Flashback: France just edge Scotland

Date published: January 12 2017

France were just able to pip Scotland 16-13 at the Parc des Princes national stadium.

January 13, 1973

France christened their new stadium Parc des Princes in the south-west of Paris in fantastic fashion when they hosted Scotland and edged out their European rivals by three points.

It was a large crowd at the new ground with 37,232 spectators in attendance. The crowd didn't witness the most free-flowing game of rugby as there were 34 penalties committed after referee Ken Pattinson pulled a calf muscle in his first international which contributed to a stagnated game.

The hero for France on the day was fly-half Jean-Pierre Romeu who scored three penalties and knocked over a drop goal. The home side's outside centre Claude Dourthe scored an incredible try when scrum-half Max Barrau took the ball from the back of the scrum, drifted past the Scottish defence before handing it off to Dourthe.

The Scottish then hit back with a try of their own. Fly-half Ian McGeechan booted the ball into the air, the French tried to gather it and fumbled it backwards before Scottish hooker Andre Lubrano picked the ball up and sent it wide to Alan Lawson who scored.

The scorers:

For France:
Pens: Romeu 3
Drop-Goal: Romeu

For Scotland:
Pens: Brown 2
Drop-Goal: McGeechan

France: 15 Jack Cantoni, 14 Jean-Pierre Lux, 13 Claude Dourthe, 12 Jean Trillo, 11 Roger Bourgarel, 10 Jean-Pierre Romeu, 9 Max Barrau, 8 Walter Spanghero (c), 7 Pierre Biemouret, 6 Olivier Saisset, 5 Alain Esteve, 4 Elie Cester, 3 Jean Iracabal, 2 Andre Lubrano, 1 Armand Vaquerin.
Replacements: 16 Jean-Louis Azarete, 17 Michel Yachvili, 18 Marcel Puget, 19 Roland Bertranne, 20 Jo Maso

Scotland: 15 Andy Irvine, 14 Billy Steele, 13 Ian Forsyth, 12 Jim Renwick, 11 David Shedden, 10 Ian McGeechan, 9 Alan Lawson, 8 Peter Brown (c), 7 Wilson Lauder, 6 Nairn MacEwan, 5 Ronald Wright, 4 Alastair McHarg, 3 Sandy Carmichael, 2 Bobby Clark, 1 Ian McLauchlan
Replacements: 16 Stephen Turk, 17 Alastair Cranston, 18 Doug Morgan, 19 Hamish Bryce, 20 Gordon Strachan, 21 Duncan Madsen

Photo credit: Midi-olympique