Scotland 17-36 France: Les Bleus run in six tries as Grand Slam dream continues

Gregor Townsend’s men fell to an in-form France side whose Grand Slam chase remains intact

France will head for Cardiff still on course for the Grand Slam after running in six tries during a scintillating bonus-point victory up in Murrayfield.

They put Scotland to the sword in style as they added to wins over Italy and Ireland in their opening two Six Nations fixtures.

Next up for Fabien Galthie’s thrilling team is Wales at the Principality Stadium on Friday, March 11.

Les Bleus came flying out of the blocks against the Scots as they produced a magnificent start, scoring two wonderful tries in the opening 10 minutes.

First, lock Paul Willemse stormed over following a 60 metre counter attack from deep by man of the match Antoine Dupont, who beat three defenders on a mesmerising run.

Then, some superb handling from both forwards and backs culminated in wing Yoram Moefana touching down out wide.

But Scotland hit back with a touchdown from hugely impressive flanker Rory Darge, who hit a great line to celebrate his first start for his country.

And they had a golden opportunity to take the lead when Duhan van der Merwe broke away to create a four on one overlap, but Stuart Hogg was unable to hold on to the long scoring pass from Chris Harris.

To rub salt in the wound, France then struck either side of half-time, with centres Gaël Fickou and Jonathan Danty both crossing, ahead of wing Damian Penaud claiming a brace as the contest became increasingly one-sided.

There was a late consolation try for Scotland from Van der Merwe, but this was a day when Les Bleus made a real statement.

Scotland: 15. Stuart Hogg (capt), 14. Darcy Graham, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Sione Tuipulotu, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Ali Price, 1. Pierre Schoeman, 2. Stuart McInally, 3. Zander Fagerson, 4. Sam Skinner, 5. Grant Gilchrist, 6. Nick Haining, 7. Rory Darge, 8. Magnus Bradbury.

Replacements: 16. George Turner, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. WP Nel, 19. Jamie Hodgson, 20. Andy Christie, 21. Ben White, 22. Blair Kinghorn, 23. Mark Bennett.

France: 15. Melvyn Jaminet, 14. Damian Penaud, 13. Gaël Fickou, 12. Jonathan Danty, 11. Yoram Moefana, 10. Romain Ntamack, 9. Antoine Dupont; 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Julien Marchand, 3. Uini Atonio, 4. Cameron Woki, 5. Paul Willemse, 6. François Cros, 7. Anthony Jelonch, 8. Grégory Alldritt.

Replacements: 16. Pesto Mauvaka, 17. Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Romain Taofifenua, 20. Thibaud Flament, 21. Dylan Cretin, 22. Maxime Lucu, 23. Thomas Ramos.

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