Scottish Daily Mail



HEAD COACH — GREGOR TOWNSEND Big calls before the match, big calls during the match. Brave to take off his skipper and playmaker late in second half. Deserved his first Six Nations victory as head coach. 15 STUART HOGG As ever, the world-class full-back was at his electrifyi­ng best. Made 120 metres — more than double the total of any other player on the field. Also made the most carries (13). 14 TOMMY SEYMOUR Looked fairly solid defensivel­y, but the Glasgow Warriors winger was perhaps not quite as potent as some of his colleagues in the backs. 1 GORDON REID 8 RYAN WILSON 13 HUW JONES (left) Back at outside centre and back in the tries. Made a great angle to grab the second score. 12 PETER HORNE Showed Russell how it was done with a calm kick under pressure in first half and made some hard yards. 11 SEAN MAITLAND Restored to the line-up and marked his return with a try. Defensivel­y sound and always composed. A class act. 9 GREIG LAIDLAW 10 FINN RUSSELL His missed tackle paved way for first French try and it only got worse. Kicking from hand was abysmal. Was really unfortunat­e at France’s second try with the bounce of the ball, but then everything started going his way. Immaculate performanc­e. There was talk of France’s power and physicalit­y up front beforehand, but Reid and his colleagues stood up to the challenge manfully. A lot to be proud of. 2 STUART McINALLY Another brave performanc­e from the hooker, with the Scots battering the French in the second half thanks to the intensity of their play. 3 SIMON BERGHAN Some terrific ball-carrying and tackling from the prop on his return from suspension. 4 JONNY GRAY 7 HAMISH WATSON His charge paved the way for Maitland’s try. Made most tackles (13) for Scotland. As always. 5 GRANT GILCHRIST After his injury problems over the past two years, this was a crowd-pleasing performanc­e. 6 JOHN BARCLAY (left) Conceded penalty which left Scots 10-0 down after ten minutes. Not quite his best, but still competed well. Punishing effort from the No 8 as he pushed Scotland forward and kept France on the back foot. Held his own up against some monsters in the French back row. Scotland weren’t as dominant at the breakdown as they would have liked, but still a handy effort from the Edinburgh flanker.

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