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Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

6N: Beauxis to start at flyhalf for France against Scotland

6N: Beauxis to start at flyhalf for France against Scotland

"Obviously expectations have risen over the a year ago because we're doing well", Watson said.

For Scotland, the overriding emotion is putting Cardiff behind them as quickly as possible. "He's a very good 10, so he jogged through a few plays in the auto park on Sunday morning as preparation".

The tenure of Jacques Brunel is in its infancy and his side must prove to all that they can deliver away from home in this Championship.

Bringing in Horne - Alex Dunbar is still unavailable - not only releases Huw Jones to the outside centre role where he is more effective but also, with Laidlaw, a minder on each side for Finn Russell.

Laidlaw's touchline conversion reduced the deficit to 10-7 but, having worked so hard to get themselves back into the contest, Scotland found themselves undone by a piece of opportunism by Thomas.

YOU don't give teams of France's quality a 10-point lead if you're going to have a chance of winning the game.

The hosts then pressed on, converting two more penalty kicks and securing their first win in this year's Six Nations.

Sometimes he can force plays and if he can manage the game better, he should be able to find the right time to launch Scotland's unsafe runners.

Instead, he appeared after 48 minutes (eight minutes too late for most Scotland supporters) as the Scots tried to steady their sinking ship.

France conceded yet another penalty on 70 minutes, which Laidlaw once again punished to put Townsend's team in front for the first time. "The forwards had such a massive game in the set-piece, but they were still willing carriers right to the end".

Scotland team: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Peter Horne (all Glasgow Warriors), Sean Maitland (Saracens); Finn Russell (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont-Auvergne); Gordon Reid (London Irish), Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan; Grant Gilchrist (all Edinburgh Rugby), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors); John Barclay (Scarlets, captain), Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).

Byron McGuigan misses out through injury while Chris Harris, Ali Price, Jon Welsh and Ben Toolis drop to the bench. If you take a spanking or lose like that, I'm not sure how you'd like to lose - those boys looked like they were hurting after the game.

Lionel Beauxis' inclusion surprised many.

Replacements: 16 Adrien Pelissie, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Benjamin Fall.

The game is live on BBC1 with coverage starting at 2.30pm.

The BBC Sport app, available to download for free across Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices, will also carry the live coverage and text commentary.

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