France 12-0 Scotland LIVE! Six Nations 2023 match stream, latest score and rugby updates today
Six Nations round three concludes with what most expect to be the game of the weekend in Paris this afternoon. Defending champions France are back on home soil for the first time in 2023 as they look to recover quickly from a titanic loss in Dublin a fortnight ago that saw their dreams of consecutive Grand Slams firmly dashed by rampant Ireland.
Having also been run uncomfortably close by Italy in Rome on opening day, there is a sense that Les Bleus need a commanding performance here to reassert their credentials with a home World Cup looming large later this year. But they face a tough test against a Scotland side high on confidence after opening their campaign with successive victories for the first time since 1996.
Troubled Wales were brushed aside in a second-half blitz at Murrayfield after England had also been defeated again in the Calcutta Cup, raising optimism about a genuine title challenge from Gregor Townsend’s side with Finn Russell pulling the strings. Follow France vs Scotland in the Six Nations live below!
TRY! France 12-0 Scotland | Ethan Dumortier 9’
9 mins: France make their man advantage count almost immediately!
Red card – Grant Gilchrist (Scotland)
7 mins: Disaster for Scotland.
The officials cannot find any mitigation and the Edinburgh lock is given his marching orders.
The visitors a try and player down with less than seven minutes on the clock.
He can have not complaints.
6 mins: Scotland have a lineout but it’s delayed as an admirably persistent medic insists that Jelonch needs to go off for a HIA, despite his protestations.
Replays show that the flanker bounces off Matt Fagerson and then was hit hard in the face by the right shoulder of Gilchrist.
The referee has now seen that on the big screen. Gilchrist is in big trouble here. That was very dangerous…
TRY! France 7-0 Scotland | Romain Ntamack 5’
5 mins: Unstoppable from France!
Hooker Marchand breaks off from the lineout drive and sits down Hamish Watson.
There are then a sequence of bulldozing carries deep into the 22 from the likes of Flament and Baille.
Scotland’s defence initially holds firm, but it is just a matter of time as France work it left with numbers and Ntamack goes over.
A tough conversion is made by Ramos. Great start from Les Bleus.
France are in white today by the way despite being at home, with Scotland in their familiar blue home strips.
2 mins: Scotland keep ball in hand early on and work it nicely through the hands out left looking for the width, but France stay patient in defence and force a knock-on.
Romain Ntamack looks to put pressure on with another high kick, which is taken in by Hogg.
Duhan van der Merwe is driven into the turf by Jelonch and we eventually come back for a French penalty, which is boomed into touch on the edge of the Scottish 22.
1 min: The physical tone is set early on as Anthony Jelonch barrels into a combination of Ritchie and Matt Fagerson.
France negotiate a swift early exit from their own 22.
Stirring stuff as ever!
Georgian referee Nika Amashukeli blows to get us underway, after that strange little car has delivered the ball to Stuart Hogg for kick-off.
Can France get back to winning ways, or will Scotland keep up their title push with another win in Paris?
Let’s find out…
Antoine Dupont and Jamie Ritchie lead out their respective teams to a cacophony of noise at a truly great stadium.
After a moment of solidarity with the people of Ukraine a year into the invasion by Russia, it’s time for the national anthems.
Flower of Scotland up first, followed of course by La Marseillaise. Two of the very best!
A fantastic crowd as ever inside the Stade de France! The players are imminent.