France u/20 kept their hopes alive to retain their u/20 Six Nations Championship Crown when they survived a 22 point flurry from Scotland. This will make next weekend's game between log leaders Ireland and France of big importance for both sides.
France stormed into an early lead of 21-0 but Scotland came storming back to take a late lead just before halftime of 22-21 scoring four tries to France's three.
However, the main difference between the two sides was the goalkicking as France's Mathieu Smaili was perfect from the tee while Thompson was wayward. The pressure told in the final quarter as France's Jordan Joseph bagged a double and Yoram Moefana also went over for the home side.
Speaking after the match, U20 Head Coach Hogg, said: “It was certainly a step-up from the first two games in terms of the quality of the opposition – the pace and the physicality – which France brought. I thought they were a very good side with some dangerous backs and physical ball-carriers up front. Ironically, we talked about getting off to a fast start to quieten the crowd, and I have to give the players all credit for fighting back from 21-0 down to get themselves in front.
“We put in a huge shift to arrest that momentum and push it back in our favour, but, ultimately, we made too many errors throughout the game, whether that is getting bumped in tackles or our set-piece not being able to maintain any pressure on the opposition.”
France: Tries: Pinto, Eglaine, Favre, Joseph, Moefana Conversions: Smaili (6)
Scotland: Tries: Blain, Thompson, McCallum, Fraser Conversion: Thompson