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Scotland player ratings in Six Nations match against France

Published 13/03/2016

Duncan Taylor played a starring role for Scotland against France
Duncan Taylor played a starring role for Scotland against France

STUART HOGG: Produced a lethal finish as he danced over for Scotland's first score and also an inventive touch as he set up Tim Visser for the third. 9/10

TOMMY SEYMOUR: Not much chance to let loose at Les Bleus' defence but solid in defence and again impressive under the high ball. 7

DUNCAN TAYLOR: Enjoyed his shift at outside centre as he was given licence to run. Made the most of it, producing fantastic burst for Scotland's second try. 9

ALEX DUNBAR: Back after a year of injury frustration but showed no signs of rustiness as he carried and tackled with intensity. 7

TIM VISSER: Caught out for Guilhem Guiardo's opening try as he failed to get to grips with Wesley Fofana but finished superbly to put Scotland in touching distance of victory. 7

FINN RUSSELL: Lasted just four minutes before he was left wobbling by a sickening head clash with Gael Fickou. 5

GREIG LAIDLAW: The skipper celebrated winning his 50th cap with 14 points and another commanding display as he managed Scotland's dominance. 8

AL DICKINSON: Pushed Rabah Slimani back at every scrum exchange as the front-row set the platform for victory. 8

ROSS FORD: An industrious display from the hooker in the loose and also had the measure of his opposite number at the set-piece. 8

WP NEL: The Edinburgh prop carried with bravery at every opportunity. Another who excelled at the scrum. 8

RICHIE GRAY: One of his finest displays in a Scotland jersey. Stood up to French provocation as he matched their physicality blow for blow. 9

JONNY GRAY: Continues to grow at international level and can now claim to be one of the top second-rowers in the northern hemisphere. 8

JOHN BARCLAY: Was not the force he has been at the breakdown elsewhere during the championship but spotted the chink in French defence which lead to Hogg's try. 7

JOHN HARDIE: Stopped absolutely everything that came his way. The Edinburgh flanker is quickly establishing himself as one of Scotland's most important figures. 8

JOSH STRAUSS: In for his first start of the tournament but the number eight did not carry as well and frequently as Vern Cotter would have hoped for. 7

Replacements

PETER HORNE ( for Russell, five mins): Had to step into the fray early but performed well. 8

RYAN WILSON (for Strauss, 62 mins): Added energy to Scotland late in the game. 5

STUART McINALLY (for Ford, 68 mins): Kept the Scottish pack on top. 6

MORAY LOW (for Nel, 73 mins): Took advantage of tired Jefferson Poirot to win late penalty. 5

TIM SWINSON (for R Gray, 78): Not enough time to make an impact. 4

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