France were clinical and precise in their 23-17 victory against Scotland, who produced a brave attacking effort at Murrayfield in the Six Nations on Sunday.
Scotland are once again on the wrong side of a narrow loss, but will be pleased that they're attack was more effective than it has been in some time.
Tries for Stuart Hogg and Lee Jones gave Scotland hope as they twice took the lead against France, only to have the French strike back almost immediately on both occasions with tries from Wesley Fofana and Maxime Médard.
While Scotland were fearless on attack and dominated possession at times, France were well drilled and grabbed control of the match in the second half feeding of Scottish mistakes.
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Tries: Hogg, Jones
Cons: Laidlaw, Weir
Tries: Fofana, Médard
Cons: Parra 2
Pens: Parra 2, Beauxis
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Rory Lamont, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Lee Jones, 10 Greig Laidlaw, 9 Mike Blair, 8 David Denton, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 John Barclay, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford (captain), 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Ed Kalman, 18 Alastair Kellock, 19 Richie Vernon, 20 Chris Cusiter, 21 Duncan Weir, 22 Nick De Luca.
France: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurélien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Morgan Pazrra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Imanol Harinordoquy, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux.
Replacements: 16 William Servat, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Lionel Nallet, 19 Julien Bonnaire, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Maxime Mermoz.
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Alain Rolland (Ireland), Simon McDowell (Ireland)
TMO: Geoff Warren (England)
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