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Scotland player ratings from match against France in Paris

SEAN MAITLAND: Back after nine months out with shoulder trouble. But crucial tackles on Scott Spedding and Yoann Huget saved two certain tries. Eight out of 10.

TOMMY SEYMOUR: Outpaced Spedding to get on the end of Greig Laidlaw's inspired kick. 7

MARK BENNETT: The Dark Blues' most potent attacking threat. Should have scored twice. 7

MATT SCOTT: Cost Scotland the chance of snatching a dramatic late win when he threw a wild pass into touch. Blotted an otherwise positive display. 6

TIM VISSER: A mixed bag as the Harlequins wing struggled going forward but was solid enough in defence. 6

FINN RUSSELL: Never afraid to try something daring, but could have done with more of the ball. 7

GREIG LAIDLAW: Created Scotland's score with his stunning kick. Ever dependable with his goal-kicking. 8

AL DICKINSON: Lasted just six minutes before being forced off with a head injury. 5

ROSS FORD: Had a nightmare with his line-out throws but was otherwise effective. 6

WP NEL: Faced his biggest test yet in the scrum but stood up well to the challenge. 7

RICHIE GRAY: Came on to a game after a slow start. An improvement from two weeks ago against Italy though. 6

JONNY GRAY: Opposite of his brother. Started well in the first half but faded after the break. 6

RYAN WILSON: Made a few big tackles but lack of discipline cost Scotland a couple of penalties at vital moments. 6

JOHN HARDIE: Under pressure to perform following his controversial World Cup call-up but did not disappoint Vern Cotter with an all-action display full of solid hits. 7

DAVID DENTON: Left Scotland up against it after getting sin-binned 10 minutes from time. Battled well against a powerful Les Bleus back row. 6


GORDON REID (for DICKINSON, 6): Thrown into action early. Found the going hard. 5

AL STROKOSCH (for WILSON, 54): Added some bite. 5

JON WELSH (for NEL, 59): Little time to make an impact. 4

TIM SWINSON (for J GRAY, 63): Made an important tackle late on. 5

FRASER BROWN (for FORD, 65): Not on long enough to contribute. 4

SEAN LAMONT (for SEYMOUR, 68): Thrown on to shore up the defence. 4


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