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Scotland v France

John Inverdale introduces live coverage of Scotland v France in the Six Nations, with studio analysis from former international captains Andy Nicol and Sam Warburton.


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Murrayfield, scene of autumnal

triumphs, cast today at a theatre of

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redemption for a Scotland team

dismembered last week. Take heart

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with these words, victory is always

possible for the person who refuses

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to stop fighting.

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to stop fighting.

Scotland is far

more optimistic than I have seen

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them for a long time.

The players

are full of confidence, there is an

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expectation.

The players they have

got and the form they are in...

We

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cannot wait to put what we have done

in training onto the field.

The six

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Nations once again.

And it is a try

for Wales. What a start for the home

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side.

Who will believe what they are

doing is the right thing?

Is there a

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way back for Scotland?

Penalty to

Wales. Half-time seems a long time

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ago. They did not have any variety,

they did not have a plan B.

Wales

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are going towards victory here.

You

cannot lose the physical battles

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like they did today all over the

field.

The free scoring Scots have

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been neutered.

That is trying number

four.

We did not play the way we are

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capable of.

Scotland can take one

small thing from this match.

It was

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a sobering experience.

I said to the

players I think we will better them.

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They were complacent in their own

defeat.

We did Pooley and we are

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working out why that was the case.

A

week is a long time in rugby, before

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the opening match is both the side

harboured ambitions of being

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championship contenders and now it

is about making the most of what is

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left, putting together a winning run

and hoping England and Ireland

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falter. And for Scotland it is about

telling the sporting public that the

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nation does not go away. That live

shot will do wonders for the

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Scottish tourist board. Edinburgh is

sparkling on a golden but freezing

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Sunday afternoon. As the camera

keeps panning from right-to-left

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from the castle all the way across

this magnificent city we find

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ourselves there, at Murrayfield

where, on a day like today, this is

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the most magnificent stadium.

Keeping the faith for Scotland is

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Andy Nichol. Olivier Marteel EA is

here with us, one of the great

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French players of all time. Andy,

Scotland, over the last week or so,

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what is the general consensus?

A

huge disappointment in the

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performance and everybody wants to

see this team come out here today

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and play with the aggression and

physicality and tactical awareness

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they did not show last week and show

everyone this is a good team that

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had a bad day last week.

From a

French perspective, OK they lost to

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Ireland in dramatic circumstances,

but were the French public

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encouraged by the French

performance?

Yes, they were happy

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about the attitude of the team. Of

course we were disappointed to lose

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in the last minute against Ireland,

but Ireland deserved to win. They

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have started to build a new spirit

and a new attitude, built by Jacques

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Brunel, and they will show it as we

can.

It is the first time you have

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been here as a spectator, what are

your impressions of this?

I imagine

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if you are Scot playing here, and it

would be fantastic. If this was

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taking place one week after they

played Australia, everybody would be

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looking forward to it and thinking

Scotland were going to win. Scotland

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are still a good team. Just because

they had a bad state last week does

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not mean that they will play badly

this weekend. Rarely do they play

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badly twice in a row. I expect them

to come back this weekend.

There

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were two games yesterday. In one

match it was raining tries and in

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the other match it was just raining.

There was a TMO decision that will

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be talked about for years to come.

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And it is Henshaw again. Can anyone

get him? Henshaw on the line. He

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felt something. Has he done

something to his arm? A penalty to

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Italy, quickly taken. The pass was

given away and it is a race. Can he

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go himself? He will score again.

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Anthony Watson followed up well.

Owen Farrell puts boot to it and

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Johnny May is going to the race.

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Johnny May is going to the race. Try

awarded, Johnny May of Leicester.

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That was just after two and a half

minutes. It has gone along. An

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inside pass and a second try for

Johnny May.

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He knows there is an advantage.

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REFEREE: We want to know if it is a

tried, yes or no?

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tried, yes or no?

What does this

come off? It looks like it was off

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his knees so far. The ball is in

goal. Who gets to it first?

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goal. Who gets to it first? He could

have beaten Anthony Watson to it.

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REFEREE: The ball has come off any

of the Welsh player but it has not

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been clearly grounded. Therefore it

is a scrum five metres back.

So no

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try?

I can't hear you clearly.

No

try. I go back to the penalty?

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Correct. I still cannot understand

why that is not a try. I think in

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the wording there was something

about not being clear on the ground.

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You can see he has got his hand on

the ball and he gets there first and

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grounds it. It is a big moment in

the game, particularly in front of

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82,002 get the decision wrong. We

will be looking for clarification

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afterwards.

It was a tough game,

full credit to Wales, they played

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really well. I am sure they will

claim they were unlucky and maybe

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they were, but there is a team up

there who makes the decisions.

Was

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it a try or no try?

I do not make

the decisions.

The TMO made that. It

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was down to pressure. How big a

turning point do you think it was?

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We do not know. It was not a try, so

why speculate?

The momentum seem to

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be with Wales at that moment in time

and it could have been a very

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different score. You guys know more

than us. I would not suggest that,

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but tight games can turn on these

margins, can't they?

We have a team

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up there to make those decisions. He

has got all the time in the world to

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make the decision and he makes it.

An impasse between Sonia McLauchlan

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and Eddie Jones. This is how the

table looks at the end of the second

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weekend. England and Ireland have

two victories. We are having

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difficulty getting hold of a

graphic.

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Tried or no try? It was a try and I

think he got it wrong. We have seen

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the evidence that he got there

first. It was a huge core and the

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TMO was brought in to get those

decisions right and that is what was

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disappointing.

Sam?

I feel for the

Welsh boys, I completely agree with

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Warren Gatland.

Livio?

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Warren Gatland.

Livio?

It was a

difficult decision, but they

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deserved to win as well, the Welsh.

You think by and large England were

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the better side?

They showed a bit

more firepower in the first half and

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Wales came back in the second-half.

Had Wales got that tried, they still

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would have been trailing. Be

brutally honest perhaps they just

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edged Wales in that game.

What about

the opportunities got Williams had

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to score?

I recognised him coming

through a few years ago. The amount

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of ground he covers. He is on the

right-hand side the screen. He has

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an incredible workrate.

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an incredible workrate. Because he

was in the second half, it was more

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significant perhaps than in the

first-half.

It was wet with the

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rain, so he almost went to low and

Sam Underhill did that as well. That

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was a huge part of the game as well

because there was real momentum

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there. I thought Wales with Gareth

Anscombe at ten brought their

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attacking game and they were

finishing stronger. Probably England

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deserved it.

When you score a match

when there is 30 points between the

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sides, you are never sure if one

team played well or one team played

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badly. Let's get a view on this Paul

O'Connell.

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He is with Lee McKenzie. It was

interesting because it was against

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Italy but it was a commanding

performance by Ireland. What pleased

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you most about that?

It was a very

clinical performance. Ireland were

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really organised and they opened

them up with some very clever

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playing and classic Jo Smith plays.

Then there was creativity as well.

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The turnover ball and some fantastic

tries. They conceded 19 points which

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they will be disappointed with, but

Italy has very good players as well.

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An excellent performance overall.

The big thing is Andrew Porter, the

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young tight head, adding some

strength to the squad. Jordan

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Larimer is well getting some game

time. It was a really good outing

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for Ireland. Robbie Henshaw is

really important and the injuries

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will be a worry. But overall it was

great to see.

Ireland have the

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talisman of Johnny Sexton and Finn

Russell will be under the spotlight

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today and you have been looking at

him closely.

He is a fantastic

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player and I played against him at

the end of my career. He is good at

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picking slow, old forwards out in

the defensive line. He sees the game

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a bit quicker than everyone else. He

got some criticism during the week

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because he was enjoying himself. He

is a player who needs to be relaxed,

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said there is nothing wrong with

smiling and being relaxed. You need

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to lead the team a bit better than

he does. Johnny Sexton and Owen

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Farrell pick and choose their

moments brilliantly for Ireland and

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England. I think Finn Russell was

trying to pull out a magic play

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every time the other day. He is

amazing and he needs to let it

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happen at the right time and do the

right thing for him and his team.

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This turnover was one of many and it

led to the final Welsh try. I think

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it will be a big learning experience

for him at the weekend. I expect a

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much better performance from him

today.

He is quite like the young

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Gregor Townsend. Gregor was quite

mercurial at the start of his

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career.

You want someone who wants

to play and certainly the way

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Scotland play, he is ideal for them.

But he just needs to pick and choose

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his moments a bit better. Sometimes

when the defence are on the top it

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is part of rugby, and you probably

need to go kicking. There are

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moments when you can have a crack

and there is no better time when you

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are on top in the six Nations. It is

about choosing your moments.

We have

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now located the table!

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It is fair to say that the loser of

this match here today at Murrayfield

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can kiss goodbye to any hopes of

being champions. If most of the away

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fans travel more in hope than

expectation, not the French because

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this is a very happy hunting ground

for them. Although the conversation

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today will have centred on why the

game last weekend could not have

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ended differently.

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ended differently. France, an old

coach.

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coach. Simple, old-fashioned and

worryingly frequent knee injuries.

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As for the rugby, little more than

this, a one-man source of pent-up

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opportunities.

You were not onside

when you played that ball.

And a

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one-man machine. France is never out

of touch. But was this another knee

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injury? After 70 pretty forgettable

minutes of rugby in the ring,

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suddenly and memorable finale. A

conversion, a penalty and a final 40

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phase build-up. Everything leading

to this. I Johnny Sexton special.

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Two small point the difference. But

what a difference.

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They were talking about the French

Number ten, having mentioned Finn

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Russell and Johnny Sexton and

wearing the number ten

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jersey is Lionel Beauxis. Is this

inspired or desperate?

I think it is

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more desperate. The best number ten

's are foreigners. It is difficult

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for us to find. I think it is a

mistake for Jacques Brunel giving it

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to Lionel Beauxis. He is a good

player, maybe he can do something to

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help the French team. At the moment

we are not looking forward to the

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future, we are just looking to win.

It is a today selection and not a

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tomorrow's election. Last week,

France against Ireland, and this is

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a real stat for the rugby nerd. The

most tackles ever made in a single

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six Nations match last week by

France against Ireland. The top five

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of those tackles are all against

Arlen. I don't know what you read

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into that. Does that mean that the

French defence last weekend was

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outstanding or that Ireland could

not break it down?

I would be saying

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why did they make that many tackles?

Is it because France could not turn

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the ball over in defence? Did they

not keep it in attack? You need to

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look a little bit deeper than the

initial statistics.

Clearly France

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can tackle. How do Scotland get away

from them?

France were very good

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around the rock and their forwards

are very aggressive and they defend

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quite tight and they come off the

line very fast.

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I don't think Scotland will want to

take on France in these exchanges.

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On this occasion Ireland do not have

enough numbers to go wide. Outside

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in that channel there was a lot of

space and they did not follow up

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that defence. Ireland went pretty

narrow and not wide. This means they

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can regenerate their whole backline.

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Ireland have got numbers to go wide

on this occasion. They go wide and

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expose the channel. This is what

Scotland are good at.

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Scotland are good at.

Scotland will

have to get the ball in that space

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as he has identified very well.

This

is the loudest PA system at any

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international ground. Is this part

of the Scottish tactic?

We need to

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try everything.

The Scottish fans

who went down to Cardiff last

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weekend had a long and dispiriting

journey back home. Worth it

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performances in the autumn against

the all Blacks an illusion? Today

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will not be easy because Scotland

have only beaten France twice in the

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six Nations. There is a sense of

expectation here at Murrayfield that

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we have not enjoyed for a while.

And

they score! Extraordinary. Surely

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they must score? And they do.

Scottish pandemonium. There will be

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no French grand slam.

France in

recent times have dominated this

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fixture.

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fixture.

A try for Scotland! And

Duncan Taylor reaches for the line.

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What a try from Duncan Taylor. And

France hit back.

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France hit back. What a finish! A

win for Scotland.

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Apart from a couple of Scottish

calamities here at Murrayfield in

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2004 and in Paris a year after that,

this fixture is hugely entertaining.

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Gregor Townsend is with Lee.

After that tough weekend in Cardiff

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last weekend, the players are using

phrases like redeem themselves and

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right the wrongs. How much pressure

is on the Scotland side today?

We

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probably do not focus on the

pressure. We are focusing on the

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French speed, what they do at set

pieces, but we demand a lot of

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ourselves and last week was no good

enough. We have a chance to what we

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are good at and what we can do very

well and what we are about.

What was

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it like at the camp this week?

Very

good. The first half of the week is

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finding out why certain things

happened and what we would do

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differently. The second half of the

week is building up and producing

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our best performance.

The French

team will pose different questions

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and Wales. What is the biggest

threat from them today?

They are

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physical team, so the set team is

where they pride themselves in that

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area. The scrum, the line-out ball.

In the last few games they have

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defended very well and they compete

very hard. Having picked a kicking

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stand-off, maybe they are looking

for their defence to play a bigger

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role. We have to make sure that we

are accurate and we work hard and

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take our chances.

Six changes to the

side, Greg Laidlaw stars.

What do

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you expect? He is an excellent

player and he is back in form and in

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full fitness. His role at number

nine is important and it will ensure

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we get quick ball away. But also

what he does is his experience and

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his leadership will help us a lot.

Thank you very much. In Cardiff last

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week the first question I asked you

was, it is already a big call

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picking Ali Price at scrum-half and

he said it was an obvious thing to

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do. Is this a big call?

Ali Price

has been almost his own

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personification of Greg Laidlaw's

tactics and how he wants to play. I

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felt last week he struggled on the

tactics. Greg Laidlaw has been

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brought in for his leadership and

his game management and the ability

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at times to control Finn Russell.

Let him play, because that is what

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Scotland want him to do, but control

him and play him in the right areas

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and just have that calm voice around

him. Last week Cornell du Preez, Ali

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Price and Finn Russell, Huw Jones,

they have changed three out of four,

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so to control Finn Russell and with

Greg Laidlaw it will allow him to

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play his game and let the others be

almost the tactical awareness, the

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game management. Almost to put the

handbrake on him at times and then

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take it off as well. You want Finn

Russell to play his natural game.

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Peter Horne is equally important.

Either side of that he can allow

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Finn Russell to play his game and

let these guys control what is

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happening around him.

Do you think

the French will target Finn Russell

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today? Are they hoping he will have

an erratic game again?

I think

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France is more focused on what they

want to do and Jacques Brunel is

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looking for the confidence. He wants

them to be clear with the set piece,

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the line-out. Maybe they will be

waiting for the turnover to

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counterattack and score. At the

moment France is not able to play

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like we like to see them play. But

it will be step-by-step.

We have to

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be patient. Turnovers are very key

and the Scottish back row showed

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changes from last week. What do you

read into this?

Scotland struggled a

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little bit at line-out against

Wales.

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You want to have a success rate of

90% plus. Brian Wilson is a very

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good line-out option. He is a very

good leader in the Scottish team and

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he is aggressive as well.

It is all

about the passion and getting the

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emotion right. He carried the ball

very well in the last five minutes

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last week. I think he has been

brought in to spice up the pack. He

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has got the right attitude to be the

leader upfront to take this pack

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forward.

A quick thought about the

French front row.

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French front row. Tell us about

Guirado.

I think he is one of the

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world's best hookers. I thought he

was brilliant last week and he is a

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real go to man for France.

How much

is today about the mind given what

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happened last week for Scotland?

The

start is very much about the mind

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because the physical then has to

take over. I want Scotland to come

0:26:160:26:20

firing out of the blocks from the

changing room and play with that

0:26:200:26:24

real attitude and passion in the

first ten minutes and take France on

0:26:240:26:29

physically. They cannot do that the

whole game because France are big

0:26:290:26:33

side, but then allowed their natural

game to evolve.

It is a beautiful

0:26:330:26:37

day, can we see some running rugby

from France today?

I don't think so.

0:26:370:26:43

I don't think we are able to play

that kind of game. I don't think

0:26:430:26:51

they want to go too fast. They have

some new players, it is a new coach.

0:26:510:26:57

Many things have happened over the

last few months for France. I think

0:26:570:27:01

we have to wait before we see a new

French team.

New coach, new French

0:27:010:27:08

team, two sides waiting in the

tunnel as you can see. Final word

0:27:080:27:13

from you, Sam. What kind of a game

might this be? Can Scotland afford

0:27:130:27:18

to throw caution to the wind?

It is

perfect whether to do that. I hope

0:27:180:27:24

Scotland stick to what they can do

over the last few months, just play

0:27:240:27:27

rugby.

0:27:270:27:32

rugby. I am going to go with home

advantage today and Scotland will

0:27:330:27:36

win.

Scotland loved playing at

Murrayfield, the atmosphere is great

0:27:360:27:42

and they have had a good record here

recently. Let's hope they get their

0:27:420:27:47

campaign back on track.

Some great

pictures in this stadium on a

0:27:470:27:54

glorious afternoon and there is a

huge French contingent. You can hear

0:27:540:28:00

them in Murrayfield, there is a

beautiful, blue sky. Polo,

0:28:000:28:07

Glaisdale, crisp, numbing, it may

not be South Korea, but we need a

0:28:070:28:11

match that is heart-warming and

heart stirring because it really is

0:28:110:28:15

a bit party. But here we go with the

third instalment of the second round

0:28:150:28:22

of the six Nations in 2018. Paul

O'Connell, Chris Pattinson and

0:28:220:28:30

Andrew Cotter are your commentators.

0:28:300:28:34

# Allons enfants de la Patrie

Le jour de gloire est arrive

0:28:340:28:37

# Contre nous de la tyrannie,

L'etendard sanglant est leve

0:28:370:28:40

# L'etendard sanglant est leve

0:28:400:28:43

# Entendez-vous dans les campagnes

Mugir ces feroces soldats

0:28:430:28:46

# Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras

Egorger nos fils, nos compagnes

0:28:460:28:54

# Aux armes, citoyens

Formez vos bataillons

0:28:560:29:13

# Marchons, marchons

0:29:130:29:21

# Qu'un sang impur

Abreuve nos sillons #.

0:29:230:29:31

CHEERING

0:29:330:29:41

Ladies and gentlemen, led by a lone

piper, please remain standing for

0:29:410:29:46

the national anthem of Scotland.

0:29:460:29:53

# O flower of Scotland

0:29:530:29:57

# When will we see your like again

0:29:570:30:04

# That fought and died for

0:30:040:30:08

# Your wee bit hill and glen

0:30:080:30:11

# And stood against him

0:30:110:30:15

# Proud Edward's army

0:30:150:30:20

# And sent him homeward

0:30:200:30:24

# Tae think again

0:30:240:30:28

# Those days are passed now

0:30:280:30:32

# And in the past they must remain

0:30:320:30:39

# But we can still rise now

0:30:390:30:43

# And be the nation again

0:30:430:30:46

# That stood against him

0:30:460:30:50

# Proud Edward's army

0:30:500:30:55

# And sent him homeward

0:30:550:30:58

# Tae think again. #

0:30:580:31:05

The sound of Murrayfield for the

first time in this championship and

0:31:080:31:12

where last week much was expected of

Scotland this week agreed deal is

0:31:120:31:16

demanded and these are the players

who tried to deliver. Simon Berghan

0:31:160:31:19

returns from a ban maybe not the

strongest scrummager but he brings

0:31:190:31:25

bulk and ball carrying. Greater size

in the second row with Grant

0:31:250:31:29

Gilchrist in Fort Ben Toolis. The

main change that scrum-half in the

0:31:290:31:34

backs, Greig Laidlaw is different to

Ali Price, still no Alex Dunbar in

0:31:340:31:39

midfield, Huw Jones moves back to

outside centre, Sean Maitland is in

0:31:390:31:45

for Byron McGuigan. Not so many

changes for France, Kevin Gordon is

0:31:450:31:52

out so number eight is Marco

Tauleigne. A powerful front five.

0:31:520:31:57

The front row will expect to make

their presence felt. Two changes in

0:31:570:32:00

the backs, Geoffrey Doumayrou comes

in at centre and the biggest talking

0:32:000:32:10

point, the return after six years of

Lionel Beauxis at fly half. On the

0:32:100:32:17

bench, for Scotland Dave Denton

returns to bring energy to the back

0:32:170:32:21

row and Blair Kinghorn could make

his debut. Louis Picamoles is back

0:32:210:32:26

on the bench for France. The

conditions are near-perfect if

0:32:260:32:33

somewhat chilly. The stage is set, a

lot of French supporters in who have

0:32:330:32:39

been making themselves heard but it

is a home match for the Scottish

0:32:390:32:44

point of view and a welcome home

match. There is Lionel Beauxis. A

0:32:440:32:51

very different type of game they are

expected to play with him, he will

0:32:510:32:55

try to take and control, Chris.

He

will look to kick and kick

0:32:550:33:01

contestables to get this big forward

pack into the game. John Lacey will

0:33:010:33:05

have his work cut out.

The final

game of the second weekend underway,

0:33:050:33:13

the message has been clear from

Scotland, they will try to play a

0:33:130:33:18

creative, high paced game. Fewer

errors and a bit more direction.

0:33:180:33:25

Hamish Watson was one of the ball

carriers last week but you can hear

0:33:250:33:29

the French fans and immediately wide

from Scotland but Maitland has no

0:33:290:33:34

way round Teddy Thomas.

0:33:340:33:42

way round Teddy Thomas. Jonny Gray a

blend -- upended.

0:33:420:33:53

blend -- upended. Taken well by

Palis but Huw Jones gets to him. An

0:33:530:33:59

opportunity and immediately Vakatawa

will try to punch holes in the

0:33:590:34:02

Scottish defence. Guirado goes out

why to Teddy Thomas and good hands

0:34:020:34:10

to Lamerat and he just get it back

to Thomas. Machenaud again.

0:34:100:34:18

to Thomas. Machenaud again. Good

defensive work by McInally but

0:34:180:34:21

smuggled back and hit at pace and

good work by Doumayrou. The La

0:34:210:34:27

Rochelle centre taking his chance

well in the opening moments. Some

0:34:270:34:31

power from Camara. The turnover was

good but lost and France get an

0:34:310:34:39

opportunity once more.

0:34:390:34:42

Contest on the floor. France have it

once more. Machenaud to Yacouba

0:34:450:34:54

Camara, the Montpellier flanker. The

French fans making noise again.

0:34:540:35:00

Palis trying to find a way past

Laidlaw. Into the Scottish half come

0:35:000:35:11

les Bleus.

0:35:110:35:19

The pass eventually comes to Teddy

Thomas and he slips past Finn

0:35:190:35:25

Russell and the is there again and

he is doing it once more! Teddy

0:35:250:35:29

Thomas! Deja vu at Murrayfield!

Teddy Thomas as he did in Paris,

0:35:290:35:38

does here again at Edinburgh and

what a start for him and France.

0:35:380:35:42

Incredible start the ball was in

play for two and a half minute an

0:35:420:35:47

enormous identical try from last

week from Teddy Thomas. His

0:35:470:35:50

confidence must be high, he shrugged

off Finn Russell and turned on the

0:35:500:35:55

afterburners. A fantastic try and he

seems to be in good form.

0:35:550:36:03

seems to be in good form.

As Paul

says, two and a half minutes and not

0:36:040:36:07

ticked at all by the French. A bit

scrappy at times, Thomas had it all

0:36:070:36:12

to do but he got on the outside of

Russell and he could have passed it

0:36:120:36:16

but he decided to take on Hogg and

had the power and strength to get

0:36:160:36:20

over for his seventh try. So

electric with ball in hand. We all

0:36:200:36:25

thought the French would kick but

they have come to play.

We have

0:36:250:36:28

heard from the French camp, letting

messages slip out, it'll be a game

0:36:280:36:32

with Beauxis, one game plan and then

another.

It looked like he was

0:36:320:36:40

trying to take but John Barclay got

at him and stopped him but the rest

0:36:400:36:44

of the Scottish team had to react to

that and shut it off.

Conversion

0:36:440:36:47

attempt for Maxime Machenaud.

0:36:470:36:57

Accompanied by the Marseillaise from

the stands. Scotland gave away an

0:37:000:37:08

early try in Cardiff last week and

have done so again here at

0:37:080:37:11

Murrayfield and what a finish.

It

was a good finish but it was one on

0:37:110:37:14

one tackles missed.

The bounce pass

is often the best in rugby!

It puts

0:37:140:37:21

the defence on their heels.

Scotland

will look for a response but France

0:37:210:37:26

already looking lively.

0:37:260:37:30

Machenaud sends up the box-kick.

Wenceslas Lauret chasing for France

0:37:330:37:39

but taken well enough. Barclay feeds

Ryan Wilson.

0:37:390:37:49

Simon Berghan, brought in for some

ball carrying. Hamish Watson,

0:37:520:37:59

deceptively strong. Russell once

more to Jonny Gray. Gordon Reid and

0:37:590:38:08

Wilson lend a hand. Russell again.

Hugh Jones spills in the contact,

0:38:080:38:14

French ball again. French scrum.

Big

first scrum Fort Simon Berghan. He

0:38:140:38:23

has not played in six weeks after

his suspension over Christmas. This

0:38:230:38:28

is a part of the game that was weak

for Scotland certainly towards the

0:38:280:38:32

end of the game last week against

Wales. A big moment for the Scottish

0:38:320:38:38

scrum. It France sent weakness here,

they could go after them all day.

0:38:380:38:42

Looking at the front rows, Slimani

is one of the best scrummagers in

0:38:420:38:49

the world come up against Gordon

Reid and Guirado is a good

0:38:490:38:52

scrummager as well, and Jefferson

Poirot against Berghan but an injury

0:38:520:38:56

at the moment.

That was the bounce

pass. It puts the defence on their

0:38:560:39:04

heels, Thomas is first to react and

he is so quick also get outside Pete

0:39:040:39:09

Horne and his team-mates would have

been frustrated if he did not make

0:39:090:39:12

it but he had all the confidence,

his second try in two weeks and that

0:39:120:39:17

is what it means, scoring within two

minutes. Scotland wanted and needed

0:39:170:39:21

a good start after last weekend but

Teddy Thomas and France got it.

It

0:39:210:39:26

takes the sting out of the home

crowd when you travelling team, if

0:39:260:39:31

you can silence the spectators. The

first scrum and as Paul said, it is

0:39:310:39:36

a big moment because France should

have the upper in this department.

0:39:360:39:42

Machenaud not happy and John Lacey

will let them do it again.

I need

0:39:580:40:01

your height up.

He is a tall pop,

Simon Berghan. Scrummaging is not

0:40:010:40:10

his forte but he is getting better.

Richard Cockerill as talk about that

0:40:100:40:16

at Edinburgh. He is coming back from

a six-week ban and up against

0:40:160:40:21

Jefferson Poirot.

0:40:210:40:24

Penalty to France is the result of

the first scrum. Back slaps all

0:40:300:40:34

round.

Very hard to see from here.

John Lacey was saying that Gordon

0:40:340:40:45

Reid went down to his knees early

will stop it is hard to tell but it

0:40:450:40:50

is still an important moment. This

is one place where forwards can

0:40:500:40:56

influence territory. If you give

away penalties in the scrum or in

0:40:560:40:58

the ruck, you can get 40 or 50 yards

down the field and you now have the

0:40:580:41:05

French running at the Scottish.

Guirado and sent back beautifully

0:41:050:41:11

and a chance for Remi Lamerat to

carry for a moment and then

0:41:110:41:17

Jefferson Poirot. France with a

direct approach here.

0:41:170:41:29

direct approach here. Machenaud take

the loop around and the kick is half

0:41:290:41:32

charged down. Scotland secure

possession and will try to get some

0:41:320:41:40

go forward. Berghan setting it back.

Gray and Gilchrist and Watson and a

0:41:400:41:51

penalty to France. Scotland yielding

possession again. A familiar tale

0:41:510:41:55

for those who watched last week.

I

think it was sealing off.

A good

0:41:550:42:02

poached by the French. It is amazing

to see them take the line-out of the

0:42:020:42:06

top and into the middle of the

field, putting their forwards around

0:42:060:42:09

the ball.

It was Wenceslas Lauret

who got in first and over the ball.

0:42:090:42:16

Strong.

Rabah Slimani is not looking

at all good at the moment.

0:42:160:42:31

What does John Lacey mean by

transferring weight? Slimani is key.

0:42:310:42:38

Is he setting his stall out early on

because the first scrum was a

0:42:380:42:43

penalty to underline his position?

It is a very hard part of the game

0:42:430:42:47

to referee. I know John Lacey, he

used to play for Munster and he

0:42:470:42:52

lives very near me and he does a lot

of work refereeing the scrum and he

0:42:520:43:00

referees the Munster training for

the scrum and Irish training.

0:43:000:43:05

Machenaud with his second kick at

goal. Ideal start for France, ten

0:43:050:43:13

points within ten minutes here at

Murrayfield. Scotland looking to put

0:43:130:43:18

right the wrongs of last week but so

far it is all France.

The penalties,

0:43:180:43:23

the one from the scrum that allowed

France to get field position and

0:43:230:43:27

then Scotland turn it over and got

penalised again and two minutes

0:43:270:43:30

later it is 10-0 already.

0:43:300:43:36

Up it goes from Maxime Machenaud.

Yacouba Camara almost got to it but

0:43:440:43:51

a little knock forward so Scotland

will have the scrum.

These aerial

0:43:510:43:57

battles are so important, we saw

them yesterday at Twickenham. A lot

0:43:570:44:04

of teams using the box-kick with the

wind chasing and you need a solid

0:44:040:44:11

full-back orc winker under the high

ball is -- or winger.

It can hold up

0:44:110:44:20

in that channel by the East stand,

almost blows the ball back infield.

0:44:200:44:25

And Tamara is so good in the air and

athletic -- Camara.

The scrum under

0:44:250:44:35

scrutiny, Nigel Owens on the

touchline. Scotland holding firm but

0:44:350:44:40

away it comes through Wilson and now

with Russell and out wide and a

0:44:400:44:47

chance for Scotland. Chasing that is

Tommy Seymour and Teddy Thomas plays

0:44:470:44:53

a bit of football and he whacks it

into the West stand, try scorer and

0:44:530:44:57

last man covering for France.

Excellent kick by Stuart Hogg, it

0:44:570:45:03

was perfectly weighted to make

France put it out. Scotland bought

0:45:030:45:06

five metres out and it is a real try

scoring opportunity.

It was good

0:45:060:45:11

from Scotland to apply the pressure

because the scrum had skewed the

0:45:110:45:14

wrong way. That was the space that

Sam Warburton was on about.

Space on

0:45:140:45:19

the edge to attack France. The

line-out did not go well against

0:45:190:45:22

Wales. Gilchrist is the line-out

call and now the whole of

0:45:220:45:29

Murrayfield calls for a drive but

not going anywhere at the moment.

0:45:290:45:36

Laidlaw points and Scotland make

their way to the line but the ball

0:45:360:45:39

is still back at source. Everybody

lost for a moment. Back at the feet

0:45:390:45:45

of Gordon Reid. He carries himself

with Barclay and Berghan. Scotland

0:45:450:45:52

had to come again. The French event

in the starting blocks. Jonny Gray.

0:45:520:46:06

-- French defence. Through comes

Iturria and a good counter ruck by

0:46:060:46:12

France but it is now Hogg with some

space to run and tried to step

0:46:120:46:16

through the heavy traffic.

0:46:160:46:19

Jonny Gray bounces off one man,

Machenaud felt that Gilchrist and

0:46:220:46:26

Russell gives the past and it is

Maitland for the try! Scotland

0:46:260:46:32

working well and Maitland finishes

it and Scotland hit back at

0:46:320:46:36

Murrayfield.

Fantastic carry from

Jonny Gray, he gets outside the

0:46:360:46:42

defender, off-loads to Gilchrist. He

puts Finn Russell away who puts

0:46:420:46:50

Maitland in. Fantastic try and very

sensible from Scotland, to get into

0:46:500:46:55

the corner, the five metre Drive,

they don't score from the drive but

0:46:550:46:59

hang on to the ball and that was the

important thing.

That was the big

0:46:590:47:04

carry from Jonny Gray, the pass from

Gilchrist allowed space to be

0:47:040:47:08

attacked on the outside and Russell

delivered it. That was Machenaud,

0:47:080:47:13

the smallest man on the field, a

tough number nine but the second row

0:47:130:47:18

and Scotland get it free on the edge

of the patient build-up after the

0:47:180:47:23

initial line-out drive that was well

defended by the French but Sean

0:47:230:47:27

Maitland keeps his width and scores

in the left corner.

And for Byron

0:47:270:47:30

McGuigan who had a hamstring injury,

Maitland has now scored a few tries

0:47:300:47:36

for Scotland, this is his seventh

and right in the corner. A tough

0:47:360:47:41

kick and the man taking the kicks

today is Greig Laidlaw.

0:47:410:47:49

He has done very well indeed. It

looked a bit tired as it reached

0:47:490:47:56

halfway but it made it and from that

angle it is a wonderful conversion.

0:47:560:48:01

It is, it is a strong wind in the

far corner. Gilchrist shifting it

0:48:010:48:05

on. They were expecting the second

row to carry but another look at the

0:48:050:48:12

conversion which just made it over.

Extra two points for Scotland.

0:48:120:48:16

conversion which just made it over.

Extra two points for Scotland.

0:48:160:48:18

Lionel Beauxis with length on the

0:48:180:48:19

Extra two points for Scotland.

Lionel Beauxis with length on the

0:48:190:48:21

restart but that kick is charged

down, it is a big in-goal area. The

0:48:210:48:26

ball is dead. Hogg was ready to send

that the length of the pitch but a

0:48:260:48:32

good charge down.

Both kickers have

been caught. Lahmert charged it in

0:48:320:48:41

the shins, it must have been low

from Stuart Hogg.

0:48:410:48:52

The restart from Russell. He gives

it some height and a bit of

0:48:530:48:57

distance. Geoffrey Palis gathers it

in. Beauxis finds Sebastien

0:48:570:49:07

Vahaamahina. The mountain on the

move.

0:49:070:49:11

Lamerat tries to slip it to Thomas,

John Lacey said it went backwards.

0:49:180:49:25

Lamerat was able to salvage it.

0:49:250:49:32

Machenaud onto Remi Lamerat again.

He keeps his hands free, thinking

0:49:420:49:47

about the off-load.

0:49:470:49:50

Teddy Thomas is at it again come

almost. It was Barclay and Berghan

0:49:530:49:59

who got to him as Vahaamahina goes

into Gilchrist. That goes out

0:49:590:50:05

sideways and Scotland have a chance

to counter. Hogg had to check and

0:50:050:50:11

take the pass and quickly taken down

by Doumayrou.

0:50:110:50:16

Barclay into Lamerat. Simon Berghan

feeding Gilchrist. He goes into

0:50:170:50:31

Arthur Iturria. Scotland creeping

forward. McInally and Watson, well

0:50:310:50:39

met by Guirado. Russell with a low

kick and Palis has time. That is a

0:50:390:50:51

good-looking kick as well, just

stays infield for Stuart Hogg. He

0:50:510:50:56

sends it high. Vakatawa take it

well, powerful winker. He decides to

0:50:560:51:05

feed it on but the pass from Marco

Tauleigne is beyond Teddy, but an

0:51:050:51:11

opportunity still for Lamerat --

Teddy Thomas. A great charge by

0:51:110:51:19

Iturria, it goes to Scottish hands

though. Quick thinking by Machenaud

0:51:190:51:24

in defence. Russell with the long

pass to Barclay and Hogg now with a

0:51:240:51:30

little step to delay and he feeds

Jones who is taken down by Vakatawa.

0:51:300:51:38

Still on the Scottish side.

0:51:380:51:42

Russell, that was half touched and

goes to French hands and forward

0:51:490:51:56

comes Geoffrey Palis. A message

0:51:560:52:00

--

0:52:040:52:04

Stuart Hogg decides to take and

there is huge space back there and

0:52:100:52:13

Vakatawa seems in no hurry. All the

players tiring. Vakatawa prize

0:52:130:52:21

defines speed but was taken down

well. -- tries to find. It is a

0:52:210:52:28

wrestle on the ground but France

still have possession. Machenaud

0:52:280:52:35

taking a quiet moment to himself. He

gives it on and Poirot with a little

0:52:350:52:41

rumble.

0:52:410:52:48

Some players are hands on knees, it

has been a tiring passage of play

0:52:520:52:56

and the French fans are trying to

lift their team. Russell coming

0:52:560:53:00

forward and take that well.

Attention from Beauxis. Laidlaw to

0:53:000:53:07

Berghan.

0:53:070:53:09

A bit of thunder from him over the

ten metre line. McInally is what

0:53:130:53:17

they can buy Slimani and Camara.

This will test the fitness of both

0:53:170:53:25

teams. Palis deals with that and

steps around Jonny Gray.

0:53:250:53:34

steps around Jonny Gray. France is

trying to add some direction through

0:53:350:53:38

Tauleigne. It goes to Beauxis. Once

again, it is Russell Fielding. A

0:53:380:53:48

little hitch kick but Teddy Thomas

gets to him. Penalty to Scotland.

0:53:480:53:56

Everybody can finally rehydrate and

gather and take stock.

Similar

0:53:560:54:05

penalty to the two John Barclay gave

away just after half-time last week

0:54:050:54:10

where the French number four Iturria

put his hands onto the floor before

0:54:100:54:13

he got to the ball but very long

periods of play and I think that

0:54:130:54:18

might suit Scotland. I think they

are fitter. France made 253 tackles

0:54:180:54:24

last week in the Irish game which

was a Six Nations record so there

0:54:240:54:29

will be a few tired bodies and I

think those long period will suit

0:54:290:54:35

Scotland and picked out a few tired

French forwards eventually.

Line-out

0:54:350:54:41

to Scotland. McInally goes to

Gilchrist again and did well to take

0:54:410:54:47

that. Horne reaching for that one.

0:54:470:54:53

Penalty France.

It was Doumayrou who

got over the ball in the outside

0:55:000:55:08

channel and that is what France

want, they give you the space on the

0:55:080:55:11

outside. Sean Maitland got

possession behind the Scottish line

0:55:110:55:16

as John Lacey has a couple of words

with John Barclay who is trying to

0:55:160:55:20

clear up what happened.

0:55:200:55:22

France put massive pressure on the

breakdown. Scotland already

0:55:220:55:28

conceding three penalties.

0:55:280:55:35

Beauxis finds touch.

This was the

tackle by Vakatawa and Doumayrou was

0:55:350:55:42

over it straightaway in a really

stronger position. Barclay and I

0:55:420:55:47

think it is Finn Russell cannot

clear him out.

0:55:470:55:55

That penalty came in the first

phase, similar to last week with

0:55:580:56:01

Scotland when they had good first

phase possession.

Already ten

0:56:010:56:06

tackles missed by Scotland, just two

by France but their line-out is

0:56:060:56:11

stolen and Berghan goes up. Hamish

Watson again, one of the smallest

0:56:110:56:18

forwards but one of the strongest as

well. A wrecking ball. Russell over

0:56:180:56:26

the head of Vakatawa and out on the

full and a groan from the crowd.

0:56:260:56:32

Nobody is more frustrated than Finn

Russell himself.

It was the right

0:56:320:56:37

option but the execution let him

down. There was space. Scotland were

0:56:370:56:41

moving backwards, but similar to the

penalty before that, conceding

0:56:410:56:47

possession and one or two phases

after winning it back. It is

0:56:470:56:51

difficult to put pressure on the

opposition.

Plenty of his future

0:56:510:56:56

Racing 92 team-mate in the French

team, Russell heading there this

0:56:560:57:01

summer.

0:57:010:57:06

Vakatawa tries to go past Huw Jones,

make and tried to strip him but

0:57:060:57:10

still with France.

0:57:100:57:15

Machenaud is being told to use it.

There is a healthy debate he is

0:57:150:57:23

having with John Lacey. He

eventually does use it.

0:57:230:57:33

Beauxis just drops his head into the

knees of Jonny Gray and a little

0:57:420:57:45

spill forward and Scotland will have

the scrum.

0:57:450:57:52

the scrum.

Beauxis has taken a lot

of contacts, I think Scotland are

0:57:520:57:55

trying to fly up on his outside to

force him back in and most of the

0:57:550:58:00

kicking is coming from Machenaud and

Palis.

Jacques Brunel knows Beauxis,

0:58:000:58:07

he played under him at Bordeaux, big

sis. They could about Trinh-Duc,

0:58:070:58:12

Jules Plisson, but Beauxis got the

shot today.

The French first phase

0:58:120:58:20

looks quite good but after that they

have not been so good and that is

0:58:200:58:24

where Scotland can pressure them.

They have not had a lot of time with

0:58:240:58:30

the coach. The first phase is quite

easy but after more time with the

0:58:300:58:34

code, that might help.

Not many

scrums sober in the game. Scotland

0:58:340:58:40

ball but they have felt the pressure

in the last one. -- not many scrums

0:58:400:58:47

so far in the game. That it was well

placed and Palis is under the cosh

0:58:470:58:55

and Maitland and Hogg tried to hold

him up and move him towards touch.

0:58:550:59:00

Palis has done well with a bit of

help.

0:59:000:59:09

Rolling forward, Wenceslas Lauret

and picked up by YouGov camera.

0:59:110:59:17

Beauxis and Tauleigne and France

coming again. Slimani, good

0:59:170:59:21

handling, Guirado bounces into

Berghan. France into the Scottish

0:59:210:59:28

half again. Good play to Marco

Tauleigne. Rabah Slimani. Ambitious

0:59:280:59:38

pass to Guirado but the captain does

well.

0:59:380:59:43

Yacouba Camara again, wrestled down

by Jonny Gray. Beauxis gives it deep

0:59:480:59:54

to Lamerat and to Doumayrou add on

to Teddy Thomas again. The chip and

0:59:541:00:00

chase and three French men chasing

it and Laidlaw and it bounces for

1:00:001:00:04

Teddy Thomas! Try number two for

France! Teddy Thomas once again.

It

1:00:041:00:14

was great work across by Greig

Laidlaw to cover the chip but just a

1:00:141:00:19

horrible bounce of the rugby ball

did it and it is all going to Teddy

1:00:191:00:23

Thomas's way. I thought Scotland had

that cupboard and is not the first

1:00:231:00:27

time we saw it. Last time against

Wales, when teams go wide against

1:00:271:00:31

them they seem to struggle.

YouTube

the camera set up the first one and

1:00:311:00:37

he was prominent. The ball is moved

to the outside again. France are in

1:00:371:00:42

total control because there was

space to attack and Stuart Hogg as

1:00:421:00:46

to come up and it is a foot race

between Greig Laidlaw and Thomas and

1:00:461:00:50

it is the cruellest bounce, the lack

of bounce that does Laidlaw. This

1:00:501:00:56

man is the X factor so far this

afternoon and it was the same last

1:00:561:00:59

week with his counterattack try

against Ireland. He got fortunate

1:00:591:01:03

there but the execution of the chip

at full pace and his effort to get

1:01:031:01:07

on the end of it gets the second

try.

Great to see some French

1:01:071:01:11

off-loading as well from their

forwards, playing some old-style

1:01:111:01:15

French rugby which we thought we

would never see again. Some exciting

1:01:151:01:19

play from them and confidence is

high now.

Machenaud once again, a

1:01:191:01:24

little bit breezy out there. His

most straightforward kick so far.

1:01:241:01:36

And Machenaud is on target once more

and the try of Teddy Thomas is worth

1:01:361:01:43

seven points and France are leading

by ten.

It is his eighth try, and he

1:01:431:01:49

is getting space on the outside

channel. Those are the most

1:01:491:01:53

difficult tackles to make when he is

out there but he is taking advantage

1:01:531:01:56

of the space with his fast footwork

and skill level.

1:01:561:02:00

Marco Tauleigne takes that well and

carries it in.

1:02:031:02:11

Machenaud sending it high in front

of the East stand again.

1:02:121:02:21

The turnover is good, says John

Lacey. Once again possession lost by

1:02:211:02:26

Scotland.

1:02:261:02:33

Camara pushes Stuart Hogg out of the

way and picks and goes himself.

1:02:351:02:40

Turnover this time and a penalty for

Scotland.

A lot of poaching going

1:02:401:02:45

on. I think the ball carrier needs

to work on the floor a bit more, a

1:02:451:02:51

little twist and turn and place the

ball longer and make the poacher go

1:02:511:02:57

off his feet.

And then overambition

from the penalty.

We saw this last

1:02:571:03:04

week from Finn Russell. As a forward

you get so excited about this

1:03:041:03:09

opportunity, you think you're going

to be walking down into a drive six

1:03:091:03:12

or seven metres down and it is so

deflating when you see it go dead

1:03:121:03:17

like that.

That was the wind you

were talking about. He was too

1:03:171:03:21

ambitious, you can only get the

line-out on the fibre line but the

1:03:211:03:26

wind comes off that stand and blows

it back in but he knows that and

1:03:261:03:29

should be making sure.

It ends in a

scrum to France back on their ten

1:03:291:03:33

metre line.

1:03:331:03:40

It is a good view.

These are the

angles that are so interesting.

1:03:401:03:48

angles that are so interesting. The

loose head for France up against

1:03:481:03:50

Berghan. Slimani up against a read.

1:03:501:03:59

The crowd says it goes forward.

We

keep saying it, but that is not what

1:04:021:04:10

we expected from France at all. A

scrum deep in their own half where

1:04:101:04:15

you would imagine there would be a

contestable kick. Good ambition,

1:04:151:04:19

good execution.

This is where the

play has been happening. Pretty even

1:04:191:04:27

in that. Scotland get a chance to

come again.

1:04:271:04:36

Maitland tries to get something

going from a standstill.

1:04:361:04:43

Simon Berghan has been useful in the

loose so far.

1:04:481:04:55

loose so far. The chance that

Laidlaw could not quite take. And

1:04:561:05:00

then he was held back a little bit

as he tried to gather at the second

1:05:001:05:05

attempt, but France send it long

anyway. Stuart Hall around the

1:05:051:05:13

outside and he gives it to Hamish

Watson. Scotland are far enough into

1:05:131:05:18

the 22.

1:05:181:05:19

It was a good hit by Doumayrou one

Gilchrist. And through the gap goes

1:05:271:05:34

Huw Jones under the post! Try for

Scotland and Huw Jones does it

1:05:341:05:44

again. He finishes, but the whole

team was involved.

A wonderful

1:05:441:05:52

off-load at the back door and he

carried it really well and he stayed

1:05:521:05:55

on the left-hand side and cut a

clean, superb angle off Greg Laidlaw

1:05:551:06:02

to score under the post.

We saw in

the middle of the line of Scotland

1:06:021:06:09

tried to go as quickly as they

could. They tried to take quick

1:06:091:06:15

tempo line-outs. The ball carrying

of the Scottish forwards has been

1:06:151:06:19

excellent. Watson and Gilchrist,

carrying bought at the French and

1:06:191:06:26

generating quick ball as well.

Huw

Jones has eight tries in 13 caps.

1:06:261:06:33

The easiest of convergence brings

Scotland to within three points.

One

1:06:331:06:37

of the things that is making it a

great game to watch is both teams

1:06:371:06:42

struggled to defend when the

opposition go wide with the ball.

1:06:421:06:46

That is what we love as viewers. We

saw it with Robbie Henshaw yesterday

1:06:461:06:52

as well. But you are right, both

teams want to play today, the

1:06:521:06:58

conditions are good and with quick

possession it is great to see.

It is

1:06:581:07:05

the slowest wander back to halfway

for France to restart the game.

1:07:051:07:08

Scotland have more of a sense of

urgency.

1:07:081:07:16

That is the way Gregor Townsend

wants them to play. He wants them to

1:07:201:07:25

play with pace. It suits playing

against the French team as well.

1:07:251:07:30

They struggle when they are off the

pace and you take them through

1:07:301:07:33

phases.

The initial tackle was OK,

but the second body was not there in

1:07:331:07:40

order to slow the ball down.

The

last French line-out was pinched,

1:07:401:07:45

but this one was taken down simply.

1:07:451:07:48

This good malt may well end in a

penalty, but it is a good drive.

1:07:531:07:59

Taking it out of touch is Scotland's

early friend at the moment. And a

1:07:591:08:04

penalty to Scotland.

A big moment

for Scotland. Gregor Townsend said

1:08:041:08:12

he was expecting a good set piece

from France in the maul. The

1:08:121:08:19

Scottish drove them towards the

touchline and a big tackle drove

1:08:191:08:22

them back and got the penalty. That

is psychologically a big moment in

1:08:221:08:28

any game. When you expect something

like that and you deal with it as

1:08:281:08:32

well as the Scots did, it is a big

moment.

This was in the build-up to

1:08:321:08:40

the tribe. The town overcame and

France kicked away their advantage

1:08:401:08:47

and eventually Huw Jones got his

score.

1:08:471:08:48

Scotland getting on the front foot

again.

1:09:071:09:14

Scottish advantage, a penalty

coming. Just try a shot to nothing

1:09:171:09:22

here perhaps. And it was nothing,

but back they come for the Scottish

1:09:221:09:29

penalty and a chance perhaps to

knock it into the corner again.

You

1:09:291:09:35

cannot kick the ball forward out of

rock. You can it back. Finn Russell

1:09:351:09:41

has to get this right. These are the

moments where he cannot get excited.

1:09:411:09:47

The ball going into the 22.

If you

were a cautious man, this would go

1:09:471:09:53

in on the 22 and that is where he

has gone for it. Teddy Thomas with

1:09:531:10:00

some acrobatics.

It was a cracking

effort. Did he have his goalkeeping

1:10:001:10:07

gloves on? It was a bit wobbly from

Finn Russell, but it is the outcome

1:10:071:10:12

that Scotland were looking for.

With

the noise inside Murrayfield he is

1:10:121:10:17

struggling to be heard. Gilchrist

has taken over the line calling

1:10:171:10:21

today.

1:10:211:10:29

Hamish Watson in the scrum-half

position. A good challenge and

1:10:291:10:34

instead it was taken by Iturria.

1:10:341:10:41

France with an opportunity to clear

in the final minutes of this

1:10:441:10:47

entertaining first half.

1:10:471:10:49

Scotland will have the line-out

again. Good line-out defence from

1:10:561:11:01

France. We saw problems from

Scotland's last week against Wales

1:11:011:11:05

in the line-out and they are

repeating it here again today.

1:11:051:11:10

Gilchrist was making it clear that

it is not always the hooker's fault.

1:11:101:11:18

They had to reach across to take

that, but it works well for

1:11:181:11:21

Scotland.

1:11:211:11:22

The French defence is good. Maitland

goes into the French 22. France will

1:11:281:11:37

earn the penalty, the ball not

coming back. Horne complains, but it

1:11:371:11:42

was good work by Tauleigne.

Machenaud looks as if he has hurt

1:11:421:11:53

his shoulder. He had the tackle

around his legs. He was in a good

1:11:531:12:02

position.

I think the ball carriers

could do more work on the ground,

1:12:021:12:09

twist and turn and make the poacher

go off his feet and over his centre

1:12:091:12:13

of gravity.

Looking at the tries so

far. Teddy Thomas very early in the

1:12:131:12:19

game. Poor defence perhaps, but try

similar to the one he got in Paris.

1:12:191:12:27

Those tackles are the most difficult

to make because there is so much

1:12:271:12:31

space. That was Scotland's first

tried by Maitland. That bounce was

1:12:311:12:37

unfortunate for Greg Laidlaw. And

this is Huw Jones. It was delayed

1:12:371:12:45

pass from Greg Laidlaw. That was

after another long phase play.

1:12:451:12:51

France are three points ahead, but

it has been a cracking first half.

1:12:511:12:55

Machenaud has been treated. Teddy

Thomas, what a talent he is.

1:12:551:13:06

And the touch is found and a couple

of minutes remaining in the first

1:13:061:13:10

half. The defence coaches look as if

they are not enjoying it, but it has

1:13:101:13:19

been entertaining from that point of

view. Gregor Townsend will have a

1:13:191:13:25

few things to talk about at

half-time.

1:13:251:13:32

Camara took it down for France.

1:13:321:13:38

Advantage to France, a penalty comes

and arrives and an opportunity to

1:13:411:13:47

France to finish the first half with

a score.

1:13:471:13:54

a score.

He is having words with the

French hooker and captain, Guirado.

1:13:551:14:04

It was five plus one in that case.

It is tough when you lose these big

1:14:041:14:12

moments. They are into their own 22

now and the pressure is on.

That was

1:14:121:14:20

a good kick as well. YouTube cam has

had a very good opening first half.

1:14:201:14:28

He is a crucial man in the line-out

as well.

The sound of Murrayfield

1:14:281:14:35

turns French as well.

1:14:351:14:41

Jones will be brought back for a

penalty to France.

1:14:511:14:58

penalty to France.

Jonny Gray just

bounced off the French jumper in the

1:14:581:15:01

air.

1:15:011:15:06

air. A penalty as well because the

infringement was in the line-out.

1:15:071:15:13

Maxine Machenaud comes forward and

says he will take the kick and

1:15:131:15:16

France will try and end with three

points. A sensible decision.

Yes,

1:15:161:15:21

there is a swirling wind. That was a

clear penalty. You could argue he

1:15:211:15:28

was contesting for the ball, but you

cannot make contact in the air at

1:15:281:15:33

all. This is a big kick for

Machenaud.

1:15:331:15:41

A minute ago it was possession for

them in the French 22.

The wind will

1:15:411:15:50

be coming into his face.

The last

touch of the first half to Maxine

1:15:501:15:55

Machenaud.

1:15:551:16:01

Or his kicks have been good so far

in the first half. It stretches the

1:16:031:16:08

lead to six points. Two tries apiece

in this very entertaining first

1:16:081:16:13

half. 20-14 to France.

1:16:131:16:17

Hugely entertaining first half of

rugby. Does about good enough to

1:16:271:16:30

make you forget how cold it is and

how important that try from Huw

1:16:301:16:35

Jones is, his eighth in the 13 caps.

Although obviously there was a

1:16:351:16:40

penalty from Machenaud in the last

play of the match and France have a

1:16:401:16:45

6-point lead.

1:16:451:16:54

It strikes you as being a fairly

level match, much more entertaining

1:16:551:17:01

from the French perspective.

1:17:011:17:06

And Olivier Magne, you did not

expect them to play like that.

They

1:17:131:17:19

got confidence with a very early try

at the beginning of the match. It

1:17:191:17:27

was a very good first half for

France.

Having conceded a try very

1:17:271:17:31

early, are you consoled that there

is almost parity at half-time?

1:17:311:17:38

Scotland rode the ebbs and flows

out. It was not a good start. Some

1:17:381:17:44

of the things we saw last week came

out here. The inaccuracy with the

1:17:441:17:50

picking. But they produced good

rugby. It is a tight game, it is

1:17:501:17:54

entertaining and I think the second

half will be more of the same.

1:17:541:17:58

Sound. I thought France at the

beginning looked physical. They have

1:17:581:18:04

a threat from out wide with Teddy

Thomas and he looks a threat. But

1:18:041:18:10

for the first 30 minutes the ball

was in play for so long. That will

1:18:101:18:14

have an effect on the less physical

team in the second half.

Scotland

1:18:141:18:19

need to keep the tempo like the game

had in the first 20 minutes.

Thomas'

1:18:191:18:25

try here was the first time that the

ball was out of play. It was two

1:18:251:18:32

minutes and 23 seconds before he

tried his score here and it was

1:18:321:18:38

almost an exact replica.

1:18:381:18:43

almost an exact replica.

That came

out of many phases. When he picked

1:18:431:18:47

the ball up there, you thought there

was no chance that he would score at

1:18:471:18:51

that try. Finn Russell is on him. He

goes past Finn Russell. We know how

1:18:511:19:00

quick he is. But Teddy Thomas just

to get the angle. It was an

1:19:001:19:04

opportune try really.

Scotland were

not that bad, they just missed

1:19:041:19:11

tackles. Normally if they were

structurally all over the place, you

1:19:111:19:16

would have concerned. But you go

into the second half and you say,

1:19:161:19:21

you cannot afford to do that missed

tackle at international level.

When

1:19:211:19:26

France have players like that why do

they not use them more?

1:19:261:19:35

they not use them more?

We went

through a very difficult series of

1:19:351:19:38

defeats. You can lose confidence

very fast. It is very slow to get it

1:19:381:19:44

back. Of course we have to choose

the player to play like we want them

1:19:441:19:49

to play and to play for the

international level. That is the way

1:19:491:19:59

we have to play if we want to exist

in the top four of international

1:19:591:20:03

teams. But I agree with Sam. Are we

able to play like that in the second

1:20:031:20:12

half? To maintain the tempo and

physically to be like that all

1:20:121:20:16

through the match?

That is a good

question. It is interesting what you

1:20:161:20:21

say about confidence. France have

not won a match in their last seven

1:20:211:20:25

internationals and they are

desperate to win a game. Greg

1:20:251:20:29

Maitland's try was key to get

Scotland back in the match.

In many

1:20:291:20:33

ways this is what Scotland is all

about. This was a much better setup

1:20:331:20:37

than in Cardiff last week. Tommy

Seymour in that wide channel created

1:20:371:20:43

fantastic field position. Watch

Jonny Gray here. That was a

1:20:431:20:48

mismatch. That is Machenaud and he

goes in there physically and pushes

1:20:481:20:53

him out of the way. That allowed the

passage of play to go to Gilchrist.

1:20:531:21:01

It is a two on one and a simple try

and it was very good play for

1:21:011:21:05

Scotland.

John Barclay in the middle

of the week said how they needed to

1:21:051:21:14

win their set pieces. They have a

solid enough scrum where they

1:21:141:21:18

eventually got a line-out. They won

the line-out and it led to this and

1:21:181:21:21

that is why set pieces are so

important, they give you a platform

1:21:211:21:25

to launch your attack.

This is a

final look at the Maitland tried. It

1:21:251:21:32

is worth talking about the way the

French are playing. With Beauxis

1:21:321:21:37

playing his first international for

France for six years and 26

1:21:371:21:43

combinations have been tried in the

intervening period. We expected him

1:21:431:21:47

to get the ball and boot the leather

off it. He has not done that today.

1:21:471:21:53

He has not. International rugby has

changed so much. He is controlling

1:21:531:21:58

everything. He looks a bit tired.

But he attacks the line and he gets

1:21:581:22:05

the Scottish defence going back.

This went through a couple of phases

1:22:051:22:09

and he is still calling and talking

and controlling it. Then watch this

1:22:091:22:15

long past. This sets up the try out

wide. Structurally Scotland's

1:22:151:22:22

defence is good. Greg Laidlaw is in

the right position. But the rugby

1:22:221:22:26

ball can sometimes just bounce like

that. Beauxis set that up by

1:22:261:22:32

dairying his play. He is a class act

even though he has been out of the

1:22:321:22:37

international game for six years.

He

is good with his head, not only with

1:22:371:22:44

his kick. But the start was very

important because France started to

1:22:441:22:50

play with their hands and they got

the confidence by playing this way.

1:22:501:22:57

That is maybe why Beauxis did not

kick a lot. Maybe the second half

1:22:571:23:01

will be different and tactically

Beauxis needs to restore that to the

1:23:011:23:07

game. I am not sure we are able to

follow this rhythm all throughout

1:23:071:23:12

the match.

Huw Jones has an amazing

try scoring record. I am not sure

1:23:121:23:16

where the gap appeared, but he took

the chance brilliantly.

Beauxis is

1:23:161:23:25

out opposition. You want a two or

three forwards outside of that rock.

1:23:251:23:29

You do not want the number ten to be

the first guy out of that rut. Finn

1:23:291:23:34

Russell caught the ball and he threw

it straightaway to Stuart Hall. Get

1:23:341:23:41

Stuart Hogg running at the defensive

line. They made a lot of yards and

1:23:411:23:47

then Huw Jones saw the gap. He saw

Beauxis out opposition and he ran at

1:23:471:23:54

his blind spot.

Well done, Scotland.

That is just instinct, having that

1:23:541:24:00

sixth sense where the gap is. We

have seen players over the years to

1:24:001:24:04

have that ability. Huw Jones looks

so much more comfortable in the

1:24:041:24:09

number 13 shirt than he did in the

12 shirt last week in Cardiff.

1:24:091:24:14

Half-time report on Finn Russell.

Mixed. I think he has changed his

1:24:141:24:19

game too much. He has tried to kick

more in this first half and

1:24:191:24:23

sometimes quite badly. It is finding

that balance. Just getting the

1:24:231:24:30

variety. Some of his kicks are bit

aimless. And then sometimes he is

1:24:301:24:35

looking for a little grubbers and

that was aimless. He is trying to

1:24:351:24:39

mix up the game which is one of the

things he had to do, but it is the

1:24:391:24:45

execution again. His kicking is

good, but it has to be accurate.

1:24:451:24:49

This is what we saw last week. This

is criminal. Our hard earned

1:24:491:24:53

penalty. But then the tactics and

the change in selection with Peter

1:24:531:25:03

Horne. He has got a left footed

kick. It does not all have to go on

1:25:031:25:08

Finn Russell's shoulders. I would

say it has been mixed so far, but in

1:25:081:25:14

attack he has got Scotland going

which is good.

Finn Russell was torn

1:25:141:25:21

limb from limb by Clive Woodward

about his performance last week. How

1:25:211:25:24

much can that get to a player and

how much will he have been conscious

1:25:241:25:28

of that today?

Personally if it was

me I do not read anything that is

1:25:281:25:34

going on outside of my camp. You

want to hear about things directly

1:25:341:25:40

through friends and team-mates. I

think players when they are playing

1:25:401:25:44

for an international test match it

is water off a duck's back. You are

1:25:441:25:49

only worrying about your job and the

opposition. He will be aware of the

1:25:491:25:53

comets, but I do not think he will

have read anything into it.

What do

1:25:531:25:59

you make of that first half

performance?

From a neutral

1:25:591:26:06

perspective, this game has been

brilliant. The weather has been

1:26:061:26:10

great and both teams want to play.

It is turning out to be a great

1:26:101:26:14

game.

We will talk more about this

in a second, but we are two fifths

1:26:141:26:21

of the way through the women's six

Nations.

1:26:211:26:30

# Welcome to your life.

1:26:391:26:47

# You will always sleep

# You will find you being on your

1:26:561:27:07

best behaviour, turn your back on

mother nature

1:27:071:27:15

# Everybody wants to rule the world.

Here is all the extra rugby

1:27:151:27:23

programmes that you can watch on the

BBC, radio, iPads, whatever you want

1:27:231:27:28

to do over the next few days.

1:27:281:27:35

There is the week of next week.

Scotland and England are back here

1:27:471:27:54

in a fortnight's time. How much do

Scotland want to win this match to

1:27:541:27:58

set the England

1:27:581:28:04

set the England match up as a

firecracker. And then there is this.

1:28:051:28:10

Guys, guys.

1:28:101:28:16

Guys, guys. Let's get some milk.

You

have the softest hands.

1:28:161:28:27

have the softest hands. You know

what? I take my

1:28:271:28:33

what? I take my coffee black.

France

have a 6-point lead at half-time in

1:28:351:28:38

the game at Murrayfield between

France and Scotland. We are

1:28:381:28:43

delighted to welcome for the first

time today Olivier Magne to our

1:28:431:28:47

punditry panel to relive the golden

days of Olivier Magne. I say golden

1:28:471:28:51

because that is partly the colour of

your hair in those days. These were

1:28:511:28:56

the great days when France used to

run all the time.

About the hair, it

1:28:561:29:01

was a bet I lost with my club. This

trike is a great try because it came

1:29:011:29:12

far from our side and many players

touched the ball. It is the way we

1:29:121:29:19

liked to play. We gave a lot of

happiness to the people who were

1:29:191:29:22

watching us play. That is why right

now when you finish your career, all

1:29:221:29:31

the people think about this and they

thank you for everything you did

1:29:311:29:35

with your French team.

What was that

celebration about?

It was about some

1:29:351:29:41

people who had said I was not the

Olivier Magne of years ago. So it

1:29:411:29:48

was to prove to them that I was

still there and ready to play for

1:29:481:29:51

the French team.

We had a couple of

tries like that today, which was

1:29:511:29:58

fantastic. There are elements of the

old France today. Can they keep that

1:29:581:30:03

going for the second half?

I hope

so. But they have to maintain the

1:30:031:30:09

rhythm like that. It is clearly a

battle of ten.

1:30:091:30:20

battle of ten. Between Finn Russell

and Beauxis, who will win the match?

1:30:201:30:26

France has a good chance and it will

be very close.

If this match opens

1:30:261:30:32

up in a big way in the last quarter

and if the French team does tire,

1:30:321:30:37

which people think they will do, is

this the day for Stuart Hogg and the

1:30:371:30:42

other players at the back to win

this match for Scotland?

Yes, and it

1:30:421:30:48

could be that Ali Price comes off

the bench to make a difference. It

1:30:481:30:51

has been a good 40 minutes from

Scotland as a reaction to the last

1:30:511:30:56

80 minutes in Cardiff. Now they are

about to go out and make this next

1:30:561:31:02

40 minutes about winning, that is

what it is all about now.

I think

1:31:021:31:06

France would look at this and say

they need to score the first points.

1:31:061:31:10

They will be more than a trite

ahead. Scotland will say they have

1:31:101:31:18

to get on the

1:31:181:31:23

COMMENTATOR: Baptiste Serin it on to

replace Maxime Machenaud. Serin a

1:31:291:31:36

very experienced scrum-half.

Machenaud was the kicker as well for

1:31:361:31:42

France. We will see what they do in

that department but Serin has played

1:31:421:31:52

a couple of times against Scotland

before.

1:31:521:31:58

before. Gilchrist hands that onto

Gordon Reid and Berghan, the two

1:32:001:32:02

props working hard.

1:32:021:32:08

Scotland with the first chance to

attack.

1:32:081:32:15

McInally straight into Vahaamahina.

The switch from Russell to Gray.

1:32:181:32:28

Ryan Wilson doing plenty of hard

work in the carrying department. So

1:32:301:32:37

is Berghan. He is a big man to stop.

France being told to leave it.

1:32:371:32:46

Wenceslas Lauret was the culprit.

1:32:461:32:51

Jonny Gray, Scotland just pondering

for a moment. Again, the French fans

1:32:571:33:03

inside Murrayfield making some noise

as Hamish Watson goes into Camara.

1:33:031:33:15

Hurled back by Vahaamahina. Scotland

battering away around the ten metre

1:33:151:33:18

line. Horne, around Slimani and

Iturria. Camara was the end of the

1:33:181:33:30

journey. Grant Gilchrist punching a

side Serin. He laid it back for his

1:33:301:33:40

second row partner, Jonny Gray, and

now Scotland have some momentum but

1:33:401:33:43

good work, I was going to say good

work by France but then the penalty

1:33:431:33:48

is given to Scotland. It was

Baptiste Serin.

Camara was locked on

1:33:481:33:56

on the poacher but the reason was

because Serin had stopped the

1:33:561:34:02

Scottish cleaners from getting into

the ruck and I think it was a bit

1:34:021:34:06

lucky for Scotland. Good ball from

the top of the line-out but very

1:34:061:34:10

ponderous for eight or nine phases.

Grant Gilchrist has carried really

1:34:101:34:13

well. I don't know if he was picked

for his ball carrying but he has

1:34:131:34:18

done well will stop he is an

aggressive ball-carrier and he will

1:34:181:34:24

run honest, hard lines all day.

Ben

Toolis is a bit more dynamic and

1:34:241:34:29

explosive, they both play for

Edinburgh, but Gilchrist. He is a

1:34:291:34:35

thickset lock and he has carried

well.

Heavier man, he was named as

1:34:351:34:41

captain for Vern Cotter and then

broke his arm and had a series of

1:34:411:34:45

injuries but he has played well

today. Greig Laidlaw with the shot

1:34:451:34:50

at goal.

1:34:501:34:55

He is a man who seldom misses and

Scotland within three minutes of the

1:34:551:35:00

second half beginning, have made a

good start.

Something we have seen

1:35:001:35:04

from the French before, if they can

hold onto the ball -- if you can

1:35:041:35:08

hold onto the ball, they will give

away penalties. That is an important

1:35:081:35:12

three points to start the second

half for Scotland. We saw them

1:35:121:35:17

conceding six point straight after

half-time last week and almost put

1:35:171:35:20

the game beyond their reach.

Much

more deliberate move back to the

1:35:201:35:24

halfway line to restart for France

and Beauxis send it long. Ryan

1:35:241:35:30

Wilson gathers and goes straight

into Guirado, good strength. Laidlaw

1:35:301:35:37

gives it to Berghan. He has had a

good game around the park. So has

1:35:371:35:45

Hamish Watson. The ball is lost but

stripped back illegally. Scotland

1:35:451:35:54

with the penalty and France with a

couple of errors, Slimani

1:35:541:35:57

complaining to no avail and a chance

for Scotland to move up the field.

1:35:571:36:01

It is exactly what we spoke about, I

don't think any of that was

1:36:011:36:05

spectacular from Scotland and I

don't think France were under

1:36:051:36:08

pressure...

It is just a missed

touch, good work by Beauxis to keep

1:36:081:36:14

it in but Finn Russell has done it

again. They will have to come from a

1:36:141:36:18

lot deeper now. Stuart Hogg try to

use his pace but there was some

1:36:181:36:27

illegal blocking of French

defenders. Hogg is frustrated but it

1:36:271:36:30

was quite clear, the crossing, and

France with a penalty.

I think it

1:36:301:36:36

was Ryan Wilson engaged in a

contact. If he had not made any

1:36:361:36:39

contact, he eventually pushed the

French defender, Hogg would have

1:36:391:36:44

been cables of you talk about error

compounding error, muscle missing

1:36:441:36:49

touch and suddenly France have a

shot at goal.

They have been the own

1:36:491:36:55

worst enemies. Indiscipline by

France and France give them a way

1:36:551:37:01

out. They compound it. The missed

touch and this silly penalty,

1:37:011:37:07

probably a bit unlucky, France

probably make a bit of a meal of it.

1:37:071:37:12

But you cannot put yourself in the

position to give those away.

It is a

1:37:121:37:19

ticking scrum-half in Baptiste Serin

who has replaced Maxi Machenaud and

1:37:191:37:23

he is taking this tick --

1:37:231:37:34

kicking scrum-half.

1:37:351:37:42

That is a fine strike from Baptiste

Serin. The wind is blowing around

1:37:451:37:49

Murrayfield but it does not put him

off. Perfect kicking record so far

1:37:491:37:54

today and a penalty apiece in the

second half and France have their

1:37:541:37:57

lead back to six points.

1:37:571:38:03

lead back to six points.

It was a

pretty harsh penalty but the error

1:38:041:38:06

from Finn Russell initially.

Farming

Nina had to do well there. He

1:38:061:38:15

stretched and got it back and

Wenceslas Lauret has it. Penalty

1:38:151:38:23

from one side to the other and

Scotland have the chance to hit

1:38:231:38:30

back. -- Vahaamahina had to do well.

That is something Rajitha been asked

1:38:301:38:35

to look out for, tackling players

beyond the ball -- referees have

1:38:351:38:43

been asked to look out for.

Both

teams are determined to help the

1:38:431:38:50

opposition as much as they can! It

is the kind of place you just don't

1:38:501:38:55

need to give away a penalty. France

were always going to kick to exit

1:38:551:38:59

and clear their lines.

It is almost

three metres passed the ball,

1:38:591:39:07

wrapping the arms. Stuart McInally

has been cleared at the ready, no

1:39:071:39:11

need to follow through.

He just

needed to let him go, three metres

1:39:111:39:15

beyond and he was still wrestling

with him and the referees are very

1:39:151:39:20

sharp on that now.

Laidlaw looking

to make it four out of four.

1:39:201:39:27

Again it is good and Scotland move

to 20 points. So little in this

1:39:301:39:34

game.

1:39:341:39:39

game. There was try scoring from

both sides in the first half but in

1:39:391:39:44

the second it is a couple of

penalties apiece.

You're looking for

1:39:441:39:50

your leaders to step up, it is in

the balance, both teams helping each

1:39:501:39:53

other with the discipline and you

need your senior players to take the

1:39:531:39:57

game by the scruff of the neck.

Beauxis has placed this well but

1:39:571:40:05

Gilchrist clutches it from the air.

Laidlaw staring down the French

1:40:051:40:11

defence. Maccarinelli takes it

forward. Laidlaw shapes to kick.

1:40:111:40:21

Challenged in the air, fair contest,

Geoffrey Palis came forward for

1:40:211:40:27

France but it is back on the

Scottish side and running on to add

1:40:271:40:31

page is Stuart Hogg skipping his way

around Lamerat and past Thomas and

1:40:311:40:34

still going. Laidlaw feed it out to

Russell who delays for a moment. He

1:40:341:40:44

decides to set it back. Huw Jones

trying to gather. He spills and

1:40:441:40:52

French scrum.

It is so frustrating

to watch. In fairness, Brilliant

1:40:521:40:57

exit from Scotland having the aerial

ball and you could see Stuart Hogg,

1:40:571:41:04

but Huw Jones takes his eyes off the

ball ever so slightly. You could see

1:41:041:41:07

Stuart Hogg was tempted to off-load

once or twice but he decided to keep

1:41:071:41:13

ball in hand and do the sensible

thing and put France under pressure

1:41:131:41:17

because if you can play in their

half they will give you penalties.

1:41:171:41:21

Just a shame disease Scotland

putting the ball down and facing

1:41:211:41:25

another scrum now.

It has not been a

match of too many scrums.

1:41:251:41:34

match of too many scrums. The

Scottish scrum stood up reasonably

1:41:341:41:37

well last time. Serin ready to feed.

1:41:371:41:43

Decent scrum from Scotland. Geoffrey

Palis straight to Stuart Hogg. Again

1:41:431:41:52

the buzz from the crowd. Onto

Seymour who goes into Serin and not

1:41:521:41:59

held and still going. Not any more.

Scotland striker to secure it but

1:41:591:42:07

good counterattacking from France,

it somehow comes back. Maccarinelli

1:42:071:42:10

again.

1:42:101:42:16

again. Scotland with pace now.

Russell and the times did well to

1:42:161:42:19

Horne but a great tackle by Iturria.

1:42:191:42:22

Down the blindside. Barkley and

Wilson.

1:42:251:42:29

Gilchrist onto Gray. Slowed down and

a penalty to France. It was Iturria

1:42:361:42:45

getting the applause this time.

For

such a big man he is very good over

1:42:451:42:50

the ball, he is like a number seven.

I think that might be his second

1:42:501:42:55

penalty and he got a turnover as

well. The really good poacher, a

1:42:551:43:01

skill you normally associate with

the shorter number sevens, the likes

1:43:011:43:05

of Hamish Watson or Guirado is very

good as well. Super play by the

1:43:051:43:09

second row.

Brooks is for touch and

France will have the line-out. --

1:43:091:43:17

Beauxis.

1:43:171:43:22

Beauxis. Just a few tempers getting

stretched out there.

There was a

1:43:221:43:25

little off the ball here, Stuart

Hogg and Doumayrou. Having their own

1:43:251:43:32

game on the touchline. Stuart

Patterson, the physio, lends his

1:43:321:43:37

weight.

France with a good position

and taken down well by Camara as

1:43:371:43:46

they get the rolling maul going with

Guirado at the back. Serin having a

1:43:461:43:53

look. It gets some momentum once

again. France making good ground.

1:43:531:44:02

Serin with the chip for Vakatawa to

chase. Comfortable enough for

1:44:021:44:09

Russell.

Excellent maul defence from

Scotland, you could hear the referee

1:44:091:44:19

shouting to the French to use it. No

penalty conceded, really good

1:44:191:44:25

defence.

That is Bernard Laporte in

the centre.

1:44:251:44:35

The Scottish Rugby president on the

left.

Who is that walking across?

1:44:351:44:43

Finn Russell getting his boot back

on. It was not a bad option from the

1:44:431:44:48

driving maul, the kick. Just a bit

too heavy from Serin, who has been

1:44:481:44:54

busy since he came on. He had a good

penalty kick and he has been

1:44:541:45:00

industrious in defence. Quite a

slight number nine but hugely

1:45:001:45:03

talented.

Iturria upended but by his

own man. France coming again with

1:45:031:45:14

Camara.

1:45:141:45:24

Camara. Wenceslas Lauret tries to

set it back. It is there for France

1:45:241:45:27

again.

1:45:271:45:32

again. Beauxis do Camara and Palis

gathers at the second attempt.

1:45:321:45:39

After Iturria again. -- Arthur

Iturria. The little pass to

1:45:391:45:48

Vakatawa, so strong, the Fijian on

the wing will

1:45:481:45:51

the slide move does not work

initially but Teddy Thomas was there

1:45:521:45:57

to gather it up. Gilchrist clinging

on for dear life! France moving

1:45:571:46:06

forward well now.

1:46:061:46:09

Vakatawa again. Again, the power of

the wind meeting Jonny Gray. -- of

1:46:121:46:20

the

1:46:201:46:30

winger. Doumayrou into V-22 and he

set it back well.

1:46:301:46:38

The Scottish defence being sorely

tested once more. Jefferson Poirot

1:46:421:46:45

makes a couple of yards. It slows

down for a moment and Serin looks at

1:46:451:46:52

his options. The forwards in a pod.

Rabah Slimani. Still therefore

1:46:521:47:03

France. Advantage to France as well

with Iturria once more. Still

1:47:031:47:13

advantage to France and a free

attack as Russell makes the tackle.

1:47:131:47:18

Still playing with the penalty

advantage and to within ten metres.

1:47:181:47:29

The forwards still trying to make

something of it. A bit of pace and

1:47:341:47:38

that is Vakatawa again knocking down

Russell, still holding onto the ball

1:47:381:47:43

but they will now come back for the

penalty. The only result really that

1:47:431:47:49

Scotland could be happy with because

the penalty was always there.

I

1:47:491:47:53

thought the advantage was over.

1:47:531:47:59

thought the advantage was over. But

some good attack from France on the

1:47:591:48:01

right wing. I was confident Scotland

could defend that series, we are

1:48:011:48:08

looking at it from a pipe and France

don't seem to have great shape in

1:48:081:48:12

attack and Scotland look quite

organised in defence. I don't think

1:48:121:48:15

they need to give away those

penalties.

The defence is very well

1:48:151:48:19

organised, not a lot of room for

France to attack. The damage is in

1:48:191:48:25

missed one tackles. Vakatawa was

involved two or three times and he

1:48:251:48:29

is dangerous around the contact.

This was the penalty given away.

1:48:291:48:32

Hands in the ruck. There was more

concerted pressure from the French.

1:48:321:48:39

I thought at one stage Beauxis would

drop into the pocket to take the

1:48:391:48:45

three.

That is the French coaching

team, Jacques Brunel at the back and

1:48:451:48:49

the glasses, Sebastien Bruno as

well. The Marseille is once more

1:48:491:48:57

being sung. About to be made by

France, Picamoles about to come on

1:48:571:49:04

along with the front rows. And they

will come on with a six point lead

1:49:041:49:12

for France as Serin knocks it

through and France Harper doesn't

1:49:121:49:16

want. Changes for both teams with

Scotland bringing on Ben Toolis in

1:49:161:49:21

the second row and Jamie Bhatti in

the front row. The French

1:49:211:49:28

replacements, Louis Picamoles coming

on in the back row and Eddy Ben

1:49:281:49:32

Arous in the front row along with

Cedate Gomes Sa. There is Ben

1:49:321:49:36

Toolis. Coming on for Grant

Gilchrist and Jamie Bhatti is on for

1:49:361:49:41

Gordon Reid. That was Slimani going

off and Marco Tauleigne who has been

1:49:411:49:48

replaced by Louis Picamoles. A

glimpse of Jamie Bhatti on for

1:49:481:49:52

Gordon Reid.

1:49:521:49:57

Gordon Reid. Straight into things,

Louis Picamoles, what a man to bring

1:49:581:50:00

on.

1:50:001:50:09

on. What height on that from Serin,

chased by Camara but taken well by

1:50:091:50:15

Hogg. He lapped and plucked it from

the sky and carried on by Jamie

1:50:151:50:20

Bhatti. The Glasgow loosehead.

Scotland flinging it wide. Huw Jones

1:50:201:50:31

with good strength to get past Remi

Lamerat and he has made an extra ten

1:50:311:50:36

metres. Laidlaw complaining and

advantage to Scotland as Eddy Ben

1:50:361:50:40

Arous gets over it but it is a

Scotland penalty coming. Horne takes

1:50:401:50:46

it in. They know they have the

advantage. There was a long

1:50:461:50:52

advantage played for France last

time as Maitland keeps it alive. You

1:50:521:50:58

have to keep checking as a player if

the advantage is still alive. That

1:50:581:51:03

was Ryan Wilson. John Lacey saying

it is still advantage.

1:51:031:51:16

Scotland making good ground through

Russell. Laidlaw down the blindside

1:51:161:51:23

and Horne into the French wall. That

might be the end of it but no, still

1:51:231:51:29

advantage. Toolis into the 22 and

they will now come back for the

1:51:291:51:36

penalty.

I think Scotland will be

happy to take that. When you get

1:51:361:51:44

into those higher numbers of phases

you can struggle to attack, struggle

1:51:441:51:48

for energy particularly at this

stage of the game and a penalty in

1:51:481:51:51

that position in the such a tight

game.

1:51:511:52:01

game.

Just a look at Louis Picamoles

and he fell out of favour in terms

1:52:011:52:04

of selection with Jacques Brunel and

only came in because Kevin Gourdon

1:52:041:52:09

was injured but a tremendous player.

He's a big impact player. I would

1:52:091:52:14

not call relentless, that is the

only problem. He has big moments but

1:52:141:52:19

he can go missing for periods of the

game. Some players might not offer

1:52:191:52:24

you the big moments but they keep

showing up, defensively and in

1:52:241:52:29

attack.

Greig Laidlaw's last three

kicks have been pretty much from

1:52:291:52:34

this position as we head into the

final quarter of the match. And the

1:52:341:52:40

game is still so close, three points

in it going into the final quarter.

1:52:401:52:46

John Lacey was quite clear speaking

to the French, telling them to let

1:52:461:52:52

go of the ball.

And that was good

because even in that phase, Scotland

1:52:521:52:57

were able to attack much better and

fluently when the ball was quick and

1:52:571:53:01

it's definitely suits them and the

French know it. They will put

1:53:011:53:05

pressure on the breakdown but it has

to be legal.

What a 20 minutes we

1:53:051:53:10

have, who has the deeper squad and

the greater fitness? Ryan Wilson

1:53:101:53:15

carrying in the restart. Both teams

are so desperate for a victory.

1:53:151:53:20

France with no win in seven.

Scotland off the back of that heavy

1:53:201:53:27

defeat in Cardiff. Picamoles now

full speed ahead.

1:53:271:53:32

Vakatawa once more. Not taken down

at the first attempt and into Hamish

1:53:401:53:46

Watson he goes and Watson wins 1-0.

But still with France and seven, a

1:53:461:53:54

little blind pass and risky, through

the feet of Picamoles but a hand in

1:53:541:54:00

there as well. That was risky from

France and it give Scotland the

1:54:001:54:04

scrum right in the centre of the

field.

We want to see France playing

1:54:041:54:09

that kind of rugby, off-loading, but

they will give you opportunities.

1:54:091:54:13

They can give away penalties and

throw silly off-loads and put each

1:54:131:54:18

other under pressure. If Scotland

can remain disciplined when they get

1:54:181:54:22

the ball...

The good thing about

that from Scotland, the defence kept

1:54:221:54:27

coming up on the outside. Sometimes

you can set off on the outside and

1:54:271:54:32

the ball does not get put under

pressure further out. That was hard

1:54:321:54:37

for Picamoles to pick up.

Three

different men in the front rows, two

1:54:371:54:42

are different props for France and

one for Scotland, Jamie Bhatti on

1:54:421:54:46

the loosehead so how will that

change the dynamic of the scrum?

1:54:461:54:50

Pretty even so far. Scotland just

moving forward a little bit and they

1:54:501:54:56

have the penalty so a free attack.

Laidlaw but it refer the chase but

1:54:561:55:01

they will come back for the penalty.

A lot of these French props got

1:55:011:55:08

their first caps last week, Gomes Sa

against Ireland, they are big men

1:55:081:55:12

and powerful scrummagers but that

was a massive penalty for Scotland.

1:55:121:55:17

It will be a shot at goal, a little

further out but right in the centre

1:55:171:55:22

of the field again and a chance for

Scotland to draw level. Such a tense

1:55:221:55:27

match now. You have all the free

entertaining stuff in the first half

1:55:271:55:34

and then people realise it matters

quite a bit!

It almost looks like a

1:55:341:55:39

first half and then the second half

and it is down to the pressure,

1:55:391:55:42

Scotland needing to win after last

week and France only winning five

1:55:421:55:48

out of their last 20 with 14 losses

and a draw. The nerves and pressure,

1:55:481:55:53

especially in the condensed format

of the Six Nations, kicked in at

1:55:531:55:57

this state and it is the

championship minutes.

1:55:571:56:02

-- at this stage. The penalty count

is going against France now. Let's

1:56:021:56:07

see if Scotland can capitalise.

He

rarely fails and Laidlaw brings

1:56:071:56:15

Scotland level. 16 minutes to go at

Murrayfield and nothing in it

1:56:151:56:19

between Scotland and France.

You

feel Scotland have a great

1:56:191:56:24

opportunity, they just had to be

solid, their set piece as to be

1:56:241:56:30

solid, scrum and line-out, when they

are in their own half they have to

1:56:301:56:33

get out sensibly and not play the

ball too much. France will give them

1:56:331:56:37

opportunities. If they can get the

ball and the French half, France

1:56:371:56:40

will give them penalties and

turnovers.

Finn Russell and John

1:56:401:56:45

Barclay coming off so I imagine Pete

Horne is going to fly half. Ali

1:56:451:56:49

Price is on. Laidlaw can play fly

half. A knock-on from Linard

1:56:491:56:59

Beauxis! The frustration and a howl

into the Murrayfield evening. His

1:56:591:57:08

mistake met by a roar from himself

and the Murrayfield crowd.

He knows,

1:57:081:57:15

doesn't he? Never nice to see

anyone. He has played well. He has

1:57:151:57:20

put a different game to what you

would imagine but that was a basic

1:57:201:57:24

error and pressure building again in

the last quarter.

Talking about the

1:57:241:57:28

change of fly half 11 of Greig

Laidlaw's first 13 caps came at fly

1:57:281:57:32

half.

He gives a lot of control.

Maybe a note about what Paul said,

1:57:321:57:41

getting to territory and winning

penalties and converting them and

1:57:411:57:43

applying pressure.

1:57:431:57:49

applying pressure.

Secure from the

scrum and Price feeds onto Horne

1:57:491:57:51

full sub Hogg of the outside of the

boot. The mark is called by

1:57:511:57:58

Doumayrou and that's not the right

option as Doumayrou comes away with

1:57:581:58:02

possession given up by Scotland.

Serin De Gendt looking to feedback

1:58:021:58:11

but under pressure and Beauxis slips

it away! Palis get it away but only

1:58:111:58:17

to Ryan Wilson. France now beginning

to unravel a little bit. Price

1:58:171:58:24

looking for it and feeding it onto

Toolis. Driving forward on the back

1:58:241:58:31

of a wave of noise and Denton is on

the field as well carrying Scotland

1:58:311:58:36

to within 15 metres. Crash ball

again and it is Jones but France

1:58:361:58:41

read it this time and bring him

down. Carried in by Maccarinelli

1:58:411:58:46

this time, France trying to hold it

up and they might have done well

1:58:461:58:49

here. France I think we'll get the

scrum and they do, good work by the

1:58:491:58:56

French defence.

The French turned

that tackle into a more so they

1:58:561:59:01

don't have to release when it goes

to ground -- into a maul. Scotland

1:59:011:59:07

do not have do pull a rabbit out of

the hat, France are doing to do it

1:59:071:59:11

for them. One of the things you

spoke about before the game, this

1:59:111:59:17

was good, disciplined pressure on

their exit.

You're got to giggle,

1:59:171:59:21

his previous touch was a knock-on

and then he juggled the first one

1:59:211:59:27

and thought, I wanted to throw it

out the back door.

Take it easy,

1:59:271:59:33

Lionel! The crowd are enjoying it

and the game is tied up with 13

1:59:331:59:41

minutes to go, great drama at

Murrayfield.

One thing to worry

1:59:411:59:46

about for Scotland was the scrum but

beats of situations, it has been

1:59:461:59:49

good all day but they have worked in

their favour -- the substitutions.

1:59:491:59:58

They don't need to give away

penalties, just disciplined exit

1:59:582:00:02

pressure.

Dave Denton came on rather

unannounced, back in a team for the

2:00:022:00:09

first time in a couple of years and

he made a big hit on Serin feeding

2:00:092:00:13

it back which led to the mistake

from Beauxis and Denton brings a

2:00:132:00:18

certain amount of dynamism and

power.

And a big carrier as well,

2:00:182:00:22

especially at tired French defenders

who might get loose.

With Gilchrist

2:00:222:00:26

off he is a good addition to carry

the ball.

It is French ball about

2:00:262:00:30

six or seven metres from the own

line. Serin with the feed.

2:00:302:00:41

He has bought an extra five or six

yards for the clearing kick. He does

2:00:412:00:48

have a big boot. That is a wonderful

clearing kick from Lionel Beauxis.

I

2:00:482:00:57

thought the French may be went off

their feet there, but that is on his

2:00:572:01:02

own goal line under all sorts of

pressure.

Quickly taken and Scotland

2:01:022:01:06

have done the right thing by not

giving France time. France are

2:01:062:01:11

looking to slow things down now.

2:01:112:01:13

Scotland getting back to where they

were.

2:01:252:01:33

Go through the phases and perhaps

wait for something to be given to

2:01:372:01:41

you.

2:01:412:01:46

Huw Jones away again. Again driving

into the 22.

2:01:472:01:51

The French players are breathing

hard in defence now and Scotland is

2:01:572:02:00

trying to get that ball back.

2:02:002:02:03

Some width on it now for Scotland.

Advantage says John Lacey. A penalty

2:02:082:02:16

is coming for Scotland. They want

more than three points now. They

2:02:162:02:21

will take the penalty, but they are

getting closer.

2:02:212:02:28

getting closer. They will come back

for that penalty.

It is pressure

2:02:282:02:34

building, Paul, from the Scots. It

almost looks as if the French are

2:02:342:02:39

playing and defending as

individuals. They have got huge

2:02:392:02:43

commitment and character but they

are not working within the

2:02:432:02:46

structure.

One thing you do not want

to show is weakness. There are a lot

2:02:462:02:52

of French players with their hands

on their knees, bent over, not

2:02:522:02:57

talking to each other and

encouraging each other. I know I am

2:02:572:03:02

banging the same drum, but they will

give you opportunities. This is the

2:03:022:03:06

line-out that Scotland has been

doing. They play it as quick as they

2:03:062:03:10

can and it is a simple play. Peter

Horne just puts his head down and

2:03:102:03:15

goes.

That was the offside. They

gave away the penalty. Ten minutes

2:03:152:03:25

to go and Gregor Townsend still

busying himself. But Greg Laidlaw

2:03:252:03:30

has a chance to move Scotland in

France for the first time in this

2:03:302:03:34

match.

2:03:342:03:40

It was not an easy one but it goes

through and Scotland are in front.

2:03:462:03:52

It has taken them 70 minutes, but

they lead.

The French are going to

2:03:522:03:58

give you opportunities and

penalties. He is now seven out of

2:03:582:04:04

seven and that is massive for team.

You wonder with Finn Russell

2:04:042:04:09

kicking, you wonder if Greg Laidlaw

had taken over, that he is so

2:04:092:04:14

reliable. A change at fly-half for

France.

2:04:142:04:25

Vahaamahina has been replaced. There

was nobody there to take it.

2:04:372:04:51

was nobody there to take it. France

looking to build a position.

2:04:512:05:00

There was a spill and it went

forward. Yes, says the referee, but

2:05:062:05:11

Scotland have it anyway. A scrum

advantage. He sees Stuart Hogg

2:05:112:05:17

wandering around and no advantage

there.

Good defence from Scotland.

2:05:172:05:23

They keep coming forward. That was a

bad pass by Fall.

Stuart Hogg did

2:05:232:05:36

not want to kick, but as soon as you

kick, you kick away your scrum

2:05:362:05:40

advantage. Quite sensible play there

as well. You do not want to invite

2:05:402:05:48

any counterattack opportunity,

especially from the French.

Clever

2:05:482:05:54

play from Stuart Hogg to not lose

the advantage for the team.

2:05:542:06:02

The clock ticks away, but Scotland

are not safe yet. But they have the

2:06:112:06:16

momentum. Again a lot of different

personnel in the scrum. France would

2:06:162:06:24

have expected to have the edge in

this gram, but they have not had

2:06:242:06:27

that today, it has been pretty even.

2:06:272:06:32

In the scrum.

2:06:382:06:48

The France defence keeping Scotland

back. But again it was an illegal

2:07:182:07:24

manoeuvre from France and a penalty

to Scotland. France are making bit

2:07:242:07:29

easier Scotland now.

It is a

sensible attack well managed, not

2:07:292:07:34

trying to much, keeping it fairly

close in the wide channels as well.

2:07:342:07:39

It is a mature end to the game for

Scotland.

I am sure Gregor Townsend

2:07:392:07:45

would love them to be playing more

freely and openly, but sometimes you

2:07:452:07:50

have to just take the obvious

opportunities the opposition are

2:07:502:07:55

giving it. A super kick from Stuart

Hogg.

It is deep inside the French

2:07:552:08:02

22 and now you start to think of the

minutes to go rather than the

2:08:022:08:06

minutes passed. Scotland can take a

big step towards victory here if

2:08:062:08:11

they can find another score. France

has conceded seven penalties.

2:08:112:08:16

That went to Ben Toolis. It is held

by Stuart McInally, the hooker, and

2:08:222:08:33

Scotland are beginning to creep

forward. With every inch gained, the

2:08:332:08:39

noise will grow inside Murrayfield.

The referee is telling them to use

2:08:392:08:45

it. A penalty advantage to Scotland.

No time for the advantage.

You can

2:08:452:08:57

see it was difficult for him to get

out of there. To put yourself in

2:08:572:09:02

there in the first place and you put

yourself at risk of the penalty.

2:09:022:09:08

Denton has got involved in

absolutely everything. A

2:09:082:09:12

conversation between Greg Laidlaw

and Stuart Hogg. There is no other

2:09:122:09:16

decision than to take the

opportunity to kick for three. What

2:09:162:09:22

you spoke about in the first half,

Paul, was working a bit harder in

2:09:222:09:27

contact on the ground so the French

players could not get in and over

2:09:272:09:30

the ball.

Sometimes you can be

isolated. But sometimes you have to

2:09:302:09:37

find a solution and buy some time.

It was also good play by Denton

2:09:372:09:42

because the malt got a bit messy and

the referee asked them to use it and

2:09:422:09:46

they were in danger of getting

turned over, so Denton took off from

2:09:462:09:51

the back. Ideally you would love to

get the penalty off the malt, but at

2:09:512:09:58

least you still have the ball from

five or six metres.

Once again, all

2:09:582:10:03

eyes turned towards Greg Laidlaw.

2:10:032:10:10

All those tries in the first half,

four, and it has all been penalties

2:10:112:10:17

in the second half. Now Scotland

lead at Murrayfield.

It has been a

2:10:172:10:25

nervous second half, but Scotland

settled down into it. They figured

2:10:252:10:29

out France would give them plenty of

opportunities.

2:10:292:10:39

opportunities.

That was like a

sevens restart, hanging on the ten

2:10:392:10:42

metre line.

2:10:422:10:47

That was a wonderful take a

full-back and stumble.

2:10:562:11:04

Three minutes to go, and still an

opportunity for France, no doubt

2:11:072:11:12

about that.

2:11:122:11:17

about that. The penalty was there.

France have the advantage, knowing

2:11:172:11:27

they might be putting this into the

corner.

2:11:272:11:30

They will come back for it. Just

over two minutes remaining and six

2:11:382:11:43

points the difference and an

opportunity for Belleau to put it

2:11:432:11:49

into the corner.

Some poor tackling

technique put Denton on the wrong

2:11:492:11:57

side. He did everything he could to

get out of it.

A lot still to

2:11:572:12:03

decide, but the man of the match is?

To be honest it is Greg Laidlaw. He

2:12:032:12:12

has won 600 points for his country.

He has taken over the captaincy, he

2:12:122:12:18

has controlled the team. Thomas had

two outstanding tries, but the man

2:12:182:12:25

of the match is Greg Laidlaw.

2:12:252:12:33

Brought down by the blues, so no

penalty and Scotland have the scrum.

2:12:342:12:41

Good defensive work by the home

side. Just a minute to go to see out

2:12:412:12:46

victory over France.

France had to

win it at the front, it is probably

2:12:462:12:52

the easiest ball in terms of defence

to win.

2:12:522:12:59

to win. Stuart McInally does a great

job. He stopped the malt. An

2:12:592:13:06

absolutely huge moment.

You have to

have courage as well. All the

2:13:062:13:14

technical stuff, but you know it is

about working hard.

It is making

2:13:142:13:19

them win the ball at the front and

then it is mindset, putting your

2:13:192:13:23

head down and working hard.

Now

Scotland will try to seek out this

2:13:232:13:30

clock. France are desperate for a

win in their wilderness today. For a

2:13:302:13:35

long time it looked as if they

might. France has to put everything

2:13:352:13:40

into this scrum to challenge the

Scottish ball. Ali Price. Scotland

2:13:402:13:45

crumble. The ball is out and picked

up by Ryan Wilson. Seconds

2:13:452:13:51

remaining. They cannot yet kick it

out. France try and turn it over. A

2:13:512:14:01

penalty to Scotland and the win will

be bears. The clock goes red. It is

2:14:012:14:09

time to see it out says Greg

Laidlaw. The fans are already

2:14:092:14:14

celebrating.

They have to tap the

ball first before they kick it out.

2:14:142:14:24

No need for the line-out. The

victory goes to Scotland. It was

2:14:242:14:31

entertaining with some tries in the

first half, but in the second half

2:14:312:14:35

this was a win of character for

Scotland to come back after that

2:14:352:14:39

something in Cardiff and they have

their first win in the six Nations.

2:14:392:14:44

An excellent win. It was almost back

to front with all the glamour in the

2:14:442:14:47

first half. But Greg Laidlaw got all

the penalties in the second half.

2:14:472:14:55

Scotland have answered all the

questions asked of them after the

2:14:552:15:01

defeat in Cardiff.

Both teams were

their worst enemy at times, but

2:15:012:15:06

Scotland were the wiser team.

2:15:062:15:13

They just played penalty rugby and

let France shoot themselves in the

2:15:132:15:17

foot and that is a really big win.

To come back from where they were

2:15:172:15:21

last week, that is a really big win.

France lead at half-time, but

2:15:212:15:29

Scotland lead at full-time and they

win by 32-26.

2:15:292:15:35

Wiser and smarter and only the third

time that Scotland have ever beaten

2:15:352:15:39

France in the six Nations. Andy

Nichol, all is well that ends well.

2:15:392:15:45

Absolutely, it was the reaction to

last week's game in Cardiff. There

2:15:452:15:50

is a lot to work on, but that is so

important for the development of

2:15:502:15:54

this team to get that point

immediately after all the

2:15:542:15:59

allegations last week.

And the man

of the match not surprisingly is

2:15:592:16:03

down on the pitch.

Read Laidlaw, what a great win for

2:16:032:16:09

Scotland. It was tight at times,

particularly after the first half.

2:16:092:16:14

We knew it was going to be tight.

Sum up the emotions. It is hard to

2:16:142:16:21

describe, it is unbelievable. It was

not pretty at times, but that is

2:16:212:16:26

rugby. You have got to respect the

French, it was an incredibly tight

2:16:262:16:32

match. I am proud of the whole team

and they dug in deep in the end and

2:16:322:16:36

the forward pack were great in

particular.

Was there more passion

2:16:362:16:42

today after such a long lay-off. It

was against France where you got

2:16:422:16:46

injured last year. This is your

first start, it is hard to believe

2:16:462:16:50

it.

I am not great that watching it

to be honest. I am sure my wife will

2:16:502:16:56

tell you that. It is great to get

back on the pitch playing in this

2:16:562:17:00

jersey in front of these people.

2:17:002:17:09

jersey in front of these people. Ali

came on and speeded the game up and

2:17:092:17:11

we closed it out.

England next. How

do you feel about that?

It has been

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a few years since we turned them

over, so hopefully we can this time.

2:17:182:17:22

You are the man of the match.

Let's

bring in the vice captain. That was

2:17:222:17:30

a great performance, but it was so

tight throughout the whole match.

2:17:302:17:34

Yes, we made it hard. We got off to

a poor start. At half-time we were

2:17:342:17:41

six points down, but we were still

excited and we knew if we kept the

2:17:412:17:46

ball we would cause them problems.

Every time they got the ball in the

2:17:462:17:50

second half, we came away with

points. We were more accurate than

2:17:502:17:55

last week, that we are still not

there.

How much pressure was there

2:17:552:17:59

on this side after last week?

There

are only five games and if you lose

2:17:592:18:06

your first one and you are serious

about doing something in the

2:18:062:18:11

competition, the maths is simple. We

knew we had to put together a good

2:18:112:18:15

performance after last week. We get

a week off now and we can build

2:18:152:18:19

towards England.

You must be pleased

that these were well worked,

2:18:192:18:25

patient, team tries.

That is what we

have been doing in the last 18

2:18:252:18:29

months, holding onto the ball,

making sure the team works hard,

2:18:292:18:34

that is how we train. It did not

come off in Wales, but it has come

2:18:342:18:37

off today.

Well done. Thank you very

much. As dusk descends, this is how

2:18:372:18:46

it looks at the end of the second

round.

2:18:462:18:53

France play Italy the next time

around in Marseille. Let's get a

2:18:592:19:04

French perspective on this. How

disappointed are you after the hope

2:19:042:19:09

of half-time?

I am disappointed a

lot. I was very excited after the

2:19:092:19:18

first half. I thought the French

team would be able to maintain the

2:19:182:19:23

speed and the tempo to match in the

second half. Of course,

2:19:232:19:36

second half. Of course, the top team

is not prepared to play at that

2:19:362:19:38

tempo. We can play 40 minutes at a

good level, but the second half was

2:19:382:19:42

too difficult for us. We were very

tired and it gave the Scottish team

2:19:422:19:49

a lot of penalties. In these

conditions it was not possible to

2:19:492:19:55

win this match.

John Barclay is

about to receive the Auld Alliance

2:19:552:20:00

Trophy. It is the first time that

has been played for. It is being

2:20:002:20:08

contested for the first time to mark

the 52 French and Scottish

2:20:082:20:13

internationals who died in action

during the First World War and the

2:20:132:20:17

two captains of the last match

before the conflict, Eric Milroy and

2:20:172:20:22

Marcel Bergin, I named on that

trophy. It is a lovely, poignant and

2:20:222:20:28

tragic story about Eric Milroy. His

mother hated them playing rugby and

2:20:282:20:33

told him to look after himself and

hang around at the back and not get

2:20:332:20:37

involved in trouble. In his last

letter home before he died in the

2:20:372:20:42

song he wrote, we are in some slight

trouble tomorrow, mother, I am

2:20:422:20:46

warning you, there will be no

keeping back. That was his last

2:20:462:20:51

letter home. His name is on that

trophy that John Barclay is

2:20:512:20:59

carrying. It is interesting when we

talk about French rugby and Olivier

2:20:592:21:01

was talking about it just now.

Playing at this level and this

2:21:012:21:08

intensity, we mentioned that France

253 tackles last against Ireland.

2:21:082:21:16

Today they had a relentless surge of

Scottish players coming towards

2:21:162:21:20

them. How do you not give away

penalties because mentally and

2:21:202:21:24

physically you are getting tired?

Sam? It is hard because Scotland

2:21:242:21:30

came out in the second half. When

you are in the attacking team, you

2:21:302:21:36

want to play against a team that is

tired. If you have a quick first

2:21:362:21:41

half, the second half does not have

to be that quick. Then you might hit

2:21:412:21:46

60 minutes and you might crash. The

first half took its toll on the

2:21:462:21:50

French boys and that is where they

gave away penalties. This is an

2:21:502:21:55

example of how penalties win test

matches. In the Six Nations you kick

2:21:552:22:02

three points and you win three games

and Greg Laidlaw kicked six in a

2:22:022:22:07

row. Every time they went near the

French 22, they came back with

2:22:072:22:11

points.

It was not one fence, they

were all different offences, taking

2:22:112:22:19

the defender out way past the

contact, there was a variety and it

2:22:192:22:24

was that discipline. It was a

momentum that Scotland were able to

2:22:242:22:28

create in the last 15 minutes.

Exactly that. At 65 minutes with

2:22:282:22:35

Greg Laidlaw, he kicked it straight

at France and Beauxis missed it and

2:22:352:22:43

kicked it on. That was the turning

point for me. From then on Scotland

2:22:432:22:47

played with a lot more energy and

they saw the game out. That was the

2:22:472:22:52

turning point for me.

What do we

make generally about Greg Laidlaw

2:22:522:22:57

being moved to number ten. Is that a

massive snub to Finn Russell?

It is,

2:22:572:23:03

but I think it is a brave call by

Gregor Townsend. Looking at Greg

2:23:032:23:08

Laidlaw's interview I am not sure

how prepared that was. He said it

2:23:082:23:12

was a real surprise. That was a big

call. Finn Russell will come

2:23:122:23:18

bouncing back, he has got a

brilliant temperament. You get

2:23:182:23:22

setbacks playing in that position.

But I thought Greg Laidlaw and Peter

2:23:222:23:28

Horne were outstanding today.

They

delivered. How much was that

2:23:282:23:32

decision based on this match in the

end and the last 50 minutes was

2:23:322:23:36

about winning and that was all that

mattered?

That is what it was all

2:23:362:23:40

about. Six Nations is all about

winning, you do not get points for

2:23:402:23:45

playing with flair. It is all about

winning and Scotland did that today.

2:23:452:23:52

I think we are going to hear from a

happy man, Gregor Townsend.

2:23:522:23:57

You are very happy man, aren't you?

Happier than last week.

What pleased

2:23:572:24:03

you most about the performance?

The

resilience, the effort it takes to

2:24:032:24:08

win a test match is huge. When you

have to do it after being behind

2:24:082:24:12

most of the game that shows the

character in squad. Parts of the

2:24:122:24:17

game were not working for us in the

first half, a credit to France for

2:24:172:24:21

that. We improved those areas and we

were more direct and we got our

2:24:212:24:25

rewards.

I said to John Barclay that

it was interesting to see it was not

2:24:252:24:31

just one person scoring tries, it

was very much team efforts. Is that

2:24:312:24:36

something you have been working on?

It is nice to score a try, but we

2:24:362:24:41

were up against a very good defence

and it takes a huge effort. In

2:24:412:24:47

amongst great defensive pressure as

well, France were excellent at the

2:24:472:24:51

breakdown. They did go off their

feet, and they were penalised, but

2:24:512:24:55

the willingness of all the carriers

in the team to get involved, Stuart

2:24:552:25:01

Hogg, and then you have got the

forwards who had a massive game at

2:25:012:25:04

set pieces and did very well. They

were willing carriers right to the

2:25:042:25:08

end of the game.

At which point did

the plan to move Greg Laidlaw at ten

2:25:082:25:14

happen? He sounded surprised?

It was

mentioned during the week and he ran

2:25:142:25:19

a couple of plays dead this morning.

It was really seeing how he was. Ali

2:25:192:25:27

brings so much from the bench I

thought he would have the pace and

2:25:272:25:32

Greg's kicking was good. Keeping him

on and getting Ali onto the ball was

2:25:322:25:36

positive for the team.

Does that

give you some pleasant headaches

2:25:362:25:44

before the English match how Ali

played and how Greg played?

They

2:25:442:25:49

were much better this week and I

thought France was a very good team.

2:25:492:25:53

They would trouble any side in the

world and to get back into the game

2:25:532:25:57

and to be much more accurate than we

were last week was very pleasing.

2:25:572:26:00

Well done.

You can get all the penalties in the

2:26:002:26:07

world, but you still have to kick

them and Greg Laidlaw has been

2:26:072:26:10

metronomic over the years. Not a lot

of them were straightforward.

He has

2:26:102:26:16

done it so often for so many years

and it is the confidence. The team

2:26:162:26:21

knew, the fans knew, I knew, when he

stepped up he was always going to

2:26:212:26:26

knock them over. These are the ones

you expect an international kicker

2:26:262:26:31

to get over. But when the game is in

the last few minutes and you are

2:26:312:26:35

three points down and you are

chipping away, you have still got to

2:26:352:26:38

execute.

From a Welsh perspective

when we come to Murrayfield we say

2:26:382:26:43

we cannot give away penalties in our

hearts when Greg Laidlaw is playing

2:26:432:26:48

because he will convert them. That

is what France did not do. Greg

2:26:482:26:53

Laidlaw is a very high percentage

kicker in international rugby.

With

2:26:532:26:59

Leigh Halfpenny playing behind you,

you know if you get a penalty, you

2:26:592:27:02

have a chance of getting it over.

But last week against Ireland if

2:27:022:27:08

that simple penalty had been kicked

with three minutes to go, France

2:27:082:27:11

would have won the match.

We did

very well and the first ten minutes

2:27:112:27:16

was awesome. But the second half was

terrible. This is the difference.

2:27:162:27:23

When you give the opposite team too

many penalties at the beginning of

2:27:232:27:27

the match you give them confidence

and you lose it. Honestly, again,

2:27:272:27:33

the players gave their best, but it

is not enough. You need more

2:27:332:27:41

discipline throughout the match.

After last week, and narrow defeat,

2:27:412:27:46

and today and narrow defeat, are you

encourage a little bit that the

2:27:462:27:51

French national team is going in the

right direction or not?

We have to

2:27:512:27:56

have a mix of both matches. We have

the commitment last week, but we

2:27:562:28:04

need to be more clever. At times we

do not need to give away too many

2:28:042:28:12

penalties. Hopefully next week I

hope we will realise and have a good

2:28:122:28:18

game against Italy in Marseille and

it is a good opportunity to get

2:28:182:28:22

confidence and to mix all of this.

You have asked me that question for

2:28:222:28:27

many years about Scotland when you

are on that losing streak. France

2:28:272:28:31

have Italy in two weeks' time. You

expect them to win and they will

2:28:312:28:37

start to build from that.

Who plays

scrum half for Scotland against

2:28:372:28:43

England?

Greg Laidlaw. Ali Price

came on and did what he was always

2:28:432:28:48

going to do, generate pace, just

when they needed it. Denton came off

2:28:482:28:52

the bench and made a real impact.

Read Laidlaw, 22 points, he

2:28:522:28:58

controlled everything from both nine

and ten. He is back to being very

2:28:582:29:02

important again for Scotland.

Sam,

you were at Twickenham yesterday and

2:29:022:29:07

you have been here today. How would

you assess the key battle areas for

2:29:072:29:12

Scotland and England in a fortnight?

If I was Scotland, it will be one of

2:29:122:29:18

the best chances they have to beat

England in quite some time. People

2:29:182:29:22

were talking doom and gloom about

Scotland going into this game. But

2:29:222:29:28

beating France, certainly if you get

a good win against England next

2:29:282:29:34

week, the championship is on. John

Barclay said in his BBC column that

2:29:342:29:38

Wales lost their first game in 2013

against Ireland and we played poorly

2:29:382:29:43

and we came back to win the

championship. Just because you lose

2:29:432:29:46

the first game that does not mean

you are down and out. Scotland can

2:29:462:29:52

dust themselves off and get ready

for England and if they can win

2:29:522:29:56

that, the championship is open.

In

practical terms from what you saw at

2:29:562:30:01

Twickenham, how does Scotland target

England?

You have got to take

2:30:012:30:06

penalties and that is why Greg

Laidlaw is important. Six Nations is

2:30:062:30:10

different when you play in the

southern hemisphere, and the games

2:30:102:30:14

are often won by three points. When

they are offered three, six, nine,

2:30:142:30:21

12, get the scoreboard ticking over.

Scotland played better set pieces

2:30:212:30:26

today and that allowed them to come

into the game more. If you have a

2:30:262:30:31

strong set piece and you can do well

at kicking, and there is room for

2:30:312:30:35

improvement for Scotland, then they

have a great dad.

Scotland like play

2:30:352:30:41

at Murrayfield and the game is here

at Murrayfield in two weeks' time.

2:30:412:30:46

It has been a great day at

Murrayfield, thank you very much.

2:30:462:30:51

Sam, in general terms, after the

first two weekends, which is the

2:30:512:30:55

best team at the moment?

Crikey,

good question. That is a brilliant

2:30:552:31:02

question, you have got me. A bit

like France, I think France played

2:31:022:31:08

well in practice, so there is plenty

for France to be optimistic about.

2:31:082:31:13

Thinking about it Ireland have been

the most clinical.

Maybe Ireland

2:31:132:31:19

just sneak it. Thank you to one and

all. It has been absolutely bitter

2:31:192:31:24

here, but it has been a great game

especially from a Scottish

2:31:242:31:29

perspective. In two weeks' time it

is Scotland versus England. Need I

2:31:292:31:34

say more?

France is doing it once

more. Thomas, deja vu. And it is

2:31:342:31:45

Maitland for the try. And it bounces

for Teddy Thomas. Try number two for

2:31:452:31:52

France. And Huw Jones goes through

the gap under the post.

2:31:522:32:01

Rejuvenated Scotland host a France side in need of their own transformation.

This is Scotland's first match at Murrayfield since dismantling Australia by a record score last autumn.

Scotland ended a ten-match losing streak against France when they last met at Murrayfield in 2016, and the hosts will look to showcase the attacking menace they have discovered under new head coach Gregor Townsend. France's poor results have led to coach Guy Noves being sacked and replaced by Jacques Brunel, who led Italy to a Six Nations away victory against Scotland in 2015.

John Inverdale introduces the action, with expert studio analysis from former international captains Andy Nicol and Sam Warburton.

Commentary is provided by Andrew Cotter, Paul O'Connell and Chris Paterson, with Lee McKenzie reporting from the touchline.