France offered a stellar response following back-to-back Six Nations losses by beating Scotland 27-10 Saturday at Stade de France in Paris.
Coach Jacques Brunel rung the modifications after his facet’s 44-Eight drubbing by the hands of England final outing and was rewarded with an effort that secured a bonus level.
With the likes of Morgan Parra and Camille Lopez not even within the squad after reportedly criticizing the teaching employees following that Twickenham reverse, France confirmed a renewed function.
The hosts had two tries dominated out in a superb first-half show, each for knock-ons within the build-up, and the second of these was a shocking effort that noticed Gael Fickou collect Romain Ntamack’s pinpoint kick earlier than touching down.
Between these disappointments, younger fly-half Ntamack did get Les Bleus up and operating in opposition to an injury-hit Scotland outfit, which had Josh Strauss out there after he was granted particular dispensation to play regardless of shedding his passport.
— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) February 23, 2019
With Brunel’s males firmly on the entrance foot, one other assault compelled Sam Johnson into conceding a penalty below the posts and Thomas Ramos added the three factors.
Scotland lastly obtained a foothold within the contest when, having already seen one try strike a put up, Greig Laidlaw nailed a penalty to overhaul Gavin Hastings as Scotland’s second-highest points-scorer behind Chris Paterson.
But after surrendering halftime leads in 5 of its final seven video games, France appeared decided to keep away from any additional such setbacks because it retained its benefit in skilled style.
The hosts pulled additional clear following a transfer that noticed Mathieu Bastareaud collect his personal chip-and-chase with Yoann Huget – who had earlier been despatched to the sin-bin – offering a wonderful end.
Gregory Alldritt then powered over twice late on to make sure France earned a bonus level, both facet of Ali Worth’s reply.
FRANCE’S TMO WOE
France was twiced denied excellent first-half tries after opinions from the tv match official, whose calls – whereas irritating to the house followers – had been appropriate and applauded by World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper on Twitter. Additional TMO selections went in opposition to France after the break, but it surely mattered little.
We now have seen among the greatest tries by no means scored by France within the first half….however TMO making the appropriate calls. France’s new weapons shining within the Paris solar #FRAVSCO #6Nations
— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) February 23, 2019
PARIS TRIPS NO FUN FOR SCOTS
Scotland’s fortunes have improved markedly lately, however its document in France stays a poor one. Not since 1999 have the Scots prevailed within the French capital, and this loss ends any practical hopes of Gregor Townsend’s males profitable the title.
NTAMACK FOLLOWS IN FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS
Opta information exhibits Ntamack scored a attempt 7,259 days after his father, Emile, scored the second of two profession tries in opposition to Scotland for France, on April 10, 1999.
France faces the prospect of a visit to reigning Six Nations champions Eire on March 10, the day after Scotland host Wales at Murrayfield.