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Published: 17:55 | 13/3/16

Scotland beat France at Murrayfield

England win Six Nations as France lose

Scotland ended a run of ten consecutive defeats to France with a rousing 29-18 win over Les Blues at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon.

The Scots, who recorded their first home win in eight attempts, simply wanted it more than their French counterparts on the day as they out-worked and out-battled France all over the park.

The defeat for France means that England are confirmed as Six Nations champions and Eddie Jones men will travel to Paris next week with the grandslam in their sights.

Scotland started with a real intensity but it was France who crossed for the first try after just five minutes.

From a quick penalty, Virimi Vakatawa barged his way down the right and slipped in Wesley Fofana who found Guilhem Guirado and he battled over to make it 5-0 after five minutes.

The hosts reacted well to the early setback and they took the lead with two penalties in seven minutes.

The first arrived from a line-out penalty advantage and Greg Laidlaw made no mistake from the tee. Laidlaw then made it two from two minutes later after France were penalised at the scrum.

It was all Scotland after these penalties and they extended their lead eight minutes before the break with their first try of the game.

The hosts ran through the phases after a scrum before Richie Gray found Stuart Hogg who side stepped right and reached over the line to make it 11-5.

It got even better for Vern Cotter’s men four minutes later when they crossed the whitewash again.

Peter Horne caught France out with a quick tap penalty and he showed great speed and strength to race clear from just inside the French half and touch down to put his side 13-points ahead.

The home side looked in total control, but they were undone on the stroke of half time when France pulled themselves right back into the game.

From a line-out drive, Gael Fickou powered off the back and over the try line to make it just a six-point game at the break as Scotland went in 18-12 ahead.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with Scotland in the ascendency and they further increased their lead after seven minutes of the half when Stuart Hogg kicked a huge penalty from just inside his own half.

France hit back with a penalty of their own from Maxime Machenaud after 51 minutes, before they reduced the gap to just three when the scrum half kicked a fantastic strike from just inside the Scottish half.

The visitors threw everything at Scotland as they looked to get back on level terms, but it was the hosts who kept their heads and killed the game off with 14 minutes left.

Richie Gray and WP Nel threatened the line before Hogg produced a brilliant pass to Tim Visser and he made no mistake in the corner to make it 26-18.

Scotland, to their credit, held off the jitters as the clock edged towards 80 and they wrapped up an impressive win in the dying minutes when Laidlaw kicked his third penalty of the game to seal a 29-18 win and the Six Nations title for England.

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