France opened this season’s Six Nations with a powerful and stylish victory over a spirited Scotland side at the Stade de France. Maxime Medard ran onto a Rougerie grubber to open the scoring with Parra adding the extras early on, then the powerful French pack took Scotland apart for a penalty try. All this led us in at half time with France comfortable on 17-7, with Captain Alastair Kellock’s having gone over for the Scots.
The second period and it was more of the same as the French dominated territory and possession. Imanol Harinordoquy and Damien Traille crossed the line for the French, with Yachvilli converting. The final points for France came from the boot with Trinh-Duc having a drop goal and strangely when they were out of sight Yachivil a penalty in the dying minutes. Scotland did manage further tries through Brown and Lamont however they were never in contention as France ran out to the final score of:
France 34-21 Scotland
Tries: Medard, penalty, Harinordoquy, Traille Cons: Parra 2, Yachvili 2 Pen: Yachvili Drop-goal: Trinh-Duc
Tries: Kellock, Brown, Lamont Cons: Parks 2, Jackson
France: Traille, Huget, Rougerie, Mermoz, Medard, Trinh-Duc, Parra, Domingo, Servat, Mas, Pierre, Nallet, Dusautoir, Bonnaire, Harinordoquy.
Replacements: Poitrenaud for Mermoz (44), Clerc for Medard (73), Yachvili for Parra (52), Guirado for Servat (57), Ducalcon for Mas (52), Thion for Nallet (62), Chabal for Harinordoquy (55).
Scotland: Southwell, Walker, Ansbro, De Luca, Evans, Parks, R. Lawson, Jacobsen, Ford, Murray, Gray, Kellock, Hines, Barclay, Brown.
Replacements: S. Lamont for De Luca (55), Jackson for Parks (69), Blair for R. Lawson (40), Hall for Ford (73), Low for Murray (70), Vernon for Hines (56), Rennie for Barclay (61).
Ref: W Barnes (RFU)