Tuesday 16 January 2018

Johnson eyes talks over full-time role

France 23 Scotland 16

Callum Holt

Scotland interim coach Scott Johnson says he will hold talks over turning his caretaker role into a permanent position.

The Scots finished third in the Six Nations, beating Italy and Ireland, but losing in France in their final match on Saturday.

"I've said from day one I will sit down with the appropriate people after the tournament and we will work it out," the Australian said of his future. "We will have a proper discussion, man to man."

France have improved during the Six Nations, manager Philippe Saint-Andre claimed, despite his side coming last for the first time since 1999.

The 2011 World Cup runners-up ended their campaign with the victory over Scotland, which was not sufficient for them to avoid their first Six Nations Wooden Spoon.

Saint-Andre said the improvements his side showed were not reflected in the results. "We dominated, we created opportunities but we lacked efficiency," he said.

"Once we get that efficiency, we could be a very nice team in 2015. And we have really improved during this tournament – not in terms of results, obviously.

"We have started to build something. We have very young centres (Mathieu Bastareaud and Wesley Fofana, 24 and 25 respectively), but also (wing turned full-back) Yoann Huget (25), who is coming of age."

France finally collected their first win of the campaign as two quick-fire tries in the second half proved decisive.

The visitors had shown guts and determination to hold off continued French assaults in the opening 40 minutes, but the pressure finally took its toll as Fofana and Maxime Medard crossed for converted scores within five minutes. (© Independent News Service)

France – Y Huget, B Clerc, M Bastareaud (G Fickou 74), W Fofana, M Medard, F Michalak, M Parra (M Machenaud 40), T Domingo, B Kayser (G Guirado 54), N Mas, S Vahaamahina, J Maestri, A Claassen (Y Nyanga 67), T Dusautoir, L Picamoles.

Scotland – S Hogg, S Maitland (M Evans 30), S Lamont, M Scott, T Visser, D Weir (R Jackson 67), G Laidlaw (H Pyrgos 74), R Grant, R Ford, E Murray, G Gilchrist, J Hamilton, A Strokosch, K Brown, J Beattie.

Ref – N Owens (Wales).

Irish Independent

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