Scotland tear up the script

 

Frank Hadden's revitalised Scotland stunned overwhelming Six Nations favourites France in their tournament opener at Murrayfield.

Scotland surged to a deserved 13-3 halftime lead with Sean Lamont's 11th-minute try and eight kicked points by Chris Paterson. Jean-Baptiste Ellisalde's injury-time penalty was the only comeback for the error-ridden visitors.

Last year in Paris Scotland led 6-0 at halftime before being hauled back to lose 16-9. This time they pushed on after the break with an extraordinary second try for Lamont after the Scottish forwards drove the French pack for 30 metres in a rolling maul.

Flanker Julien Bonnaire finally crossed the tryline for France in the 50th minute and replacement hooker Sebastien Bruno got a second in the 77th but Scotland, who had lost nine of their last 10 Six Nations games, held out for a momentous victory.

The teams' last Murrayfield meeting was a humiliating 31-0 home defeat in 2004 and Scotland's last Edinburgh win over the French came 10 years ago although they did win in Paris in 1999.

Ireland beat Italy 26-16 in Saturday's other match.