Nations: Happy ending for France in 22-16 win vs Scotland

Rachel Hardy
February 13, 2017

"We just needed perhaps one more possession and field position to apply pressure and we didn't get it, so credit to them (France)".

A try from Gael Fickou helped France to a 22-16 victory over Scotland on Sunday in the Six Nations to register their first victory of the tournament. Check out France vs Scotland Rugby Streaming, Live Score and Preview from Six Nations 2017 below.

Scotland scored five first-half tries in that one with the likes of Alan Tait, Martin Leslie and Gregor Townsend starring in the Stade de France.

In the closing stages of the half Finn Russell, who took over the kicking duties when Greig Laidlaw hobbled off injured, kicked two penalties to close the gap to two, 13-11 at the break.

France scored their try after half an hour when Gaël Fickou barged his way through the Scottish line to finish after some resolute defending.

Scotland will host Wales in Round 3, while France visit Ireland.

Fraser Brown meanwhile has overcome an eye injury to retain his place at hooker in what is likely to be the biggest challenge of his 21-cap career - France demonstrated their set-piece power against England while Allan Dell and Zander Fagerson are by no means Scotland's first-choice props. We seemed to lose shape.

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However, following Lopez's two penalties, a converted try in the last four minutes proved too much a task for Scotland.

"We were under pressure to win this game and that played a part, but I'm happy for the players because a week ago we were ahead of England with nine minutes left and lost because we lacked character", added Noves.

Soon after, flanker Hamish Watson was penalised for blocking Serin and Lopez's penalty made it 6-5. Tim Swinson crossed over under the posts after a Tommy Seymour up and under.

"It was tough going out there", he said. They had beaten Ireland and confidence was soaring, as they sought back-to-back wins against the French for the first time since the 1960s.

After Lopez missed a routine penalty, his effort also striking the bar, France moved further ahead.

Scotland's Tim Swinson scores a try as France's Camille Lopez looks on during the Six Nations global rugby match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

France's Loann Goujon, right, runs past Scotland's Finn Russell during the Six Nations worldwide rugby match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

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