France U20 vs Scotland U20 , Fri, 10/02/2017 - 20:00

France U20
36 - 8
Full time
Scotland U20
Friday, 10 February, 2017 - 20:00 | Alpes Stadium, Grenoble

A gutsy showing from Scotland U20 wasn’t enough to overcome their French counterparts in the second round of the Six Nations, with the home side running out as 36-8 winners tonight (Friday 10 February) at Stade des Alpes, Grenoble.

A late flurry of tries from the home-side proved the difference between the teams in an otherwise tightly-contested match.

Both sides failed to take the most of their chances prior to the turn, with stand-off Connor Eastgate being the only Scottish name on scoresheet with a sole first-half penalty, despite prolonged periods of pressure on the opposition line.  

France opened the scoring in the second-half with a try, but a reply from hooker Fraser Renwick kept Scotland in the game.

However, France unlocked Scotland’s defence in the final 15 minutes of the match, crossing the whitewash on three occasions to put themselves well out of touching distance of the battling Scots and close the game out in their favour.

Scotland looked the livelier of the sides in the opening exchanges, with wing Darcy Graham and full-back Stafford McDowall looking particularly energetic in the wide channels.

Scotland’s dominance in possession and territory soon paid dividends as France continued to infringe under pressure.

The visitors took advantage of the home side’s indiscipline with Eastgate opening the scoring with a successful penalty on 11 minutes to give his side the lead (0-3).

Buoyed by their early lead, Scotland fired further shots at the French line but to no avail with the final scoring pass proving somewhat elusive.

France got themselves on the scoreboard just before the half-hour mark, when lock Mickael Capelli rumbled over from the back of a driving maul to give his side the lead.

Stand-off Romain N’Tamack added the extras to Capelli’s score, before slotting a penalty in the 33rd minute to put his ahead (3-10) at the interval.

Half-time: France U20 10 – 3 Scotland U20

The second-half started in a similar fashion to the first, with both sides displaying an attacking intent.

However, France caught Scotland off-guard on 45 minutes with a score from scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud, who fed off a well-worked counter-attacking break from full-back Romain Buros. N’Tamack failed to convert (3-15).

Centre Craig Pringle seemed to have silenced the raucous Stade des Alpes crowd when he dived into the corner on 53 minutes. The referee asked the TMO to have a second-look at the potential score, to which it was concluded Pringle’s foot was in touch prior to the grounding and the try was disallowed.

However, Scotland stayed calm under pressure and their patience was rewarded when Renwick guided a driving lineout maul towards the try-line, before breaking off to touch down and score. Eastgate was unable to hit the target with the conversion (8-15).

French replacement Thomas Darmon had the chance to extend his side’s lead as the game entered the final quarter, yet failed to do so as his attempt at goal shaved the uprights.

The home side, however, soon firmed up their grasp on the game with a late onslaught of tries.

Wing Faraj Fartass raced up the wing to score the first of France’s three tries in the final 15 minutes. Darmon converted. 

France’s replacement scrum-half, Athur Retiere, soon joined Fartass on the scoresheet, scoring first in the 73rd minute before sidling through the Scotland defence after the clock was dead to secure a brace of tries. Darmon added the extras to both scores, with the latter conversion being the last action of the game.

 Full-time: France U20 36 – 8 Scotland U20

Team lineups

France U20
Scotland U20


15 Romain Buros
14 Faraj Fartass
13 Nathan Decron
12 Theo Dachary
11 William Iraguha
10 Romain N'Tamack
9 Baptiste Couilloud


15 Stafford McDowall
14 Robbie Nairn
13 Craig Pringle
12 Cameron Huthchison
11 Darcy Graham
10 Connor Eastgate
9 Andrew Simmers


1 Leo Aouf
2 Etienne Fourcade
3 Thomas Laclayat
4 Florian Verhaeghe
5 Mickael Capelli
6 Baptiste Pesenti
7 Killan Bendjaballah
8 Charlie Francoz


1 George Thornton
2 Fraser Renwick
3 Adam Nicol
4 Alex Craig
5 Callum Hunter-Hill
6 Bruce Flockhart
7 Luke Crosbie
8 Tom Dodd


16 Kevin Tougne
17 Florian Dufour
18 Georges-Henri Colombe
19 Alexandre Roumat
20 Selevasio Tolofua
21 Arthur Retiere
22 Thomas Darmon
23 Theo Millet


16 Robbie Smith
17 Daniel Winning
18 Fergus Bradbury
19 Hamish Bain
20 Jamie Ure
21 Charlie Shiel
22 Ronan Kerr
23 Ross McCann

U20 6 Nations Championship 2017 table

1Scotland U20 51406
2France U2011005
3England U2011005
4Wales U2011004
5Ireland U2011004
6Italy U2010100

U20 6 Nations Championship 2017 latest results

Scotland U20 38 v 17 Italy U20
England U20 33 v 5 Scotland U20
Scotland U20 34 v 65 Wales U20
France U20 36 v 8 Scotland U20
Scotland U20 19 v 20 Ireland U20