Frogs smash Kilts

France look a good bet to defend their Six Nations crown, after they smashed Scotland 34-21 in an entertaining first round encounter at Stade de France, in Paris, on Saturday.


In an opening weekend when most teams looked rather stodgy and dour, with skills levels mostly shocking, the French laid down a huge marker in this World Cup year.

They scored four tries, three of those great creative efforts. There was also a penalty try, as the French scrum monstered the Scottish pack.

In a fast-paced game – certainly the best match of the weekend – the French often left the Scottish defenders floundering with their blistering counter attacks.

There will be some concern over the fact that thew French defence let in three tries, but they were always well ahead in the game.

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Medard, Penalty try, Harinordoquy, Traille
Cons: Parra 2, Yachvilli 2
Pen: Yachvilli
DG: Trinh-Duc

For Scotland:
Tries: Kellock, Brown, Lamont
Cons: Parks 3



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  9 comments for “Frogs smash Kilts

  1. DavidS
    February 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm
    34-21 and three tries…

    Doesn’t look like a “smash” to me to be honest…

  2. avatar
    February 5, 2011 at 11:04 pm
    OK, ek sal dit verander.
  3. avatar
    February 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    Or no, I won’t.

    They scored four tries, three of those great creative efforts.

    That’s about two more than the Boks in the whole of 2010.

  4. avatar
    February 6, 2011 at 6:53 am
    Good game… shocking scrumming from the Kilts…
  5. avatar
    February 6, 2011 at 9:42 am
    Reply to DavidS @ 9:56 pm:

    Score does not reflect the control the French had on this game. Scots managed to score 3 tries but were never really in it. The French pack is AWESOME!

    Entertaining match – enjoyed it :respek:

  6. avatar
    February 6, 2011 at 11:20 am
    Reply to JT @ 9:42 am:

    So it seems the Frogs will be a force come RWC?
    Wouldn’t have said that last year.

  7. avatar
    February 6, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:20 am:

    There is only one RWC they haven’t made the semi’s since 87’…

  8. avatar
    February 6, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:20 am:

    they always are on their day – they tend to have a shocker every few games.

  9. DavidS
    February 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 11:54 am:

    Always a bridesmaid never a bride for them…

    Been comprehensively klapped in two finals after shocking favorites in two semis…

    Problem is on any given day they can beat the All Blacks or lose to Romania… you must just wish to lord god almighty you don’t run into them on a “beat the All Blacks” day… and you never know until the game is actually happening which it is… oh and you could even shockingly run into them where they have both in one game… like we did in 1997 in the first test where the Frogs allowed us to rack up a 30 point lead before storming back in the second half and us holding out desperately to win by four points…


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