Scotland ring changes for France clash

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A vociferous home crowd certainly had reason to celebrate in the end as Scotland overturned a six-point half-time deficit, with Laidlaw capitalising on France's ill-discipline by producing a flawless performance from the kicking tee.

With wins at a premium, France's form book doesn't make for happy reading right now.

"The responsibility for last week lies with the coaches and myself". France's challenge is all but over, though they should be confident of a first win when Les Bleus host Italy.

Scotland led early thanks to a Stuart Hogg try before the home side replied through Gaël Fickou on the half-hour mark.

France, meanwhile, had their hearts broken owing to a 83rd-minute Johnny Sexton drop-goal at Stade de France last week. France made it easy for the home team, constantly giving away penalties in the ruck.

Tim Swinson's try edged the visitors in front before Lopez struck off the tee in the 47th-minute and twice in the final 10 minutes to secure the win. Laidlaw will be a key cog in Scotland's wheel.

The 32-year-old has scored 376 points in European rugby, including three in this season's Champions Cup in Clermont's 24-7 victory over Ospreys in Round 6.

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Scotland's championship hopes suffered a shattering blow last weekend as Wales ran riot in a 34-7 victory over the Dark Blues, with Townsend's side only getting on the scoresheet inside the final two minutes through Peter Horne's try.

"To do that we need to out-work the opposition and be more accurate in a number of aspects of our play". Scotland will be desperate to show the attacking form which was heralded past year this weekend and know another defeat will be a desperate outcome after coming in with such high hopes.

"I don't have much to reproach the players who started last week", Brunel said.

ASM Clermont Auvergne scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will make his first Test start in nearly a year after being recalled by Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend for their Six Nations Championship match with France on Sunday at Murrayfield. The 32-year-old will be making his first worldwide appearance for six years at Murrayfield. Whether it is selection or how we prepared, the first thing we look at is how we could have done it better. "Lionel can relieve us with his kicking if the pressure is strong".

Gregor Townsend believes a hammering by Wales in their Six Nations opener was not a reflection of the "true Scotland" as he backed his side to raise their game against France at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 David Denton, 21 Ali Price, 22 Chris Harris, 23 Blair Kinghorn.

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