Flyhalf Lionel Beauxis’s boot was the difference as France beat Scotland 22-13 in Paris.
The French pivot kicked five successful penalties to help his side to their first victory in this year’s Six Nations. The Scots were by no means outplayed, but their poor discipline proved to be their downfall.
In a dull first-half France dominated the scrums, but both sides struggled to gain any ascendancy. France enjoyed the territorial advantage and should have taken the lead in the 12 minute, but Beauxis missed an early opportunity to put his team in front.
Finally the deadlock was broken in the 22 minute when Beauxis found his range to give his side the lead.
While France had the upper hand at scrum time, Scotland were impressive in the lineouts winning three against the throw in the first-half alone.
Scotland slowly got themselves out of their half and eventually leveled matters when they were awarded a penalty in the 31 minute and flyhalf Phil Godman made no mistake, but just five minutes later Beauxis restored France’s lead with a 42 metre penalty just before half-time.
France came out in the second-half determined to improve on their woeful performance in the first stanza and scored the first try of the game in the 45 minute through young flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo. Beauxis added the extra two points and France led 13-6.
Godman and Beauxis traded penalties before the Frenchman extended his sides’ lead to 13 points.
Scotland’s endeavor was finally rewarded when centre Max Evens crossed the tryline after a well worked move, but their day was summed up when they gave away a penalty just two minutes later and Beauxis made no mistake securing the win.
By Andrew Worling