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Scotland v France LIVE: Six Nations 2024 result and reaction from Murrayfield – The Independent


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Scotland suffered a dramatic 20-16 defeat to France as the second weekend of the Six Nations kicked off in style in Edinburgh.

Gregor Townsend’s side just about survived a scintillating Welsh comeback to secure a first win in Cardiff in 22 years in round one but endured similarly dramatic heartbreak a week later.

Louis Bialle-Biarrey’s stunning 70th-minute solo try – as he collected his own chip over the top to dot down – had put France one point ahead and they added a penalty to extend the lead to four before Scotland drove for the match-winning try as the clock seeped into the red. They burrowed their way over the line from close range but, after a long TMO review, it was determined they had been held up, with insufficient evidence to overturn the on-field call of no-try and Les Bleus clung on.

Scotland had led for most of the match due to Ben White’s early try but Gael Fickou scored for Les Bleus and kickers Thomas Ramos and Finn Russell traded penalties before the late drama.

Relive live coverage of Scotland vs France in today’s live blog:

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Scotland co-captain Finn Russell on Scotland’s defeat

“I think it was a tough second half, the whole game was an arm-wrestle. Personally, I believe that was a try at the end. We’ve got to take this defeat on the chin and get better for England. We can’t let the referee decide who wins, we’ve got to get better.

“The way we got back into the game and that, I believe, we scored shows the character we’ve got. I think we’ll chill out tonight and take it easy next week. We need a bit of time away from rugby, it’s an intense competition, and come back for that England game ready for the challenge.”

Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:23

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Former Wales captain Sam Warburton has his say on the decision

“To be fair, I think that is a try,” Warburton says on the BBC. “I am 95% sure that is a try, but can we say that is 100% a try?

“We couldn’t, so we have to stick with Nic Berry’s on-field decision.”

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Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:21

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France cling on for victory against Scotland after controversial last-minute TMO decision

You have to say that, given the TMO process, the right decision was reached there. Nic Berry had not seen a grounding on the field, which meant Brian MacNeice had to see conclusive evidence that a try was scored. The experienced Irish TMO did not; the no try decision stood.

Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:18

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FT: Scotland 16-20 France

The Scottish players are distraught. They were certain victory was theirs – the ball looked to be on the floor and over the line, but there was no single angle that showed both factors as true. France survive.

Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:16

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FT! Scotland 16-20 France

Good god. It appeared that Brian MacNeice was leaning towards awarding that, with referee Nic Berry ready to raise his arm and give Scotland victory. But one last review of the footage and MacNeice felt he just couldn’t be sure – Scotland fall agonisingly short and France, by the barest of margins, cling on!

Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:15

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FULL TIME! SCOTLAND 16-20 FRANCE

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Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:13

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NO TRY! Scotland 16-20 France, 81 minutes

“I cannot say for certain.” Brian MacNeice concludes – NO TRY!

Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:12

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Scotland 16-20 France, 82 minutes

How can you rule on this? It looks like the ball might be on the floor, but can you conclusively say it is grounded?

Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:10

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Scotland 16-20 France, 81 minutes

The on-field decision is no try. We have to see conclusive evidence of a score…my oh my this is close!

Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:09

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Scotland 16-20 France, 80 minutes

Here they come, throwing everything and the French defence. Duhan van der Merwe’s in there, powering into a thicket. “Short”, Nic Berry cries. This time? Scotland celebrate…HELD UP!

Or is he? Nic Berry sends it upstairs for a look. Over to you, Brian MacNeice, with the clock dead…

Harry Latham-Coyle10 February 2024 16:08



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