Scotland v France live: Six Nations score updates as home side hold narrow lead after Gregory Alldritt off injured
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Scotland welcome France as the second weekend of the Six Nations kicks off in Edinburgh this afternoon.
The hosts are looking to build on a winning start after Gregor Townsend’s side just about survived a scintillating Welsh comeback to secure a first win in Cardiff in 22 years. The manner of Scotland’s win will serve as a wake-up call, however, after they limped over the line having established a 27-point lead at the Principality.
Now Murrayfield will be expectant, but Scotland should perhaps fear a furious French backlash after a flat opening performance in Marseille against Ireland last Friday night. It was a disappointing start from a side that many considered title favourites and followed a crushing World Cup on home soil for France.
The visitors will no doubt be desperate to right the ship and keep their Six Nations title ambitions alive – and both teams know they will have to be perfect from here on in to contend with the Ireland juggernaut. Follow live coverage of Scotland vs France in today’s live blog and get the latest match odds and tips here.
Poor Gregory Alldritt. Paul Boudehent replaces his stricken skipper, and Nolann Le Garrec is on at scrum half, too, as the French squad wait for Alldritt to be removed. A protective, inflatable brace is immediately placed on the number eight’s left leg – that, sadly, could well end his tournament. Brutal.
A bit of a worry for France as Gregory Alldritt grasps at a knee having locked over the top of a ruck and be clattered by three Scots in succession. A worry indeed – the stretcher and a cart are coming out for the French captain. This is a massive blow!
Try? Not quite! the ball spills free from a ruck after Sione Tuipulotu’s forthright carry, and Ben White is sharp to it, racing after a toe ahead. Damian Penaud is just about fleet enough of foot to beat him to it…and after a bit of debate among the officials, it’ll be a goalline dropout rather than a five-metre scrum.
Matthieu Jalibert shakes his head – that was curious from the France ten, taking far too long to retreat underneath a high bomb and thus off-balance as he tries to claim it. A knock on grants Scotland a scrum on the fringes of the French 22 – though the visitors will be significantly meatier for it with the double punch of Uini Atonio’s return from the sin bin and the arrival of Posolo Tuilagi in the second row.
A slightly bitty start to the half with an increasingly greasy ball posing problems. Thomas Ramos settles beneath a Finn Russell punt inside the safety of his own 22, marking it and thunping long. Russell tumbles over an advertising hoarding, rising with a chuckle with no harm done.
Mauvaka can’t find his jumper, though. Scotland come forward and Finn Russell chips, Thomas Ramos sweeping across and improvising a clearance of the bouncing ball with his left boot. Ramos was a handy footballer in his youth, though that was rather more centre half than midfield playmaker.
Scotland knock on as they try to rumble back. Scott Cummings the spiller.
Thomas Ramos is again in bother over by the touchine, this time clawing away an offload to avoid a Scottish lineout, the ball’s ricochet into touch off a Scottish body ensuring it will be Peato Mauvaka’s throw.
Thomas Ramos is bundled towards the touchline, doing well to get himself to floor and avoid being driven out. Fance play a couple more phases and then go to the air, Gael Fickou tapping back in front of a leaping Harry Paterson.
Andy Christie is on in the Scottish back row and produces a superb snaffle at the breakdown.
And we’re back under way in Edinburgh. A crucial second half coming up for both sides – this game could go either way. France still down to 14 men for the first seven minutes of the second half with Uini Atonio’s sin-bin, remember.