Not to mention the title, France couldn’t even win the game, as Duhan van der Merwe’s dramatic match-winning stoppage time effort in Paris marked a joyous Six Nations climax for both Wales and Scotland.
As he entered this delayed decider, who had to win by 21 points and score four tries, France’s ambitions were reduced to dust. Fabien Galthie’s side got a taste of their own medicine. Six days after Brice Dulin denied Wales a Grand Slam when Brice hit Dulin in the final match of that classic match, the hosts were subjected to the same painful turn, courtesy of Edinburgh wing Van der Merwe.
With eight minutes to go at the Stade de France, Finn Russell was sent off for raising his arm and making contact with Dulin’s neck. The removal of their inspiring playmaker seemed to take away any remaining Scottish hopes for a first win in this match since 1999, but they were still able to take a famous result.
Duhan van der Merwe’s late try gave Scotland a 27-23 over France – their first Paris win since 1999
Scotland took a historic victory, with France’s loss also earning Wales the Six Nations title
They got one last chance when Dulin recklessly failed to kick the ball off the field in his own 22, with the 80 minutes on the clock. France was awarded a ruck penalty and Scotland launched a final frantic attack, culminating with Adam Hastings throwing the ball to Van der Merwe, who stepped inside Damian Penaud and crossed the left for his second attempt of the game, to give it the advantage. arrange. of the visitors. Hastings repented for the record.
The euphoria among the Scottish players was matched by national jubilation in Wales. This was a milestone result for one Celtic nation and a milestone tournament success for another. The title often ended up in the hands of Wales during Warren Gatland’s tenure, but now the trophy has been regained under another Kiwi head coach, Wayne Pivac.
France’s target last night seemed far-fetched and it showed. In the eyes of many, they had started this championship as favorites for their first European conquest since 2010, but their campaign wound through controversy and ended in despair.
France needed a win on bonus points and a profit margin of 21 points to claim the title
Van der Merwe made France’s job a lot more difficult by transitioning early in the first half
A COVID outbreak saw head coach Galthie, 11 players and staff members test positive, sparking criticism of bubble bursts, but an investigative whitewash.
The French government had taken a harsh, even menacing tone for the Six Nations by showing their determination to reduce the risk of virus transmission, but it was the French team that put the event in jeopardy. They may be the best team, but it was a certain fairness that they didn’t finish at the top of the table.
France is second and the Scots are two places down, despite the fact that their campaign ended as it began, with a memorable victory away from home. On the opening weekend, they took their first win over England at Twickenham in 38 years. Last night they claimed the loot in the French capital for the first time since 1999.
Brice Dulin left late in the first half to give hope to France at the Stade de France
Damian Pernaud has given France more optimism after halftime for their second attempt of the match
Gregor Townsend, the head coach of Scotland, was still playing back then and he said, ‘Now we can get rid of all those 1999 footage! I am so proud of the team that it has endured the setback of not having a full squad, the red card and the yellow card. They came back with courage and skill. I am just so happy for the players. Even though we came fourth, it feels like one of our best seasons. ‘
It was Scotland’s captain, Stuart Hogg, who had gone to the sin-bin just before halftime.
But that setback and Russell’s belated loss could not prevent historic turmoil, and Hogg said, I am absolutely delighted. We started this Six Nations in the best possible way at Twickenham and some of our results and achievements have been excellent. We can continue to build on something memorable. I am the captain of a very, very proud nation. ‘
Dave Cherry made another attempt for Scotland to frustrate France even further
Swan Rebbadj went to France with 14 minutes to go to keep their vague hopes alive
Romain Ntamack’s early penalty put France ahead, but Scotland responded and Van der Merwe scored his first try in the 15th minute after whore George Turner shot through the house 22. Russell added the conversion and a penalty, before Ntamack hit back with a second shot. of its own on the other.
Antoine Dupont and Penaud teamed up for a try for Dulin four minutes before half time and Ntamack added the extras.
The French lead grew as Clermont Auvergne wing Penaud conjured a brilliant solo attempt, but Scotland turned the tables with Russell hitting a penalty and then turning down a close-range try from Dave Cherry. Swan Rebbadj crashed for France with 14 minutes to go, but Van der Merwe had the last word, Scotland had their win and Wales had their prize.
Scotland’s fly-half Finn Russell was sent off late in the day for a hand-off to Dulin’s throat
Van der Merwe’s late attempt six minutes after the start of the red led to jubilant scenes for Scotland
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