Laidlaw leads Scotland fightback to keep title hopes alive

6N: Hamish Watson stresses the need for cool heads amidst the chaos

Gregor Townsend's side came into the competition with high expectations after their progress a year ago which included a record win over Australia and a narrow defeat to New Zealand.

One of those returning to the side is Greig Laidlaw, in place of Ali Price, who struggled throughout in Cardiff.

They may never have looked in control against Ireland but they were competitive and the men in green needed that dramatic Johnny Sexton drop-goal to secure victory.

Sportsmail's GLEN WILLIAMS will be bringing you all the live action with updates from RORY KEANE at Murrayfield.

He struggled for quick ball but grew into the game and was faultless with the boot, kicking 22 points, to lead the fightback.

France soon offended again, allowing Laidlaw to close the gap back to three, but after that they began to dominate territorially, and Serin was on target with another penalty after 56 minutes.

The tenure of Jacques Brunel is in its infancy and his side must prove to all that they can deliver away from home in this Championship.

Scotland had the momentum and took the lead with ten minutes to go as the French exhausted, scoring again thanks to Laidlaw's reliable right boot. "Lionel can relieve us with his kicking if the pressure is strong".

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Teddy Thomas crossed for a wonderful individual try last week, but France also need brute force if they are to create more scoring opportunities. The 32-year-old was added to the squad after Matthieu Jalibert's knee ligament injury and his partnership with Maxime Machenaud will be critical. Huw Jones broke the line before going over.

"While they have some risky runners, they are under new guidance so you're not too sure how much to take from the first game".

Instead, he appeared after 48 minutes (eight minutes too late for most Scotland supporters) as the Scots tried to steady their sinking ship. In the end it had little impact on the result in Cardiff, but France will no doubt be coming to Murrayfield to target the Scottish set-piece and use their physicality to overpower them at scrum time.

He is an important player for Scotland given that he was captain for a long time.

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw; 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Stuart McInally, 3 Simon Berghan, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 5 Jonny Gray, 6 John Barclay (c), 7 Hamish Watson, 8 Ryan Wilson.

David Denton and Blair Kinghorn both come on to the replacements' bench, with the latter set for his global debut.

"We hope it will be a really important factor", said Townsend. Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby) 20. You can also listen live on BBC 5live Extra.

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