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Scotland resilience pleases Townsend

24th August 2019, 18:50 by Bobbie Jackson

Gregor Townsend has praised Scotland for showing character to down France at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The Scots fell to a 32-3 defeat at the hands of France in Nice last weekend but they were able to avenge that loss back on home soil.

It looked like the afternoon may be one to forget once again when Les Bleus scored two soft tries through Damian Penaud to lead 14-3 just moments before the break.

Townsend's side did respond through Sean Maitland to reduce the arrears with minutes remaining in the first half and they built from that platform in the second period.

Chris Harris edged Scotland ahead and they held on for a tense finish to seal a 17-14 win in front of their own fans.

"We found a way to win in amongst a lot of adversity," said Townsend.

"The collective effort, mindset, commitment was there in the jersey, that was really pleasing to see.

"Losing a try early on, losing another try on our ball, being down at half-time but coming back, losing key players, players playing in different positions near the end, so that's pleasing."

Scotland continue to build towards next month's World Cup with a double-header against Georgia over the next couple of weeks.

They travel away to Tbilisi next weekend before welcoming the Georgians back to Edinburgh on September 6.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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