15. Stuart Hogg: 7
Received the ball a lot but, unfortunately, France were wary of his attacking ability. Made a number of runs and his kicking game was faultless like it always is. Not too sure why he touched the ball down with the clock close to red, but his try was a clever piece of play.
14. Tommy Seymour: 6
Chased the kicks and the French like a wild animal; if only his tackling was better. A number of times he was only able to grab a shirt rather than the man with the ball. Got a try for his efforts.
13. Alex Dunbar: 6
France did well to marshal him in attack and he never really managed to get his hands on the ball. His defensive play was superb as always.
12. Matt Scott: 7
Basically used to smash into and soften the French midfield which, for the most part, he did. Helped keep Maxime Mermoz and Mathieu Bastareaud quiet and his inside pass for Seymour’s try was brilliant.
11. Sean Lamont: 6
Came off injured on the half hour mark and replaced by Max Evans. He had a steady but unexciting game before that. He loves people kicking down his throat.
10. Duncan Weir: 6.5
Threw a silly miss pass that led to the Huget try but other than that, he was solid if unspectacular. Did the basic kicking and passing well and made his tackles, but he still refuses to be a bit more imaginative in attack.
9. Greig Laidlaw: 6.5
His decision making was safe and he controlled the forwards well. Put in a few clever kicks that were helped by a good Scottish chase, but it would have been nice to see Chris Cusiter come on to speed things up.
1. Ryan Grant: 7.5
Finally, Grant looked like the player that muscled his way onto the Lions tour. He was solid in the scrums and industrious in the loose. Made 12 carries and seven tackles.
2. Scott Lawson: 7
He has settled into the No.2 shirt well and he built on the Italy performance from the last round. Carried a number of times and the lineouts look a lot better with his throwing. No idea why he was subbed for Ross Ford.
3. Geoff Cross: 7
His bench cameos earned him this start and he did nothing wrong to prove why he shouldn’t have been there from the offset. Settled into the scrums early on and he made more tackles than a tighthead normally does.
4. Richie Gray: 7
Another impressive showing from the peroxide-haired man. Disruptive in the lineout and every one of his 12 tackles seemed to smash a French player backwards.
5. Jim Hamilton: 7
Obviously someone kicked him up the backside after the England game. The main man in the lineout and he stole a lot of French ball. Only gave away one penalty and slowed down the opposition ruck most of the time. Charged down the kick that led to Hogg’s try.
6. Johnnie Beattie: 6
Replaced by Ryan Wilson after 16 minutes with an ankle injury. Made a few carries before he went off and would have made a lot more.
7. Kelly Brown: 6.5
A typical Kelly Bown performance. He led from the front and made a number of well-timed tackles. Didn’t manage to speed up Scotland’s rucks but he’s never going to do that.
8. Dave Denton: 7
Just like every single game, Denton carried hard, but this week, he actually made hard yards – although this was probably down to the poor French tackling more than anything else. Managed to disrupt the French ruck effectively.
Scott Johnson seems to be the only international coach that doesn’t make substitutions for the sake of it – Moray Low, Euan Murray, Chris Cusiter and Duncan Taylor didn’t get on. Evans looked lively when he came on while Ross Ford had an average game. Ryan Wilson did nothing even though he was on for most of the match and Tim Swinson did nothing until he gave away the penalty that cost Scotland the win.
By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)
Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images