Suspected leg break for Lamont
Scotland wing stretchered off during France defeat
Last Updated: February 27, 2012 8:47am
Rory Lamont receives oxygen after falling awkwardly at Murrayfield
Scotland wing Rory Lamont suffered a suspected broken leg in the 23-17 Six Nations loss to France at Murrayfield on Sunday.
Lamont was winning his 29th cap and was replaced after 30 minutes after landing awkwardly while contesting a restart.
The Glasgow Warriors back was taken from the field on a stretcher, with Scotland leading 10-7.
Lamont required lengthy treatment before going off, with Mike Blair (dead leg) and Greig Laidlaw (head knock) also leaving the field prematurely.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: "We lacked a little bit of composure when Rory Lamont went off just before half-time, which allowed France back into the game."
Rugby World Cup finalists France clawed back an early 10-0 deficit and responded swiftly to going 17-13 down midway through the second half to triumph, although there were numerous positives for Scotland.
Stuart Hogg and Lee Jones scored their first Test tries, Greig Laidlaw kicked five points and Duncan Weir two, but France responded with tries from Wesley Fofana and Maxime Medard, 10 points from Morgan Parra and a Lionel Beauxis drop goal.
"I can't hide away from what you're saying and you're right to bring it up," said Robinson of the damning statistics. I have total belief that we have the ability to win and that belief was strengthened even more today, as it was against Wales and the England game."
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Scotland, who lost to England and Wales earlier this month, have beaten France once in 13 attempts in Six Nations competition - in 2006 - and have now lost five successive Test matches for the first time since 2004, when they finished with the 'Wooden Spoon'.
It is a record which will lead to further conjecture over the future of Robinson - now with two wins from 13 Six Nations fixtures in charge - but there were further illustrations of why the former England boss retains belief in his charges.
Robinson, who has a contract with the Scottish Rugby Union until after the 2015 World Cup, was asked whether he intends to remain in post or if he might resign at the end of the tournament.
"I can't hide away from what you're saying and you're right to bring it up," said Robinson of the damning statistics.
"I have total belief that we have the ability to win and that belief was strengthened even more today, as it was against Wales and the England game."
Robinson lamented the decision of referee Wayne Barnes to award France a second-half penalty, when the head coach believed it should have been given to the hosts for two indiscretions by visiting centre Aurelien Rougerie, who went through a ruck and to ground before kicking the ball while on the floor.
Robinson added: "I think the turning point of the game was at 17-13 and a penalty which I believe - and I have watched it - should go Scotland's way in front of the referee. It doesn't and France go and score seven points.
"There were two offences which we felt could have been picked up - and pretty clear as well.
"That was a key moment of the game. It changed the balance of it."