Scotland beat France in Paris for first time in 22 years – Rugby World


Scotland beat France in Paris for first time in 22 years

Paris when it drizzles! This Six Nations finale on the Stade de France could not have been the end-to-end show of working rugby anticipated – the moist situations taking part in their half – but it surely nonetheless delivered loads of drama, as so many video games on this yr’s championship have.

The match featured six tries, two sin-binnings and a crimson card, but it surely was the 20-plus phases resulting in Duhan van der Merwe’s late rating that stood out as Scotland beat France in Paris for the primary time this century.

The cheers at Scotland’s 27-23 victory have been matched in Wales, as the very fact France failed of their try to attain 4 tries and win by 21 factors imply it’s Alun Wyn Jones’s aspect who carry the championship title.

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Right here’s how the sport performed out…

Scotland beat France in Paris for first time in 22 years

Halfway by means of the primary half Scotland led 10-3 because of a van der Merwe attempt to a conversion and penalty from Finn Russell.

There have been query marks over the winger’s strive, which got here following a five-metre lineout. George Turner broke from the maul first, then Hamish Watson made some floor earlier than van der Merwe picked up and burrowed over. The French queried the rating for a double motion however referee Wayne Barnes caught together with his choice.

Scotland’s kicking sport – and France’s makes an attempt to run the ball out of their 22 – stored the hosts pinned in their very own half for a lot of the primary half-hour, however then momentum swung les Bleus’ method.

The Scots conceded a succession of penalties and the strain finally informed from a five-metre scrum. Gregory Alldritt broke from the again and fed Antoine Dupont, who despatched an enormous cross out to Damian Penaud. The wing stepped infield and offloaded to Brice Dulin to attain within the nook. Romain Ntamack transformed from the touchline to make it 13-10.

Brice Dulin scores for France simply earlier than half-time after being put in by Damian Penaud, proper (Inpho)

Issues acquired worse for Scotland earlier than the half-time whistle when Stuart Hogg was sin-binned, a sufferer of repeated infringements by his crew. From that penalty, Ntamack kicked to the nook however Nick Haining made an important intervention to steal the lineout.

France acquired their second strive early quickly after the break – and it was a magnificence. Dulin marked a kick within the French 22, then tapped and ran. Subsequent got here Ntamack after which Arthur Vincent, which took play to midway.

Virimi Vakatawa took the transfer on and produced a elegant offload to Penaud, who chipped forward and touched down his personal kick regardless of being felled by Ali Worth. Barnes was attributable to award a penalty strive for an off-the-ball deal with by Worth had Penaud not already scored the strive.

Penaud launched one other assault from his personal line within the 54th minute that noticed Gael Fickou take play to the Scotland 22 however the guests secured possession following a Dupont chip, have been awarded a penalty and took play deep into the French half.

Sam Johnson acquired near scoring from a set lineout transfer however he was introduced down a number of metres from the posts. France then conceded a collection of penalties and Scotland opted for a collection of five-metre lineouts, which led to a different David Cherry strive.

The hooker scored twice in opposition to Italy and crossed once more in Paris. Scotland received ball in the back of the lineout, set the maul and as Swan Rebbadj ripped the ball it fell completely for Cherry, who darted over. Russell’s conversion gave Scotland a two-point lead.

Scotland beat France in Paris for first time in 22 years

Hooker George Turner roars his approval as Scotland open up an early lead at Stade de France (inpho)

Rebbadj was fast to make amends, discovering a giant hole to dive over from shut vary following a few lineouts near the Scottish line. Ntamack missed the conversion, making it 23-20 going into the final quarter-hour.

Scotland got here once more and opted for extra lineouts relatively than a kick at purpose that might have drawn the scores degree. It was to no avail as Russell was despatched off within the 71st minute for main with the forearm to the neck of tackler Dulin – the fifth crimson card on this yr’s Six Nations.

It was 14 males v 14 males for the closing minutes, nonetheless, as France’s penalty depend grew too excessive and Baptiste Serin was the one proven yellow.

Penalties have been awarded this manner and that because the match drew to a detailed, but it surely was the Scots who took probably the most benefit – kicking into France’s 22 and launching from their lineout as soon as extra. They confirmed nice persistence to undergo greater than 20 phases to finally create the area for van der Merwe to cross out huge.

Adam Hastings added the ultimate flourish with a conversion to go away Scots and Welsh united in delight. Regardless of their historic win, Scotland end fourth within the desk and dejected France take the runners-up spot behind the Welsh.

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