Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Sunday Aug 25, 2019

Scotland bounce back with narrow victory over France at Murrayfield

Scotland bounce back with narrow victory over France at Murrayfield

Tries from Sean Maitland and Chris Harris either side of half-time gave Gregor Townsend’s Scotland a crucial 17-14 victory over France at BT Murrayfield in the second of four World Cup warm-up matches.

ADVERTISEMENT

A far cry from their abject performance in Nice a week ago, Scotland still leaked a pair of Damian Penaud tries inside the opening half hour, both of which were converted by Thomas Ramos.

But Maitland’s score on the brink of half-time and a short-range effort from centre Harris in the second period gave the home side a much-needed win.

France started the stronger of the two sides and made the most of scrappy handling and poor decision-making from the Scots to bag both of their tries.

Penaud snapped up a loose pass from Peter Horne to streak in from the halfway line before completing his brace after a Finn Russell knock-on.

The visitors also looked to offer more structure than Scotland, with the explosive back-row trio of Charles Ollivon, Gregory Aldritt and Arthur Iturria breaking several first-line tackles.

Scotland just about had the better of the set-piece and looked far more potent in attack once the likes of Stuart Hogg, Harris and Russell got into their stride.

ADVERTISEMENT

Maitland finished off a rather fortuitous counter-attack following Penaud’s dropped pass from Ramos, while Harris crashed over after several punishing phases on the French line in the second half.

While the neutral spectator may well have enjoyed what had been a thoroughly entertaining encounter in almost perfect summer rugby weather, both sides fell short of giving a true representation of where they are at ahead of the World Cup in Japan.

France lacked intensity all too often in the second period as well as structure after Lopez was forced off injured in the first half. Scotland’s indiscipline and inaccuracy in key areas of the field continues to limit their scoring opportunities, while line-outs were a lottery for both sides.

For Scotland, they travel away to Georgia next weekend, with France hosting Italy at the Stade de France.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 38 WEEKS AGO

    Mohamed Haouas given three week suspension...

  • 38 WEEKS AGO

    Johnnie Beattie gives remarkable insight...

  • 43 WEEKS AGO

    Dupont says he'll 'use contact lenses next...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Exeter winger pulls off O'Driscoll-style volley in early try of the season contender

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Stunning pass leads to steam-rolled fullback as Macilai shows his class

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Legends react to stunning Jonny May try vs Ireland in Autumn Nations Cup

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Specman scores brilliant 60-metre try with cleaver half-volley and Superman dive

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Hawkes Bay score Try of the season contender with incredible handling and speed

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Another foul play talking point as Bulls prop was sent off for debatable high shot in Currie Cup

  • 1 DAY AGO

    O'Driscoll outraged over All Blacks clear-out technique in Los Pumas game

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    The time Kyle Eastmond took out separate Quins players with two brutal red card hits in two minutes

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Welsh fans question alleged headbutt from Ellis Genge in Saturday's Autumn Nations Cup clash

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Wales fans livid over first half Biggar call in build-up to England try

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    All Blacks honour the late Maradona with emotional shirt presentation

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Ashton explains his 'too slow' comments about Lowe as winger's work rate comes into question

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    The remarkable similarities between Sumo wrestling and England's defence

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    'All he had to do was change his angle' - Campese says modern players lack flair and understanding

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Parisse and Nonu hold back teammate from referee confrontation

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel Owens refereeing montage

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing a Pumas jersey is proving popular

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Simon Zebo reveals how 'absolute lunatic' Yoann Huget would wind up a scrum half

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The day a 130kg Springboks prop casually slotted a conversion in front of Hurricanes fans

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Hilarious Nigel Owens rollercoaster reaction will have fans in stitches

View All

Amateur

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 41 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 42 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 42 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 42 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Is Dupont now up there with De Klerk as the world's form number nine?

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Powerful South African winger set to become second Test player in family, but for another country

View All
Scotland bounce back with narrow victory over France at Murrayfield | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos