Virimi Vakatawa scores decisive try in France’s win over Scotland

France have beaten Scotland 22-15 in their Autumn Nations Cup match at Murrayfield.

Two early penalties from Thomas Ramos put France 6-0 in front but Scotland were back on level terms after 21 minutes through two of their own from Duncan Weir.

Matthieu Jalibert’s drop goal edged France back in front, and after Weir’s third penalty had brought the Scots level again, another simple Ramos penalty made it 12-9. Weir’s fourth penalty levelled matters just before the break.

France made a blistering start to the second half as Virimi Vakatawa collected a pass from Vincent Rattez and held off Stuart Hogg for the game’s first try two minutes after the restart.

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Ramos converted to make it 19-12 before another Weir penalty four minutes later got the hosts back within four points. But Gregor Townsend’s men found themselves seven points adrift once again in the 62nd minute to another Ramos penalty.

Scotland made a flurry of substitutions in a bid to take something from the game but Les Bleus held on for a 22-15 victory.

Bryn Palmer’s report from Murrayfield to follow …

The Guardian

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