Scotland bounce back to beat France in Six Nations

Tricia Pearson
February 12, 2018

"The responsibility for last week lies with the coaches and myself", said Townsend on Thursdsy.

Laidlaw is reunited with stand-off Finn Russell at half-back, with this Sunday's Test the scrum-half's first Scotland start since being injured in the corresponding fixture a year ago in Paris.

Sportsmail's GLEN WILLIAMS will be bringing you all the live action with updates from RORY KEANE at Murrayfield.

For Scotland, the overriding emotion is putting Cardiff behind them as quickly as possible.

France are not known as the best travellers and a vociferous home crowd could unsettle them.

The tenure of Jacques Brunel is in its infancy and his side must prove to all that they can deliver away from home in this Championship.

Laidlaw's touchline conversion reduced the deficit to 10-7 but, having worked so hard to get themselves back into the contest, Scotland found themselves undone by a piece of opportunism by Thomas.

France will also be desperate to win in Edinburgh after Ireland's Johnny Sexton conjured a last-gasp drop goal to give the visitors a dramatic 15-13 win in Paris last week. Laidlaw found Huw Jones on the burst and the centre crossed after running a great angle. The 32-year-old was added to the squad after Matthieu Jalibert's knee ligament injury and his partnership with Maxime Machenaud will be critical.

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

"It was a brutally physical game against them a year ago, there were a lot of collisions".

France got the first try of the game through Thomas. The pressure started to toll on France and their errors mounted up. In the end it had little impact on the result in Cardiff, but France will no doubt be coming to Murrayfield to target the Scottish set-piece and use their physicality to overpower them at scrum time. "In our defence we were off the ball", said Laidlaw.

France - G Palis; T Thomas, R Lamerat, G Doumayrou, V Vakatawa; L Beauxis, M Machenaud; J Poirot, G Guirado (C), R Slimani, A Iturria, S Vahaamahina, W Lauret, Y Camara, M Tauleigne.

Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Pete Horne, Sean Maitland; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw; Gordon Reid, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, John Barclay (captain), Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.

Replacements: S Lawson (Newcastle), J Bhatti (Glasgow), J Welsh (Newcastle), B Toolis (Edinburgh), D Denton (Worcester), A Price (Glasgow), C Harris (Newcastle), B Kinghorn (Edinburgh).

Replacements: Adrien Pélissié, Eddy Ben Arous, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Louis Picamoles, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Belleau, Benjamin Fall. You can also listen live on BBC 5live Extra.

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