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France edge Scotland in RWC warm-up

2015-09-05 23:07
Noa Nakaitaci (AP)

Paris - Left wing Noa Nakaitaci scored a late try as France rallied to beat Scotland 19-16 (half-time 6-9) in their last warm-up match ahead of the Rugby World Cup on Saturday.

Scotland grabbed a try against the run of play 20 minutes from the end to lead 16-12, with scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw chipping a long kick into space for wing Tommy Seymour to gather and score in the right corner.

But after No 8 David Denton was sin-binned 10 minutes from the end, relentless French pressure paid off in the 75th minute as Fijian-born Nakaitaci broke two tackles before going over, with replacement scrumhalf Morgan Parra adding the extras.



Try: Noa Nakaitaci

Conversion: Morgan Parra 

Penalties: Frédéric Michalak (3), Scott Spedding


Try: Tommy Seymour

Conversion: Greig Laidlaw 

Penalties: Laidlaw (3)



15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Sébastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Damien Chouly, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Alexandre Flanquart, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.

Substitutes: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Bernard le Roux, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Rémi Talès, 23 Alexandre Dumoulin


15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 John Hardie, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson

Substitutes: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Alasdair Strokosch, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Sean Lamont

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