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Scotland Clubs 3 France Fédérale 30: Late first-half scoring burst takes visitors out of reach

France's forward power carried them to an emphatic victory at Old Anniesland last night against a Scotland side that had also been beaten in Ireland last month.

Scotland's Fergus Scott is stopped in his tracks by Renaud Palomera
Scotland's Fergus Scott is stopped in his tracks by Renaud Palomera

The Scots competed well in the first half but were punished for their errors and trailed 16-0 at the interval.

France got off to a cracking start, a good chip and gather by the full-back Remi Lamarque setting them up for a promising attack in the first minute. They took the lead two minutes later with a penalty from the stand-off Julien Lavie.

Scotland got themselves into the match with a couple of good attacks of their own to warm the crowd up. Gary Graham and Richard Mill were brought into the fray as early replacements due to short-term injuries.

As the match was approaching the half-hour mark Scotland were still mixing it with the visitors but were not making great inroads, and the French pulled away in the run-up to the break.

Firstly a break by Pierre Lafitte created the space for Lavie who floated a crossfield kick which Lamarque collected well to dot down under the posts. Lavie then added two more penalties to give the visitors a considerable cushion at half-time.

Scotland got off to a good start after the break and in the 48th minute opened their account when Jack Steele kicked a penalty.

However, France added another try on the hour when the second-row Anthony Potente went over for a converted score.

Late on, the replacement props Struan Cessford and Renaud Palomera were both sin-binned and then the French scored a third try through replacement Fabien Dupuy.

In the dying seconds the Scotland centre Chris Auld and France replacement Kevin Kahn were red-carded after a brawl broke out.

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