Scotland win in Paris for the first time since 1999

Scotland has beaten France 23-27 in Paris for the first time in 21 years. The victory is the Scottish’s first since 1999. The shock win hands Wales the Six nations title despite the Welsh collapsing against the French the week previous.

France came into the game needing to score four tries and a winning margin of 21 points to win their first Six Nations title in 11 years. Scotland lost out-half Finn Russell but showed resolve to record a remarkable victory at the Parisians’ hands.

With the clock red and France leading by three points, Brice Dulin opted to keep the ball in play but then conceded a penalty, and Scottish pressure eventually told as Duhan van der Merwe crossed for his second try of the game in the 84th minute.

An opening try from Scottish winger Duhan van der Merwe was canceled out by Brice Dulin.

Scotland lost Finn Russell to the sin-bin and were made to pay when Penaud collected Virimi Vakatawa’s offload, lobbed the ball over Ali Price, and touched down in the corner.

Scotland replied when David Cherry scooped up a loose ball following a lineout before nipping through a gap and over. Russell converted to put Scotland back in front.

Sven Rebbadj went over five minutes later, but van der Merwe would send the scots into ecstasy. Van der Merwe touched down on the left with no time remaining for a French comeback.

Head coach Gregor Townsend was delighted with his side’s campaign despite the league position.

“I’m so proud of them and even though we’ve finished fourth it feels like one of our best-ever seasons with the victories we’ve had and the performances, tonight especially.”

“Over the last two years we’ve been competitive in every game and the players will take confidence from that.”

Scotland won in both Paris and Twickenham for the first time since 1926 and will be delighted with the progress heading into future championships.

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