Garbisi hits the post from an 80th minute penalty as Italy miss the chance for a first ever win in France.
The teams are heading out the tunnel. Allez le bleus rings out as the anthems get underway. Two of the best in the comp no doubt.
“It’s been too long,” explains Italy’s best-ever player, Sergio Parisse, speaking about this losing streak against France that stretches back to February 2013. Continue reading...
- Head coach: ‘We can all see the ball’s over the line’
- Townsend also unhappy with decision to take off George Turner
Gregor Townsend has joined a chorus of Scottish voices protesting against the decision not to award Scotland what would have been a winning try at the death against France. For five agonising minutes, with time up, Murrayfield watched replay after replay of Sam Skinner’s attempt to ground the ball, while the referee, Nic Berry, consulted the television match official.
“It was clearly not the right decision they came to in the end,” the Scotland head coach said. “I think it was the TMO who influenced the referee more. They’ve got quite a big screen in that corner, so it should be the referee who decides. They’ve taken a lot of time to pore over it, and we can all see the ball’s over the line. I don’t think I’m being biased. I think everybody sees that.” Continue reading...
Louis Bielle-Biarrey’s try proved decisive after Scotland were denied a last-gasp winning score after a lengthy TMO review
6 mins. Everything that can be controlled is broadly going well for Scotland, especially the lineout, and the latest is won in the France half to set Huw Jones off on a run into the 22. As the centre takes contact the ball is offloaded to Darge but it’s spilled forward, allowing Lucu to boot clear to touch.
4 mins. White dithers a bit gathering the ball from the back of a ruck, which allows France to nick it but as the ball comes out to Fickou, Rowe reads it and rushes up to snuff the attack out. A couple of phases later Darge is on the ball to win a penalty for Scotland. Continue reading...