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RugbyU: France late show stuns Scotland

France kept their Six Nations titles hopes alive with a last gasp 19-17 win away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Scots were on the brink of winning their first Test in eight matches against France when New Zealand referee Chris Pollock awarded a debatable penalty in front of the posts as the ball came out from a ruck. Replacement Jean-Marc Doussain made sure of the kick and there was barely any time left for Scotland to mount a comeback.

RugbyU: France late show stuns Scotland

France kept their Six Nations titles hopes alive with a last gasp 19-17 win away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Scots were on the brink of winning their first Test in eight matches against France when New Zealand referee Chris Pollock awarded a debatable penalty in front of the posts as the ball came out from a ruck. Replacement Jean-Marc Doussain made sure of the kick and there was barely any time left for Scotland to mount a comeback.

RugbyU: If scrum clicks, then Scots can upset French, says Hines

The Scottish scrum will have to produce their best performance of the Six Nations if they are to upset France in their match at Murrayfield on Saturday, former Scottish lock Nathan Hines said. The Scotland pack have proved the Achilles heel of the team this season, providing little ball for their backs to do something with especially against England where they were humiliated 20-0 at Murrayfield.

RugbyU: Late Weir drop goal stuns Italians

A Duncan Weir drop goal in the final minute of play gave Scotland a stunning 21-20 victory over Italy at Rome's Olympic Stadium in an enthralling Six Nations clash on Saturday. The Scottish victory will ease fears of the dreaded wooden spoon while the reverse can be said for Italy, who have no points after three matches. Scotland, claiming their first win of the campaign after heavy defeats to Ireland and England, trailed 13-3 at half-time after an insipid half by both sides lit up only by the incisive Tommaso Allan.

RugbyU: Late Weir drop goal stuns Italians

A Duncan Weir drop goal in the final minute of play gave Scotland a stunning 21-20 victory over Italy at Rome's Olympic Stadium in an enthralling Six Nations clash on Saturday. The Scottish victory will ease fears of the dreaded wooden spoon while the reverse can be said for Italy, who have no points after three matches. Scotland, claiming their first win of the campaign after heavy defeats to Ireland and England, trailed 13-3 at half-time after an insipid half by both sides lit up only by the incisive Tommaso Allan.

RugbyU: Clermont go top with crucial win at Perpignan

French Top 14 favourites Clermont took over at the top of the table ahead of Saturday's matches with an entertaining 30-23 win at Perpignan on Friday night. Fiji centre Noa Nakaitaci, scrum-half Thierry Lacrampe and left-wing Julien Malzieu scored tries for the Vulcans while the hosts earnt a losing bonus thanks to a penalty try and a score from winger Sofiane Guitoune. Wales international fly-half James Hook kicked two conversions and three penalties for the Catalans.

RugbyU: All Blacks maintain winning streak against gutsy England

New Zealand survived an England fightback to make it 13 wins out of 13 this year with a 30-22 victory at Twickenham on Saturday. The world champions, for whom this win atoned for their shock 38-21 loss at Twickenham nearly a year ago, led by 14 points as early as the 17th minute. But England recovered to lead 22-20 heading into the final quarter.

RugbyU:Scots survive scares to beat Japan

Scotland survived two second half scares to get their November test campaign off to a winning start against a plucky Japanese side at Murrayfield with a 42-17 victory on Saturday. The Scots led 11-3 at half time but tries by left wing Kenki Fukuuoka twice pegged back the gap to a single point before the hosts pulled clear with four tries in the final 25 minutes. Scotland bagged six tries in all, wing Tommy Seymour claiming a brace on his home debut and Greig Laidlaw, Alasdair Dickinson, Duncan Weir and Sean Lamont also crossing the opposition whitewash.

RugbyU: Toulon return to top, Williams yellow-carded on debut

Toulon went to the French Top 14 summit Saturday after an 18-12 win over Bayonne which saw All Blacks lock Ali Williams mark his debut with a yellow card for stamping. The European champions were behind three times to a team they had crushed 50-10 and 59-0 on their last two visits. But they were saved by tries in either half from wingers Josua Tuisova and David Smith. Jonny Wilkinson added eight points with the boot while former Crusaders and Blues fly-half Stephen Brett slotted over four penalties for Bayonne.

Crooked start for new scrum laws in Rugby Championship

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Rugby's new scrum law could simply see the crooked feed replace the collapse as the source of contention, and penalties, if the first outings at test level in the Rugby Championship on Saturday were anything to go by. The International Rugby Board (IRB) introduced the law with the aim of making the game safer for front row forwards and are hoping for fewer scrum re-sets and the resultant, often apparently arbitrary, penalties.
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