Scotland are denied victory by refereeing errors
It is hard to be a Scotland rugby fan sometimes.
I am in an emptying Murrayfield where the French are ecstatic and Scotland coach Andy Robinson looks fed up.
We were treated to a fantastic game, but I was not impressed by some of the decisions made by referee Wayne Barnes.
He missed a high tackle on Duncan Weir and seemed to ignore French entry to rucks from the side.
Scotland's Nick De Luca (centre) came off the bench and produced a fantastic performace in their 17-23 defeat to France at Murrayfield. Photo: Getty
A pivotal moment was the injury to Rory Lamont when the game paused for five minutes and Scottish momentum was lost.
The difference between the teams was at breakdown as the French scrummage got the upper hand.
The French were disruptive at contact time, better at driving beyond the ball when in defence and very cute at coming in from the side.
Scotland were competitive, but they allowed the French to play their normal game.
Aside from that, David Denton is getting better with every game, Ross Rennie and John Barclay were impressive and young Stuart Hogg is the kind of player who can make the whole stadium rise from their seats.
I also reserve a special word of praise for Nick De Luca. He was forced to close down his Twitter account because of personal attacks but, when he came on to the pitch, he had the game of his life and was as good as anyone on the pitch.
He flew out of the line to stop French attacks and was strong and abrasive when he carried the ball. I hope he feels proud of the way he played.
Again, Ross Ford had one of his best games in a blue jersey. However, it proved to be the same gameplan as against Wales last time out (Wales 27-13 Scotland) with a one-pass game giving way to more width as it all opened up at half-time.
But the French are world-class and, led by Thierry Dusautoir and Imanol Harinordoquy, they proved to be better players.
Most students of rugby would ask Scotland to play exactly the same way as they are currently doing so Robinson must not walk away.
I feel sad after that game, in a way I find hard to explain. I hardly ever criticise referees but it is time to bring in some more scrutiny of these performances.
France were good, but Scotland would have won had one or two calls by the official gone the other way.