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.
Tries: Medard, Penalty try, Harinordoquy, Traille
Cons: Parra 2, Yachvilli 2
Tries: Kellock, Brown, Lamont
Cons: Parks 3