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Galthie left satisfied after Scotland success

Galthie left satisfied after Scotland success

Galthie left satisfied after Scotland success

France head coach Fabien Galthie praised his side’s determination to secure the 22-15 victory over Scotland in a hard-fought encounter at BT Murrayfield.

The hosts were a constant threat in Edinburgh, with a piece of magic from Virimi Vakatawa minutes after the restart ultimately proving the difference in the Round 2 clash.

The centre crossed early in the second half after a break from Vincent Rattez for the only try of the game, leaving France top of Group B ahead of the final round of fixtures.

The victory brought an end to Scotland’s five match winning run, and continued France’s impressive form since rugby returned, with this their third straight victory after successes over Wales and Ireland, and it was a performance that pleased Galthie.

“I am very satisfied by the victory, by the behaviour of the players in a different environment and by this series of three victories,” the France head coach said.

“We beat three Celtic nations this fall, which is not insignificant. I am very satisfied with the results with a new project and a new team.

“We had to go fast, win quickly. We are first in our group in this competition. If we beat Italy we have our fate in hands.”

The first half was a tight affair in Edinburgh, with Duncan Weir slotting through four penalties for the hosts, while Thomas Ramos added three at the other end, as well as a Matthieu Jalibert drop goal to make it 12-12 at the break.

France finally found the breakthrough minutes after the break, as Rattez found some space before feeding Vakatawa, who duly obliged with the score.

Weir and Ramos exchanged further penalties to set up a grandstand finish, but the hosts couldn’t find a way past the resilient French rearguard.

And Galthie was left singing the praises of his attacking threats, who produced a textbook display to produce the only try of the game.

“We’re going to start a new story with a new team. Vakatawa’s try? We have a few tactics adapted to the opponent, it does not always succeed,” Galthie said.

“This one succeeds, we scored a two-pass try, it allows you to score points without spending energy, which is a good thing.”

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