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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Second-Guessing Starts in 5 Nations

EDINBURGH -- A winner and a loser were trying to figure out what went wrong after the second round of Five Nations' rugby on the weekend.


France, beaten at their own brand of running rugby by Scotland, plans an extensive inquest into Saturday's 19-14 Five Nations' defeat at Murrayfield.


"We will hold discussions, analyze the match, but not now as the selection committee are not all here," said team manager Joe Maso after Scotland had out-scored France two tries to one.


Meanwhile, former England fly-half Rob Andrew led a chorus of Twickenham disapproval after the home side's unimpressive 21-15 victory over Wales.


Andrew, who retired from test rugby last year to take over as director of rugby at Newcastle, branded the England display as "poor" and described their kicking from hand as "appalling."


Coach Jack Rowell acknowledged that England, which looked in danger of letting a 21-8 lead slip in the closing stages, was still no closer to playing the dynamic rugby he preaches.


"The heads were down in the dressing room afterwards, they know they must do better," he said. "The team isn't clicking, as we would like it to. We must break out of the syndrome we're in, the Welsh ran us right to the finish post and all credit to them."


Rory Underwood and Jeremy Guscott scored tries either side of halftime which seemed to have settled the issue, until debutant Welsh scrum-half Rob Howley scored a late try to bring his side within six points.


A converted try would have reversed the result, but the young Welsh team paid the penalty for making costly errors earlier in the game when their forwards were under pressure from the big English pack.


"I'm very pleased with the result, but there were certainly areas which weren't great," admitted captain Will Carling, who like rival skipper Jonathan Humphreys failed to last the full 80 minutes.


French coach Jean-Clause Skrela said he was disappointed both by his team's loss and the manner of defeat but, "the Scottish victory was a beautiful victory" and his side had not matched "the enthusiasm and will of the Scots."


Skrela, whose side were title favorites after beating holders England two weeks ago, said when the match was within France's grasp at only 14-16 down "we did not manage then to win clean ball."


Scots captain Rob Wainwright defended the choice as place kicker of wing Michael Dods, who scored all Scotland's points -- two tries and three penalties -- saying that although he lacked length, missing several longer kicks and both conversions, he was usually accurate.


Dods's tries in the corners came from movements among the backs. In contrast, flanker Abdelatif Benazzi touched down France's only try from a maul after they had won a line-out in the corner.