Saturday, March 8, 2014

SCOTLAND v FRANCE; 6 Nations Test Rugby


Venue: Murrayfield

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

Bouyed by their narrow away win against Italy two weeks ago Scotland will be confident they can upset a disjointed French side at Murrayfield.

I expect the Scottish fans to return to Murrayfield, fill the stadium and boost a Scottish side that has played poorly, v Italy apart, this season. Head coach Scott Johnson will be expecting a resurgence of his side.

Last Five Encounters
16.03.2013 France 23-16 in Paris (6 Nations)
26.02.2012 France 23-17 at Murrayfield (6 Nations)
05.02.2011 France 34-21 in Paris (6 Nations)
07.02.2010 France 18-9 at Murrayfield (6 Nations)
14.02.2009 France 22-13 in Paris (6 Nations)

Scotland last defeated France at Murrayfield in 2006, winning 20-16 in a 6 Nations clash.

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Scotland 7th, France 10th
Europe Table: France 4th, Scotland 6th

IRB Ranking Points
France 80.56, Scotland 76.35

Prediction: Scotland by 3 points




15   Stuart Hogg Glasgow Warriors
14   Thomas Seymour Glasgow Warriors
13   Alexander Dunbar Glasgow Warriors
12   Mathew Scott Edinburgh Rugby
11   Sean Lamont Glasgow Warriors
10   Duncan Weir  Glasgow Warriors
9   Greig Laidlaw  Edinburgh Rugby
8   David Denton  Edinburgh Rugby
7   Kelly Brown (Capt.) Saracens, England
6   John Beattie  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
5   James Hamilton Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
4   Richard Gray  Castres Olympique, France
3   Geoffrey Cross  Edinburgh Rugby
2   Scott Lawson Newcastle Falcons, England
1   Ryan Grant  Glasgow Warriors
16   Ross Ford  Edinburgh Rugby
17   Alasdair Dickinson  Edinburgh Rugby
18   Euan Murray Worcester Warriors, England
19   Timothy Swinson  Glasgow Warriors
20   Ryan Wilson Glasgow Warriors
21   Christopher Cusiter  Glasgow Warriors
22   Duncan Taylor  Saracens, England
23   Max Evans  Castres Olympique, France
    HEAD COACH: Scott Johnson 



15   Brice Dulin  Castres Olympique
14   Yoann Huget  Aviron Bayonnais
13   Mathieu Bastareaud  RC Toulonnais
12   Maxime Mermoz RC Toulonnais
11   Maxime Médard Stade Toulousain
10   Jules Plisson Stade Français
9   Maxime Machenaud  Racing-Metro 92
8   Damien Chouly  ASM Clermont Auvergne
7   Alexandre Laoandry ASM Clermont Auvergne
6   Sébastien Vahaamahina US Arlequins Perpignan
5   Yoann Maestri  Stade Toulousain
4   Pascal Pape (Capt.) Stade Français
3   Nicolas Mas  US Arlequins Perpignan
2   Brice Mach Castres Olympique
1   Thomas Domingo  ASM Clermont Auvergne
16   Guilhem Guirado US Arlequins Perpignan
17   Vincent Debaty ASM Clermont Auvergne
18   Rabah Slimani  Stade Français
19   Alexandre Flanquart  Stade Français
20   Antoine Claassen Castres Olympique
21   Jean-Marc Doussain  Stade Toulousain
22   Remi Tálès Castres Olympique
23   Gael Fickou  Stade Toulousain
    HEAD COACH: Philippe Saint-André

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