Greig Laidlaw Hails Scotland Response After Victory over France


Greig Laidlaw felt Scotland showed a growing maturity after bouncing back from another poor start to beat France 17-14 at BT Murrayfield.

The 66,181 crowd must have had a sense of deja vu as Damian Penaud intercepted Peter Horne's pass to run over for the visitors inside two minutes - the third game running that Scotland have conceded in the same timeframe.

The previous weekend's early blow in Nice led to a 32-3 defeat and France looked set to repeat their victory when Penaud went over again 26 minutes in to help put them 14-3 ahead.

But Sean Maitland's try and Laidlaw's conversion narrowed the deficit to four at half-time and an improved Scotland held on for victory after Chris Harris' try put them in front.

Laidlaw was delighted with the mentality of his side.

The scrum-half said: "We talked about the first 10 minutes and starting well, and we certainly never did that.

"We put ourselves under pressure but the good thing was you could see everyone had clear eyes on the field, listening to what our leaders were saying in attack and defence, and we dug ourselves out of a hole.

"We held good composure just before half-time to score a try, the crowd probably thought we had blown the opportunity but we took our time and scored out wide.

"That gave us a bit of a foothold in the game and we managed to claw our way back in slowly and steadily and got in front, and our defence won us the game in the end.

"It was a big positive for us, that we didn't panic when we never started well, we clawed our way back into the game."

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