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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 March 2007, 18:01 GMT
Pundits on France v Scotland
Andy Nicol
Andy Nicol
Former Scotland captain

With a few minutes to go it was looking like [Scotland prop] Euan Murray would never have to buy a pint of Guinness again in his life after scoring a try that looked like it would give Ireland the title.

But then along comes Elvis, and although we couldn't see the ball grounded by Vermeulen, the most important person was the referee.

It has not been a classic Six Nations Championship, but what a fantastic finish. There has not been anything like it.

I feel so, so sorry for the Irish. They must be gutted. They must have thought they had one hand on the trophy.

Former Scotland fly-half Gregor Townsend
Gregor Townsend
Former Scotland fly-half

France had a bit of pressure for much of the game but I don't think Scotland deserved such a heavy scoreline.

They scored three tries, which is as many as they have scored in their campaign to date, and it was one of their better performances.

But you can't take anything away from France and their coach Bernard Laporte after his last Six Nations match.

They have had another successful campaign and they have now won four of the last six titles.

They played well in Italy and Ireland at the start of the campaign but haven't hit top form and were never dominant against Scotland, but have come up trumps again.

Scotland have had an up-and-down season and although it was a heavy defeat, I think there were more positives than negatives.

Rory Lawson looked very good at number nine, and when Chris Cusiter came on it showed the strength at scrum-half.

Andy Henderson played well at centre, Johnnie Beattie at number eight, and Euan Murray was outstanding, capping a great defensive performance with that try at the end.

If Scotland keep playing like that, I think they can have a strong showing at the World Cup.




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