French flyhalf Camille Lopez kicked five penalties as Scotland left Paris with little to show for their hearty performance, that included the only try of the match. France’s 15-8 victory left the Scots frustrated and ruing missed opportunities.
Scotland socred an excellent try through Dougie Fife and could have had one more late in the game had Tim Visser’s intercept chance come off. As it was, France, who were wearing red for only the third time in history, got the win through the boot of Lopez, but left their coach less than satisfied.
“We won,” said Philippe Saint Andre. “However, we weren’t clinical enough especially when we had a one man advantage and didn’t score enough points when we had the chance.
“There was not enough variety in our game. Scotland played with a lot of spirit. For the game with Ireland (next Saturday) we need to show a lot of improvement.”
Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw said that his side were frustrated to leave the Stade De France without a win, after he had said earlier in the week spoken about how confident they were.
“We’re extremely frustrated, we felt we played a lot of really, really good rugby but we just let them off the hook at times,” said Laidlaw, who kicked his team’s only penalty.
“We were probably on the wrong side of the penalty count as well. We’re frustrated with that because it’s a tough enough place to come when things are going well, we don’t need the penalty count going against us as well.”
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