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Greig Laidlaw joy after Scotland break their France jinx

Scotland 29-18 France

By Andy Newport

Scotland ended a decade of failure against France and handed the RBS Six Nations title to England as they claimed a 29-18 win at Murrayfield.

Les Bleus, who needed victory to keep their championship battle alive, struck early through skipper Guilhem Guirado.

But Stuart Hogg and Duncan Taylor hit back and while France managed a second score on the stroke of half-time from Gael Fickou, the Scots wrapped up victory with Tim Visser's try 13 minutes from time.

For captain Greig Laidlaw it was the 25th time he had led his team out and he was overwhelmed by the experience.

He said: "To lead this team here at Murrayfield is something that will stay with me forever.

"But it's not about individuals - the whole team and the whole crowd at Murrayfield were as one. It was outstanding."

Laidlaw, who collected his 50th cap against France, added: "This is the reason why we make so many sacrifices. We scored great tries in and amongst a great defence.

"France put a lot of width on the game at times and we really fought for each other and kept France from the line. We managed to kick the ball clear and I'm sure you saw what it meant to us all."

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter was pleased with the result and admitted he was proud.

He said: "I'm very proud of them and it was nice to get a win. The guys kept shape. They made up an early lead and I think we built the game well from there.

"The game was built piece by piece and we need a good scrum to do that. The boys, even though they were under pressure, made good decisions."

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