The Famous Grouse Nations Series

Scottish Gas Murrayfield

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3
Tries
3
Graham43′
Schoeman54′
Cherry64′
12′Couilloud
25′Bielle-Biarrey
43′Woki
2
Conversions
3
Russell43′
Russell55′
13′Jalibert
26′Jalibert
44′Jalibert
2
Penalties
0
Russell5′
Russell73′
0
Drop Goals
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71'

Penalty Scotland; Cummings on for Gilchrist

France obstructing at the breakdown, the break in play allowing Grant Gilchrist takes his leave for Scott Cummings to add some battery power to the second row for the final ten. Scotland kick to touch in search of more territory, before France are once more called for offside. Ben O’Keefe has a quiet word with Brice Dulin about the frequency of French penalty errors. Finn Russell kicks the easiest of penalties to make it 25-21. Little over five left..

59'

Try Scotland… but it’s called back

This is quite something at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, it really is. George Horne loops a massive right-hand pass to Blair Kinghorn who isn’t exactly standing alone on the wing, but the full-back has enough time to catch the ball, steady himself and finish easily.

However, the ecstasy turns to agony when O’Keefe whistles for a Dacry Graham knock-on in the build-up.

64'

Try Scotland!

Scotland take the lead! And how deserved it is. France give away a host of penalties to the extent that a yellow must have been in the offing but for now, those thoughts are banished as Dave Cherry rumbles over from a close-range line-out after terrific work from his fellow pack members. Russell’s conversion hits the post full in the face but Scotland, 18 points adrift at the interval, are now ahead 22-21. With 14 players.

78'

Kinghorn Player of the Match

Just as he’s announced as a deserved Player of the Match, Blair Kinghorn gets to the ball just ahead of Bielle-Biarrey to avert a France try. It’s brought back for an offside and France have one more scrum from which to salvage something..

80'

SCOTLAND BEAT FRANCE

Enough drama for a series, let alone an afternoon in Edinburgh. You’d be going some to get better entertainment in the city’s Fringe festival, that’s for sure.

A game of contrasting halves saw France ease to a 21-3 half-time lead, with Matthieu Jalibert converting tries from Baptiste Couilloud, Louis Bielle-Biarrey and Cameron Woki.

Scottish Gas Murrayfield nervously awaited the resumption, but what played out far exceeded any expectation. Darcy Graham, Pierre Schoeman and Dave Cherry scored tries to galvanise the home support, with Finn Russell, in his first game as captain, kicking ten points to lead his side to a glorious victory made all the more remarkable by the loss of Zander Fagerson to a red card after 50 minutes.

Scotland face the same opposition in St.Etienne next Saturday evening. Join us here for updates on that one!

55'

Fagerson yellow altered to red

The Bunker, rugby’s new review system, has determined that Zander Fagerson’s challenge on Bourgarit actually warrants a red card. A flurry of substitutions arrive to counter the 14-player imbalance, with Jamie Bhatti, WP Nel, Dave Cherry, Rory Darge and Cameron Redpath coming on to replace Ewan Ashman, Pierre Schoeman, Hamish Watson, Jack Dempsey and Sione Tuipulotu.

Can the fresh bodies offset the French numerical advantage?

43'

Has Darcy dotted down?

You bet he has (just)!

Scotland brimming with intent, as required, and they go through multiple attacking phases with first Duhan van der Merwe and the Huw Jones going very close – France once more defending brilliantly.

Finn Russell tries a cross-field kick and suddenly Darcy Graham is in a nip-and-tuck battle with Ethan Dumortier to put downward pressure on the ball. After an eternity of slow-motion replays, it’s decided that the Edinburgh Rugby wing has indeed got a fingernail to it first!

Captain Finn converts after the TMO consultation, and Scotland have hauled themselves off the canvas. 10-14.

47'

Scotland purring

Scottish Gas Murrayfield is cacophonous now. Brice Dulin goes in off his feet on the try-scoring Darcy Graham and Finn Russell lands a perfect touch. It doesn’t go to plan as France turn the ball over on their line, but Scotland have grabbed the crowd’s full attention once more. Game very much on.

39'

Penalty France

Scotland, almost courteously, return the collapsing scrum favour and Jalibert kicks his side well away from the dangers of their own line. The hosts then collapse another line-out maul and France push into the Scottish 22. Time is up; can France really tighten the screw before half-time?

51'

Zander Fagerson gets 10 minutes’ punishment

Zander Fagerson picks up a yellow card for a clumsy entry on France hooker Pierre Bourgarit; Scottish momentum stifled for now.

The numerical disadvantage matters not in the immediacy, though, as the away side are called for an offside. Russell once more finds touch and Ewan Ashman will throw in right on the French 22.

54'

Try Scotland!

Matters not one jot! Pierre Schoeman, to the delight of the majority of the 56256 in attendance, is the finishing act in a forward play that has really enlivened a game which looked lost. Finn Russell makes it three kicks from three and it’s a four-point game at 17-21.

40'

Try France – right on half-time

And that’s precisely what the Rugby World Cup hosts do. A rumble here, a burrow there, and space opens up for Cameron Woki to plot his way over from a few metres out. It’s a third French try, which Jalibert converts, and at half-time Les Bleus are cruising at Scottish Gas Murrayfield.

41'

Second half to start; France protecting healthy lead

Three converted tries, an 18-point cushion, excellent defence and polished attack. France’s alleged second string have looked every bit like a group who want to book their places in Fabien Galthie’s final 33-player selection for their home Rugby World Cup.

The challenge for Scotland is as clear as it looks daunting. The opening points of the second half would be ideal..

Mathieu Jalibert to get things going again in Edinburgh.

33'

Duhan thinks he’s scored.. but it’s called back

Scotland break from their own 22, Blair Kinghorn finding Huw Jones who gains 20m, kicks a grubber inside to his left, before Hamish Watson and George Horne combine to put Duhan van der Merwe over. The only issue was the Kinghorn forward pass and when everyone realises, joy turns to disappointment.

21'

Duhan keeps out Moefana

Yoram Moefana thinks he’s home and hosed up the blindside after several rapid phases by France, only for Duhan van Der Merwe to display the sort of defending that others attempt to use in keeping him out up the other end, bundling the French centre into touch at the last.

37'

Scrum penalty for Scots but nothing doing

The game has dropped in pace, understandably, but Scotland have a chance for some late first-half inroads as they win another scrum penalty after forcing their opponents to collapse. The home side’s line-out is spoiled, though, and France win the put-in after holding the ball up in a maul. They’ve been clinical in this opening 40.

12'

Brilliant France try

My word. The sort of sumptuous try only France can conjure up. It’s a devastating break down the right by wing debutant Louis Bielle-Biarrey, who finds Mathieu Jalibert supporting at pace, Jalibert passing inside to the onrushing scrum-half Baptiste Couillard who canters over. Just beautiful. Jalibert converts and France lead 7-3.

George Horne is on for Ben White, who appears to have picked up a lower leg injury.

24'

Second France try

Scotland are just struggling to get a proper foothold in this game after a bright start. Referee Ben O’Keefe penalises Jack Dempsey for not rolling away, and boy do France make them pay. Dulin finds atouch to the right and from the resulting line-out, the ball whirrs with precision out to Louis Bielle-Biarrey, who scampers over for a debut try. Jalibert finds a great conversion to add insult, and France extend their lead to 14-3.

14'

Immediate response from Scotland

As is so often the case, the team who score are put under pressure straight away. Scotland enter the France 22 through Jack Dempsey, whose attempted offload gets intercepted by Jalibert and France in a flash threaten again. Scotland concede a penalty but it’s reversed for a high tackle on Blair Kinghorn during the advantage play. It’s pretty wild stuff right now; end-to-end and then some.

28'

Scotland rallying

Sekou Malacou catches Duhan van der Merwe with a proper WWF clothesline, which is instantly called by referee O’Keefe. From the touch that Russell finds, Scottish Gas Murrayfield sparks into life as Blair Kinghorn hares into the French 22, only to cough up a penalty for his teammates clearing beyond the ball.

15:15

Anthems packing a punch

The French contingent in support today are in typically good voice, belting out La Marseillaise – maybe the finest of all national anthems? Either way, it’s adding to an atmosphere crackling in anticipation.

The Scottish Gas Murrayfield home faithful respond with all the gusto you’d expect. We’re all set.

7'

Scots knock on but attacking from deep

This time it’s Scotland who lose the ball forward in contact, but their breakdown play is swift and they’re trying to catch France a bit off guard in the early exchanges. Scotland penalised for not releasing in the tackle. Brice Dulin finds touch with his left foot, and the first ‘Allez Les Bleus’ can be heard around the stadium…

14:55

Recent tale of the tape

The last time these sides met, France a last minute Gael Fickou try put considerable gloss on a narrow victory, the scores finishing 32-21 in Paris during the 2023 Guinness Six Nations.

That afternoon in March of this year, Huw Jones grabbed a try double, while today’s skipper Finn Russell scored a try and kicked all three conversions.

France also won on their last visit to Murrayfield, a 36-17 success en route to a 2022 Grand Slam – however, Scotland won three straight championship matches against the Auld Alliance in 2016, 2018 and 2020; they also claimed a first win in Paris in some 22 years with a memorable 2021 victory.

PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 26: Scotland’s Huw Jones and France’s Charles Ollivon during a Guinness Six Nations match between France and Scotland at the Stade de France, on February 26, 2023, in Paris, France. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

3'

Scottish intent straight away!

It takes a couple of sets, but the reward is a Scotland penalty after the bulldoze France at the set-piece. Captain Finn Russell elects to get points on the board nice and early, and slots his first points of the afternoon with consummate ease. 3-0 to the hosts.

11'

Calm escape route by hosts

France can’t take advantage of their territorial foray and spill, Finn Russell landing a beauty of a clearance to receive pressure. He then catches a ball around his waist like a hula-hoop; outrageous even for him.

15:00

15 minutes until kick-off

Finn Russell, on his 70th appearance for Scotland, is about to lead his team out for the preamble ahead of this The Famous Grouse Nations Series fixture with France. It’s rarely a dull affair when these sides meet, so here’s to a summer cracker (the rain has subsided, honest).

13:15

2023/24 Macron Kit Available

Thinking about buying the new 2023/24 season kit? Now is your chance! The Scottish Rugby Marcon store is open today so grab your very own home, alternate or training kit and support the team!

14:45

Half An Hour To Go!

It’s so great to be back home with you all! The rain hasn’t gotten spirits down at Scottish Gas Murrayfield. The West Fan Village is packed as Scotland gear up to take on France in half an hour!

1'

Kick-off in Edinburgh

It’s as if the drizzle and wind was getting through its cycle in time just for us. Scottish Gas Murrayfield a picture of relative tropical perfection. Blair Kinghorn, resplendent in white with the rest of his mates, kicks long and Scotland force a knock-on from the off! Scrum inside 15m.

14:30

Behind The Scenes

A look inside the Scotland team changing room

15:00

Warm-Ups

Warm-ups complete and your Scotland team are ready to go!

#AsOne

13:20

Scotland Women Season Pass On Sale Now

Scotland Women will host Spain on Saturday 30 September at Hive Stadium in Edinburgh as preparations get underway for World Rugby’s new global competition, WXV.

Supporters can secure their tickets for all three of Scotland’s home games this season at Hive Stadium with the newly launched Season Pass, including Spain, France, and England. Available until the end of August – when match tickets will go on public sale..

14:15

Team Arrival

Your Scotland Team are in the building, led by today’s captain Finn Russell!

13:45

Your Scotland Team

Your Scotland team for this afternoon’s game v France at Scottish Gas Murrayfield! (Kick off 3.15pm)

14:00

Today’s Opposition

A remainder of the French team to face Scotland today!

10:00

Tickets Still Remaining!

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12:30

NEW SERIES – Our Journey

“Our Journey”, brought to you by sportsbreaks.com, takes you closer than ever to the team as they prepare for Rugby World Cup 2023.

Available HERE or Scottish Rugby YouTube channel.

13:00

Back At The Stadium

Our second game at Scottish Gas Murrayfield.   

What a day for it!!

12:15

Countdown Starts Here…

We’re three hours to go & there’s still time to be here!

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11:00

Listen While You Travel

On this week’s episode of the Official Scottish Rugby Podcast, we are delighted to be joined by Scotland international and Bath center, Cameron Redpath.

Hosts Chris Paterson and Caroline Blair catch up with Cameron on his career to date; including his school and club rugby experiences; his motivation to become a professional rugby player; his dad’s influence and his future aspirations.

Listen to the FULL EPISODE on Scottish Rugby’s website, Spotify, PodBean and many more.

08:30

Match Preview

Take a look ahead at today’s second match of The Famous Grouse Nations Series against France at Scottish Gas Murrayfield.

Read HERE

08:00

The Famous Grouse Nations Series is back. Let’s go!

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09:00

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09:30

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An extraordinary second-half performance from Scotland, full of tempo and bravery, saw them overcome 30 minutes’ short-handed, after Zander Fagerson’s sending off, to pull back a 3-21 half-time deficit and post a superb victory against the world’s third ranked team, France.

At half-time, there was little hint of the pyrotechnics that were to follow. Tries from Darcy Graham, Pierre Schoeman and Dave Cherry and ten points from the boot of Finn Russell did the business and left France – who had dominated the first-half – shell-shocked.

The World Cup warm-up continues with Part 2 against Les Bleus in St Etienne next week, but Scotland and their fans go there in good heart.

The stadium paid tribute to former Scotland scrum-half Greig Oliver who died tragically in an accident in South Africa last month with a minute’s applause during the preamble to the action.

Scotland kicked off towards Roseburn Park through Blair Kinghorn. From the first scrum, Scotland put-in, the home team were awarded a free-kick. The scrum was re-set on two occasions and when Scotland had the nudge, France were penalised for popping. From just outside the 22, Finn Russell nonchalantly stroked Scotland into the lead, a grand start to his first captaincy at any level. (3-0, 4 mins).

Kinghorn guddled a bouncing ball only to seek to blaze away on the counter-attack, but Scotland were done for not releasing. France could make no headway, however on that occasion.

They did so, spectacularly in the 12th minute. From Ben White’s box kick, new cap Louis Bielle Biarrey exchanged passes with fellow debutant Emilien Gailleton, Jalibert was the crucial link and Baptise Couilloud sailed in for a lovely try. Jalibert converted (3-7, 12 mins).

Jallibert then proved France’s defensive mainstay at the other end pulling off a timely interception as Jack Dempsey sought to release the rampaging Duhan van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe then had to look lively to deny Yoram Moefana on an arcing run towards the south-west corner as the game entered the second quarter.

France garnered their second try. Off a penalty to touch, Cameron Woki caught. The maul did not have momentum but from Brice Dulin’s thrust in midfield, the visitors recycled and Jallibert sent Bielle-Biarrey slaloming through at pace for a debut try. Jalibert converted (3-14, 25 mins).

A high tackle by Sekou Macalou on van der Merwe saw Scotland awarded a penalty. Grant Gilchrist won the subsequent lineout and Kinghorn was all but clear on the left. Though France appeared to be dallying with the offside line, it was Scotland who were pinged at the breakdown.

A counter-attack from turnover ball deep inside Scotland’s 22, ended with Hamish Watson sending van der Merwe clear for a “try” . . . but play was recalled 70 metres, as a pass from Kinghorn in the build-up was ruled forward by the referee.

Nearing half-time, Scotland failed to generate any momentum from two lineouts on the East Stand side as scrum penalties went either way.

Sadly, the penalties kept flowing – three in succession against Scotland – and Jalibert kept prodding France closer to the Scotland line.

With the clock in the red, Woki won the lineout, Pierre Bourgarit had the first tilt, Bastien Callureau thumped on and Woki crawled over the line for the third French try. Jalibert converted. (3-21, 40+2 mins).

Half-time: Scotland 3 France 21

Scotland had lost White to an injury to his left ankle in the first half, a concern with the Rugby World Cup looming.

But the second half began more encouragingly for them.

Huw Jones had threatened inside the French 22. Watson and Matt Fagerson carried and Russell’s diagonal was seized upon with laser-like precision by Darcy Graham, who beat Ethan Dumortier to the touch by his finger-tips.

The decision went to TMO Ben Whitehouse and try was awarded. Graham’s 19th try for Scotland was converted majestically by Russell from the touchline (10-21, 43 mins).

Graham’s next contribution was equally sprightly – a tackle on the intruding Dulin. France were penalised for going off their feet and Jack Dempsey was soon charging full pelt from the lineout. Richie Gray was among the waiting cavalry, but Scotland were penalised.

Zander Fagerson – red carded against Wales back in 2021 – was yellow carded in the 50th minute for a contact on Bourgarit at a ruck (and it was subject to further review in the bunker, which did not go well for the tight-head, being upgraded to red).

Meanwhile, Scotland dented the French lead with a try that spoke volumes for their resolve. Ewan Ashman was twice involved in pulverising drive, Gray was there too and with George Horne sparking his pack, Pierre Schoeman ploughed on from five metres to touch down for his third try for Scotland.  Russell converted (17-21, 53 mins).

There was then a flurry of substitutions from both sides and it appeared that, somehow, against the odds, Scotland had regained the lead as Kinghorn stepped and put on the after-burners to storm in.

However, TMO review confirmed there was a knock-on from Graham in the build-up and we came back for a Scotland penalty.

Another Scotland penalty but Russell declined the kick at goal. Still the vital break eluded Scotland, but yet another penalty and this time the French rearguard was well and truly pierced.

From Gray at the lineout, Scotland’s seven-man pack surged on the driving maul and Dave Cherry got the try that had the stadium rocking. It was Cherry’s fourth for Scotland – and first since his score had triggered a winning comeback at the Stade de France in 2021. Russell just missed the conversion, but Scotland had regained the lead (22-21, 64 mins).

As the clock counted down into the final ten minutes, Scotland were playing smart rugby, with the crowd energised, loving a courageous and audacious high ball take from Kinghorn.

Russell edged Scotland further ahead with an offside penalty (25-21, 73 mins) .

Inevitably, France conjured a big finish and Kinghorn again did superbly to police a probing kick into in-goal from Baptiste Serin.

Inside, the final minute and an offside offence by Gray, saw France opt for a scrum 12 metres out.

Scotland were penalised at the scrum and Dulin instead opted for the touchline. France won the lineout through Woki and they sought to go through the phases.  They had not counted on Rory Darge however. The substitute openside, courageous to the end, won a priceless turnover penalty and Scottish Gas Murrayfield erupted.

Full-time: Scotland 25 France 21

Scotland: Blair Kinghorn; Darcy Graham (both Edinburgh Rugby), Huw Jones, Sione Tuipulotu (both Glasgow Warriors), Duhan Van Der Merwe (Edinburgh Rugby); Finn Russell (Bath Rugby) CAPTAIN, Ben White (Toulon); Pierre Schoeman, Ewan Ashman (both Edinburgh Rugby), Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray (both Glasgow Warriors), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh Rugby), Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby), Jack Dempsey (Glasgow Warriors).

Subs: Dave Cherry (Edinburgh Rugby) for Ashman (57 mins), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors) for Schoeman (57 mins), W P Nel (Edinburgh Rugby) for Dempsey (57 mins), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) for Gilchrist (71 mins), Rory Darge (Glasgow Warriors) for Watson (57 mins), George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) for White (30 mins), Cameron Redpath (Bath Rugby) for Tuipulotu (57 mins), Ollie Smith (Glasgow Warriors).

 

France: Brice Dulin CAPTAIN, Louis Bielle Biarrey, Emilien Gailleton, Yoram Moefana, Ethan Dumortier ; Matthieu Jalibert, Baptiste Couilloud ; Jean-Baptiste Gros, Pierre Bourgarit, Demba Bamba, Cameron Woki, Bastien Chalureau, Paul Boudenhent, Sekou Macalou, Yoan Tanga.

Subs: Peato Mauvaka for Bourgarit (55 mins), Reda Wardi for Gros (54 mins), Sipili Falatea for Bamba (44 mins), Paul Willemse for Chalureau (55 mins), Dylan Cretin for Macalou (55 mins), Baptiste Serin for Couilloud (68 mins), Antoine Hastoy, for Jallibert (61 mins). Arthur Vincent for Dumortier (58 mins)

Referee: Ben O’Keefe (New Zealand)

Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland) and Federico Vedovelli (Italy).

TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales).

Attendance: 56,256.

Famous Grouse Player of the Match: Blair Kinghorn (Scotland).

80:00 Second Half End

72:57

Russell

71:00

Cummings
Gilchrist

68:38

Serin
Couilloud

63:34

Cherry

60:11

Hastoy
Jalibert

57:40

Vincent
Dumortier

57:25

Redpath
Tuipulotu

57:24

Nel
Dempsey

57:23

Darge
Watson

57:22

Cherry
Ashman

57:21

Bhatti
Schoeman

54:41

Willemse
Chalureau

54:40

Mauvaka
Bourgarit

54:39

Cretin
Macalou

54:38

Wardi
Gros

54:30

Russell

53:14

Schoeman

50:11

Fagerson

43:22

Falatea
Bamba

40:00 First Half End

43:17

Jalibert

42:59

Russell

42:33

Woki

42:17

Graham

30:17

Horne
White

25:34

Jalibert

24:04

Bielle-Biarrey

12:48

Jalibert

11:40

Couilloud

04:00

Russell

Kick-off 3:15 pm

tries

3

conversion goals

2

penalty goals

2

kick success

28

possession

56

tackles

117

scrums won

4

lineouts won

13

clean breaks

0

turnovers conceded

14

yellow cards

0

red cards

1

tries

3

conversion goals

3

penalty goals

0

kick success

26

possession

44

tackles

133

scrums won

6

lineouts won

16

clean breaks

2

turnovers conceded

8

yellow cards

0

red cards

0

Scotland Men

France