15. Stuart Hogg – 5
A frustrating afternoon trying to escape the straight jacket Sean Edwards had designed to keep him in check. Nobody will be more aware than he that his dropped pass with the line at his mercy just before half time was the watershed moment – and that it needed a big statement to turn the tide – but try as he might he could not make it.
14. Darcy Graham – 6
Lively, busy, brave, great in the air – a buzz went up in the crowd whenever he got into the game, but opportunity was rare.
13. Chris Harris – 7
Kept control of his channel – but was badly missed when he didn’t return following a failed HIA at half time. Should maybe have made more of the situation when Hogg spilled the ball just before half time.
12. Sione Tuipulotu – 6
Struggled to get into the game – compromised by slow ball and the French line speed
11. Duhan van der Merwe – 6
Powerfully defiant – much more pro-active than down in Wales – but still the odd defensive lapse.
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10. Finn Russell – 6
Under pressure from France’s press but kept the threat alive until being replaced on the hour mark.
9. Ali Price – 6
Not Antoine Dupont, but did a pretty good impression of him in the first half – then got himself caught behind the first ruck in the second half which cost Jonathon Danty’s try and ended the contest.
1. Pierre Schoeman – 7
Scrummed well against the giant Uini Atonio, worked hard about the park and, as always, very willing ball in hand.
2. Stuart McInally – 7
Solid scrum – great darts particularly to the tail – and busy around the edges
3. Zander Fagerson – 5
Kept the scrum together – but still does not appear to appreciate that unforced penalties kill.
4. Sam Skinner – 7
A heroic 80-minute shift against the odds – constantly forced onto the back foot – but fought until the very last play.
5. Grant Gilchrist – 6
An honest hour’s uncomplaining graft against a beast of an opponent. Worked hard to disrupt France’s line-out by any means necessary, with some success, although he over-stepped the mark a few times.
6. Nick Haining – 5
Struggled to establish a foot hold in the match against a very strong French back-row, and could maybe have done more when Gael Fickou scored before half time.
7. Rory Darge – 8
A star is born. Tremendous contribution at the breakdown, both side of the ball – carried aggressively throughout – and ran a great angle for his try. Ploughed a lonely furrow.
8. Magnus Bradbury – 5
Found it hard going, and never really got into the game.
16. George Turner – 5
Replaced McInally on 55 minutes. Showed willing – carried strongly – solid in scrum – but a couple of wayward throws.
17. Oli Kebble – 4
Replaced Pierre Schoeman on 60 minutes. Filled a space – but looked as though he is towing a caravan around behind him.
18. WP Nel – 5
Replaced Zander Fagerson on 55 minutes. Held the scrum together as per his contract.
19. Jamie Hodgson – 5
Replaced Grant Gilchrist on 60 minutes. A tough time to make your Six Nations debut – but it can only get better.
20. Andy Christie – 5
Replaced Nick Haining on 43 minutes. Like Jamie Hodgson – a difficult debut.
21. Ben White – 5
HIA replacement early in second half then replaced Ali Price on 68 minutes. Looked lively enough whilst he was on.
22. Blair Kinghorn – 5
Replaced Finn Russell on 55 minutes. Hardly looks a convincing replacement at fly-half for Russell despite the scintillating broken-play break which led to Duhan van der Merwe’s consolation try.
23. Mark Bennett – 6
Replaced Chris Harris at half-time. A welcome return to international rugby – solid and competitive.