France v Scotland - Story of the game

Stuart Hogg scored a try for Scotland
Stuart Hogg scored a try for Scotland
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The Six Nations clash between France and Scotland ended in a 22-16 win for Guy Noves' men as they made amends for their earlier loss to England.

Stuart Hogg scored a try on his 50th cap and Tim Swinson also crossed for Scotland, who had not won in Paris since 1999.

Finn Russell kicked a penalty, but was unable to convert Swinson's score as five Camille Lopez penalties, coupled with Gael Fickou's early converted try, earned Les Bleus a first win of the championship.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Devastating for Scotland. Unbelievably physical test match, the intensity of this 6 nations has been off the charts!" - Bath and Scotland back-row David Denton (@dentweezy) after the narrow loss.

STAR MAN

Hogg scored in a fourth successive tournament match and shone once again. But the Lions full-back-in-waiting lamented Scotland's failure to seal victory.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

It might have been the loss of talismanic skipper Greig Laidlaw to an ankle injury in the first half, but Swinson's try was something to savour. Russell slipped the ball to Tommy Seymour, who kicked and chased. A favourable bounce deceived France full-back Scott Spedding, and Seymour fed Swinson for his first try for Scotland.

WOBBLE OF THE MATCH

Following Swinson's try, Russell missed the resulting conversion after being rushed by referee Jaco Peyper. The ball was placed quickly and toppled off the kicking tee, leaving Russell to optimistically swipe it under the bar. It deprived Scotland of a five-point lead and France responded.

STAT OF THE MATCH

Scotland have now not beaten France in Paris in nine attempts, since the final Five Nations Championship in 1999, when they won the tournament.

WHO'S UP NEXT

Scotland v Wales (Saturday, February 25)
Ireland v France (Saturday, February 25)

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