After watching Ireland absolutely destroy Italy earlier in the day, Scotland and France did battle at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in a thrilling match that went right to the wire.
A late penalty conversion from Jean-Marc Doussain gave the French squad a hard-fought 17-19 win over a resilient Scottish side that will question how they didn't win a match they led with two minutes left to play. Fans were left wondering what had happened, as the Scots did more to lose the game than the French did to win it:
In a way, it was reminiscent of the thriller Scotland played two weeks ago:
Scotland got what they did last weekend against italy— Josh Millard (@Josh07Millard) March 8, 2014
Fans were left in disbelief, but David Jack from the Times felt like it was all too believable:
Sadly all too believable from Scotland - complete diddies to lose that game to France #sixnations— David Jack (@DJack_Journo) March 8, 2014
Early tries from full back Stuart Hogg and wing back Tommy Seymour gave Scotland the lead, with France not able to muster too much offense, only scoring through a couple of conversions from Maxime Machenaud.
Scotland were in full control, but a mistake early in the second half gave all momentum to France when a wayward pass was intercepted by wing back Yoann Huget, who raced across the entire pitch and put the French squad in front, as shared by Scottish Rugby:
Scotland turnover, but an intercept from France sees Huget score— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) March 8, 2014
As fate would have it, the pass came from Duncan Weir, who gave Scotland the victory two weeks ago when he made a phenomenal drop kick late against the Italians. The interception took a promising scoring opportunity away from the Scottish side, essentially making it a 14-point play.
Scotland battled back and retook the lead with a penalty conversion by Weir, and a late push from France to secure the win was easily handled until a fatal late penalty gave Doussain a chance to give his team the win.
The Mirror's Brian McNally echoed the thoughts of countless Scottish fans and stuck by his favourites to win the title:
Suicidal Scotland chucked away win against France by gifting that schoolboy intercept. My cash was on Ireland for the title & I'm confident— Brian McNally (@McNallyMirror) March 8, 2014
France will host the Irish side in round five and still have an outside chance of winning the tournament, but the team will have to play a lot better than they did in Edinburgh if they are to have any chance of beating the Irish.
Scotland will travel to Wales and can no longer win the Six Nations, but beating another contender for the title would be a great morale boost and a fantastic way to end the tournament.