A SENSATIONAL performance from Rory Darge on his first Scotland start was not enough to prevent a heavy Six Nations defeat to France at BT Murrayfield this afternoon.

The Glasgow Warriors player, from Aberlady, started at openside flanker to win his second Scotland cap, after making his debut against Wales two weeks earlier.

And Darge was by far Scotland's best player on the day, scoring his first Scotland try when he crashed over from close range midway through the first half, as well as winning numerous turnovers with phenomenal work at the breakdown.

Darge also produced several impressive tackles and also offered a ball-carrying presence in a complete all-round performance from the youngster.

However, it was not enough for Scotland, as Six Nations favourites France made it three wins from three so far in this year's championship, captain Antoine Dupont playing the starring role as they scored six tries to win 36-17.

Scotland's next match is away at Italy in two weeks' time before they wrap up their campaign in Ireland a week later.