Three first-half efforts put France on track to a third win at Six Nations in many outings, emerging with a 36-17 win over Scotland at Murrayfield to maintain their perfect start to the tournament. this year
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Gregor Townsend Their side contributed some great individual performances – not least from Rory Darge starting his first game for Scotland – but struggled to beat Les Bleus at Murrayfield.
Paul Willemse, Yoram Moefana and Gael Fickou each overcame the visitors in the opening period, while Jonathan Danty and Damian Penaud (two) came through to complete the run of six attempts in the second half.
Darge’s run in disguise led to him having to try his hand at his full debut, crashing to the right of the posts to make his first outing at Murrayfield even more memorable.
However, it was subtle consolation after what was ultimately a dominant result, as France reveled in their heaviest win over Scotland in Edinburgh since 2008.
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France captain Antoine Dupont made good use of every bit of his 5’9″ goal as he unleashed a breakthrough from inside his first half in the eighth minute, which ended with Willemse rush to open the score.
Full-back Melvyn Jaminet had to blush when he missed a routine penalty to put France ahead 60 seconds earlier, but the visitors made up for the error (and then some) with aggressiveness. by Dupont.
If there’s any doubt that this French classic has returned to its finest freedom, Moefana has them on the bed as he plunges in for a second try in five minutes after some wonderful hands from Penaud.
The Clermont winger dashed towards the right corner and was ejected as he threw a hopeful ball inside to assist Cyril Baille, who displayed a deft glove to put Moefana through.
Just as the slots were opening wide for the visitors, France seemed lucky to escape two consecutive barrels of sin.
Witnessed the first sighting of Jaminet getting to his feet for crashing into a Sam Skinner in the air in a reckless move, while Baille’s high tackle on Ali Price as he crossed the lead line resulted in no more a penalty kick.
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That didn’t matter, though, as Darge soon solved the problem on his own and dived into trying out the full launch from the next stage.
Few could believe that Scotland should have come into play as leaders at halftime because of their slow start, with Chris Harris lacking the execution ability to send captain Stuart Hogg after Duhan van der Merwe takes a break.
Les Bleus also cost their home side after Fickou flew at the opposite end in first-half injury time.
Deja vu occurred as Scotland once again went from threatening France’s attack to conceding another in seconds, with Danty making the difference in the 43rd minute.
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A lucky pass went through the center of La Rochelle to surprise the Scottish defense, although France well deserved their bonus points.
While the first 40 minutes were frantic and somewhat unpredictable, the table leaders showed their game-managing skills in a less hectic second half.
Defensive coach Shaun Edwards will be particularly pleased with France’s improvement in that division after the restart, with Scotland struggling to get out of their halves in the long run.
Danty switched players for Penaud after Scotland were robbed of the ball in their half, a predictable penalty for Scotland as they struggled to keep the ball in their hands.
Of that, the majority of their woes for the rest of the game, with France enjoying near-discretionary penalties around the incident and reminding their colleagues why they deserved the challenge. Grand Slam candidate.
A corner kick sent Penaud home for the second in wide space, although the winger’s brace wasn’t enough to send Dupont the Man of the Match award.
Van der Merwe had the last laugh and opened his account for 2022 after a late left-left breakout from replacement Blair Kinghorn, although he will struggle to match his total of five attempts. Six Nations last year.
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Hogg said he and his teammates were “bitterly disappointed” with the result, highlighting his first-half test-taking opportunity as a turning point.
The French Revolution continued to explode as Les Bleus went on to win their first Six Nations title since 2010, with their Grand Slam hopes still intact with two matches remaining.
Teams will have an extra week of rest before Galthie’s men begin their campaign to Wales on Friday, March 11 before concluding their tournament at home to England eight days later there.
After what could be their toughest test in the league, Scotland can expect a more candid test to Italy in two weeks’ time.
Townsend’s men have played both of their home games in the Six Nations this year and will spend the rest of the campaign on the road, ending with another tough test against Ireland in Dublin on 19 May. 3.
SCOTLAND- Tested: Honey. Defect: Russell. Pen: Russell.
FRANCE- Tested: Willemse, Moefana, Fickou, Danty, Penaud 2 . Defect: Jaminet 3 .
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/scotland-france-six-nations-report-26336798 France shot six attempts over Scotland to keep six-country Grand Slam hopes alive