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Scotland gets revenge over France in second World Cup friendly

Scotland rugby players Stuart Hogg and Gordon Reid after their 17-14 victory over France in Edinburgh World Cup warm up match, 24 August 2019
Scotland rugby players Stuart Hogg and Gordon Reid after their 17-14 victory over France in Edinburgh World Cup warm up match, 24 August 2019 Reuters/Craig Brough

Scotland has beaten France 17-14 in a friendly match, as part of the warm-up series ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month.

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Chris Harris's converted second-half try gave Scotland their first win in six Tests at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Harris's effort and one from Sean Maitland at the end of the first-half, also converted by Greig Laidlaw, helped the hosts win from behind and bounce back from the humiliating 32-3 thrashing by Les Bleus last weekend.

This was good news for head coach Gregor Townsend, who made 14 changes to the starting XV from the first match.

However, Tommy Seymour, Sam Skinner and Blade Thomson were lost to injuries.

France, like last weekend, scored early on with Clermont winger Damian Penaud dotting down after 110 seconds, repeating club team-mate, Alivereti Raka's feat in Nice.

"It was a great opportunity for us after last weekend and winning makes it all the sweeter," Scotland captain Laidlaw said.

"We never started well but we dug in deep and had trust in the group. Our defence went a long way to winning the game, and international rugby is all about winning," he added.

Failure for France to cross the line in second half

The visitors' captain Guilhem Guirado praised his side's impressive start but complained about their failure to cross the Scottish line during the final 40 minutes.

"We started very well, we put a lot of pressure on them with our defence. It's a pity we lacked accuracy," Guirado told France TV.

"What we lacked was keeping the ball well, as to be more dangerous. We also scored zero points in the second-half which is a shame," he added.

The Scots now face a double header with Georgia, starting in Tbilisi next week, before heading to Japan where they open against Ireland on 22 September.

Ireland trampled by England

Meanwhile, over at Twickenham on Saturday, Joe Cokanasiga scored twice as England laid down a warning to their Rugby World Cup rivals with an astonishing 57-15 trouncing of Ireland.

England ran in eight tries in all, man of the match Manu Tuilagi getting one of them, as they recorded both their highest score and largest winning margin over their opponents.

For Ireland, who won the Six Nations Grand Slam and beat the All Blacks last year, it was a bitter reality check in a game they had hopes of becoming world number one.

(with AFP)

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