Stuart Hogg laments Scotland's defeat to France

Posted February 13, 2017

"It's not ideal but we certainly wouldn't use it as an excuse", said New Zealander Cotter, who preferred to focus on his team's at-times heroic defending. "We just have to be satisfied with that and keep working".

But Seymour detects that veteran head coach Guy Noves is slowly getting his squad away from the point-to-point, limited style and very un-French style they had under Philippe St Andre and back to their traditional values.

"If you look at the first try, we didn't panic, we went through the phases, didn't try any stupid off-loads - and then scored in the corner", he added.

Fly-half Lopez kicked five penalties and converted Gael Fickou's try while Scotland's points came from tries by Stuart Hogg and Tim Swinson and a couple of Finn Russell penalties.

However, Russell missed the simple conversion when the ball rolled off the tee midway through his run-up and Lopez levelled the game with another penalty on 48 minutes as France began to dominate possession and territory.

"I think it's synonymous of the modern game that a guy of just 23 or 24 years of age can trot up 50 caps", said Scotland's assistant coach Jason O'Halloran. "Obviously they've got big players, a big pack, so it was pretty bruising. The rucks were fiercely contested".

Action from Week two of the Six Nation Championship continues later today as Scotland and France who are now 4 and 5 in the table will go head to head as they hope to catch leaders England who won their second match yesterday against Wales.

Scotland will host Wales in Round 3, while France visit Ireland. England leads after its two opening victories.

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Lopez slotted a penalty from almost 40 meters out for an early French lead.

Last weekend, Hogg scored two early tries as Ireland was beaten 27-22 at Murrayfield, while France lost to England 19-16 at Twickenham. Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw's conversion attempt from the touchline hit the bar. The referee, Jaco Peyper reversed the penalty but Lopez too struck woodwork.

Then, Scotland's chances were dealt a blow when Laidlaw went off with a knock to his ankle after 25 minutes and was replaced by Ali Price. Among the 90 match, France won 52 and Scotland won 35 matches. Seymour chipped an angled kick toward him, Spedding put both his hands out to gather the bouncing ball but completely misjudged as it went over his head. They had claimed there was a push on full-back Scott Spedding as Tommy Seymour chased his own unsafe lob before feeding Swinson. Only 46 seconds (!) separated Swinson touching down and Russell missing the conversion.

Scotland still has not won in France since 1999. So we know it's going to be a tough test for us.

After Lopez missed a routine penalty, his effort also striking the bar, France moved further ahead.

Stuart Hogg admitted Scotland had only themselves to blame after slipping to a 22-16 loss to France in Paris.

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