack from the restart as they are 5ms out!!
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What a try by Swinson as Tommy Seymor kicked the ball high in field from his wing and the french let the ball bounce and it bounced back into Seymor's hand and he gave the pass to Swinson who went over under the posts! Conversion is missed!
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Scrum to France in their 22 for the restart and binding on the arm by Fagerson gives France a penalty, they concede a penalty to Scotland inside the Scotland half after the lineout and they go quickly!
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Second half is underway through the boot of Russell. Ball is taken by Gourdon and set up a ruck, referee stops time for a head on head collision between Hardie and Goujon

Half Time

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Ball is lost forward by France and that will signal half time!! see you back for the second half!
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Frace have the ball in the Scotland 22 and look to break the Scotland defence again!!
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Russel lines up for his second kick straight in front and hits it sweetly over!!
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Grey Takes and set the maul and Price went high and found Vakatawa who seemed to have been played in the air, but play goes on and Scotland get a penalty for holding on in a kickable position.
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Great work by Vakatawa to tap the ball back off the restart, but it bounced into touch and Scotland will have a lineout in their own half!
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Russell lines up for the kick as Laidlaw was replaced earlier. and slots it over!!
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Ball is intercepted by Spedding as the ball went to the wing, but referee blows for the penalty!!
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Scotland get the ball back of the restart and they are looking to strike back as referee plays advantage!!
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Lopez lines up for the kick and nails it!!
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Great build up from France as Spedding gave a great quick ball to Lamerat who goes into the corner!!
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France are 5m's short from the Scotland line.Can they cross the whitewash?!
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France take advantage of a Scottish error and are back attacking in the Scotland half!!
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Lopez lines up to extend the lead and it is off the post as Russel gathers and clears it away up to his 10m line!!
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Player shoved another penalty in an attempt to get the ball and the penalty will be reversed to France who will give Lopez a shot at goal!
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France make great ground with ball in hand then a dummy runner caused obstruction and conceded a penalty to Scotland as a handbag fight unfolds and the guys are at it with each other!!
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Scotland set the maul off the lineout and then goes wide, but the France defence is strong and they turn it over and set up a counter attack!!
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France win the lineout and set a maul that is rolling forward as Serin broke away, but is caught isolated and concedes the breakdown penalty! Lineout to Scotland on halfway
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Solid scrum from France and they get the penalty!!
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France is full of running as they test the Scotland defence with ball in hand play, the ball is knocked on in a tackle by a Scotland player and France will have a scrum in their own half!
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Lopez strikes it well and it is over!!
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France looking to strike back as they break open the Scotland defence piece by piece and make good meters, the referee played advantage and then blow for the penalty as Watson obstructed the scrumhalf! Lopez lines up for the kick!
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Laidlaw lines up the conversion and it hits the crossbar!
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Scotland playing it tight with their forwards, but the France defence holds up well!! Referee plays advantage for a high tackle, but it won't be needed as the try scoring machine Stuart Hogg steps and finds the line again in the corner!!
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Ball is taken back by France and Scotland have a great attacking lineout opportunity in the France 22m area. They set the maul and referee calls to use and they go wide to Hogg, but he is stopped in his tracks as they have to regroup from the ruck.
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Lineout stolen by France and they go wide as Vakatawa is tackled into touch when running out of space. outside the Scotland 22
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Spedding with a grubber through and it is returned by Hogg up to halfway. Lineout to Scotland
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Free kick to France as the scrum was not square and steady. France kick it high and Hogg takes as Scotland makes meters going forward with ball in hand play.
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Laidlaw feeds, but France overpowers them as Serin breaks away, kicks, but then the ball is lost forward from a Scotland hand and France have the put in.
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Great work from the Scotland forwards to form a maul and collapse it and they will have the scrum put in, in French territory, referee calls for the reset as the scrum went down.
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Camille Lopez lines up for the penalty to get his side on the board and does just that!!
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France playing it tight in the Scotland half and they get a penalty as Strauss went off his feet at the breakdown!!
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Camille Lopez launch the ball high and Maitland takes and it is back and forth play from both sides using the boot!!
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Scotland played it tight with the forwards, but then the ball spilt forward and the French look to counter attack and makes great meters into the Scotland 22, but Maitland get the ball and run and got tackled as France got it back and then Jones intercepted and then lost it forward scrum to France!!
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Jaco Peyper blows his whistle and Camille Lopez gets us underway!! Ball is taken by Grey just over his 10m mark, but France turn it over and go fo a run, but then conceded the penalty as Scotland kicks for the line
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Prediction: the match can certainly go either way and while it is hard to go against the home side, Scotland's victory in the opening round of the competition sways the advantage in their favour. Scotland should claim victory by about six points.
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Players to watch: For France: Fullback Scott Spedding was one of the standout players in their defeat to England and he will want to build on the standard he set. Guilhem Guirado needs to lead from the front if they are to pick up a win while the industrious Louis Picamoles is certainly the man to keep an eye on. For Scotland: Finn Russell ran riot in the second half against Ireland and will want to maintain that standard throughout the encounter while Greig Laidlaw's captaincy and kicking accuracy will surely keep his side's points ticking over. The Gray brothers have been a phenomenal partnership in the second row and will want to stamp themselves on this encounter.
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Scotland, on the other hand, will take heaps of confidence out of last week’s performance against Ireland and guys will put their hands up for B&I Lions selection, one standout player who might have already claimed a spot is fullback Stuart Hogg who have been sensational for them.
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One can’t help but think that the French will target this match as they are yet to record a win in the competition. They came close to beating England and had Narrow losses to Australia (23-25) and New Zealand (19-24) in November last year, there is loads of improvement under their new head coach Guy Novès and it will be a matter of time before they will click and be like the French of old
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This match is going to be an interesting one considering the major upset Scotland pulled over Ireland and how close France came to beating England who are the team to beat at the moment, this clash is one that will be very tight to call!
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Welcome to the live coverage of the six nations clash between France and Scotland!!
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France
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Scotland
START LINE UP
  • 1 Cyril Baille
  • 2 Guilhelm Guirado
  • 3 Uini Atonio
  • 4 Sebastian Vahaamahina
  • 5 Yoann Maestri
  • 6 Loann Goujon
  • 7 Kevin Gourdon
  • 8 Louis Picamoles
  • 9 Baptiste Serin
  • 10 Camille Lopez
  • 11 Virimi Vakatawa
  • 12 Remi Lamerat
  • 13 Gael Fickou
  • 14 Noa Nakaitaci
  • 15 Scott Spedding
RESERVES
  • 16 Christopher Tolofua
  • 17 Rabah Slimani
  • 18 Xavier Chiocci
  • 19 Julien Le Devedec
  • 20 Damien Chouly
  • 21 Maxime Machenaud
  • 22 Jean-Marc Doussain
  • 23 Yoann Huget
START LINE UP
  • 1 Allan Dell
  • 2 Fraser Brown
  • 3 Zander Fagerson
  • 4 Richie Gray
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 6 John Barclay
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 8 Joshua Strauss
  • 9 Greig Laidlaw
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 11 Tommy Seymour
  • 12 Alex Dunbar
  • 13 Huw Jones
  • 14 Sean Maitland
  • 15 Stuart Hogg
RESERVES
  • 16 Ross Ford
  • 17 Gordon Reid
  • 18 Simon Berghan
  • 19 Tim Swinson
  • 20 John Hardie
  • 21 Ali Price
  • 22 Duncan Weir
  • 23 Mark Bennett
Mc article stuart hogg celebrates 2017 800

Preview: France v Scotland

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:50

SIX NATIONS ROUND TWO: The showdown between France and Scotland in Paris will be a special occassion for Scottish fullback Stuart Hogg as he brings up a milestone in his international playing career.

At 24 years and 233 days, Hogg will surpass Richie Gray as the youngest player to reach a half-century of Scotland caps.
 
 "Congratulations to Hoggy [Stuart Hogg] on what will be a special milestone," Cotter said.
 
 "It's a fantastic personal achievement, especially at such a young age, which is a good indication of how talented an individual he is and how important he's been to Scotland teams over the past five years.
 
 "He's a very exciting player and, at just 24, he has a huge amount to offer Scotland for many more years to come."
 
 Aside from John Barclay replaced the injured Ryan Wilson, the pack is unchanged, with Fraser Brown keeping his place following his 25th-minute departure against Ireland due to an eye problem.
 
 "We're [France's] next opportunity to get their campaign up and running and they'll be intent on throwing every part of their considerable firepower at us on Sunday.
 
"We'll have to match their ferocity while ensuring we take that - and all the other battles we can expect in this game - on our terms, whether that's in collisions, in set-piece, at the breakdown or in the air," Cotter added.

For France, their defensive statistics better than England's with fewer errors and tackles missed. But for the third time in a matter of three months, they lost a closely-fought encounter against a top side following test defeats to Australia (23-25) and New Zealand (19-24) in November.

"It's true that against Australia we could have won but didn't, against New Zealand we had a chance at the end and lost by little, against England we lost at the end. It's annoying," said Noves.

They welcome a buoyant Scotland who were in fine form a week ago as they eased past highly-fancied Ireland 27-22 at Murrayfield.

"They [Scotland] had a tough year or two but now their work is starting to bear fruit. You can see that physically and technically they're not the same Scotland of a few years ago," Noves said of the Scots.

Two yeas ago, Scotland finished bottom of the table with five defeats from five but they have come on leaps and bounds since then under New Zealander Vern Cotter.

They were a minute away from knocking Australia out of the World Cup quarter-finals in late 2015, finished above France in the Six Nations last year and, having run Australia close again in November, they toppled Ireland in the opening round.

Players to watch:

For France: Fullback Scott Spedding was one of the standout players in their defeat to England and he will want to build on the standard he set. Guilhem Guirado needs to lead from the front if they are t to pick up a win while the industrious Louis Picamoles is certainly the man to keep an eye on.

For Scotland: Finn Russell ran riot in the second half against Ireland and will want to maintain that standard throughout the encounter while Greig Laidlaw's captaincy and kicking accuracy will surely keep his side's points ticking over. The Gray brothers have been a phenomenal partnership in the second row and will want to stamp themselves on this encounter.

Head to head: Scott Spedding and Stuart Hogg are both dynamic runners and given space, can inflict plenty of damage. The midfield battle between Gael Fickou and Huw Jones is an intriguing one while Camille Lopez will have a tough task of controlling Finn Russell. The biggest contest of the match comes at the back of the scrum where Josh Strauss will have his hands full with Louis Picamoles.

Recent results:

2016: Scotland won 29-18, Edinburgh
2015: France won 19-16, Paris
2015: France won 15-8, Paris
2014: France won 19-17, Edinburgh
2013: France won 23-16, Paris
2012: France won 23-17, Edinburgh
2011: France won 34-21, Paris
2010: France won 18-9, Edinburgh
2009: France won 22-13, Paris
2008: France won 27-6, Edinburgh

Prediction: the match can certainly go either way and while it is hard to go against the home side, Scotland's victory in the opening round of the competition sways the advantage in their favour. Scotland should claim victory by about six points.

Teams:

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Loann Goujon, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Xavier Chiocci, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Yoann Huget.

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Allan Dell.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 John Hardie, 21 Ali Price, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Mark Bennett.

Date: Sunday, February 12
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 16.00 (15.00 GMT)
Expected weather: Minimal cloud cover with a gentle breeze. High of 9°C
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

Mc article camille lopez france 800

France edge Scotland in bruising affair

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:28

REPORT: France kept alive their hopes of a Six Nations title with a hard-fought 22-16 win over Scotland in Paris on Sunday.

The Scots, who upset Ireland last week, must have thought they were set for another big win when the teams were tied 16-all going into the final 10 minutes.

However, the powerful French scrum created a platform for a few late penalties - with flyhalf Camille Lopez kicking two late penalties to seal the win for his team.

Scotland outscored France by two tries to one, but Lopez scored 17 points with the boot to guide France to victory.

It was a game that produced brutal collisions, silky handling, solid scrumming and a couple of fine tries.

In the end it was the power of the French forwards that made the difference.

Scotland weren't helped by losing four players to injury during the game, including captain and kicker Greig Laidlaw.

Yet still they twice led - after tries from Stuart Hogg and Tim Swinson, but a failure to convert either proved costly.

France put the first points on the board when Josh Strauss was penalised for not rolling away and Lopez kicked a seventh minute penalty.

But a mistake by Scott Spedding gave Scotland a line-out on France's 22-metre line and the visitors went through 15 phases before Hogg's dancing feet took him over in the corner on 17 minutes.

Laidlaw's conversion came back off the woodwork and moments later a second Lopez penalty put France back in front.

Scotland suffered a blow on 25 minutes as Laidlaw hobbled off.

Both sides were showing plenty of ambition but too often poor handling or an ill-advised offload brought a promising move to a shuddering halt.

Scotland had a let off when a relatively simple Lopez penalty came back off the upright.

But France soon rumbled up to the Scotland five-metre line and quick hands sent the ball right where Gael Fickou ducked under two tacklers to dive over in the corner on 31 minutes, Lopez nailing the conversion from wide right.

Just as France looked to be taking control, Scotland came storming back despite the loss of flanker John Barclay to injury as Finn Russell took over kicking duties and landed two penalties to send his team into the break trailing only 13-11.

The second half got off to a bad start for Scotland as Barclay's replacement John Hardie went off injured, meaning lock Swinson had to come on and play flanker.

And yet moments later, a brilliant offload from Russell sent Tommy Seymour scampering down the right wing. He gathered his own chip ahead and then fed Swinson to go over under the posts.

But remarkably, from right in front of the posts, Russell hit his conversion under the bar.

That let France level up at 16-16 on 47 minutes through another Lopez penalty.

Scotland's discipline was an issue and they were repeatedly penalised at the scrum, but Spedding failed to punish them with a long-range penalty from halfway that went wide.

Hogg tried his luck from even further out but likewise sent his kick past the uprights.

Scotland then saw centre Alex Dunbar go off for a head injury assessment, although he was able to return to the fray, but hooker Fraser Brown was next to take a knock to the head and be forced off.

France turned down two kickable penalties in a row, kicking the first to touch and opting for a scrum second time around but it came to nothing as Remi Lamerat lost control of the ball when trying to ground it one-handed.

It could have proved costly but Huw Jones was penalised for holding on after the tackle and this time Lopez dissected the posts, giving France the lead with eight minutes left.

And with his fifth penalty of the match three minutes from time, Lopez made the game safe.

Man of the match: You can look at the power of Scotland centre Huw Jones, the guile of flyhalf Finn Russell, the workrate of No.8 Josh Strauss and John Barclay. Scotland's nest player was fullback Stuart Hogg. For France there is fullback Scott Spedding, flyhalf Camille Lopez and his trusty boot, the entire French pack - including front row of Uini Atonio, Guilhem Guirado and Cyril Baille. However, our award goes to hard-working French No.8 Louis Picamoles.

Moment of the match: There were three tries that can be considered. You may want to look at the scrum penalty late in the second half, five metres from Scotland line, when France had clear dominance in the set pieces - but the referee riled that they did not push straight. The decisive moments was the turnover penalty won by replacement scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud that gifted Lopez a penalty shot at goal in the 72bd minute. That gave France the lead at a crucial stage.

Villain: Nobody, not even in a game of this brutality. Hard and in the true tradition of the game.

The scorers:

For France:
Try: 
Lamerat
Con: Lopez
Pens: Lopez 5

For Scotland:
Tries: 
Hogg, Swinson
Pens: Russell 2

Teams:

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Remi Lamerat, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Loann Goujon, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Xavier Chiocci, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Yoann Huget.

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Allan Dell.
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 John Hardie, 21 Ali Price, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Mark Bennett.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), Luke Pearce (England)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)

Remi Lamerat (30min)
TRIES
Stuart Hogg (16min) and Tim Swinson (43min)
Camille Lopez (31min)
CONVERSIONS
Camille Lopez (6min), Camille Lopez (20min), Camille Lopez (46min), Camille Lopez (71min), and Camille Lopez (76min)
PENALTIES
Finn Russell (35min) and Finn Russell (38min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Stade France, France
REFEREE Jaco Peyper (South Africa)