Hogg: "Our errors cost us" - France 22-16 Scotland | Six Nations


Hogg: "Our errors cost us" - France 22-16 Scotland | Six Nations

But just like England a week ago they found it hard to deal with France's physicality.

France got back to winning ways, with a 22-16 triumph over Scotland in the Six Nations at the Stade de France in Paris.

France's Gael Fickou scores a try.

Hogg's turnover was just one of a string of Scottish mistakes in the last 15 minutes as the visitors were unable to claw back France's late lead after scores were tied for the majority of the second-half at 16-16.

"It's an ankle injury, we'll see tomorrow how bad it is", said the New Zealander.

French kicker Camille Lopez scored 17 points with the boot while Finn Russell managed only two penalties on his register.

Scotland were on top of the world coming into today's game against France.

Scotland knew that the bigger French forwards were going to try and steamroller them, but the plan was to tire them out. We seemed to lose shape.

"If we had kept that lead and just exited properly, maybe got another penalty, their tails would have gone down".

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"We were under pressure to win this game and that played a part, but I'm happy for the players because a week ago we were ahead of England with nine minutes left and lost because we lacked character", added Noves.

Initially, the kicking tee was too long to reach him. His chip ahead wrong-footed Spedding and Seymour regathered before feeding Swinson, who galloped in under the posts.

Then came Russell's bad miss, drawing mocking roars from the French crowd at Stade de France.Lopez's penalty restored parity, but Spedding was not having much luck with his feet either, and his penalty from halfway drifted wide.

For a team that had won just two of its previous 12 Championship encounters, that would represent some remarkable progress.

The visiting pack, meanwhile, struggled against the French might and was regularly demolished, conceding a total of six penalties and a free-kick, although the Scots battled doggedly in a bid to build on their opening-day victory against Ireland.

The Six Nations rugby clash between France and Scotland is scheduled for 3:00 pm GMT (4 pm CET, 8:30 pm IST) start.

France finally got the reward their relentless pressure deserved with two late Lopez penalties to secure a hard-fought but deserved victory.

"It's a fantastic personal achievement, especially at such a young age, which is a good indication of how talented an individual he is and how important he's been to Scotland teams over the past five years".

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