Scotland 15-22 France: How the action unfolded as Les Blues reach Autumn Nations Cup final
Scotland take on France in Autumn Nations Cup action this afternoon – and The Scotsman will have all the drama as it unfolds at Murrayfield.
Gregor Townsend has made five changes to his Scotland team as they prepare to take on Fabien Galthie’s exceptionally talented France side at Murrayfield.
We’ll have full details of those changes, plus France’s team news and updates as the action plays out in The Scotsman’s live blog.
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- Gregor Townsend has made five changes to his Scotland side
- France coach Fabien Galthie made eight changes to the team that beat Ireland in the Six Nations
Scotland team news as Townsend makes FIVE changes
Gregor Townsend has made five changes to his Scotland side as they prepare to take on France at Murrayfield.
Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown and Simon Berghan start in the pack.
Matt Fagerson has been given the chance to stake at number eight, replacing Blade Thomson at the back of the scrum.
The only change in the backs see wing Blair Kinghorn replace Edinburgh club-mate Darcy Graham.
Saracens duo Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor also join the bench.
Taylor last featured for Scotland against Russia in the 2019 World Cup
France Team news as Galthie makes EIGHT changes from team that beat Ireland in Six Nations
Fabien Galthie made eight changes to the France team that beat Ireland in the Six Nations last time out.
Matthieu Jalibert comes in at fly-half with Romain Ntamack injured.
Thomas Ramos, who will be on kicking duty, starts ahead of the injured Anthony Bouthier at full-back.
An agreement between the French Rugby Federation and the Top 14 states each player can be named on no more than three teamsheets in fixtures during the November to December time frame.
With that in mind, Galthie has decided to bring in some of his usual replacements for the trip to Scotland.
Jean-Baptiste Gros, Camille Chat and Demba Bamba start in place of Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand and Mohamed Haouas in the front row.
As it stands in the Autumn Nations Cup - tables courtesy of the BBC
Scotland to wear white against France...
The French have arrived at Murrayfield
Pre-match stats: Scotland aiming to make history...
A sixth successive victory for Scotland would put this side in the illustrious company of the grand slam-winning teams of 1925 and 1990.
If Townsend’s men can win today, they will become the only Scotland team to win six straight games since the turn of the 20th century.
And a win today would mark Scotland’s fifth victory in a row over France at Murrayfield.
The possibility of making history and the carrot of the British and Irish Lions lions tour should provide more than enough motivation for the Scots to maintain their recent form.
A victory over France today would put Scotland in pole position to qualify for the Autumn Nations Cup final as both teams benefited from walkover victories over Coronavirus-stricken Fiji.
Stuart McInally warms up ahead of Scotland v France
Gregor Townsend speaking to Amazon Prime:
“We will have to be at our best to win.”
“We have to make sure we don’t give France any opportunities.”
"It could be an arm wrestle."
Our man is in position at Murrayfield ahead of kick off
1’ - GAME ON!
The national anthems are complete and we’re underway at Murrayfield as Scotland kick off!
Can Gregor Townsend make history this afternoon and reach the final of the Autumn Nations Cup - stay tuned to find out!
Wayne Barnes is the referee today.
3’ - kicking battle
Both sides engage in some early kicking melees as France win the first line-out of the game, Les Blues win it and maul.
France on top early on, advantage to Les Blues.
And it’s a penalty!
Converted by Ramos - SCO 0-3 FRA.
9’ - France deep into Scotland territory
Scotland have tried to keep the pressure on France with their kicking so far.
France have the ball following another penalty and are making some decent - but hard-fought ground.
France break over the try line but it’s with the TMO and it has given no try, as Vakatawa didn’t get the ball grounded
Penalty to France.
10 - SCO 0-6 FRA
Ramos converts another penalty.
Dupont showing his class on the international stage for France, the number nine has been exceptional so far.
13’ - Penalty to Scotland!
Scotland kick for touch and make 45 metres!
And they win the line-out!
16’ - Scotland advantage and penalty
Scotland gain a penalty through an advantage, can they peg France back here?
Stuart Hogg points at the post.
Duncan Weir converts as Scotland peg France back
SCO 3-6 FRA