Cotter backs decision to go for win

Date published: September 6 2015

Scotland boss Vern Cotter had no issue with his side turning down three points to go for the win against France in Paris.

The visitors were fighting back in the closing stages but decided against a kickable penalty to try and pick up a first win in the French capital since 1999.

Noa Nakaitaci's try put les Bleus ahead with Scotland then on the charge in the closing minutes, squandering an overlap and making a couple of line breaks but ultimately falling short.

France were some way off the performance they produced in the recent win over England and Cotter admired his side's choice to try and snatch victory rather than worrying about the result.

"The boys wanted to get the win. It's been a few years since we had one [in Paris]. They wanted to get over the line and created several line-breaks," said Cotter.

"It was a good attitude to take. It was a game where we were testing ourselves.

"It's the players' decision and I completely back it.

"If it had been a Six Nations match of course we would have kicked it but we are preparing for a World Cup and I admire the decision to try to win the game."