Finn Russell admitted Scotland shouldn’t have gotten themselves right into a place for the officers to successfully resolve the end result of their dramatic Guinness Six Nations match towards France.
Ben White’s attempt gave Scotland a seventh-minute lead they usually felt they need to have been greater than 16-10 in entrance by the point the French – who had prop Uini Atonio sin-binned simply earlier than half-time – turned Saturday’s sport of their favour within the closing 10 minutes.
Les Bleus – whose tries got here from Gael Fickou and Louis Bielle-Biarrey – held on for a 20-16 victory however solely after an astonishing finale during which Scotland had been satisfied substitute Sam Skinner had scored a match-winning attempt within the sport’s final motion.
Referee Nic Berry’s preliminary name was “no try” and after a number of minutes of deliberating with TMO Brian MacNeice amid unimaginable pressure, it regarded like they had been about to award the rating earlier than finally deciding the pictures had been inconclusive.
The Scots had been furious however co-captain Russell conceded the sport ought to by no means have boiled right down to that last-gasp flashpoint.
“Personally I believe it was a try at the end, but it’s up to the referee to decide that,” mentioned the stand-off.
“We can’t let the referee decide what happens in a game, it’s up to us to play better and make these matches a victory.”
Although dissatisfied, Russell believes it was an indication of Scotland’s resilience that they virtually dug out victory regardless of relinquishing their long-held lead within the closing phases.
“It was a bit of magic from France (for Bielle-Biarrey’s 70th-minute try), but I think the way we got back into the game and the way I believe that we scored, it shows the character we’ve got,” he mentioned.
“We didn’t lose belief when we fell four points down with three minutes left. I’m proud of the boys for the performance but we need to take our learnings from it going into the England game.”
The Scots host their previous rivals per week on Saturday figuring out they are going to want a Calcutta Cup victory to hoist themselves again into championship competition.
“We’ll take it easy next week,” mentioned Russell. “Some of the boys have got to train, some haven’t. We just need some time away from rugby. It’s an intense competition.
“We’ll take some time away and then come back to get ready for that England game. A massive challenge awaits us and we’ll need to be ready.”
One man who might have performed his means into competition for the England showdown is 22-year-old Edinburgh again Harry Paterson, who produced a formidable debut after being summoned to start out at full-back on the morning of the match when Kyle Steyn’s spouse went into labour.
“It’s one of the best debuts I’ve ever seen,” mentioned head coach Gregor Townsend. “Going up against that French backline on a wet day at Murrayfield, he was excellent.
“I gave him a heads-up that he could be playing about 9am then confirmed it at 10am.
“To play like that was fantastic and gives us a lot of encouragement about where Harry can go over these next few years.
“He knew he’d have a lot of kicks to field due to the way France play and with the weather being wet, but he just got stronger and stronger as the game went on.
“But Kyle Rowe deserves a mention as well. That was only his second Test start and, like Harry, I thought he was excellent.
“We are building depth in the back three.”