Finn Russell Scotland bounce back to defeat France in return clash at Murrayfield

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Finn Russell Scotland's Chris Harris is tackled by France's Damian Penaud with Scotland's Rory Hutchinson in support during the International Friendly match at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Photo: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire
Scotland’s Chris Harris is tackled by France’s Damian Penaud with Scotland’s Rory Hutchinson in support during the International Friendly match at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Photo: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

A much-changed Scotland bounced back strongly from last week’s thrashing by France by winning the return fixture 17-14 at Murrayfield, though neither team will take much joy from what was a scrappy World Cup warm-up clash.

After last week’s 32-3 humiliation in Nice, the Scots made 14 changes, with only fullback Stuart Hogg retained in what looked a much stronger starting XV.

A week ago they conceded a try after 25 seconds and they were 7-0 down again after two minutes on Saturday as winger Damian Penaud snatched an interception from Peter Horne and ran 50 metres to score under the posts.

France were also gifted their second try after 27 minutes after Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell failed to gather a high kick. Gael Fickou cut loose before feeding Penaud to score his second – Thomas Ramos slotting his second conversion.

Scotland had barely threatened but finally struck at the end of the first half with a turnover score finis

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