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Post by BigGee Mon 20 Feb 2023, 12:10 pm

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France v Scotland
6 Nations Championship
The Auld Alliance Trophy

Stade de France
Paris

Sunday 26th February 2023
KO 15.00


Well onto the third round of matches and Scotland v France gets the sunday afternoon slot this time around.

Not many would have given Scotland a chance for this game at the start of the competition, but now it may be a bit closer than first imagined.

Scotland did win on their last visit to the Stade, albeit in an empty stadium and over the years have not actually had a bad record against the French, even when we were poor. Scotland are on a run, have a settled side, few injury worries and a mixture of confidence and control that we have not seen for quite some time.

Steady on though, this is France we are playing and they are at home. They are one of the two best sides in the world on current form, even if they have flattered to deceive a bit in their last two games. They will not want to lose this match and go one from three and have all the old accusations about being a flakey team come right back to haunt them after having largely put that moniker to bed over the past few years. You would fancy that they will try and steam roller Scotland in the way that England did, only they are better than England and will maybe be more successful. If they get a decent lead in the game they will be all but impossible to haul back.

So any chance for Scotland will involve them simply managing to stay in the game and to weather the French onslaught, which will surely come. If it is close at the end, a big if, then Scotland may be the fitter team and they have certainly finished their last two games very strongly.

All the smart money is still going to be on a French win, but it might be close and for Scotland, there is certainly some hope. My gues at our team is something along these lines:

1. Schoeman
2. Turner
3. Fagerson Z
4. Gray R
5. Gilchrist
6. Fagerson M
7. Ritchie - capt
8. Dempsey - MoM performance on friday might swing it
9. White
10. Russell
11. DVDM
12. Tuipolotu
13. Jones
14. Steyn
15. Kinghorn

Subs

Bhatti
Brown
Nel
Gray
Skinner
Price - had his best game of the season on friday
Redpath
Hogg


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Post by funnyExiledScot Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:15 pm

Hamish off. Guess that makes sense.

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:16 pm

Another red??????
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Post by Collapse2005 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:17 pm

Has to be red too, he headbutted him


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Post by eirebilly_01 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:17 pm

Well now...

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Post by funnyExiledScot Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:17 pm

Well that's 100% a red as well!!

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Post by BigGee Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:17 pm

Another red?

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Post by Geordie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:17 pm

Well surely that's a red aswell

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Post by westisbest Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:17 pm

14 men each here surely

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:18 pm

The ball is not lifted. It is a clear out where there is head contact. He has to go off
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Post by funnyExiledScot Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:18 pm

If we score here, game on.

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:18 pm

Well done the assistant ref. The main ref wasn’t interested
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Post by Heaf Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:19 pm

Another red - well that makes it interesting again ...

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Post by eirebilly_01 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:19 pm

Scotland with a life line here. This could really open up the game for Finn Russell.

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Post by funnyExiledScot Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:19 pm

Arghh! Bottled line-out. Massive error in context.

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Post by Collapse2005 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:19 pm

That was really dirty, more of a red in my view

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Post by Duty281 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:19 pm

Well done to the touch judge. First time I've seen them talk a referee round.

Game back on? Oui.

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Post by No 7&1/2 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:19 pm

France really do like to implode.

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Post by Collapse2005 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:20 pm

tigertattie wrote:Well done the assistant ref. The main ref wasn’t interested

Yeah good intervention

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Post by funnyExiledScot Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:20 pm

Surprised no HIA on White after that.

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Post by Heaf Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:20 pm

Anyone think the WC will be determined by who can give away the fewest red cards?

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Post by funnyExiledScot Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:20 pm

I think they have the edge in the scrum....

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Post by westisbest Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:21 pm

Collapse2005 wrote:That was really dirty, more of a red in my view

True. Very stupid play.

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:22 pm

Well this game is a box of frogs (yes the pun was intended)

14 a side. Scotland with the more mobile pack. Is this advantage Scotland now?

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Post by Duty281 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:22 pm

Heaf wrote:Anyone think the WC will be determined by who can give away the fewest red cards?

I think referees will be under pressure to not give reds in the biggest games.

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Post by eirebilly_01 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:25 pm

Its going to be some second half if Scotland can still be in the game by then.

Ooh, should have scored there.

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Post by Heaf Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:26 pm

I'm warming to the idea of orange cards - maybe with longer bans, so the players at fault take more of the punishment but games aren't ruined.

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:27 pm

Duty281 wrote:
Heaf wrote:Anyone think the WC will be determined by who can give away the fewest red cards?

I think referees will be under pressure to not give reds in the biggest games.

Nah. The edict is to stamp out the silly tackles. Players will be under pressure to lower their tackle heights or not but their opponents in the head
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Post by funnyExiledScot Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:28 pm

Oh dear! Really soft.

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:28 pm

FFS Finn

This is why he’s not the best 10 in the world
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Post by No 7&1/2 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:28 pm

That's a really nice catch.

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Post by eirebilly_01 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:28 pm

Oh dear, savage interception...

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Post by doctor_grey Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:28 pm

Gonna be interesting the rest of the way. Relax, calm, be at peace. Now fock 'em.

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Post by BigGee Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:30 pm

Finnsanity!

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Post by bsando Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:30 pm

I think that is the first intercept pass ive seen Russell throw. Going to be a humbling day for Scotland I think.

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:31 pm

bsando wrote:I think that is the first intercept pass ive seen Russell throw. Going to be a humbling day for Scotland I think.

Eh no it ain’t!!!
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Post by No 7&1/2 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:33 pm

tigertattie wrote:
bsando wrote:I think that is the first intercept pass ive seen Russell throw. Going to be a humbling day for Scotland I think.

Eh no it ain’t!!!

Assume its meant as the first today.

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:33 pm

Scotland tactic

Give the ball to Duhan. Make the french injure themselves trying to tackle him
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Post by Collapse2005 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:33 pm

BigGee wrote:Finnsanity!

Finterception

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Post by eirebilly_01 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:35 pm

Surely France must be on a YC warning for too many penalties in the red zone?

EDIT: As typed that, France get the warning.

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Post by BigGee Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:36 pm

Great try Scotland, we are not lying down!

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:36 pm

Right. Let’s go guys. We can still do this
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Post by No 7&1/2 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:39 pm

Bit lucky Hoggs high tackle wasnt picked up given how much ground they were making.

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Post by Heaf Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:40 pm

I'm not convinced by this ref having seen his previous matches and the fact he tried to only give a yellow for the head-butt

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Post by tigertattie Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:43 pm

This ref is giving some very very odd calls
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Post by bsando Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:45 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:
tigertattie wrote:
bsando wrote:I think that is the first intercept pass ive seen Russell throw. Going to be a humbling day for Scotland I think.

Eh no it ain’t!!!

Assume its meant as the first today.

Name me an international match Russell has thrown an intercept other than today and get back to me Wink

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Post by bsando Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:47 pm

France look great now but Scotland need to keep the scoreline close so they can try and win the fitness battle in the final 20. They're forcing things a bit up against some really strong French pressure

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Post by Heaf Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:48 pm

I think 14 v 14 will suit Scotland more ...

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Post by Duty281 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:49 pm

How frustrating this is for Scotland. Numerous visits to the French 22, but just one score to show for it.

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Post by funnyExiledScot Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:51 pm

Saved by the whistle!!

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Post by eirebilly_01 Sun 26 Feb 2023, 3:51 pm

How many times are France going to be allowed to disrupt rucks by being on the wrong side and slowing the play?

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