6N: Laidlaw back as chastened Scots ring changes for France


6N: Laidlaw back as chastened Scots ring changes for France

But away form has always been Scotland's Achilles heel in the Six Nations and their Championship started with a 34-7 thrashing by Wales in Cardiff last Saturday, where only Pete Horne's late try saw Townsend's men avoid the embarrassment of failing to score any points at all.

Gregor Townsend's side regrouped quickly, however, and responded with a try of their own when Sean Maitland went over in the corner following patient build-up. He replaced Matthieu Jalibert, who injured his left knee in his test debut.

Scotland achieved the improbable in those early stages, by beginning the game even more poorly than they had done in Cardiff.

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After such an impressive autumn campaign including a record victory over Australia and coming so close to beating New Zealand, the expectation on the shoulders of Scotland last weekend was high.

"France will be very physical and their defence is very good", he said.

Fly-half - The No 10 in any team is crucial, but this game throws up an interesting match-up. Scotland wouldn't let the visitors pull away and Laidlaw cut the lead back to just three points.

"We were a bit more direct in the second half, and we got our rewards".

One of those returning to the side is Greig Laidlaw, in place of Ali Price, who struggled throughout in Cardiff.

Laidlaw, making his first start for Scotland since a year ago due to injury, said he was taken by surprise when midway through the second half he was switched to flyhalf and Finn Russell was taken off.

Beauxis, who has been enjoying a good season with Lyon, started his worldwide career in 2007.

The hosts then pressed on, converting two more penalty kicks and securing their first win in this year's Six Nations.

FRANCE know what Scotland are capable of, according to their coach Jacques Brunel.

With 26 minutes on the clock, the flying wing took a feed from fullback Geoffrey Palis and chipped the ball into the Scotland in-goal area. Huw Jones broke the line before going over.

France, too, aren't exactly blessed in this department.

"We must respect the rules otherwise we won't make it", added Guirado. Sebastien Vahaamahina made 19 tackles but let himself down by conceding four silly penalties. We were a lot more accurate than last week but still not quite there. The pressure started to toll on France and their errors mounted up.

Scrum - There has been much talk of Scotland's front-row injuries leading up to the Six Nations.

Inside the final two minutes, a long penalty to touch set up an excellent lineout platform for France to attack from, but their maul was held up, giving Scotland the put-in at the scrum. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) 20. The TMO is Rowan Kitt, who took on the same role for the Italy v England game in round one. You can also listen live on BBC 5live Extra.



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