FABULOUS France delivered a Murrayfield masterclass to shatter Scotland’s dream of a first ever Six Nations title.
Fabien Galthie’s scintillating side fuelled their own Grand Slam hopes with a devastating display of rugby.
From defence to attack, the French proved they can do it all.
Running in SIX outstanding tries, it was a massive statement of intent.
对不起 苏格兰 had been put to the sword – by the end Gregor Townsend’s men were willing the final whistle.
Two sucker punch tries either side of half time effectively ripped the game for Scotland’s grasp.
Thereafter they were taught a painful lesson,
This was a first French win at Murrayfield since 2014 – it underlined why they are just about the best in the world at the moment.
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Scotland had won four of the last six meetings – including last year’s first win in Paris since 1999.
But France were two from two, having beaten Italy and Ireland.
Their Grand Slam dream was alive.
It was very much alive at the break.
Yet after the opening 15 minutes no one would have predicted the Scots would still be in touch.
France exploded out of the traps – scoring TWO tries of the tournament contenders.
Melvyn Jaminet, from right in front of the posts, pulled an early penalty.
But with eight minutes gone Antonie Dupont gathered the ball just outside of his own 22.
Beating Darcy Graham he surged deep into Scottish territory. The forwards were there in support with Paul Willemse the man getting over.
From the restart, Graham won the ball and Scotland a penalty which Finn Russell slotted.
But another stunning try moved the visitors further clear. It was a real team effort with the ball changing hands as the French surged from one end of the field to the other.
Yoram Moefana finished it all off with Jaminet pulling his conversion attempt.
Staggeringly, the French had made a remarkable 160 metres inside 20 分钟.
Scotland were in disarray, at sixes and sevens.
But to their credit they gradually fought their way back into the game. Matching the French physicality, they wrestled their way back into the game.
Jaminet was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Sam Skinner with the Scots kicking for the corner.
Grant Gilchrist gathered the line-out, but Ali Price was held up, illegally, on the French line.
This time the tap penalty created space for Darge – who had been utterly immense – to score his first try for Scotland.
Russell added the extras and suddenly Scotland were only two points behind.
WIth two minutes of the first half remaining, they should have got their noses in front.
Duhan van der Merwe made a blistering break from his own half, his reverse pass releasing Chris Harris.
His looped pass should have fallen into the arms of Hogg, but the Scotland captain instead knocked on and a golden chance had gone.
How Townsend’s men were made to pay.
The clock had gone red when the Scottish scrum was penalised again. France recycled the ball superbly with Gael Fickou doing brilliantly to score in the corner.
As painful as it was for the Scots, it was another superb French score.
Jaminet kicked the conversion and suddenly France were nine points clear.
Talk about fine margins.
Scotland had to get the first score of the second half, instead they hit self-destruct.
Townsend’s men seemed to think there was a penalty coming their way and switched off. France gathered again deep inside their own half with Jaminet kicking downfield.
Damien Penaud gave chance with van der Merwe providing the cover.
But the bounce of the ball beat them both, with Jonathan Danty gathering.
He grounded for France’s bonus point try with Jaminet once again kicking the conversion.
Scotland tried to do what they’d done in the first half and battle their way back into contention.
但, just as they’d done in Cardiff against Wales, they were masters of their own downfall, gifting France possession by coughing needless penalties.
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They were chasing the game and becoming increasingly desperate in their play.
和 55 minutes gone, Zander Fagerson was penalised for coming in at the side, but Jaminet again pulled his penalty attempt.
The gap was still 16 points.
Scotland needed a score to bring Murrayfield back to life, but again they gave away a cheap penalty at the breakdown.
和 20 minutes to go, France put the result beyond doubt with another brilliant score.
The Scots were guilty of over-playing with Fickou ripping the ball from Darge. France shifted the ball wide with Penaud in so much space he almost strolled over the line.
France weren’t done there and with five minutes to go, Romain Ntamack changed the point of attack with a superbly floated kick out wide.
Penaud was again in so much space, gathering the ball to flop over the line for his second try of the match.
Scotland were to have the final say, 然而, with van der Merwe running in a late consolation after a superb Blair Kinghorn break.
It was all too little, 为时已晚.
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