Sunday, February 06, 2011
France turned it on in Paris last night as they produced an impressive 34-21 win over Scotland in the most entertaining Six Nations game of the weekend.
Both sides contributed, with Scotland, who in recent times have struggled to score tries, crossing three times themselves, through Alastair Kellock, Kelly Brown, and Sean Lamont.
While the Scots put up a brave fight in the face of some dazzling French play at times, it was all about the home side as they showed that theyre over the thumping they took from Australia a few months back, and demonstrated what a classy outfit they can be.
The skill level on display was highly impressive, and a good end to a Six Nations weekend that was at times error prone and lacking the decisive finishing required at the highest level. All four French tries were good, although there were a few standouts.
A Maxime Medard break led to some superb interchanges that ended with Damien Traille diving over, and then a well placed, through-the-legs pass by Francois Trinh-Duc allowed Imanol Harinordoquy to streak away for a memorable try.
While Scotland remained close on the scoreboard, the result was never in doubt, with France making a pretty emphatic statement at the start of the tournament.
"There was a lot of rhythm and intensity. It wasn't easy. People said there was a lot to fear from this Scotland side and they were right," said Marc Lievremont afterwards.
"I'm very happy with the performance of the backs. It was far from the perfect match but I like the solidarity shown during the game. That was pleasing."
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