Six Nations 2017: France 22-16 Scotland – Les Bleus hold on for first win

  • Camille Lopez scored 17 points from tee to seal France’s win
  • Hosts led 13-11 at break with Stuart Hogg and Gael Fickou touching down
  • Tim Swinson put the Scots ahead but Lopez kicked France to victory
France got their campaign back on track when they secured a hard-fought 22-16 win over Scotland in Paris on Friday.

Stuart Hogg’s 15th Test try  on his 50th cap gave the Scots an early lead but Gael Fickou’s try put France 13-5 clear.

Fly-half Finn Russell, taking over kicking duties from the injured Greig Laidlaw, slotted two penalties to reduce the deficit to just two points heading into halftime, 13-11.

Tim Swinson’s try regained the lead for the injury-hit visitors after the restart before Camille Lopez’s third penalty levelled the scores at 16-16.

France centre Remi Lamerat was then unlucky to have a try ruled out, but two late Lopez kicks sealed victory, ending a run of four consecutive Six Nations defeats.

LINE UPS

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Rémi Lamerat, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Loann Goujon, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Rabah Slimani, 18 Xavier Chiocci, 19 Julian Le Devedec, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Yoann Huget
Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw(c), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Allan Dell
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 John Hardie, 21 Ali Price, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Mark Bennett
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