SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — France showed some conviction at last by scoring four tries in a 27-10 win against a lackluster Scotland in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Flyhalf Romain Ntamack's first-half try and winger Yoann Huget's try just after the restart put France in a commanding position at 15-3 up.
This time there was no collapse like against Wales and Les Tricolores added two late tries from impressive replacement No. 8 Gregory Alldritt, either side of a well-worked converted try from Scotland's replacement scrumhalf Ali Price.
Scotland's wait for a first victory on French soil since 1999 goes on. The Scots struggled to make much of an impression going forward without star fullback Stuart Hogg and flyhalf strategist Finn Russell, among four players injured in the loss to Ireland .
Following a crushing 44-8 loss away to England and home defeats to Wales and Fiji prior to that, victory was a relief for France coach Jacques Brunel. It was only his fourth in 14 games in charge.
Brunel's selection gambles at the back paid off, with Ntamack excelling at No. 10 after being switched from center. He made an impact throughout and his try was his first for France but a 26th for the family — father Emile Ntamack scored 25 as one of France's best wingers.
France had two first-half tries ruled out following a video review — one of them set up by Ntamack — with TMO showing knock-ons leading up to both.
Alldritt might have ended up with a hat trick of tries. He had one chalked off five minutes into injury time also following a TMO decision. Three minutes later, he bulldozed off the back of the scrum and over the line as France's forwards dominated.
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