Johnson 'bitterly disappointed' as home win evades Scots

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson was left 'bitterly disappointed' for his side who were edged by France in the 78th minute at Murrayfield Stadium this afternoon.

Tries from full-back Stuart Hogg and wing Tommy Seymour recaptured the advantage after two early penalties from French scrum-half Maxime Machenaud to lead at the break.

Unfortunately for the hosts the French hit back early in the second-half, converting an interception try which was ran from their own 22 by winger Yoann Huget. Had Huget not grasped the pass from Duncan Weir, a Scotland try was on - a "14 point" moment as Johnson noted.

Scotland took the lead once more through the boot of stand-off Weir - who looked to have made amends for that earlier pass that went awry - until a 78th minute penalty from replacement scrum-half Jean-Marc Doussain put the French back in front at the final whistle.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Johnson said: “It’s a game we should have won.

Once again we showed great character, resolve, skill and intent; if you have those things, you have a pretty good team.

“There were really good aspects of this performance and I’m bitterly disappointed for them (the players).

“We’re moulding a set of backs and, if this group stays together, they will be a real attacking threat.

“Lessons will be learned and they will be better for it.”

The penalty count against Scotland after 62 minutes was 11-2 and Johnson stressed that Scotland would look to themselves to find answers to that conondrum while also reflecting that the 50:50 decisions did just not seem to go his charges' way.