EDINBURGH – A much-changed Scotland bounced back strongly from last week's thrashing by France by winning the return fixture 17-14 at Murrayfield on Saturday, though neither team will take much joy from what was a scrappy World Cup warm-up clash.
After last week's 32-3 humiliation in Nice, the Scots made 14 changes, with only fullback Stuart Hogg retained in what looked a much stronger starting XV.
A week ago they conceded a try after 25 seconds and they were 7-0 down again after two minutes on Saturday as winger Damian Penaud snatched an interception from Peter Horne and ran 50 metres to score under the posts.
France were also gifted their second try after 27 minutes after Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell failed to gather a high kick. Gael Fickou cut loose before feeding Penaud to score his second – Thomas Ramos slotting his second conversion.
Scotland had barely threatened but finally struck at the end of the first half with a turnover score finished off by Sean Maitland to make it 14-10 at halftime.