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Published: Mon, February 13, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Six Nations: Scotland 'chucked it away' against France - Stuart Hogg

Six Nations: Scotland 'chucked it away' against France - Stuart Hogg

France coach Guy Noves was relieved to get a much-needed victory.

"Our first try was well constructed and at times we seemed to lose shape".

Stuart Hogg and Tim Swinson scored tries for the Scots and Finn Russell added two conversions, but key misses from the tee made the difference.

Despite not crossing for another try, Lopez knocked over three penalties, two of which came in the last eight minutes as French kept alive their hopes of claiming the Six Nations title.

"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". "But credit to France they put pressure on us". "The rucks were fiercely contested".

Action from Week two of the Six Nation Championship continues later today as Scotland and France who are now 4 and 5 in the table will go head to head as they hope to catch leaders England who won their second match yesterday against Wales.

Scotland will host Wales in Round 3, while France visit Ireland. England is top after two wins. Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw's conversion attempt from the touchline hit the bar. Russell inexplicably missed the conversion though and France were soon level at 16-16 after another Lopez penalty.

"It is a different French team and they've obviously been given real license to play from anywhere and to try things", said the wing.

Russell's two penalties trimmed the deficit to 13-11 heading into the break and careless defending from France fullback Scott Spedding gifted Scotland the go-ahead try early into the second period. Scotland scrambled but conceded another in front of the posts, only for France to opt for the scrum and Rémi Lamerat spilled the ball as he stretched for the line.

France has made considerable progress since last year's campaign, where it finished second-to-last and scraped out boring home wins against Italy and Ireland.

The Scots have not beaten the French in Paris since 1999.

He has recalled erratic flyhalf Camille Lopez and paired him alongside waif-life scrumhalf Baptiste Serin, who has quick hands and is often one step ahead of his teammates. Check out France vs Scotland Rugby Streaming, Live Score and Preview from Six Nations 2017 below.

So, as they welcome Scotland to Stade de France for their second Six Nations game of the season, the FFR took the opportunity to put their best foot forward and use the considerable frames of their large players as large bilboards for their bid.

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