Tuesday 19 September 2017

We need to improve to trouble Ireland - Philippe Saint-Andre

France's Bernard Le Roux (C) tries to catch the ball during their Six Nations rugby union match against Scotland at the Stade de France
France's Bernard Le Roux (C) tries to catch the ball during their Six Nations rugby union match against Scotland at the Stade de France
Scotland's Greig Laidlaw (L) passes the ball during their Six Nations rugby union match against France at the Stade de France
Scotland's Richie Gray (C) is tackled by France's Wesley Fofana (2nd R) during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France
France's Mathieu Bastareaud (2nd R) is tackled by Scotland's players, including Jonny Gray (L) and Rob Harley (R), during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France
France's Pascal Pape (C) attempts to run past Scotland's Alasdair Dickinson and Richie Gray (R) during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France
Scotland's Finn Russell (2nd L) jumps to catch a pass in front of France's Teddy Thomas (L) and Wesley Fofana (12) as teammate Mark Bennett looks on during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France
Scotland's Finn Russell (C) jumps to catch a pass in front of France's Teddy Thomas (L) and Wesley Fofana during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France
Scotland's Stuart Hogg (C) is tackled by a France's player as France's Rory Kockott (L) chases during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France
France's Camille Lopez (C) attempts to evade Scotland's Jonny Gray (2nd L) and Richie Gray (R) during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France
France's Yann Maestri (5) wins a line out against Scotland's Richie Gray (4) during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis
France's Wesley Fofana (C) attempts to evade the tackle of Scotland's Dougie Fife (L) and Blair Cowan (R) during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France
France's Wesley Fofana (2nd R) attempts to evade the tackle of Scotland's Dougie Fife (C) and Blair Cowan (R) during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis
France's prop Uini Atonio (C) is tackled by Scotland's fly-half Finn Russell (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
France's prop Uini Atonio is blocked during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
France's centre Remy Lamerat (C) clears the ball as he is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
France's centre Remy Lamerat (C) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
France's centre Remy Lamerat is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
France's back row Loan Goujon (C) is tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
France's centre Mathieu Bastareaud (3rd R) and France's flanker Thierry Dusautoir (C) vie for the ball with Scotland's lock Richie Gray (L) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland on February 7, 2015 at the Stade de France
Scotland's fullback Stuart Hogg (R) runs with the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
Scotland's fullback Stuart Hogg (R) runs with the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
Scotland's fly-half Finn Russell runs with the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
Scotland's fly-half Finn Russell prepares to pass the ball during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland, at the Stade de France
Scotland's centre Mark Bennett is blocked by France's lock Pascal Pape (L) and France's winger Yoann Huget (R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Scotland

Fly-half Finn Russell lamented Scotland's lack of discipline as they went down 15-8 to France in their RBS 6 Nations opener in Paris.

Dougie Fife scored a try just before half-time and Greg Laidlaw converted a penalty but Camille Lopez responded with five penalties of his own to boot France to victory.

"Really disappointing not to get the win," Russell told BBC One. "We had a lot of chances but just didn't manage to get the ball to hand.

"They played well.

"We gave away too many penalties and Lopez kicked well.

"It was a good try to score before half time. If we'd have come back out and backed it up we could have won the game but we made too many mistakes and gave too many penalties away."

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre was full of praise for Russell calling him a "very good player" but he was not as impressed with his own team's performance, particularly after Johnnie Beattie was sin-binned just after the hour.

"We won so we need to accept that but Scotland played very well," he said.

"We were not clinical enough, not enough patience close to the line, we were 15 against 14 and we didn't score any points

"It's a win but we should do better than what we did tonight."

He added: "Because the game was so close the guys were a little bit tense but fair play to Scotland, they defend very well, they play with a lot of spirit and this shows they are a good team."

Next up for France is a trip to Dublin and Saint-Andre has demanded improvements from his squad.

"Ireland are favourites so we just need to improve with our performance from tonight," he added.

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport