Vakatawa’s try decisive as France beat Scotland in Nations Cup

Frances centre Virimi Vakatawa (2L) runs to score the opening try during the Pool B Autumn Nations Cup international rugby union match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on November 22, 2020. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

Frances centre Virimi Vakatawa (2L) runs to attain the opening attempt in the course of the Pool B Autumn Nations Cup worldwide rugby union match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on November 22, 2020. (Photograph by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP)

Virimi Vakatawa scored the one attempt of the match as France beat Scotland 22-15 in an Autumn Nations Cup worldwide at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Victory noticed France achieve revenge for a 28-17 defeat in Edinburgh in March – Les Bleus’ solely loss this yr – as they stopped Scotland from recording a sixth successive win.

The win left France high of Pool B and on the right track for a spot within the showpiece match of subsequent month’s Nations Cup finals weekend.

A try-less first half ended all sq. at 12-12.

However Vakatawa’s well-worked attempt quickly after the break noticed France pull clear at 19-12.

France full-back Thomas Ramos kicked 4 penalties and a conversion, with Matthieu Jalibert’s drop-goal their different rating.

All of Scotland’s factors got here from 5 Duncan Weir penalties.

France went forward by means of Ramos’ third-minute penalty.

Vakatawa was then denied a attempt from Gael Fickou’s kick after he was dominated to not have managed the ball.

France already had a penalty and Ramos made it 6-Zero earlier than French infringements allowed fly-half Weir to tie the sport.

However Jalibert, taking part in instead of injured first-choice fly-half Romain Ntamack, landed a well-taken drop-goal, an more and more uncommon rating in Take a look at rugby.

A penalty alternate left France 12-9 forward earlier than extra French indiscipline allowed Weir, from 42 metres, to land his fourth profitable goal-kick.

France hooker Camille Chat was cleared of main with the elbow after which helped his aspect win a scrum penalty which, on the urging of coach Fabien Galthie and with 40 minutes on the clock, they kicked for a line-out within the hope of a attempt slightly than take the three factors on supply.

However from an ensuing driving maul, France have been held up over the try-line because the groups turned spherical degree at 12-12.

France, nonetheless, did have a attempt simply two minutes into the second half.

From a scrum, Vincent Rattez got here off his wing to take an inside ball and burst clear.

Rattez then discovered Vakatawa, who held off a despairing effort from Scotland captain Stuart Hogg, with the full-back unable to stop the powerhouse centre from grounding the ball for a attempt transformed by Ramos.

Weir, nonetheless, stored Scotland within the sport with a fifth penalty.

France squandered a possible second attempt when Vakatawa lower inside slightly than exploit an overlap earlier than Fickou was held up in need of the road.

However France’s highly effective rolling maul was proving more and more troublesome for Scotland to fight and it produced a penalty.

Ramos made it 5 from 5 from the tee and France have been 22-15 forward heading into the ultimate quarter.

Scotland, nonetheless, botched an in depth vary line-out however Ramos’s long-range penalty six minutes from time fell brief as a nervous France struggled to place the outcome past doubt.

With 80 minutes on the clock, Scotland nonetheless had an opportunity to attract degree however Hogg, trying to arrange a Scotland line-out within the hope of an equalising transformed attempt, kicked a penalty useless slightly than into contact.

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