Scotland can’t back their win over Ireland as they fall in the set piece

Scotland was unfortunate (again). They were unable to back up their winning form against Ireland with a win in France.

France were rampant, with their big forwards destroying Scotland at the set piece. Scotland were unable to compete here I this is really an area which meant they lost the game.

Scotland tried and gave it their all but they were unable to get a win in Paris (something they haven’t managed since 1999). 

HIA (head injury assessments) were rife in this game and some may argue that this is what cost Scotland the game. However, I would argue that their set piece meant that they had nothing to play off and were not able to properly relieve pressure. Key injuries to WP Nel and co. means that an inexperienced front row was not able to compete with the sheer weight of the French pack. 

Scotland really missed the composed head of Laidlaw. They need to build their leadership body so without these players they can stay composed even without players as influential as Laidlaw.

Another talking point is that kick. Finn Russell was unfortunate, but he will get a lot of stick for fluffing the conversion. It looks as though the ball fell off the tee after he had started his run-up meaning he had to kick it or France could charge him down. It was, however, one of the key moments in the match. Getting a conversion as easy as that provides confidence and those extra points which allow teams to go on and build a score.  

France is really looking like a team that can go on and bring the game to the opposition. In previous years they have looked as they were deteriorating but Guy Noves seems to have revitalised the French rugby spirit, and we can hopefully expect big things from them in the future. 

France 22 Scotland 16


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