Spedding happy with scrappy win

Date published: February 13 2017

France full-back Scott Spedding admitted that their win over Scotland was scrappy but is happy to get back to winning ways.

After three narrow defeats in a row, France finally claimed victory against Scotland when they won 22-16 in Paris.

The South African-born full-back acknowledged that it wasn't France's finest performance.

"It was a scrappy affair, we made a lot of mistakes in the first half we just couldn't get our game plan into place but we desperately needed a win so we are going to take that and build on it," Spedding told the Six Nations website.

"It could have gone either way at the end. We were lucky to sneak away at the end considering we threw away a lot of opportunities in the first half, kept Scotland in the game. We are disappointed with our performance but we are really happy with the win."

France coach Guy Novès explained that although Scotland got the better of them in certain areas of the game, his side are pleased to finally taste victory again.

"We've suffered three defeats against good teams. It was important that we won today. The content of those games was always high-quality but today I want to concentrate on the win, the last 15 minutes – the last 15 that had cost us in England," said Novès.

"But in terms of content we're frustrated. We're not frustrated by the result. Scotland really bothered us, especially in the rucks. We dropped too much ball, conceded too much. This isn't like the previous games we lost. Maybe the pressure of the result had an effect on the team.

"But I'm pleased for them. Today in similar circumstances on the scoreboard, it went our way."