France 19-16 Scotland: Les Bleus edge final World Cup warm-up clash

first_imgA scrappy Scotland side were denied a snatch-and-grab win in Paris after France stormed back to claim a 19-16 win in both side’s final match before the World Cup.Vern Cotter’s men where erratic at the vital moments for most of the opening hour but a moment of class from skipper Greig Laidlaw set up Tommy Seymour to score.However, the Scots could not claim their first win at the Stade de France since 1999, as Philippe Saint-Andre’s team finally breached the visitors’ solid defence with Noa Nakaitaci’s late touchdown.Scotland started 2015 with six straight defeats, but after finally injecting some much-needed momentum into their tournament preparations with back-to-back wins over Italy, they were keen to keep the feel-good factor rolling against Les Bleus.However, a head knock to prop Al Dickinson forced the visitors into an early rethink as Gordon Reid was thrown on after just six minutes.Three kicks from skipper Laidlaw edged out two from Frederic Michalak to give the Scots a 9-6 half-time lead.But the away side could not keep their discipline as the second half got under way and Michalak once again tied things up with another penalty and the hosts took the lead for the first time when long-range specialist Scott Spedding squeezed a penalty over from inside his own half.However, Laidlaw then came up with a stunning sucker punch as the Scots stormed back in front after 62 minutes.Spotting a gaping hole on the left-hand side of the Les Bleus defence, the scrum-half fired a perfect kick over the top and watched with joy as Tommy Seymour beat Spedding to the ball after using his soccer skills to good effect as he dribbled round the full-back’s tackle, leaving him to jog in for the score. Laidlaw added the extras.But the French were in no mood to lie down and poured forward. The pressure was too much for David Denton, who left Scotland a man down for the final ten minutes when he was sin-binned for a cynical foul on Bastareaud.And with the extra man, Saint-Andre’s men could not be stopped as Noa Nakaitaci combined passes with Remi Tales before storming over for the winner, converted by substitute Morgan Parra. Noa Nakaitaci’s late try sealed victory for France against Scotland 1last_img

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