After the England game we discussed a number of positions and the same thing happened after the Wales game. “Against France we feel he is a good foil for the way France want to play but also adding speed to our attack. “We were tough on the players going into the Wales week, and quite rightly, because we hadn’t backed up that opening performance in previous years. We felt that way before the Wales game and we feel the same this week. We can improve from the Wales game.
In the next attack, however, Francis narrowed the gap with a second penalty. But the Warriors steadily got on top towards the mid-point of the half, and Sione Vailanu grabbed their second try from a lineout drive. Glasgow resumed play on the offensive, and were given a boost when Francis was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle on Sione Tuipulotu. Bath full-back Orlando Bailey landed a penalty just before the hour to keep his team well in contention at 19-16 down. Scoring sequence (Glasgow first): 0-3; 5-3; 7-3; 7-6; 12-6; 14-6; 14-11; 14-13 (h-t) 19-13; 19-16; 19-19.2 months ago The Offside Line
France 54Scotland 12A SOBERING night in the South of France saw Scotland out-muscled and out-played by bigger and more experienced French opposition. “I’m really disappointed because we didn’t get off the bus, to be honest,” said head coach Kenny Murray. Teams –France: M Ferté; L Drouet, A Mathiron (L Darricarrere. Scorers –France: Tries: Ferté, Mathiron, Carbonneau, Nouchi 2, Jegou, Affane, Penalty Try; Con: Reus 6. Scoring sequence (France first): 5-0; 7-0; 7-5; 12-5; 17-5; 19-5; 19-10; 19-12; 24-12; 26-12; 31-12; 33-12; 38-12; 40-12; 45-12; 47-12; 54-12.1 month ago The Offside Line
“I’m really, really proud of the performance today,” Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair said. “I’m really, really proud of lots of stuff, but there’s also that little itch in me. Boffelli then showed the stand-off how it was done, scoring from just inside the Saracens half, and soon added another penalty from a couple of metres further in to put Edinburgh six points in front. Saracens hit back just before the break, scoring all too simply through a lineout drive, finished off by Ben Earl. But the visitors fought back, and Boffelli put them back in front with a fourth successful penalty.3 months ago The Offside Line
Anthony Watson, who has not played for England for two years largely due to injury, and Ollie Lawrence are on the bench. You see how they connect ball in hand… those great attacking kicks that Marcus Smith has and how Marchant finds them. “Some of England and the Lions’ best performances have taken place with Owen Farrell in the 12 shirt,” he added. England (v Scotland at Twickenham, Saturday @ 4.45pm): F Steward; M Malins, J Marchant, O Farrell (c), O Hassell-Collins; M Smith, J van Poortvliet; E Genge, J George, K Sinckler, M Itoje, O Chessum, L Ludlam, B Curry, A Dombrandt. Replacements: J Walker, M Vunipola, D Cole, N Isiekwe, B Earl, B Youngs, O Lawrence, A Watson.1 month ago The Offside Line
RICHIE GRAY is returning to a happy hunting ground this afternoon. France v Scotland preview: will fortune favour the brave in Paris? Scotland scored three tries, but their opponents scored four to get their Grand Slam defence off to a 34-21 winning start. He went from playing game after game in France, to injury. “It is France’s first game at home in this championship so that will be massive for them, an enormous drive,” says Gray.1 month ago The Offside Line
With the Super6 Championship 2022 season coming to an end soon, some players have already begun to move to Premiership clubs. Currie Chieftains: C Brett; C Meager, G Cannie, DJ Innes, J McCaig; A Hall, P Boyer; C Anderson, R Stewart, J Ramsay, W Inglis, J O’Brien, M Vernel, G Nelson, R Davies©. What the coaches say –“After a great win last week at Marr we return back to Philiphaugh to play Currie. Subs: R Hanning, P Brown, J Haynes, J Lister, R Stott. Marr: C Inglis; G Montgomery; J Jacobson, N Calder, C Sturgeon©, S Bickerstaff; C Inglis, G Baird; A Acton, C McMillan, C Miller, D Andrew, R Brocket, C Young, C Steel, C Folan.5 months ago The Offside Line
People who are not in the squad, I don’t phone up regularly unless there’s something to talk about. “There are a lot of players out of the camp and within the camp. “George has a shoulder issue that he’s on his way to get scanned,” explained Townsend, speaking half an hour after the full-time whistle. “We improved to win the game but there are certainly things we will have to improve for next week. “The players know they can play better but they are delighted that they won for Scotland.4 months ago The Offside Line