I’ll have to keep this one quick, as it should have been done earlier (my bad). France won an exciting game against Scotland, but the Bravehearts can be pleased with their performance.Both teams scored some wonderful tries and put on a real handling clinic. However, both teams need to sort out their discipline. If France in particular can do that, then they will be a real force to be reckoned with.
All the halves on show had pretty good games, which usually leads to exciting affairs. In particular Thomas Bosc put on some fantastic kicks and he really should kick on in this tournament. Danny Brough started off slow but once he found his rythmn he was influential for Scotland and led them around the park in a proper captain’s knock.
One person who didn’t come out of the game with an enhanced reputation was Michael Robertson. Considering he was supposedly on the brink of Kangaroos selection he came across as rather ordinary. He made a nice run with his first kick-return, only to drop the ball and give France good field position. It’s possible that Scotland should think of moving him back to the wing, as they did appear to like spreading it wide.
In the end the real difference was the French bench. James Wynne had an influential game once he came on, and he and Julien Rinaldi form a dangerous dummy-half combo. They also had slightly more fire down the middle, and they will need it against Fiji. They will also need to cut out the mistakes and avoid giving up field position. Overall though, both sides have positives they can take out of the game, although France take away the most important one of all: the win.