Six Nations 2015: Camille Lopez kicks France to victory – Photos

Relive the action in Paris as Les Bleus defeat Scotland 15-8 on an emotional day for French rugby

France got their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start as Clermont Auvergne outside-half Camille Lopez kicked all their points in a 15-8 victory over Scotland in Paris.

Scotland got the only try of the match through first-half replacement wing Dougie Fife, but their upturn in confidence failed to make the breakthrough against a robust French outfit who made the most of their passionate some support.

Our rugby photohrapher rounds up some of the best shots that captured the spirit of the match at the Stade de France.

After the terrorist attacks in the French captial last month, emotions were strong ahead of kick-off and the unity call behind La Marseillaise, but the French crowd welcomed the travelling Scots to Paris.

Former Biarritz and France full-back, and potential FFR president, Serge Blanco kept a close eye on proceedings with head coach Philippe Saint-Andre also looking on.

There was plenty of belief in the Scottish side heading out to Paris looking for a first away win over the French since 1999, but even captain Greig Laidlaw could not provide enough spark to get the Dark Blues over the line after a fantastic autumn campaign.

Seemingly not photo-worthy by Getty’s army of photographers, but Clermont Auvergne star Camille Lopez kicked Les Bleus to victory in his first Six Nations start with all 15 points coming from the tee.

Defences were on top throughout the match, but Edinburgh wing Dougie Fife got mobbed by his Scotland team-mates, including Castres lock Richie Gray, after scoring the game’s only try in the first half.

Not on my time, son! Defences remained on top for much of the match. Only penalties allowed France to extend their lead.

Another year, another close defeat for Scotland at the hands of France. Their misery at losing a 17th consecutive match to the French away from home is summed up at the full-time whistle.

But there was delight for Lopez, who picked up the man of the match award, and his rouge-wearing Les Bleus team-mates.

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