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Stunning Huget breakaway and last-gasp penalty save France in Scotland

The Scots thought they had achieved an upset but indiscipline cost them in the closing stages.

Scotland 17

France 19

FRANCE KEPT THEIR Six Nations championship dreams alive at Murrayfield as Scotland conceded a feckless penalty in the closing stages to let victory slip though their fingers.

Scotland led the visitors 14-9 at half-time thanks to a pair of tries from Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour. Maxime Machenaud’s three penalties have the visitors in touch.

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

The tables turned on the hosts in dramatic fashion early in the second-half. Pressing for a try of their own, glory-hunting Duncan Weir gave up an interception to Yoann Huget. The winger ramped through the gears and left five Scots in his wake to score by the padded posts. Machenaud added the extras to make it 16-14.

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

Scotland, cheered on by a boisterous Murrayfield crowd, forced a penalty out on the left touchline. Weir turned from villain to hero as he nailed the kick. The score was 17-16 to the home side but Scottish captain Kelly Brown was pinged with two minutes on the clock.

Substitute Jean-Marc Doussain had the honours and slotted over the late, late penalty to keep France in the championship hunt.

Scorers for Scotland

Tries: Hogg, Seymour

Conversions: Weir (2)

Penalties: Weir

Scorers for France

Tries: Huget

Conversion: Doussain

Penalties: Machenaud (3)

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