Finn Russell Rugby World Cup 2019: Sean Maitland scores as Scotland edge France

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Finn Russell Sean Maitland (L), pictured in a Six Nations game against Ireland, scored a try in Scotland's 17-14 win over France.

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Sean Maitland (L), pictured in a Six Nations game against Ireland, scored a try in Scotland’s 17-14 win over France.

Kiwi wing Sean Maitland scored as Scotland revelled in their Murrayfield comfort zone to overcome France 17-14 and restore some pride after the humiliation in Nice last weekend.

The Scots took the lead for the first time on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) with a quarter to go when centre Chris Harris hit the line at speed and barged past a couple of defenders to score. Greig Laidlaw converted, and the home side was inspired from being in front and held on.

While their intensity and defence was much improved after losing to France 32-3 a week ago, the Scots’ effort in the Rugby World Cup warmup was disjointed and full of basic errors.

And for the third test in a row, they conceded within two minutes of kickoff.

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Finn Russell Scotland coach Gregor Townsend (file photo).

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend (file photo).

Midfielder Peter Horne was the culprit when he forced a pass under pressure towards fullback Stuart Hogg, which was picked off by French wing Damian Penaud, who galloped home unchallenged to the posts.

A Laidlaw penalty for an off

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