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Awkward and feverish, the French were largely dominated Sunday by the Scots who signed a great victory (28-17) in front of their audience. The Blues, who have long been outnumbered, have failed to counter the aggressiveness of the XV thistle.
The Scots showered, Sunday, March 8, the hopes of the Grand Slam of the Blues who, after three victories in the 2020 edition of the 6 Nations Tournament, hoped to win on the lawn of Murrayfield. But the scenario of the match quickly turned against them. From the 3rd minute, they lost their talented opener Romain Ntamack, victim of a concussion. And the third-row wing François Cros received a yellow card two minutes later because of a tackle deemed dangerous.
Reduced to 14 against 15, the French however cashed only 3 points during this numerical inferiority, registered by the Scot Adam Hastings on penalty. Drafts during the first 30 minutes of the match, the Blues managed to find the way. At the end of a beautiful offensive streak of the French, the half-melee Antoine Dupont made a brilliant pass to the foot for the winger Damian Penaud who registered the first French test, transformed by the opener Mathieu Jalibert entered in place of Ntamack.
The Blues, however, could not savor their advantage for long (6-7). Two minutes later, a fight broke out in the French 22 meters after which the pillar Mohamed Haouas received a red card for a blow to the face of a Scotsman. Opener Adam Hastings was happy to pass his third penalty to give the advantage to his team (9-7). And the Scots even managed, just before the break, to register a try, winger Sean Maitland concluding a great offensive from the thistle XV.
The Scots returned to the field with the same determination and the game inspired by the three-quarter line allowed winger Maitland to register a second try in the 45th minute, transformed by Hastings. In addition to their numerical superiority, the Scots had a comfortable 14 point lead (21-7).
A third Scottish test, marked in the 65th by hooker McInally, definitively sealed the fate of this meeting. Reduced to 14, the Blues fought to the end and their captain Charles Ollivon even scored a try in the 76th minute.