Rugby-Flamboyant France beat hosts Scotland 36-17

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FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union – Six Nations Championship – France v Ireland – Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France – February 12, 2022 Paul Willemse of France competes in a REUTERS/Benoit Tessier live match

February 26, 2022

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – France are at their prime as they scored six times trying to beat Scotland 36-17 at Murrayfield on Saturday to claim three wins out of three at this year’s Six Nations.

Two attempts in the first 13 minutes have made an announcement on their form and status as favorites of the tournament, as Paul Willemse and Yoram Moefana arrived early.

There were four more tries from Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty and Damien Penaud (2) in a devastating performance, with Melvyn Jaminet adding three more transitions.

Scotland put up resistance at stages but only crossed the limit twice past loose striker Rory Darge, in his first game for the home side, and Duhan van der Merwe. Finn Russell converted one of the tries and added a penalty while Stuart Hogg converted the other.

France’s early dominance left Scotland cold as Willemse finished off a move set up by Antoine Dupont’s haziness, running from deep in the first half to score his first point in eight minutes.

Some complicated offloads and daring passes ended with Moefana crossing the line five minutes later, as the French continued to announce early.

But their hosts battled back into the game and pulled the lead to 12-10 near halftime after Darge’s effort.

Just before half-time, Van der Merwe broke through the French defence to plunge down the pitch, passing Chris Harris, who hit a long pass to Stuart Hogg, well beyond the Scotland captain’s reach with a test track waiting. front.

The knock-out put the home team to the test at a crucial juncture and proved a turning point in the competition.

Two minutes later, Fickou ran from one end of the court to the other to make a brilliant individual effort that put France ahead 19-10.

This was followed by another hammer blow for the home side shortly after the resumption as Danty’s strength gave France an extra bonus on the fourth attempt as he successfully chased a long kick and put the visitors past. take the lead.

The fifth attempt came in the fifth minute as France snatched the ball from the besieged Scots and set Penaud racing to score at the corner – and he had another 15 minutes later, at the end of the kick. Clever diagonal by Romain Ntamack.

There was an attempted consolation for Van der Merwe late in the game, but it was little consolation for a crushing defeat.

“It was a game that we prepared very carefully,” said France coach Fabien Galthie.

“The players fought an extraordinary battle, with so much intensity and commitment.”

France, which will host next year’s World Cup, remains at the top of the table and remains the only team still capable of winning a Grand Slam – with Wales away on March 11 and England at home on March 19. 3 were on their roster.

“I missed one man and we could have changed the dynamics of the game,” Hogg said of the missed opportunity near the end of the first half.

“That’s what I’m devastated about.”

(Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Christian Radnedge) Rugby-Flamboyant France beat hosts Scotland 36-17


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